MERCY HOUSING is a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing communities for low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs, including Evergreen Vista Apartments at 1209 Fern St. SW in Olympia. One of the many programs offered is the Homework Club, where children can be supervised after school and get help with their homework. Evergreen Vista needs volunteers to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks for the children once a month. For more information, call the Resident Services Coordinator, 360-352-1315.
THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER needs volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, its 24-hour family shelter in Olympia. It has a variety of shifts and needs to fill, including evenings and weekends. Training is provided and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. For more information, contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEARTSTRIDES is a non-profit program located off of Littlerock Road in Tumwater that offers therapeutic riding and horsemanship opportunities to all ages and abilities. It needs volunteers to serve as side walkers, note-takers, and to assist with fundraising efforts. If you are interested, contact the volunteer coordinator at 360-561-5328 or email@example.com, or check out the website at www.heartstridestherapeuticridingandhorsemanship.yolasite.com.
VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with positions. More than 100 Thurston County non-profit agencies post their needs and events on Volunteer Connection. Fill out a mini profile and click on positions you find interesting at www.unitedway-thurston.org/VOLUNTEER. If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.
LOVING HEARTS is a crochet and knit group making items for charities that benefit babies, cancer patients, and men and women in shelters. It needs people willing to knit and crochet. It meets from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the third and fourth Mondays of each month at Yards of Yarn, 1800 Olympic Highway S, Shelton. For more information, or to donate yarn, call Hilda at 360-432-8295.
THE CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON AND MASON COUNTIES needs volunteers for its Crisis Line and Youth Help Line. After receiving 60 hours of training, volunteers offer free, anonymous, confidential, and nonjudgmental crisis intervention over the phone; the hotlines are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details about the training, call Nanci at 360-586-2888 ext. 103, or go to crisis-clinic.org. The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.
SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND is a non-profit serving the 55-and-older population of Thurston and Mason counties. It needs volunteer drivers for getting seniors to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicles, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. The STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia are in need of activities assistants. The Olympia nutrition site needs volunteers from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, to help set up, prepare, serve, and clean up the lunch meal. The retail fundraisers have openings for customer service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce, 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, for additional information, or complete the volunteer application at www.southsoundseniors.org.