VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with positions. There are more than 100 Thurston County non-profit agencies that post their needs and events on Volunteer Connection. Fill out a mini profile and click on interesting positions at www.unitedway-thurston.org/VOLUNTEER. If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.
LOVING HEARTS is a crochet and knit group making items for charities that servie babies, cancer patients, and men and women in shelters. It needs more people to knit and crochet. 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 more information, or to donate yarn, call Hilda at 360-432-8295.
THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to staff the office for four-hour shifts, and 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 360-352-0593 to volunteer or donate.
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 crisis-clinic.org. 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 as assigned. 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, 360-438-9398, or email: RJGJJorge@juno.com, or Greg Young, 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.
AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM needs volunteer tax counselors to provide free income tax assistance and counseling to low- and middle-income taxpayers, particularly those age 60 and older. Volunteers will be trained during December and January. Computer skills are required. Counselors are expected to work a minimum of four hours per week. The program also is recruiting technical people who have a computer hardware or software background as well as front desk staff. To register, call 888-687-2277 or go to aarp.org/taxaide.
THE CENTER FOR NATURAL LANDS MANAGEMENT needs volunteers for Tuesdays and the second Saturday of each month to gather at a South Puget Sound prairie preserve to do critical environmental restoration work. Activities range from burning brush piles and planting native wildflowers and grasses, to native plant seed collection and cleaning. Call 360-570-0762 or email email@example.com to volunteer.
FRIENDS OF PAUL GRUDIS needs volunteers to purchase and deliver nutritious snacks for the homework club at Evergreen Vista. Also needed are donations of housewares, bedding, towels and kitchen wares. Several volunteers are needed each month. Call Lindsay at 360-352-1315.
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.