Southsound volunteer opportunities

The State Capitol Visitor Services Program is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as tour guides and information specialists. If you enjoy providing visitors with a fun and educational experience in a historic setting, this volunteer position might be perfect for you. Volunteers provide guided tours and information to visitors, providing 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 501(c)(3) non-profit therapeutic horsemanship program located off of Littlerock Road, in Tumwater. We offer therapeutic riding and horsemanship opportunities to all ages and abilities. We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as side walkers, note-takers, and to assist with fundraising efforts. If you are interested, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jodie, at 360-561-5328 or email:, or you can check out our website at, for additional information.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) needs volunteers! RSVP supports volunteerism nationwide for people 55+ with consultation, placement and supplemental insurance benefits. RSVP has a great need for volunteers in the following areas: Spread Joy: Activity Volunteers are needed at the NEW Family Shelter. Plan their monthly birthday celebration or lead a craft. Help make the kids feel special. Family Support Center; Share the Bounty: Volunteer at a local food bank. Help pack boxes and distribute nutritious food to clients, pick up donations and sort items. Thurston County Food Bank; Lend a Hand: Assist elderly and disabled people in their homes. Duties vary from light housework to simple home projects. Catholic Community Services; Say Hello: Be a greeter in the office of a homeless advocacy program. Welcome clients and distribute information about services to those in need. Sidewalk; Plan A Party: Volunteer to solicit auction items for a fundraiser. Be part of a team of party planners. Senior Services of South Sound; Community Ties: Volunteer to do community outreach for a housing charity. Get the word out at events, fundraisers and open houses. Work with the public and provide info. Homes First!; Drivers Wanted: Volunteer to drive elderly clients to medical appointments and essential errands. Use your own car. Mileage is reimbursed. Catholic Community Services; Dress for Success: Help sort and organize clothes at a local clothing bank. Community Youth Services and Family Support Center; Trade for Trade: Share your knowledge of electrical, carpentry, landscaping to help people remain in their homes. ReBuilding Together; Show Me The World: Be a mentor and help struggling youth see their value and opportunity. TOGETHER! To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Jennifer Thompson, Volunteer Coordinator with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at 360-943-2773, ext. 21 or email

Volunteer Connection is an online virtual website that matches you with volunteer positions that match your interests. There are over 100 Thurston County non-profit agencies that post their needs and event on Volunteer Connection and update them often. Fill out a mini profile and click on positions you find interesting. Some of the most recent posts are: Videographer-Kokua; Organizational Intern-SideWalk; Opening Doors and Super Hero Volunteers-Homes First; Note Taker for Grant making Panel - United Way of Thurston County; Planting Day May 17th – City of Tumwater; Donation Organizing and Shelter Hosts – Family Support Center; Fundraising & Development Assistant-Rebuilding Together; Housework Angels-Volunteer Chore Services; STARS Respite Volunteers-Senior Services for South Sound and MUCH more. Check out Volunteer Connection at If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen, United Way of Thurston County VISTA at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.

Loving Hearts needs hands is a crochet and knit group making items for charities, including babies, cancer patients undergoing chemo-therapy, and men and women in shelters. We need more people willing to knit and crochet. We meet from 12:30-2:30 p.m., on the third and fourth Mondays of each Monday, at Yards of Yarn, 1800 Olympic Highway S, Shelton. For additional information, or to donate yarn, call Hilda at 360-432-8295.

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties needs volunteers for its Crisis Line and Youth Help Line. Volunteers, after receiving 60 hours of training, 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 log on to: The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

Sound Learning is looking for volunteers to help with daily operations of the adult learning agency. Tasks will include filing, copying, and answering phones. There is also an ongoing need for help with tutoring and special events. Opportunities at Sound Learning also include office support, creative projects such as designing window displays, and a variety of tutoring opportunities ranging from reading and math to English for Speakers of Other Languages. For information, call Tracy Moore, at 360-426-9733 or email: In Shelton: Sound Learning provides alternative education opportunities for adults in both basic skills (reading, writing, math and GED prep) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Opportunities include serving as an adult education tutor, a children’s program volunteer, or a general volunteer to help with special projects, and/or office administration. Call 360-426-9733, or go to, for an application.

Sea Mar Community Health Center make a difference in the health of your community, and volunteer to serve vulnerable members of the population. Sea Mar Community Health Center’s Olympia Clinic is seeking volunteers. to help with administrative duties, maintaining our community garden, making displays to help educate patients about their health, and community outreach. Please stop by our clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia, call 360-704-7574 or go online to to learn more.

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.

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