Volunteer opportunities for April 3

THE WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY LEWIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS need volunteers to become Master Gardeners. Training involves online study, a full-day hands-on training on the third Tuesday of each month, and field experience in plant clinics and demonstration gardens. Monthly evening business meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and include continued education. Applications for the training program are available at Cost is $200. Information: 360-740-1216, or

THE VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU needs volunteers to work four-hour shifts in the Visitor Information Center, assisting visitors who come in or call the office, and putting together mailings in response to requests for information. General computer skills are important, especially the ability to look up information online. Volunteers should have a good understanding of Thurston County, as well as a general sense of other areas of the state. Current regular openings are 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays; occasionally additional shifts are open for substitutes. Contact Jennifer Leach at or 360-704-7544 for more information. Potential volunteers will be required to attend training before their first shift.

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.

SEA MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintain the community garden, make educational displays, and community outreach at its Olympia clinic. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, call 360-704-7574 or go to to learn more.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS MOUNT RAINIER CHAPTER needs volunteers to support military service members and military families with emergency communications and casework services. Call 360-352-8575.

THE NORTH OLYMPIA FIRE DEPARTMENT needs volunteers to create websites, maintain vehicles, promote life safety education, or work with teen fire cadets. Contact Lt. Derek Hall at 360-705-0234 or

THE THURSTON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE TEAM needs volunteers who want to help the community during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. Volunteers can earn their technician’s license as part of training. For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 360-529-1738 and leave a message.

NORTHWEST LIONS EYEGLASS RECYCLING CENTER ( in Lacey is inviting members of the community to volunteer at its facility. It is an all-volunteer nonprofit that supplies used eyeglasses to those who do medical missions for the needy worldwide. Volunteers inspect and wash glasses, determine prescriptions and prepare glasses for shipment. Hours are flexible; teams work during the day and evenings. For more information or to tour the facility, contact Don Schmidt at 360-292-3511 or

FRIENDS OF PAUL GRUDIS needs volunteers to purchase and deliver nutritious snacks for the homework club at Evergreen Vista housing in West Olympia. 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.