Southsound volunteer opportunities for Aug. 25

THE STATE CAPITOL VISITOR SERVICES PROGRAM needs volunteers to serve as tour guides and information specialists. 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

THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to work four-hour shifts in the office, 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.

BOOTS TO SHOES FOUNDATION is a nonprofit organization founded by two Washington businessmen to show their appreciation to military service members. Volunteers attend a free mentoring workshop, then are paired with a veteran who they meet with twice a month. Mentors provide insight into the civilian workforce and discuss career goals and job search strategies. Go to

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 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 NW, 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.

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.

NORTHWEST LIONS EYEGLASS RECYCLING CENTER is an all-volunteer nonprofit that supplies used eyeglasses to those who do medical missions for the needy throughout the world. Volunteers inspect and wash glasses, determine prescriptions and prepare glasses for shipment. Hours are flexible; teams work during the day and evenings. For more information or to tour the facility, contact Don Schmidt at 360-292-3511 or