CLERICAL ASSISTANT: Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic needs a volunteer greeter and clerical assistant. Under the direction of the designated supervisor, volunteer would assist front desk personnel with administrative/clerical duties. 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, contact Elaine Briggs, YVFWC health career placement coordinator, at or 509-469-1784.

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. New training begins in November and again in January. For information call Frank Murray at Yakima County Juvenile Court at 509-574-2071 or email

FOSTER GRANDPARENTS — The Foster Grandparent Program is a volunteer program for people 55 and older who tutor and mentor children in an academic and/or rehabilitative setting. The minimum commitment is 20 hours a week. The benefits are: income qualified stipend; meal and mileage reimbursement; liability insurance; and monthly training. For information call Sherry Brown at 509-965-7100.

HIGH SCHOOL MENTORS: Hometown Mentors 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 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 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. 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.

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 ronment. 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.

CANCER THERAPY: 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. Applicants should be able to spend four hours on their feet and have an outgoing, warm personality. Call Eunice Koeppe at 509-575-6686.

OVERNIGHT SHELTER HELP: Hand of Hope Ministry shelter need volunteers to stay overnight at the shelter from 5:15 p.m. to 7 a.m. Drivers are also needed to provide transportation at 5:15 p.m. to the shelter and 7 a.m. to pick up from the shelter; and provide meals for eight ladies. For more information call Melia 509-594-5470 or Tami 509-388-4750.

VOLUNTEER GREETER: Pacific Northwest University is in need of greeters with excellent customer service skills who 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.

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, contact Alana Oaks (Upper Valley), 509-697-4775 or Spurgeon Keeth (Lower Valley), 509-930-6392.

DISCOVERY SHOPS: American Cancer Society Discovery Shops, which helps 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.

SENIOR ASSISTANCE: Highgate Senior Living is looking for volunteers to teach a class, assist on resident outings to helping in the activities offices. Volunteers must have a background check. Contact Angie Larrabee at 509-972-4141 or by email at

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. Call Sirena 509-574-1933.

FOSTER PETS: Foster homes are needed for homeless dogs in the Yakima Valley. Dogs who have been fostered have a greater chance of being adopted. Call Yakima Valley Pet Rescue for information, 509-248-3113, or email

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