Odyssey Youth Center – Volunteers are needed to cook meals for local youth who may not get a hot, wholesome meal at home or anywhere else. Meal preparation would be for 10-20 people in a house-sized kitchen, Wednesdays through Fridays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Joel Williamson, volunteer coordinator at (509) 325-3637 or visit www.odysseyyouth.org.
Salvation Army – The Salvation Army Food Bank is in need of volunteers to help sort and hand out food, along with helping clients’ shops and processing donations. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, be able to lift up to 25 pounds, have good customer service skills and pass a criminal background check. For more information call (509) 325-5005 or visit www.salvationarmyspokane.org.
Second Harvest Inland Northwest – Second Harvest is in need of volunteers to help sort and pack produce, food drive or bulk food items in preparation for delivery to the food bank’s emergency food outlets. Volunteers must be 14 years of age and older and be able to stand for two hours. For more information call Julie at (509) 252-6242 or visit www.2-harvest.org.
Sierra Club, Upper Columbia River Group – Many volunteer opportunities to work in the outdoors and for those who are enthusiastic about keeping the environment clean. Call Chris Bachman at (509) 280-8159 or visit www.sierraclub.org/ico/Spokane.
SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. – Volunteers who are at least 15 years old are needed to help maintain a healthy and sanitary environment for SpokAnimal’s cats. Includes assisting in cleaning litter pans, thoroughly disinfecting cages, feeding and taking time to hold, brush and play with the cats. Call Kandace Watkins, outreach and volunteer coordinator, at (509) 534-8133.
Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels – Volunteers are needed to deliver hot meals to elderly and disabled people in Spokane Valley. Volunteers will also need to check on the well-being of each person on their route. Volunteers may choose to drive a route any day, Monday through Friday, or drive as a substitute on flexible days. Meals will be picked up at 11 a.m. and delivered to approximately 15 people and delivery time is approximately 90 minutes. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare meals for elderly and disabled people. All skill levels are needed. Volunteers must use their own vehicles to deliver meals and must pass a background check. For more information, call Pam Almeida, executive director, at (509) 924-6976 or visit www.valleymow.org.
Spokane Valley Partners – Volunteers for an administrative assistant to the program director to maintain the volunteer database; six-month commitment, up to 10 hours per week; assist in the recruitment and hourly tracking of volunteers involved in seasonal programs, food bank and clothing bank. Contact Connie at (509) 927-1153, ext. 18.
Transitions – Volunteers are needed for Transitions Medicaid Treatment Childcare program and EduCare program, to help the teachers in the classroom. The children, ages 2-6, are behaviorally challenged and have special needs and require extra help and attention. Volunteers will be required to attend two-hour training due to the special nature of the environment. They must also be 21 years old and pass a Washington State background check. Volunteers will need to commit to a three-hour-a-week block of time. For more information call Jaki Brophy at (509) 328-6702 or visit www.help4women.com.
Union Gospel Mission – Volunteers are needed for the Men’s and the Women’s and Children’s facilities. For more information call Greg Barclay, Director of Volunteers, at (509) 535-8510 or visit www.ugmspokane.org.
On the Web: For a complete volunteer list, visit www.unitedwayspokane.org. To contact the Spokane County United Way, call (509) 838-6581.