Editor’s note

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, many organizations are closed and events have been canceled. Some of the opportunities listed in this column may have been suspended for the time being. Others may be continuing to accept applications for volunteer positions.

Please check with the individual organizations about availability at this time.


EOC Mask Making — Yakima County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) COVID Response is sewing face masks for the community and is looking for more volunteer sewers. We provide precut material, elastic or cloth ties, and a pattern in the form of a video. The “kits” can be delivered to you, or we meet in a central location for pickup. When completed they are returned for distribution to areas/organizations/schools of greatest need within the community. In addition to making masks for essential workers, we also make children’s masks. If you would like to contribute to this most important endeavor, please call or text Shelly Jenkins at 509-930-2634, or email sheltonj48@msn.com.

American Red Cross — Volunteer drivers are needed to transport blood boxes from the Red Cross to hospitals in Walla Walla and Wenatchee. You will drive our Red Cross vehicle, we will pay for the gas, and you just donate your time. If you’re interested, please apply at redcross.org/volunteer or call Lynne at 509-316-1845 for more details.

American Red Cross — Volunteer from Home! The American Red Cross is looking for volunteer duty officers. This is an on-call volunteer who receives local disaster notifications (such as house fires), activates and deploys Disaster Action Team members and provides support to the on-scene team. Each DAT response begins and ends with the duty officer. The duty officer can work from home and should be comfortable using computer-based systems. We provide online training that can also be done at home on your computer. Would you like to support out DAT team and monitor the safety of our responders, all while working from home? Please call 509-316-1845 or apply at redcross.org/volunteer.

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

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) — Van drivers are 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; and 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.

Union Gospel Mission Medical Care Center — Interpreters and receptionists are needed to help people fill out intake forms, schedule follow-up appointments and work with medical care providers to interpret during patient visits. Requirements: Regular availability. Info: Rissa at 509-853-4318.

Helping people

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve — ESGR supports more than 1 million National Guard and Reserve Service members across the nation, providing information and education relating to civilian employment rights protection. By volunteering just a few hours a month, you have the opportunity to do important, fulfilling work that gives you the chance to make a positive difference in the lives of Guardsmen, Reservists and their families and meet great supportive community employers. The only qualification needed is the belief that you can help; all experiences and backgrounds are welcome. Mileage reimbursements and training provided. Visit www.esgr.mil or contact Jon Ison 509-930-9829 or Jonison8@charter.net.

Catholic Charities — Learn everything from accepting donations to pricing, placement, store display and using the cash register. Join the staff team at St. Vincent Center as a long-term volunteer and learn the various aspects of what goes on in making the store a success. For more information, contact Becki Lambert at 509-965-7100, ext. 1196, or blambert@catholiccharitiescw.org

Senior Companions — Are you over 55 and could use a little extra income that will not affect your benefits? Become a Senior Companion. See https://catholiccharitiescw.org/services/elder-services/senior-companion-program for more information or call 509-965-7100, ext.1034.

Yakima & Selah Neighbors’ Network — Local, volunteer-based, nonprofit organization needs volunteers to help seniors remain independently in their home as they age. Transportation, shopping, computer help, light tasks and more. Complete the volunteer application at www.yesneighbors.org or call 509-853-1917. Call to register for New Volunteer Orientation, held at 1 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.

First Tee of Central Washington — We are looking for volunteers to serve as coaches for First Tee of Central Washington’s youth golf program. You don’t need to be a pro, and we teach you everything you need to know. Coaching commitments are as little as 2 to 4 hours per week. Info: Mike Murdock, 509-949-6349.

On The Corner — A free afternoon program operated out of Central Lutheran Church, open to kids from kindergarten to eighth grade Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Requirements: Adult volunteers to help tutor and lead activities and games. Background check. Info: otcyakima.org, or Denise Svendsen at denise.svendsen@clcyakima.org 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.

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: http://yakimacountysearchdogs.zohosites.co, and click on “Interested in Joining.”

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.