MASTER GARDENER TRAINING The Washington State University Lewis County Master Gardeners are looking for volunteers to become Master Gardeners. Training involves on-line 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 continued education. Applications for the training program are available online at http://lewis-mg-mrc.org/master_gardener_training/mg_training_information. Cost is $200. Information: 360-740-1216, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU is looking to add some new volunteers to our roster. Volunteers generally work 4 hour shifts in the Visitor Information Center, assisting visitors as they come into Thurston County. This includes helping visitors that walk through the doors, call the office for information, and putting together mailings in response to requests for information. General computer skills are important, especially the ability to look up information online, as we get an array of questions asked daily. Volunteers should have a good understanding of the Thurston County area, as well as a general sense of other areas of the State. Currently regular openings are Mondays from 1pm-5pm and Fridays from 11-2pm, occasionally additional shifts are open for substitutes. Contact Jennifer Leach at email@example.com or call 360-704-7544 for more information. Potential volunteers will be required to fill out an interest form and attend training before their first shift.
THE MASON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE needs dedicated retired individuals who are community minded and would like to donate some of their time to serve their community. Volunteers will assist with administrative duties, such as answering phones, fingerprinting, permit issuance, and public awareness programs. Assignments out on the road are available after 6 months of administrative duties in the office. A 12-hour training program will be provided. At the end of the training you will be donating 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 or 360-427-9670, ext. 316, or email Chief Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested parties can also stop by the North Precinct, at 23293 NE State Route 3, in Belfair, to pick up an application and talk to a volunteer personally. A background check is required for this position.
THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to fill the following openings: office volunteers for four-hour shifts; and volunteers to 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 is seeking volunteers. The museum tells the story of early Washington and of pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow. History lovers are encouraged to contact us if they are interested in helping lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, or care for the house and gardens. Maintaining and interpreting our history is a community effort! Visit www.bigelowhouse.org, email: email@example.com or call 360-753-1215.
THE CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON AND MASON COUNTIES needs volunteers for its Crisis Line and Youth Help Line. Volunteers, after receiving 60 hours of training, offer free, anonymous, confidential, and nonjudgmental crisis intervention over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details about the training call Nanci at 360-586-2888 ext. 103, or log on to: crisis-clinic.org. The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.
THURSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE needs volunteers for helping with vacation house checks, business checks, handicap parking violations, iris scan, traffic control at special events, speaking engagements, multi-housing/block watch, and other duties as assigned. Each volunteer must complete a field training program, and probation status. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have the ability to volunteer for four hours per week, have a valid Washington driver’s license, no criminal history, and a certificate of good health from their doctor. To apply, contact Gerry Jorgensen, 360-438-9398, or email: RJGJJorge@juno.com, or Greg Young, 360-352-9996. Fill out a volunteer application, and return it with proper picture ID to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, at 2000 Lakeridge Ave. SW, Olympia.
SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND is a non-profit serving the 55+ population of Thurston and Mason Counties: We are in need of volunteer drivers for getting seniors to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use your own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. You decide your schedule. Our STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia are in need of activities assistants to help folks participate in as many activities as possible. The Olympia nutrition site needs volunteers from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, to help set-up, prepare, serve, and clean-up for the lunch meal. Our 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 on-line at www.southsoundseniors.org.