New opportunity

Kiwanis Club of West Valley — Volunteers who enjoy youth and have a heart for community service are needed to help in the West Valley Kiwanis Food Booth at the West Valley Community Fair, July 18-20. A variety of food preparation and service jobs are available throughout the fair. All sales proceeds support the nonprofit fair for youth. Contact Steve Pickett for more details, 509-834-8828.

Youth activities

First Tee Of Central Washington — Volunteers are needed for the spring and summer season of the youth golf program. If you are interested in making a positive impact in the lives of children all across the Yakima Valley, please contact our program director, Mollie Thola, at for more information. No golf experience required.


American Red Cross — You can make a difference by becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Help set up shelters, serve food, install smoke detectors, teach emergency preparedness to elementary students, help check donors in at blood drives, and transport blood from the Red Cross to hospitals in need. We help local residents prepare for and recover from emergencies of all kinds. We’ll find the position and flexible schedule that appeals to you and allows you to use your skills and talents. We are also looking for health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, masters of social work. For more details, please call Lynne at 509-316-1845.

Virginia Mason Memorial hospital — A perfect place for volunteers seeking to enhance their experience to one that offers a broad range of unique and rewarding opportunities. Volunteers make a positive impact to our patient experience. Volunteers serve in various capacities throughout our health care system. Opportunities to volunteer at the hospital, Children’s Village, North Star Lodge, Ohana and Cottage in The Meadow. For more information or to fill out an application, please visit Questions? Contact hospital, 509-575-8053; North Star Lodge, Children’s Village and Ohana, 509-574-6729; and Cottage in The Meadow, 509-574-6752.

Wellness House — Volunteers needed to work in the reception area of Wellness House on Wednesday each week 1 to 4 p.m. Duties include answering telephone, greeting clients, assisting clients in the wig and hat boutique and performing such other duties as may be requested by staff. Good people skills most important. Bilingual would be a plus. Contact Eunice at 509-575-6686.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) — Van drivers needed to transport veterans to Seattle and Walla Walla medical centers. Requirements: Basic driver’s license, ability to drive 12-passenger van; clean driving record; pass a VA medical exam provided by VA system. Trips start at 6 a.m. and return late afternoons Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Volunteers may drive any day as needed but usually not more than once a week. Info: Deborah Wilson 509-902-1112.

Hospital volunteers needed — Astria Regional Medical Center and Astria Toppenish Hospital. Talk with us about joining our team of committed, caring volunteers. Need caring and compassionate people-person. Please call Kathy DeGooyer, 509-575-5194 or visit

Union Gospel Mission Medical Care Center — Interpreters and receptionists needed to help people fill out intake forms, scheduling follow-up appointments and working with medical care providers to interpret during patient visits. Requirements: Regular availability. Info: David at 509-853-4370.

Helping people

On The Corner — A free afternoon program operated out of Central Lutheran Church, open to kids from kindergarten to eighth grade Tuesday/Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Requirements: Adult volunteers to help tutor and lead activities and games. Background check. Info:, or Denise Svendsen at or 509-575-6490.

Respite Adult Day Center — Play, interact and encourage persons with disabilities to make new friends and participate in activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bilingual volunteers welcome. Requirements: Background check. Info: Charlotte, 509-965-7100.

Library volunteer — Talk Time positions open at the Selah Library and the Buena Library, 2-4 hours a week, evenings. Volunteers are needed to lead small groups of adult English-language learners to practice English skills through conversation topics of current events, traditions, holidays, and other topics of interest to the participants. Two years of high school, and at least 16 years of age required. Contact Library Human Resources for a compete job description and volunteer application process. 509-575-3408,,

Nonprofit Cat Café — Community SEEDS, a nonprofit focused on social enterprise for disability, is developing programs in horticulture, culinary arts and pet services to bring more opportunities to adults with autism and other special needs in Yakima County, including a Cat Cafe and Bakery and Lower Valley Pet Adoption Center in Zillah. Info: Linda at 509-314-9446, email and visit for more information.

Yakima County Search and Rescue Dog Team — The all-volunteer team dedicates several hours per week to training with search dogs. Requirements: Be comfortable working with dogs, be able to work outdoors, hike and have navigational and radio communication skills. Info:, and click on “Interested in Joining.”

American Red Cross Disaster Services — Local disaster volunteer responders are needed to assist people who have been displaced by a house fire, flood, wildfire or any other disaster situation. Responders also assist with feeding firefighters during large fires, setting up shelters for medium scale events, and attending community outreach events. Info: Lynne Calmus 509-316-1845.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop — Volunteer four hours a week; help needed sorting donations, pricing items and laundry, as well as cashier. Shop hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Info: Kay Mahon, 509-575-1236.

Wenas Mammoth Foundation — Volunteers and board members needed for educational program using the Wenas Creek Mammoth dig site, Mobile Education Exhibit and more. Info: or or Bronwyn Mayo at 509-945-4921 or

CASA Program (Court Appointed Special Advocate) — Yakima County Juvenile Court needs volunteers to be advocates for children in the foster care system. Requirements: Thirty hours of training, including court observations, good written and verbal communication skills; must be open-minded, independent and have own transportation. Mileage reimbursement provided. Info: Keith Gilbertson, 509-574-2071.

Training for victim advocates — Aspen Victim Advocacy Services needs adults who can provide support on the phone and at the hospital for those who have experienced sexual violence. Requirements: 32-hour initial core training, before working from home with ongoing support. Bilingual individuals especially needed. Info: Kim Foley, 509-576-4326, or Aspen Victim Advocacy Services on Facebook.

Toppenish Visitor Center — Individual needed to greet visitors, answer phone and log calls, keep a tally of foot traffic and provide information. Hours approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Days vary. Requirements: Independent, self-motivated responsible worker. Info: Paul Newman, 509-865-3262.

Volunteer (CHORE) Services — Individuals needed to provide basic chore assistance to low-income elders and adults with disabilities. Drivers especially needed to take clients to the doctor or grocery store, and build wooden ramps for disabled accessibility. Help with yard work or housework also needed. Info: LouAnn at 509-965-7105. Mileage reimbursement and no minimum time commitment.

Mcallister Museum of Aviation — Volunteers are needed to greet visitors and give tours of our museum and new aircraft hangar. Knowledge of aviation is helpful but not required. After your training you will be paired with a senior volunteer. Skills that would be a plus: Artists, graphics, craftsmen, event planners, youth education and fundraising. Info: Guy Anderson, 509-930-4845.

Union Gospel Mission Maintenance Department — People with repair, carpentry, plumbing or electrical or mechanic skills to help maintain facilities. Info: David at 509-853-4370.

Habitat For Humanity Store — Help price, stock, provide customer service and receive donations. Store hours Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesday are when volunteers are most needed. Info: Niklas at 509-453-8077.

Helping animals

Yakima Humane Society — Help provide a stress-free environment to enhance the adoptability of animals. Volunteer hours range from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Requirements: Ages 16 and older and able to commit to eight hours a month for four months. Ability to lift 15 pounds. Info: 509-457-6854 ext. 107 or email for more Information.

Volunteer Opportunities is prepared by Deborah Wilson, 509-902-1112,