RECEPTION — Wellness House is in need of a volunteer receptionist from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. Duties include answering the telephone, greeting clients and performing other duties as may be requested. Computer skills are not necessary, but helpful. Call Eunice at 509-575-6686.

HOSPITAL HELP — Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center, 110 S. Ninth Ave., is in need of volunteers. Call Kathy DeGooyer at 509-575-5194 or go to for more information.

SENIOR CARE — Highgate Senior Living is looking for volunteers ages 16 and older assist with planned activitoes, hold arts and crafts classes, Bible studies, discuss current events or just play a game. We also need volunteers to help set up, decorate and serve food or drink during parties. We even need volunteers to come dance with the seniors during our musical entertainment. Background check required. For information, come to Highgate Senior Living at 5605 W Chestnut Avenue in Yakima to fill out the volunteer application, or email

OVERNIGHT SHELTER HELP — Hand of Hope Ministry shelter needs volunteers to stay overnight at the shelter from 5:15 p.m. to 7 a.m. Drivers are also needed at 5:15 p.m. to drive people to the shelter and at 7 a.m. to pick up from the shelter. For more information, call Melia, 509-594-5470, or Tami, 509-388-4750.

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. Training will be provided. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and/or Saturdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18, enjoy people and have good customer service skills. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

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 that 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 their family or finding a safe, loving permanent home. New training begins in January. For more information, call Frank Murray at Yakima County Juvenile Court at 509-574-2071 or email

PUPPY FOSTER PARENTS — Yakima Valley Pet Rescue is in dire need of volunteers to help care for 10 puppies that were left in the cold. Donations are also welcome. Items needed include: anti-fungal cream, good quality puppy food, large-sized cedar chips. Please contact 509-248-3113 or

SENIOR MENTORS — The Foster Grandparent Program is a volunteer program for people age 55 and older to tutor and mentor children in an academic and/or rehabilitative setting. The minimum commitment is 20 hours a week. Call Sherry Brown at 509-965-7100.

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 also 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.–2 p.m. Bilingual volunteers welcomed. Volunteers must have a background check. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

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