Volunteer opportunities for July 14

HeartStrides is a non-profit therapeutic horsemanship program located off of Littlerock Road in Tumwater. It offers therapeutic riding and horsemanship opportunities to all ages and abilities. It needs volunteers to serve as side walkers, note takers, and to assist with fundraising efforts. If you are interested, contact volunteer coordinator Jodie, at 360-561-5328, email, or check out the website at

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. The organization has mailing “parties” where it provides snacks. Call the center at 360-956-1155 for more information.

Loving Hearts Needs Hands is a crocheting and knitting group making items for charities that support babies, cancer patients, and men and women in shelters. It needs more people willing to knit and crochet. The group meets from 12:30-2:30 p.m. the third and fourth Mondays of each month at Yards of Yarn, 1800 Olympic Highway S, Shelton. For more information, or to donate yarn, call Hilda at 360-432-8295.

The YWCA of Olympia needs volunteers to work in the office for four-hour shifts and 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 Bree Lafreniere at 360-352-0593 to volunteer or donate.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office needs volunteers to do vacation house checks, business checks, handicap parking violations, iris scan, traffic control at special events, speaking engagements, multi-housing/block watch, and other duties. Each volunteer must complete the two-week volunteer academy, 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 Lt. John Price, and fill out a volunteer application returning it with picture ID to the Sheriff’s Office, 2000 Lakeridge Ave. SW, Olympia. Call 360-786-5657 or email for details.

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

The South Sound Estuarium marine life discovery center needs volunteers to staff the center at 608 Washington St. NE. 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.