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High school seniors volunteer, discover career goals

It might have been following in family footsteps, or possibly too many binge-watching sessions of “Grey’s Anatomy,” or maybe it was as simple as opening the first door into the rest of their lives without realizing it. No matter what led high school seniors Zac Dockins and Felicity Pollard to the Gritman Medical Center Junior Volunteers program four years ago, both would say it has changed who they are academically and personally, and maybe even the perception of teenagers in the community.

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum volunteer gets talk flowing

Don Gorman began volunteering for the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum before it existed and he never quit. The way Gorman tells the story, he met Chuck King at a picnic at Terrace View Park back in the early 2000s where King was giving rides in an antique merry-go-round shaped like a rocket ship.

3 WA schools best source of Peace Corps volunteers

SEATTLE — The Peace Corps says the University of Washington, Western Washington University and Gonzaga University are among the best places in the nation for recruiting volunteers.

Local trail angel: Holly Weiler walks the talk

Holly Weiler, 34, has a trail addiction. If she’s not hiking, running, pedaling or skiing trails, she’s building or maintaining them. Her enthusiasm extends to collecting pulaskis and other trail tools. She counts her cross-cut saws among her family and she knows how to pack and use them.

Riverside Park names top volunteer

Timothy Woods jokingly admits that his career as a volunteer for Riverside State Park began for purely selfish reasons: to keep the Centennial Trail free of pinecones and pine needles so it is easier for him to ride his bike there. “I was out riding and I stopped and asked the man who was weeding and cleaning up the trail if he needed any help. He said yes,” Woods said.

Program in need of special advocates

Susan Cairy is the volunteer program coordinator for the Spokane County Juvenile Court, and she’s looking for a few good people who would like to become Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA, as the program is known, also appropriately means “home” in Spanish. Many of the juvenile court cases deal with finding permanent homes for children who have been neglected, removed from their biological homes or whose parents have abandoned them.

Perspective, friendships follow Hospice service work

Warm greetings met Broderick Hirai, 20, as he walked down the halls of a North Side nursing home last week. Nurses smiled. Residents reached for his hand. When he entered Bob Inkpen’s room, the 94-year-old’s face creased with a broad grin.