Volunteer opportunities

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

WORK WITH ANIMALS: Local shelter has several jobs available, including grooming, feeding, and adoption matching. (36305)

mentor a child: Be a Big Brother or Big Sister to a needy child or teen. Interview and background check required. (301516)

help blood center: Work at a blood center in assorted jobs, including working with the public. (36316)

staff Boutique: Thrift store needs volunteers to open and close the store and sort through donations. (36325)

Like Bridge? Participate in weekly bridge games at an assisted living center. (36326)

Socialize kittens: Play with cats and kittens in need and teach them the social skills they will need in their new homes. (283628)

aid the symphony: Enter data into a computer for a local symphony orchestra. (36420)

Movies and popcorn: Work in the concession stand at a local film society. (47589)

Enforce the law: Help report violators who illegally park in disabled parking spaces. Inspect vehicles and give tickets to violators. (66317)


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 under 18 must have written parental permission and under 14 must be accompanied by an adults. For more details, call Todd Smith at 360-753-8365.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking for volunteer help in 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 help create Web sites, maintain vehicles, promote life-safety education or work with teen fire cadets. For more information, call RuthAnn Price at 360-705-0234 or send an e-mail to

Providence St. Peter Hospital needs a volunteer to share their writing and computer skills to create a site for its new gift shop online ordering service. For more information, 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 more information, 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 the following specialties: 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.