WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY LEWIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS are looking for volunteers to become Master Gardeners. Training involves online study, a full-day of hands-on training on the third Tuesday of each month, and field experience in plant clinics and demonstration gardens. Monthly evening business meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and include continuing education. Cost is $200. For more information, call 360-740-1216 or email art.fuller@ lewiscountywa. gov.
VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU needs volunteers to work four-hour shifts in the Visitor Information Center, helping visitors who walk through the doors or call the office, and putting together mailings in response to requests for information. General computer skills are important, especially the ability to look up information online. Volunteers should have a good understanding of Thurston County, and a general sense of other areas of the state. Current regular openings are 1-5 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays; occasionally additional shifts are open for substitutes. For more information, contact Jennifer Leach at jenniferleach@visitolympia. com or 360-704-7544. Potential volunteers will be required to attend training before their first shift.
MASON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE needs retired individuals to volunteer to assist with administrative duties, such as answering phones, fingerprinting, permit issuance, and public awareness programs. Assignments out on the road are available after six months in the office. A 12-hour training program will be provided. Volunteers work four-hour shifts each week at the North Precinct in Belfair. Interested parties can obtain a volunteer application by contacting Chief Civil Deputy Jan Shepherd at 360-275-4255, 360-427-9670, ext. 316, or firstname.lastname@example.org or by stopping by the North Precinct at 23293 NE State Route 3 in Belfair. A background check is required.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER has occasional need for volunteers to help with bulk mailings for roughly two hours at a time. Duties include folding and applying address labels during work “parties” where snacks are provided. Call the center at 360-956-1155.
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SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND is a nonprofit serving the 55-and-older population of Thurston and Mason counties. It needs volunteer drivers to get senior citizens to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicles, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. Also, its STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia need activities assistants. The Olympia nutrition site needs volunteers 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, to help set up, prepare, serve, and clean up the lunch meal. And its retail fundraisers have openings for customer service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, for additional information, or complete the volunteer application at southsoundseniors.org.
SEA MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintain its community garden, make educational displays, and community outreach. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia, call 360-704-7574, or go to seamarchc.org to learn more.
AMERICAN RED CROSS MOUNT RAINIER CHAPTER needs volunteers to support military service members and military families with emergency communications and casework services. Call 360-352-8575.
SOUTH SOUND ESTUARIUM MARINE LIFE DISCOVERY CENTER needs volunteers to staff the center at 608 Washington St. NE, Olympia. Volunteers can sign up for three-hour shifts of either 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, contact Lisa Anderson at andersolis@ cwu.EDU.
GIRL SCOUTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON has many girls in Thurston County interested in Girl Scouts but it needs adult volunteers, particularly to work with Brownie Girl Scouts in grades 2-3. Call 253-798-5015, or go to the website and complete a Volunteer Application: GirlScoutsWW.org Click “Volunteer” then “Apply Today.”