South Sound Volunteer Opportunities for Sept. 15

THE STATE CAPITOL VISITOR SERVICES PROGRAM is recruiting volunteers to provide guided tours and information to visitors, offering 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 non-profit located off of Littlerock Road in Tumwater that offers therapeutic riding and horsemanship opportunities to all ages and abilities. It needs volunteers to serve as side walkers, note-takers, and to assist with fundraising efforts. If you are interested, contact Jodie at 360-561-5328, email, or check out the website at

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. They provide snacks. Call the center at 360-956-1155.

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.

THE BIGELOW HOUSE MUSEUM needs volunteers to tell the story of early Washington and 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.

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.

SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND , a non-profit 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 vehicles, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. The STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia need activities. 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 Senior Services shops have openings for customer service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce, 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, for more information, or complete the volunteer application at

SEA MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintain its community garden, make displays to help educate patients, and community outreach. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia, call 360-704-7574 or go 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.

THURSTON COUNTY seeks citizen volunteers to serve on advisory boards, committees, and commissions. These groups meet on a regular basis and make recommendations on issues to the Board of County Commissioners. Call Danielle Westbrook, 360-786-5414, for details.