PRESERVE THE TROLLEYS — Yakima Valley Trolleys is working to preserve and expand Yakima’s 1906 electric trolley system. Volunteers are needed to drive trolleys, restore metal streetcar bodies, restore overhead wire, landscape around the powerhouse and car barn and replace a 20x28 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

BINGO HELP — Union Gap Senior Center is currently looking for volunteers to help call Bingo and help out in the kitchen at least two days a week. Training will be provided. All potential volunteers should be at least 18 years of age and will need to have a criminal background check. For information, call Lydia Warehime at 509-248-2668.

YAKIMA VALLEY PET RESCUE — Yakima Valley Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is always in need of volunteers and foster homes for adoptable dogs. Please visit our website,, for more information and applications, call 509-248-3113 or email

HOSPICE — 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 and bereavement support. Volunteers who provide music therapy, pet therapy and hair stylists are strongly urged to apply. Hospice training is required. The next volunteer training is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at North Star Cancer Lodge, 808 N. 39th Avenue. Call Branden Johnson at 509-574-3655 to register for the upcoming training.

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.

GREETERS — Pacific Northwest University is in need of greeters. Potential volunteers need excellent customer service skills and to dress professionally (no jeans). Training provided. Volunteers needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m. Fridays. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

HELP HOMELESS YOUTH — Rod’s House, a drop-in center for homeless youth in Yakima, seeks volunteers to help with coordinating, housekeeping, organizing, meal prep, door greeting and working as room and pantry attendants. Training will be provided. Volunteers must be at least 23 years old and have a criminal background check. To help, call 509-895-2665, or email James Harper at

CLERICAL ASSISTANCE — Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic needs a greeter and clerical assistant. Volunteer would assist front desk personnel with administrative/clerical duties and provide direct assistance to help increase clinic efficiency and effectiveness in delivery of patient services. Customer service and experience working with computer applications such as Excel and MS Word, general clerical experience preferred. Due to the nature of patient population, a female is preferred for this position. For information, call Elaine Briggs, YVFWC Health Career Placement Coordinator at or call 509-469-1784.

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.

HIGH SCHOOL MENTORS — Hometown Mentors are needed to provide mentoring to high-potential, low-income students. Mentors will work with students throughout the remainder of the student’s junior and senior year to help them achieve their college goals. Training will be provided. Background check required. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

AFTERSCHOOL HELP — Northwest Community Action Center’s 21st Century Afterschool Program is looking for volunteers to assist elementary, middle school and high school students in classroom and recreational activities. Volunteers need a high school diploma or GED, patience and a sense of humor. Experience working with children and bilingual Spanish/English desirable, but not required. Volunteer opportunities available in: Sunnyside, Mabton, Granger, Wapato, Mt. Adams, Zillah and Toppenish. Background check required. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

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 p.m. 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 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.

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

CANCER CENTER — Wellness House is looking for volunteers in the infusion area of a cancer center. Duties include providing pillows, coffee, treats, etc. to add to the patients’ comfort while they are receiving chemotherapy. Other duties may be added as needed by the staff. Anyone applying should be able to spend four or more hours on their feet and have an outgoing, warm personality. Call Eunice Koeppe at 509-575-6686.

JOIN CITIZENS PATROL — Yakima County Block Watch is looking for volunteers ages 18 and older to become part of Citizens Patrol. Training is provided. Every volunteer is required to complete a Yakima County Sheriff’s Office application, pass a criminal background check and provide their 5-year DOL driving record. As a driver, volunteers must pass an AARP Defensive Driving Course (renewable every 3 years) and have a current Washington state driver’s license. A minimum of six patrol hours is required every three months. Additional opportunities within Citizens Patrol include traffic control, sign installation and graffiti cleanup. For more information, call Alana Oaks (Upper Valley), 509-697-4775 or Spurgeon Keeth (Lower Valley), 509-930-6392.

DISCOVERY SHOPS — American Cancer Society Discovery Shops, which help support the fight against cancer through the sale of gently used, donated merchandise, is in need of a volunteer with cash register experience. Volunteers are needed Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

OMBUDSMAN TRAINING — An ombudsman is an advocate for residents living in adult family homes, assisted living communities and nursing home facilities. Ombudsmen respond to resident complaints and seek solutions to issues such as abuse, neglect, inadequate care, and residents’ rights violations. They also work as a team, gaining support from fellow Ombudsmen. A four-day training will be held in September for qualified individuals. All volunteers must have a criminal background check. Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

CRISIS LINE ADVOCATES — Assist the community through Comprehensive Mental Health’s 24-hour crisis line. Advocates help those who have experienced sexual violence and other crimes. Advocates receive professional training, and the agency encourages bilingual speakers. Call Emily Maris at 509-576-4306.

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