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 may need to 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. Friday (Feb. 20).
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY LEWIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS needs volunteers to become Master Gardeners. Training involves online study, a full-day 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. Applications for the training program are available 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 as they come into 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, as well as a general sense of other areas of the state. Currently 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.
THE MASON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE needs retirees willing to donate some of their time 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 donate a four-hour shift per week at the North Precinct in Belfair. Interested parties may 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, 23293 NE State Route 3, Belfair. A background check is required for this position.
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 a mailing “party” where snacks are provided. Call the center at 360-956-1155.
VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with available positions. More than 100 Thurston County non-profit agencies post their needs and events on Volunteer Connection. Fill out a mini profile at www.unitedway-thurston.org/VOLUNTEER. If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.
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 www.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 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.
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.
THE 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.
THE NORTH OLYMPIA FIRE DEPARTMENT needs volunteers to create websites, maintain vehicles, promote life safety education, or work with teen fire cadets. Contact Lt. Derek Hall at 360-705-0234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SOUTH SOUND ESTUARIUM MARINE LIFE DISCOVERY CENTER needs more volunteers to help 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.