Southsound volunteer opportunities

MASTER GARDENER TRAINING The Washington State University Lewis County Master Gardeners are looking for 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 online at

mg_training_information. Cost is $200. Information: 360-740-1216, or email:

THE VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU is looking to add some new volunteers to our roster. Volunteers generally work four-hour shifts in the Visitor Information Center, assisting visitors as they come into Thurston County. This includes helping visitors who walk through the doors, call the office for information and putting together mailings in response to requests for information. General computer skills are important, especially the ability to look up information online, as we get an array of questions asked daily. Volunteers should have a good understanding of the Thurston County area, as well as a general sense of other areas of the state. Currently regular openings are Mondays from 1-5p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., occasionally additional shifts are open for substitutes. Contact Jennifer Leach at or call 360-704-7544 for more information. Potential volunteers will be required to fill out an interest form and attend training before their first shift.

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. We have mailing “parties” and provide snacks. Join our congenial group. Call the center, at 360-956-1155.

RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) United Way’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) connects citizens age 55 and older with meaningful volunteer opportunities in our community. Whether you give one hour a month or 10, sign up for short-term projects or commit to a longer term. All is valuable to help the common good. If you are a quality craft person, lend a hand. Work with a team and build wheelchair ramps and handle home repairs to help seniors and people with disabilities to stay safely in their homes. (Catholic Community Services). Be a hospice volunteer. Work with patients providing comfort while giving respite to families. Training is provided. (Providence Sound Home Care & Hospice). Volunteer at a food bank. Pack and distribute food packages. Meet and greet clients and answer questions. (Thurston County Food Bank). Help elderly and disabled people with chores they are unable to do. Work in their homes on small projects that will beautify their environment. (Catholic Community Services). Be a greeter at a service that helps homeless people. Work with those seeking shelter providing information and empathetic support. Training is provided. Volunteer to receive and organize medical supplies and stock the shelves at the Medical Equipment Bank. Be a buddy and help folks new to the system navigate and become comfortable as a new rider. (Catholic Community Services). To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more in your area, call Jennifer Thompson, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, at 360-943-2773, ext. 21 or visit our website at and click on RSVP!

THE BIGELOW HOUSE MUSEUM is seeking volunteers. The museum tells the story of early Washington and of pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow. History lovers are encouraged to contact us if they are interested in helping lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, or care for the house and gardens. Maintaining and interpreting our history is a community effort. 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. Volunteers, after receiving 60 hours of training, offer free, anonymous, confidential, and nonjudgmental crisis intervention over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details about the training call Nanci at 360-586-2888 ext. 103, or log on to: The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND is a nonprofit dedicated to helping those 55 and older remain vital and independent in Thurston and Mason counties. Our current volunteer needs include 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. On-call, flexible scheduling; activities assistants for our STARS respite care program in Lacey. Help clients participate in as many activities as possible. Program hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; kitchen and dining crew at The Olympia Senior Center to help with dining room setup, meal prep, serving and cleanup, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. A food handler’s permit required for meal prep. A good opportunity for students needing volunteer hours to graduate. Call Isaac, 360-586-6181, ext. 131, or email for additional information. You can complete a volunteer application online at

SEA MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER make a difference in the health of your community, and volunteer to serve vulnerable members of the population. Sea Mar Community Health Center’s Olympia Clinic is seeking volunteers. to help with administrative duties, maintaining our community garden, making displays to help educate patients about their health, and community outreach. Please stop by our clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia, call 360-704-7574 or go online to to learn more.

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