THE CENTER FOR NATURAL LANDS MANAGEMENT (CNLM) needs volunteers to help preserve the endangered South Sound prairies. CNLM is a non-profit dedicated to preserving and restoring endangered ecosystems. CNLM offers volunteer opportunities on the prairies on Tuesdays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday at its nursery. Additionally, there are volunteer work parties from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. Contact Hank at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit southsoundprairies.org for more information.
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 email@example.com.
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 age 55 and older with meaningful volunteer opportunities. Current opportunities include: Sort donations, pack boxes, distribute food and help those seeking assistance at the Thurston County Food Bank; mentor a child or youth for a few hours a month at the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County; provide tutoring at a YWCA or Mercy Housing NW/TOGETHER! after-school program. 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 www.unitedway-thurston.org and click on RSVP!
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VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with positions that match their interests. There are more than 100 Thurston County non-profit agencies that post their needs and events on Volunteer Connection. Fill out a mini profile and click on interesting positions at www.unitedway-thurston.org/VOLUNTEER. If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.
THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to work in the office for four-hour shifts 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 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.