Volunteer opportunities for Sept. 1

THE STATE CAPITOL VISITOR SERVICES PROGRAM is recruiting volunteers to serve as tour guides and information specialists. Volunteers give 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 a non-profit located off of Littlerock Road in Tumwater, offers 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 check out the website at, for additional information.

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 as part of mailing “parties” where snacks are provided. Call the center at 360-956-1155.

LOVING HEARTS NEED HANDS is a crochet and knitting group that makes items for charities that serve babies, cancer patients, and men and women in shelters. It needs more volunteers to knit and crochet. The group meets from 12:30-2:30 p.m. the third and fourth Mondays of each month at Yards of Yarn, 1800 Olympic Highway S, Shelton. For additional information, or to donate yarn, call Hilda at 360-432-8295.

THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to staff 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 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.

NORTHWEST LIONS EYEGLASS RECYCLING CENTER ( in Lacey is an all-volunteer nonprofit that supplies used eyeglasses to those who do medical missions for the needy throughout the world. Volunteers do everything from inspecting and washing glasses to determining prescriptions and preparing them for shipment. 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

FRIENDS OF PAUL GRUDIS needs volunteers to purchase and deliver snacks for the homework club at Evergreen Vista housing complex in west Olympia. Also needed are donations of housewares, bedding, towels and kitchen wares. Several volunteers are needed each month. Call Lindsay at 360-352-1315.

KOKUA needs volunteers to “Be a Buddy” to an adult with disabilities. Volunteers are partnered with an individual with similar interests to go on outings or visit in the client’s home. Must be age 18 or older and pass a background check. Contact Randi Miller at 360-705-4665, ext. 120.