Volunteer opportunities for Nov. 21

MERCY HOUSING is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs. It runs Evergreen Vista Apartments at 1209 Fern St. SW in west Olympia, where it offers an afternoon Homework Club for school-age children. Evergreen Vista needs volunteers to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks once a month for the Homework Club children. For more information, call 360-352-1315.

THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER needs volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, its new 24-hour family shelter in Olympia. It needs to fill a variety of shifts, including evenings and weekends. Training is provided and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. For more information, 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 at mailing “parties” where snacks are provided. To learn more, call 360-956-1155.

RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) needs volunteers 55 and older. To learn more about current opportunities, contact Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or email

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with community needs. There are more than 100 Thurston County nonprofit agencies that post their needs and events on Volunteer Connection. To participate, fill out a mini profile and click on positions you find interesting at If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.

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

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; the lines are staffed 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.

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 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 Gerry Jorgensen at 360-438-9398 or, or Greg Young at 360-352-9996. Fill out a volunteer application, and return it with proper picture ID to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, at 2000 Lakeridge Ave. SW, Olympia.

LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM needs volunteers willing to listen to the concerns and questions of residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult family homes. Volunteers receive 4 1/2 days of free training and volunteer a minimum of four hours per week. To learn more and to receive an information packet, call Paul Tosch at 360-943-6018.