Volunteer Opportunities for April 17

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 located off 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, for more information.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER has occasional need for volunteers to help with bulk mailings for roughly two hours at a time. Duties include folding and applying address labels at mailing “parties” where snacks are provided. Call the center at 360-956-1155.

RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) connects citizens age 55 and older with volunteer opportunities that range from an hour a month to 10, short-term projects or long-term commitments. Current needs: Catholic Community Services needs quality craft workers to build wheelchair ramps, handle home repairs and do other chores for seniors and people with disabilities. Providence Sound Home Care and Hospice needs volunteers to work with patients providing comfort, and giving respite to families. Training is provided. The Thurston County Food Bank needs volunteers to pack and distribute food, meet and greet clients, and answer questions. SideWalk needs volunteer greeters to helps homeless people seeking shelter by providing information and empathetic support. Training is provided. Senior Services for South Sound needs volunteers to work at their travel desk to help book trips and provide information on what is available. The YWCA of Olympia needs help the Girls Without Limits Program the first Saturday in May. Volunteers provide classroom management, curriculum planning and organization support. To sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more, call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or go to and click on RSVP!

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is a website that matches volunteers with positions. 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 positions you find interesting at If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.

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.

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 has a variety of volunteer positions available: Drivers are needed to take clients to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. The STARS respite care program needs activities assistants in Lacey. Program hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Friday. The Olympia Senior Center needs kitchen and dining crew to help with dining room setup, meal prep, serving and cleanup from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A foodhandler's permit is required for meal prep. Call Isaac, 360-586-6181, ext. 131, or email for more information. You can complete a volunteer application online at

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.