South Sound volunteer opportunities

THE STATE CAPITOL VISITOR SERVICES PROGRAM is recruiting volunteers to lead guided tours and provide practical information as well as 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

RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) needs volunteers 55 and older in the following areas: Activity volunteers are needed at the new Family Shelter run by the Family Support Center. The Thurston County Food Bank needs volunteers to pack boxes, distribute food to clients, pick up donations and sort items. Catholic Community Services needs volunteers to assist elderly and disabled people in their homes by doing light housework or simple home projects. SideWalk needs a volunteer greeter in the office to welcome homeless clients and distribute information about services. Senior Services for South Sound needs volunteers to solicit auction items for a fundraiser. Homes First! needs volunteers to do community outreach at events, fundraisers and open houses. Catholic Community Services needs volunteer drivers to take elderly clients to medical appointments and on essential errands (mileage is reimbursed). Community Youth Services and the Family Support Center need volunteers to sort and organize clothes at a local clothing bank. ReBuilding Together needs volunteers willing to share their knowledge of electrical, carpentry and landscaping work to help people remain in their homes. TOGETHER! needs volunteers to serve as mentors to struggling youth. To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or email

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

SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND, a non-profit serving the 55-and-older population of Thurston and Mason counties, needs volunteer drivers to take seniors to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicles, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. The STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia need activities assistants. The Olympia nutrition site needs volunteers from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to help set up, prepare, serve, and clean up the lunch meal. The retail shops need customer service volunteers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce, 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, for additional information, or complete the volunteer application on-line at

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, Olympia, call 360-704-7574 or go online to to learn more.

THE THURSTON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE TEAM needs volunteers who want to help their neighbors and the community during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. Volunteers can earn their technician license as part of training. For more information, go to, send an email to the Emergency Coordinator at, or call 360-529-1738 and leave a message.

OLYMPIA FARMERS MARKET needs volunteers to help the public with recycling and composting at its waste centers. No handling or lifting is expected. Individuals, groups and organizations are welcome. Training is provided. Volunteers are needed anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Call Spencer Orman, 360-753-8752, or email for information. Learn more at

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.