Southsound volunteer opportunities

The Family Support Center is looking for compassionate and energetic volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, our 24-hour family shelter in Olympia. We have a wide variety of shifts and needs to fill, including evenings and weekends. Training provided and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. Our needs are expected to grow as the colder months approach, so join our amazing team now! For more information, contact Katherine at

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:

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. We have mailing “parties” and provide snacks. Join our congenial group!” Call the center, at 360-956-1155.

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.

The YWCA of Olympia needs volunteers to fill the following openings: office volunteers for four-hour shifts; and volunteers 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.