Volunteer of the week

Name: Phil Wayt.

Age: 62.

City: Olympia.

Volunteer’s activities include: Wayt volunteers as a mentor in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Mentor program. A former professional musician, Wayt recently retired after 24 years as executive director of a Washington statewide business association. In addition to volunteering, Wayt enjoys cooking, fishing and playing with the two family pugs.

This volunteer is special because: “Phillip joined the mentor program in 2007. He was matched with a youth at Maple Lane School in Centralia. Phillip has been an especially dedicated mentor. Phillip and his mentee have stayed in contact and are fast approaching their one-year anniversary as a match,” said Major W. Harris Jr., mentor program coordinator.

Volunteering is important to this volunteer because: “By being involved with this program, I hope I can offer something positive to help these kids with future lifestyle choices,” Wayt said.

Wayt will receive a plaque from the Volunteer Center and KGY Radio, courtesy of Deer Creek Awards, a division of Color Graphics.

This article was written by volunteer Julie Propp. The Volunteer Center provides volunteer services to people of all ages. If you would like to nominate a volunteer, call 360-741-2622 or download a nomination form at