OLYMPIA SCHOOL DISTRICT needs volunteers to serve on its 2015 Citizens’ Facility Advisory Committee. Over the spring and summer, the committee will develop recommendations to the school board on if and when school facilities should be remodeled or expanded. Recommendations will be used to develop a proposed 2016 bond. More information and applications are at http://osd.wednet.edu. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 20.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY LEWIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS need 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 continued education. Applications for the training program are at http://lewis-mg-mrc.org/master_gardener_training/mg_training_information. Cost is $200. Information: 360-740-1216, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU needs volunteers to work four-hour shifts in the Visitor Information Center, assisting visitors who come into the office or call, and putting together mailings in response to information requests. 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. Contact Jennifer Leach at email@example.com or 360-704-7544 for more information. Potential volunteers will be required to attend training before their first shift.
HEARTSTRIDES is a nonprofit located off Littlerock Road in Tumwater that offers therapeutic riding and horsemanship opportunities to all ages and abilities. It needs volunteers to serve as side walkers and note-takers, and to assist with fundraising efforts. Those interested should contact Jodie at 360-561-5328 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or check the website at heartstridestherapeuticridingandhorsemanship.yolasite.com for additional information.
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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 at mailing “parties” where snacks are provided. Call the center at 360-956-1155.
RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) connects citizens 55 and older with volunteer opportunities that range from short-term projects to longer-term commitments. Current opportunities include sort donations, pack boxes, distribute food and help those seeking assistance at the Thurston County Food Bank; help kids connect with a caring adult by being a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County; help kids get a better grasp of math by tutoring at a YWCA after-school program; help kids with academic lessons, projects and other activities at Mercy Housing’s Homework Club; or help families settle into the Family Support Center’s shelter. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more, call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or visit unitedway-thurston.org and click on RSVP.
VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with positions. More than 100 Thurston County nonprofit agencies post their needs and events. Fill out a mini-profile and click on positions you find interesting at unitedway-thurston.org/VOLUNTEER. For more information, call Sara Kukkonen at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.
THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to work four-hour shifts in the office, and stock the shelves of The Other Bank on Tuesdays. In addition, the YWCA always accepts donations of hygiene items such as shampoo and dish soap. Call 360-352-0593 to volunteer or donate.
THE BIGELOW HOUSE MUSEUM needs volunteers to tell the story of early Washington and of pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow. Volunteers lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, or care for the house and gardens. Visit bigelowhouse.org, email email@example.com or call 360-753-1215 to learn more.
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 help lines are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details, call Nanci at 360-586-2888 ext. 103, or go to crisis-clinic.org. The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.