Volunteer opportunities for Aug. 4

HeartStrides is a non-profit program located off of Littlerock Road in Tumwater offering therapeutic riding and horsemanship opportunities to all ages and abilities. It needs volunteers to serve as side walkers and note takers, and to assist with fundraising efforts. Contact Jodie at 360-561-5328, email, or go to

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office needs retired individuals 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 of administrative duties in the office. A 12-hour training program will be provided. At the end of the training, volunteers donate a four-hour shift per week at the North Precinct in Belfair. Interested parties may obtain an application from Chief Civil Deputy Jan Shepherd at 360-275-4255 or 360-427-9670, ext. 316, or email Chief Shepherd at 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. 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 mailing “parties” where snacks are provided. Call 360-956-1155.

The Bigelow House Museum need volunteers to tell the story of early Washington and pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow. Volunteers lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, or care for the house and gardens. Visit, email or call 360-753-1215.

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 help provide 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 go to The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office needs volunteers to help 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. 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 proper picture ID to the Sheriff’s Office, at 2000 Lakeridge Ave. SW, Olympia. Call 360-786-5657 or email for details.

Sea Mar Community Health Center in Olympia 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 to learn more.

Long-term Care Ombudsman Program needs trained volunteers 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 volunteer a minimum of four hours per week. To learn more and receive an information packet, call Paul Tosch at 360-943-6018.

Friend to Friend needs volunteers to visit with residents in nursing, assisted-living and retirement homes throughout Thurston County. Call 888-383-7818.

The South Sound Estuarium Marine Life Discovery Center needs volunteers to help 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.