Volunteer opportunities for Aug. 11

The State Capitol Visitor Services Program is recruiting volunteers to serve as tour guides and information specialists. Volunteers provide guided tours and information to visitors, and provide insights about state history, government and architecture. A weekly shift commitment of three hours is required. To learn more, call 360-902-8887 or email

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

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office needs retired individuals who would like to donate time 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 a volunteer application from Chief Civil Deputy Jan Shepherd at 360-275-4255, 360-427-9670, ext. 316, or 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 to learn more.

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.

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

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 about the training, call Nanci at 360-586-2888 ext. 103, or go to The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

Boots to Shoes Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by two Washington businessmen to show their appreciation to military service members. Volunteer mentors attend a free mentoring workshop, then are paired with a veteran whom they meet with twice a month. Mentors provide insight into the civilian workforce and discuss career goals and job search strategies. Go to

Senior Services for South Sound, a nonprofit serving the 55-and-older population of Thurston and Mason counties, needs volunteer drivers to get seniors to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. Its STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia need activities assistants. The Olympia nutrition site needs volunteers 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to help set up, prepare, serve, and clean up for the lunch meal. And its retail shops have openings for customer service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce at 360-586-6181, ext. 103, for additional information, or complete the volunteer application at