South Sound volunteer opportunities

MISSION DELIVERY FOR THURSTON COUNTY FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY needs volunteers for its Road To Recovery program. Volunteer drivers donate their time and resources to take patients to treatment appointments and return them to their homes. They also provide encouragement and support. Drivers must have a safe and reliable vehicle, a current valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, and a good driving record; a background check will be conducted on all volunteers. For more information, go to

THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER needs volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, its 24-hour family shelter in Olympia. It has a variety of shifts and needs to fill, 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 program off of Littlerock Road in Tumwater that offers therapeutic riding and horsemanship opportunities to all ages and abilities. It needs volunteers to serve as side walkers and note-takers, and to assist with fundraising efforts. If interested, contact volunteer coordinator Jodie at 360-561-5328 or, or go to

RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) connects citizens ages 55 and older with meaningful volunteer opportunities that range from short-term projects to long-term commitments. Current opportunities include: Catholic Community Services needs quality craft people to build wheelchair ramps and handle home repairs for seniors and people with disabilities who want to stay in their homes. Providence Sound Home Care & Hospice needs volunteers to work with patients providing comfort, and offering respite to families; training is provided. The Thurston County Food Bank needs volunteers to pack and distribute food packages, meet and greet clients, and answer questions. Catholic Community Services needs volunteers to help elderly and disabled people with chores. SideWalk needs volunteer greeters who will work with those seeking shelter, providing information and empathetic support; training is provided. Senior Services for South Sound needs volunteers to work at its travel desk to help seniors book trips and get information on what is available. The YWCA needs volunteers to help with its Girls Without Limits Program May 2, providing classroom management, curriculum planning and organization support. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more, call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or visit and click on RSVP!

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

OLYMPIA FARMERS MARKET needs volunteers to help the public with recycling and composting at its waste centers. No handling or lifting is expected. Individuals, groups and organizations are welcome. Training is provided. Volunteers are needed anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call Spencer Orman at 360-753-8752, email or go to for more information.

THE CENTER FOR NATURAL LANDS MANAGEMENT needs volunteers on 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 to volunteer.

FRIENDS OF PAUL GRUDIS need volunteers to purchase and deliver nutritious snacks to the homework club at Evergreen Vista housing complex. 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.