New Opportunities

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 2-4 hours per week. Info: Mike Murdock, 509-949-6349.

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 or call Lynne at 509-316-1845 for more details.

Salvation Army — There’s a host of opportunities for volunteers at the local Salvation Army. Please contact Lisa Sargent at 509-823-1819 or, for more information and to schedule your volunteer opportunity.

Character Building Youth activities — Mondays at 4 p.m. during the school year. Must complete child safety training provided by Salvation Army and a background check.

Project 500 — Financial donors pledge $75 for one child to go shopping for new clothing Dec. 14. Donor has the option to shop with the child or a volunteer will shop with the child if financial donor is not able. Area elementary school counselors provide the names of children. City bus will take the sponsor and child to shop at Walmart in West Valley.

Angel Tree Host — Area businesses and churches are needed to hang Angel tags on a tree or other holiday decoration. Angel tags list age and toy requested for Christmas. Bring back unwrapped toy to the location you received the tag or The Salvation Army, 310 N. 16th Ave., by Dec. 14.

Christmas Toy and Food distribution partnered with Marines’ Toys for Tots — Salvation Army and Marines’ Toys for Tots partner to distribute food and toys to families on Dec. 20. Volunteers needed to escort parents, help them select the appropriate toy for their child. Times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; two-hour volunteer shift or longer.

Red kettles/bell ringing — Adopt a kettle for a day or for a two-hour (or more) shift. Get your friends, family, church or business involved! Money raised stays local and supports local families and individuals in need.

Adopt a family — You provide the food and new toys for the children to open on Christmas morning. The Salvation Army will provide you with the information needed to adopt a family for Christmas. Please call for more detailed information.

Sponsor a kettle — $350 for half the season or $500 for the full season; the company name will be advertised as the sponsor/supporter of the red kettle fundraiser. A sign with the company name and logo will be placed in the kettle stand holder (very visible) at one location. Full season is Nov. 15-Dec. 24.


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.

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

Catholic Charities — Opportunity throughout Central Washington: Are you ready for the snow to fall? Become a Snow Buddy group leader. Grab your snow shovel and a few of your friends to help elders have their driveways and walkways clear. For more information contact: Becki Lambert at 509.965.7100 ext 1196 or

Catholic Charities — Opportunity in Toppenish: A small effort on your part will make a big difference in the warmth and safety of an elder in our community. We will provide the tools and supplies if you will provide the people power to prepare homes for the winter chill. For more information: contact Becki Lambert at 509.965.7100 ext 1196 or

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.

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.

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.

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.

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