Volunteer opportunities

For more information call the volunteer center at 360-741-2622. When calling, please refer to the number at the end of the job description. An expanded list is available at

academy gardener: Plant, mow, and weed the grounds of a local state patrol academy. (304246)

Make a friend: Spend one-on-one time with a senior at a retirement home. (47343)

advise youth: Be an adviser for the local Boys & Girls Club. Participate in decision making, raising money, collecting donations, and club activities. (36297)

health helper: Take blood pressure readings for local seniors. (47796)

solicit donations: Use your know-how with the public to secure donations for a charitable foundation. Make phone calls, mail letters, and keep track of donations. (36381)

Dance chaperone: Mentor teens at a Friday night dance party. (47997)

donation TRANSPORTATION: Work with a building charity to pick up and deliver donations. The vehicle and a helper are provided, if needed. (295382)

History buffs wanted: Spend time at the state library indexing historical newspapers, and entering keywords in the online database. (296220)

PATROL EVENTS: Work with local authorities at community events providing security and staffing an information booth. Training provided. (36786)


Olympia Volunteers in Parks is seeking volunteers to work at the Yashiro Japanese Garden on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Bring a rake and gloves. Everyone is welcome, but volunteers younger than 18 must have written parental permission and under 14 must be accompanied by an adults. For details, call Todd Smith at 360-753-8365.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs help soliciting donations for its new and used building supply store. For more information, call Alex at 360-753-1575 or send an e-mail to

The North Olympia Fire Department has established a Fire Corps program and is seeking volunteers to create Web sites, maintain vehicles, promote life-safety education or work with teen fire cadets. For details, call RuthAnn Price at 360-705-0234 or send an e-mail to

Providence St. Peter Hospital needs a volunteer to create a Web site for its new gift shop online ordering service. For details, call 360-493-4706.

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies in need. These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns available. 877-985-9212 or

The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter is looking for volunteers to support military service members and military families with emergency communications and casework services. For details, call 360-352-8575.

Friend to Friend is looking for volunteers to visit one on one with residents in nursing, assisted-living and retirement homes throughout Puget Sound. Call 888-383-7818.

Pastoral Care Program needs volunteers to provide lay, nondenominational ministry services to patients and families in a medical setting. Spiritual care-based training will be provided, as well as ongoing supervision and training. Call Renee Crotty at 360-956-1299.

Thurston County Search and Rescue Teams are seeking volunteers for ground search, mounted patrol (horse teams), dog teams, mobile units (4x4, SUV, pickup), mountain bike, quads, radio operators, logistic report and medical support specialists. Call 360-455-8002.

Rosie’s Place, a drop-in center for high-risk youths ages 12-21, is looking for people to fill various volunteer positions. Call Carli at 360-943-0780, ext. 129.

The Hampton Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is in need of volunteers to entertain guests by playing an instrument, or assist in craft-related activities such as painting. Contact LaRay at 360-786-6062.

Kokua needs volunteers to be buddies to its clients and help support them with community activities, visiting the library, attending church or achieving a lifetime goal. For more information, call Cary Richardson at 360-705-4665, ext. 108, or go to

Mason County Literacy has many volunteer jobs available, including tutoring positions in math, reading, GED preparation and ESL (English as a second language). Volunteers also are needed to do office work, child care and database management. Call 360-426-9733.

Dispute Resolution Center needs volunteers to help people resolve their conflicts with friends, neighbors, families, co-workers, landlords or businesses. Learn how to be a neutral listener for four hours per week. Call 360-956-1155.

SafePlace needs volunteers and interns to provide support to those affected by domestic and sexual abuse. Call 360-754-6389, ext. 103.

Alterra ClareBridge needs volunteers in its local memory care assisted-living facility. Contact the activity director at 360-236-1400.

The Hugs Project needs volunteers who sew, knit or crochet to create items for the care packages it sends to all branches of the military. Call 360-493-6090.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Jeep Patrol needs volunteers to assist emergency services during natural disasters. Requirements: minimum age of 21, running 4x4, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. A background check will be performed on all applicants. Call 360-280-2866.

City of Olympia Safe & Sober Driving seeks volunteers who have been injured or have had a loved one injured or killed by a drunken driver to share their stories with the DUI Victim Impact Panel. Call Patty or Cheryl at 360-753-8284.