February 28, 2013 in Washington Voices

Volunteer opportunities

 

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 at least 14 years old and be able to stand for two hours. For more information, call (509) 252-6257 or visit www.2-harvest.org.

SNAP - Volunteers, at least age 25, with basic carpentry/maintenance skills are needed to help staff with upkeep and special projects, including building shelving, repairing office furniture, cleaning/maintaining outside grounds and upkeep of lawns/parking/buildings, as needed. For more information and other volunteer opportunities, call (509) 456-7111 or visit www.snap.org.

Spokane AIDS Network - Volunteers are needed to unload and pack grocery bags for approximately 65 local HIV-positive residents. Delivery drivers are also needed to deliver the groceries to their homes. Grocery assistants must be able to lift and carry about 40 pounds and stand for up to two hours. Drivers will have to use their own car. A background check is required. To volunteer and for further details, call Executive Director Gaye Weiss at (509) 455-8993, ext. 310, or email director@san-nw.org. More volunteer opportunities are available at www.san-nw.org.

Spokane COPS - Community volunteers are needed for assistance with crime prevention. Volunteers will receive professional training by crime-prevention agencies, police officers and officers with the Department of Corrections. For more information, visit any Spokane COPS or visit www.spokanecops.org.

Spokane Valley Partners - Three volunteer drivers are needed to transport food donations to the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank warehouse. Shifts vary Monday through Friday from morning to afternoon. Truck access is preferable and a previous or current commercial driver’s license is encouraged. For more information and other volunteer opportunities, call (509) 927-1153 or email volunteer@svpart.org.

SpokAnimal CARE - 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, disinfecting cages, feeding, and taking time to hold, brush and play with the cats. Call (509) 534-8133 for more information.

Transitions - Volunteers are needed for Transitions Medicaid Treatment Child Care and EduCare programs to help teachers in the classroom. The children, ages 2-6, are behaviorally challenged and have special needs. Volunteers will be required to attend a two-hour training class due to the special nature of the environment. They must also be at least 21 years old and pass a Washington background check. Volunteers will need to commit to a three-hour-a-week block of time. For more information, call (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. Duties for the men’s facility include clothing room sorters, kitchen help, checking residents in, administrative duties, pantry/donations management, and building relationships through teaching classes, evangelism, tutors, etc. Duties for the women’s and children’s facility include updating and maintaining office paperwork; providing security for the facility, such as ensuring the health and safety of all guests; serving as worship leader or game leader; and other general supervision duties. For more information, call (509) 535-8510 or visit www.ugmspokane.org.

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery - Certified houseparents are needed for at-risk children in the Spokane community. Shifts are between four and eight hours per week and include diapering, bathing and food preparation. Training will be provided; volunteers must meet state requirements. For more information and other volunteer opportunities, call (509) 535-3155 or visit www.vanessabehan.org.

Victims’ Rights Response Team - Volunteers to become advocates for victims of sexual assault and other crimes. Community volunteers will provide medical and legal advocacy, crisis intervention and information referral to victims of sexual assault and other crimes. Comprehensive 35-hour training is provided and commitments of two evening or weekend shifts per month are required and stipends are available. For more information, call (509) 343-5005.

Women & Children’s Free Restaurant - To offer nutritious meals three times a week to women and children in need, volunteers are needed to pick up food, manage inventory, electronically keep statistics, and serve and clean up the meals. Meals are also prepared and sent to Hope House, St. Margaret’s Shelter and Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery on a regular basis. For more information, call (509) 324-1995 or visit www.wcfrspokane.org.

Women’s Hearth - Volunteers are needed to interact with women in an open and accepting manner through one-on-one conversation and small or large group activities. They will need to be available to play games, do arts and crafts, assist staff and help with general cleanup activities. Training will be provided. For more information, call (509) 455-4249 or visit www.help4women.org.

This list is a sample of opportunities included on the Spokane County United Way Volunteer Solutions website. For a complete list visit www.unitedwayspokane.org or call for more information about these and other opportunities. If your organization is looking for volunteers, contact Spokane County United Way at (509) 838-6581.


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