Volunteer opportunities for Nov. 28

MERCY HOUSING is a non-profit that provides affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs, including Evergreen Vista Apartments at 1209 Fern St. SW, Olympia. Evergreen Vista offers a Homework Club, where children can be supervised after school and get help with their homework. Evergreen Vista needs volunteers to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks once a month. For more information, call 360-352-1315.

THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER needs volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, its 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, contact Katherine at

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 currently needs volunteers to serve as side walkers and note-takers, and to assist with fundraising efforts. If you are interested, contact Jodie at 360-561-5328 or, or check out, for more information.

RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) needs volunteers 55 and older. It will provide consultation, placement and supplemental insurance benefits. To learn more, contact Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with open positions in Thurston County, where more than 100 non-profit agencies post their needs and events. Fill out a mini profile and click on interesting positions at If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.

LOVING HEARTS needs more volunteers to knit and crochet items for charities that benefit babies, cancer patients, and men and women in shelters. 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 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 hotlines 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.

BOOTS TO SHOES FOUNDATION is a nonprofit organization founded by two Washington businessmen to show their appreciation to military service members. Volunteer mentors attend a free mentoring workshop, then are paired with a veteran who they meet with twice a month. Mentors provide insight into the civilian workforce and discuss career goals and job search strategies. Go to

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, 2000 Lakeridge Ave. SW, Olympia.

SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND is a non-profit serving the 55-and-older population of Thurston and Mason counties. It needs volunteer drivers to get seniors to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. Its STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia need activities assistants to help folks participate. 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. Its retail fundraisers need customer service help on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce, 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, for additional information, or complete the volunteer application at

LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM needs trained volunteers 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, call Paul Tosch at 360-943-6018.