VITA Free Tax Prep
Date/Time: January – April 15, 2016
Location: Ft. Steilacoom Park - 9601 Steilacoom Boulevard, Lakewood, WA
How volunteers will be used: Volunteers may serve as: 1) Tax Preparers, who complete tax returns; 2) Quality Reviewers, who check returns for accuracy; 3) Site Coordinators, who oversee tax sites; 4) Greeters, who welcome clients; and 5) Interpreters, who translate for non-English speaking or hearing-impaired customers.
No experience required, and free training is provided. VITA offers flexible hours (days, evenings and weekends) and locations throughout Pierce County. All VITA sites are IRS-approved.
Each February through April 15th, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) helps low and moderate-income households through free tax preparation. Each year, nearly 5,000 households in Pierce County are helped by free tax sites. For many hardworking families, tax refunds provide a chance to catch up on bills and pay for their most basic needs.
To volunteer, please contact: Wendy Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org, 253-383-3056 ext. 117 http://volunteertaxhelp.org
Last date to sign up: March 31, 2016
The Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF) provides weekly HIV testing and is in need of someone who has been state certified to administer these tests.
Date/Time: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Rainbow Center - 2215 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
To volunteer: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator Hanna Febach at email@example.com.
Garden Helpers - Volunteer Gardening
The 10 acres of historic Lakewold Gardens are about to burst into bloom this spring and summer! Do you get excited when you see the first buds of spring? Do you sometimes stop to pull an unintended weed because you just have to pull it? Well, working in the gardens with our knowledgeable staff might be just right for you.
Date/Time: Monday-Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Location: Lakewold Gardens - 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
How volunteers will be used: Responsibilities vary from raking leaves to learning the art of selective pruning, planting up flats of annuals or helping to troubleshoot plant and pest problems. These are just a few of the tasks that the horticulture team tackles throughout the year. Shifts of 2-4 hours work well.
To volunteer: Volunteer Manager, Katrina Redding at 253-584-4106 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Feed Our Neighbors in Need
FISH Food Banks serve up to 50,000 community members each month and this is only possible because of amazing volunteers.
Locations: Edgewood, Graham, South Hill, Lakewood, Tacoma, Key Peninsula
How volunteers will be used: Distributing nutritious food, data entry, restocking shelves, helping load groceries and returning shopping carts.
To volunteer: To sign up for a volunteer shift, please call the Administrative Office at 253-383-3164 or call the food bank in your area directly. We ask that first-time volunteers arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the shift to fill out the volunteer application and receive a brief orientation and all volunteers are required to wear closed-toe
shoes and modest clothing. More information.
Champions Mentor Program
Working in partnership with the Clover Park School District, CISL coordinates the Champions Mentoring Program, at three elementary, three middle schools and one high school. CISL screens, trains, supports and evaluates adult and high school mentors using Best Practices resources. Mentors meet with their students at the school for one hour, once a week. They are trained to help students set and reach academic and personal goals.
Date/Time: Flexible depending on mentor’s schedule, but is Monday – Friday during school hours.
To volunteer: Please contact Leah Livingston, Champions Mentor Program Coordinator at 253-589-7489 (office), 253-677-5642 (cell) or email@example.com.
Communities In Schools of Federal Way
mentors provide a positive role model and consistent adult support for students who have been identified as being “on the brink of success.” By having establishing a caring relationship with an adult, students are more able to stay on the path to success in both school and in life. Mentors meet one-to-one with a student at their school for about 45-60 minutes per week during the school year. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and be able to commit to at least one year.
Date/Time: Flexible depending on mentor’s schedule, but is Monday – Friday during school hours (as early as 7:15am and as late as 4:30pm)
Location: 16 different schools within Federal Way Public School district
To volunteer: Please contact Jennifer Youngblood, Mentor Program Coordinator
(253) 528-0847 office
(253) 670-2390 cell
Enumclaw Youth and Family Services: Tutor
Tutoring hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Math tutors are always in high demand but any help is valuable! The younger kids also really enjoy being read to!
Please contact Ryan Overbay if interested, 360-615-5655.
Family Support Partner Volunteer
Family Support Partners (FSP) work with families that have been approved and selected by HFO to partner in the homeownership program. A FSP should be a homeowner and be willing to assist the family in which they are assigned to throughout the homeownership program.
Currently looking for FSP’s in the Federal Way and Seattle area.
Support for families in the homeownership program at Habitat. Meet with families 1x per month, attend orientation and education classes with families (education classes optional), assist with support and understanding of process for families, assist in planning and attend the home dedication near the completion of the home.
Donna Adair, Family Services Manager – Interim
Habitat for Humanity, Seattle/South King County
(206) 292-5240 ext. 106
This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in a volunteer program and does not involve a huge amount of time. However, we ask that all volunteers are committed to the family through the process which can be anywhere from 2 months to 18 months.
Federal Way Community Gardens Foundation
Our volunteers help tend organic produce in our beautiful potager-style gardens. Food grown and harvested at the gardens is distributed to folks in need in our community. Volunteers learn organic gardening skills and make friends while doing valuable community service. Contact Mike Stanley at 253-279-6443 for more information or visit our website at www.federalwaycommunitygardens.org.
