Volunteer opportunities for July 28

The State Capitol Visitor Services Program needs volunteers to serve as tour guides and information specialists, providing visitors with a fun and educational experience in a historic setting. A weekly shift commitment of three hours is required. To learn more, call 360-902-8887, or email

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) supports volunteerism for people 55 and older with consultation, placement and supplemental insurance benefits. RSVP needs volunteers in the following areas: Help pack boxes, pick up donations, sort items, and distribute food to clients of the Thurston County Food Bank. Assist elderly and disabled people in their homes by doing light housework and simple home projects through Catholic Community Services. Be a greeter in the office of homeless advocacy program SideWalk. Deliver food to seniors and disabled citizens through Meals on Wheels. Volunteer at a coffee shop in a senior center run by Senior Services of South Sound. Do community outreach for housing charity Homes First! Drive elderly clients to medical appointments and essential errands through Catholic Community Services. Be a storyteller for South Sound Reading Foundation. For more information, contact Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21.

Volunteer Connection is a website that matches you with volunteer positions that match your 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 positions you find interesting. Some recent posts are: videographer for Kokua; organizational intern for SideWalk; Opening Doors and Super Hero Volunteers for Homes First!; note taker for grant-making panel at the United Way of Thurston County; donation organizers and shelter hosts for the Family Support Center; fundraising and development assistant for Rebuilding Together; Housework Angels for Volunteer Chore Services; STARS respite volunteers for Senior Services for South Sound. Check out Volunteer Connection at 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 Bree Lafreniere at 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 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details, call Nanci at 360-586-2888 ext. 103, or log on to The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

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

Long-term Care Ombudsmen Program needs people with a concern for vulnerable adults and dependable transportation to listen to the concerns and questions of residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult family homes. Volunteers receive 4-1/2 days of free training and must volunteer a minimum of four hours per week. To learn more and receive an information packet, call Paul Tosch at 360-943-6018.

Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center ( in Lacey, an all-volunteer nonprofit, needs volunteers to help supply used eyeglasses to those who do medical missions for the needy around the world. Volunteers do everything from inspecting and washing glasses to determining prescriptions and preparing them for shipment. Several community volunteers also serve in staff positions. Hours are flexible with teams working during the day and evenings. For more information or to tour the facility, contact Don Schmidt at 360-292-3511 or