HELP PROTECT CHILDREN — CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are needed to protect the rights of children in the court system. Trained advocates work directly with all the parties to make sure the best interests of a child, who is alleged to have been abused or neglected, are always front-and-center. A child who has a CASA volunteer advocate has the best chance of being reunited with his or her family or finding a safe, loving permanent home. New volunteer training begins in May. For more information, contact Karolynn Tom at Yakima County Juvenile Court at 509-574-2075 or

HOSPICE HELP — Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Program needs compassionate individuals to assist patients and their families living with a terminal illness. Volunteers offer caregiver relief, companionship and emotional support, light meal preparation, light house and yard work, medication deliveries, leisure activities, work at the Cottage in the Meadow and bereavement support. Volunteers who provide music therapy, pet therapy, quilting and hair styling are especially needed. More than medical care for the terminally ill, hospice offers comfort and a reassuring presence. The next hospice volunteer training will be from 5:30 to 9 April 16, 18, 23 and 25. If interested, call Branden Johnson at 509-574-3655 to register for the training.

ENHANCING SENIOR LIFE — Highgate Senior Living is looking for volunteers to help every resident live a life of purpose. Volunteers would help with a planned activity, hold an arts and crafts class, discuss current events or even just play a game. Volunteers are also needed to help set up, decorate and serve food or drink during parties, or dance with seniors during musical entertainment. All potential volunteers need to be at least 16, pass a background check, have a great attitude and really care about assisting others. Drop by Highgate Senior Living at 5605 W. Chestnut Ave. in Yakima to fill out the volunteer application or email us

ROD’s HOUSE — Rod’s House is a drop-in resource center that reconnects homeless and at-risk youth ages 14-21 back to their community through immediate relief services, education, employment and case management. It has several volunteer opportunities available, including kitchen/meal partner, housekeeper, interior organizer, resource room and pantry attendants and a greeter. Volunteers must be at least 23. For information, go to

READY BY FIVE — Ready by Five is looking for volunteers to help in the following areas: receptionists, teachers and tutors. Bilingual volunteers are preferred, but not required. Volunteers with a minimum of two years teaching experience are highly desired. All potential volunteers must have a criminal background check done by the agency before volunteering. Call Sirena Phillips at 509-574-1933.

HOSPITAL — Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, 110 S. Ninth Ave. needs volunteers. Call Kathy DeGooyer, 509-575-5194 or visit for more information about becoming a volunteer.

PET RESCUE — Yakima Valley Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is looking for volunteers who can become a part of the leadership for this already very successful volunteer organization. YVPR is in its 10th year of helping stray and unwanted pets in the Yakima Valley and is hoping to add volunteers who would like to spend time getting to know the organization as it is now and be able to guide it into the future. Come to a meeting at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Jackson’s on 48th Avenue or visit

RECEPTIONIST — Vision for Independence Center is looking for a low-vision clinic receptionist. The volunteer will greet patients, review paperwork, answer phones and work with patients and low vision devices. The volunteer needs to be professional and like to work with people. Computer skills are helpful, but not required. The volunteer is needed Mondays and Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. For information, call Marsha Lance at 509-452-8301.

• Volunteer Opportunities is prepared by Sirena Phillips, volunteer coordinator of Yakima’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Contact her at 509-574-1933 or

INTERVIEW VETERANS — American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to interview Yakima Valley veterans for the Veteran History Project. The project consists of conducting interviews of veterans who have served during a time of war, recording those interviews, and then archiving them through the Library of Congress. Training will be provided. All volunteers must be at least 18 and have a criminal background check. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

FOSTER GRANDPARENTS — The Foster Grandparent Program is a volunteer program for people 55 and older to tutor and mentor children in an academic and/or rehabilitative setting. The minimum program commitment is 20 hours a week. All volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check. Call Sherry Brown at 509-965-7100.

YAKIMA TROLLEYS — Yakima Valley Trolleys need motormen to drive trolleys, body repair persons to restore metal streetcar bodies, linemen to restore overhead wire, landscapers for around the powerhouse and car barn and carpenters to replace a 20-by-28-foot car barn floor. Our mission is to restore downtown Yakima trolley service and reopen the line to Selah. For information, call Karl Pasten at 509-949-4233 or email

MUSEUM GUIDES — McAllister Museum of Aviation is looking for volunteers to greet museum visitors and guide them on a tour of the museum. An interest in aviation is helpful but not required. Volunteers will receive training and work with an experienced guide. Guides are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Volunteers must be at least 18 and have good customer service skills. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

IN-HOME ASSISTANCE — Volunteer Chore Services seeks volunteers to provide basic in-home assistance to low-income elders and adults with disabilities. Volunteers help build wheelchair ramps, provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other such errands, provide light housekeeping and help with yard work, especially mowing lawns. Volunteers must have a background check. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

ASSIST DISABLED — Respite Adult Day Center gives frail or cognitively disabled adults the opportunity to make new friends and participate in activities in a safe and comfortable environment. It seeks volunteers to greet participants and caregivers, assist with group activities and help to maintain a safe, clean, enjoyable environment for clients. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bilingual volunteers welcomed. Volunteers must have a background check. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

CONSUMER ADVISERS — SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors) is looking for volunteers to educate consumers about their rights and options regarding prescription drug access, health insurance and access to health care, so they can make informed decisions. Hours are flexible and can be done from home. Volunteers should be interested in helping people, doing some public presentations, have basic computer skills, be interested in health care, have patience, compassion and enjoy a challenge. Training will be provided. For more information, call Deborah at 509-574-1932.