Volunteer opportunities for Dec. 12

MERCY HOUSING is a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing communities for low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs. In Olympia, it runs Evergreen Vista Apartments at 1209 Fern St. SW, where it runs an after-school Homework Club for children. Evergreen Vista needs volunteers to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks for the Homework Club once a month. 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 has a variety of shifts to fill, including evenings and weekends. Training is provided and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. For more information, contact Katherine at

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

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with positions. More than 100 Thurston County non-profit agencies post their needs and events on Volunteer Connection. 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 is a crocheting and knitting 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 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 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 help 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.

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

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 vehicles, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. The STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia are in need of activities assistants. 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 have openings for customer service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce, 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, for additional information, or complete the volunteer application online at