South Sound volunteer opportunities

LOVING HEARTS NEEDS HANDS is a crochet and knit group making items for charities that serve babies, cancer patients, and men and women in shelters. It needs more people willing 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 work four-hour shifts in the office and 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 BIGELOW HOUSE MUSEUM is seeking volunteers to tell the story of early Washington and of pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow. Volunteers lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, and care for the house and gardens. For more information, visit, email or call 360-753-1215.

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 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.

SOUND LEARNING needs volunteers to help with daily operations of the adult learning agency. Tasks include filing, copying, and answering phones. There also is an ongoing need for help with tutoring and special events as well as with creative projects such as designing window displays. For information, call Tracy Moore at 360-426-9733 or email, or go to for an application.

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

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 at 2000 Lakeridge Ave. SW, Olympia.

SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND is a nonprofit dedicated to helping those 55 and older remain vital and independent in Thurston and Mason counties. The organization needs senior transportation drivers to take clients to/from essential appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement, or one of our agency vehicles. It also needs activities assistants for its STARS respite care program in Lacey. Program hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Senior Services also needs kitchen and dining crew members at The Olympia Senior Center to help with dining room setup, meal prep, serving and cleanup from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. A foodhandler's permit is required for meal prep. Call Isaac, 360-586-6181, ext. 131, or email for more information. Or complete a volunteer application at

SEA MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintain the community garden, make educational displays, and community outreach. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane NW, Olympia, 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.