Federal Way Police Department
Federal Way Police Department has a very dynamic, active volunteer program that provides support services to many different areas within our agency. All Police volunteers must be 18 years of age and are required to pass a background, which includes a polygraph. Go to our web site for current listings of programs within our Department that are recruiting for new volunteers or call our Volunteer Coordinator, Laurie Jackson at 253-835-6788.
Provides housing and support services to homeless families in our community so they have a safe, secure environment as they work toward self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to help. Call Kathy Ward at 253-952-0157 or 253-948-6615.
Homework Helpers - Federal Way Boys and Girls Club
We help our youth with homework Monday thru Thursday from 4pm to 5pm. If you could even help one day a week that would be great. We have two locations and help elementary youth at our 8th Ave South club and high school students at our EX3 site on 28th Ave. South
Date/Time: Monday thru Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Location: EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center or Federal Way Boys and Girls Club
Number of volunteers needed: 1 to 10 per day
How volunteers will be used: Volunteers will assist the age group they are most comfortable with helping with daily homework. Volunteers needed anytime. No homework volunteers needed in summer or on school breaks.
To volunteer: Please contact Megan Holyoke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your consideration of helping some great kids that need you.
Meals on Wheels - Federal Way
Help homebound seniors maintain their health and independence with nutritious food, personal contact, and caring service. Volunteers are needed on Mondays to call clients for their weekly meal order, do a freezer inventory, and various office tasks. Packers are needed on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., to bag the meals. Back-up drivers are needed to deliver the meals Thursday mornings, when the regular driver is away, hours between 8 - 10 a.m. Mileage is reimbursable. Volunteers need to be at least 18, have auto insurance, complete a volunteer application and background check, and be able to lift 15lbs. For more information email email@example.com or call Melissa Pallanes at 206-448-5767.
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors - Enumclaw
Enumclaw is the only community in King and Pierce Counties that provide this meals on wheels service to seniors. Neighbors Feeding Neighbors is a non-profit under the Mt. Rainier Wellness Foundation. Come be a part of something exciting! Available volunteer positions:
Kitchen Helpers: prep and cook food under the direction of our Kitchen Coordinator. From buttering bread to making the entrée, you will be trained and have fun working with others that have the same goal, feed our hungry seniors! Hours: Monday Wednesday & Friday ( one day or all three or once a month, you decide!) 2pm to approx. 5pm
Drivers: Would you like to see the smiling face of that senior? Then driving is for you, our seniors love to see you and enjoy your short visit! You will have your own route, with occasional changes or you can be a fill in for when someone is unavailable. Hours: Monday Wednesday & Friday (One day or all three, or sub you decide!) 4:30 to approx. 5:30pm
To volunteer: Contact Linda Marquart-Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Williams-NFN Senior Chair at 253-315-1990 for additional information or to sign up.
If you’re interested in helping with the School Backpack Program for Neighbors Feeding Neighbors which serves elementary schools in the Enumclaw School District please contact Rene' Popke at email@example.com.
Plateau Outreach Ministries (POM)
More Pennies From Heaven Thrift Store (all proceeds directly benefit the work at POM):
Pricer: am shift Tuesday, Friday, Saturday; pm shift Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cashier: am shift Tuesday, Fridays, Saturdays; pm shift Saturday
Treasure Hunter (donation sorter): am shifts: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday; pm shifts: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Unload Northwest Harvest food truck from 12:30 - 1:00 pm Mondays.
If interested in any POM Volunteer Opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Passion Project
This Tom Taylor Family YMCA program focuses on the belief that every student is capable of achieving great things, things that they feel passionate about and that matters. Finding a student’s passion in life triggers focus, stability, and a sense of self-worth that can sustain the student’s personal and professional development well into the future.
Career Development Opportunities:
Construction Trades: Red Barn Remodeling Project (Key Peninsula) - Ongoing
Computers: Red Barn Computer Lab: Computer Classes: Web Site Development, Apps, and CoderDoJo (Coding and Programming Club) - Ongoing
Music: Music Career Day, May 3, 2014
Arts: International Partnership, Tara Trust (Goa India) Early 2014
Date/Time: Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Tuesday and or Thursday 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Primarily the Key Peninsula
How volunteers will be used: I am looking for volunteer(s) with computer background, especially coding and program.
To volunteer: Please contact Dennis Taylor - Teen Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 253-255-0407
Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) is recruiting seven volunteer math mentors to support sixth grade students at Key Peninsula Middle School. All mentors receive training prior to working with students and ongoing assistance as well.
Date/Time: Tuesdays from 3 - 4:30 p.m. during the regular school year
Location: Key Peninsula Middle School
5510 Key Peninsula Hwy, KPN
Lakebay, WA 98349
To volunteer: Please contact Laurel Schultz or Ann Barrington at 253-884-5733
Federal Way Multi Service Center
Food Bank - Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., shifts up to 4 hours, one day per week. For details or to volunteer in the food bank contact Terri Turner at 253-253-838-6810 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift of Education - The Center helps adults and youth bolster their education to become more successful at sustaining life-long stability. Volunteers work one-on-one or lead small classes. No prior teaching experience is required. Times and locations of tutoring varies and is flexible. We ask for a 3 hour commitment (1.5 hours , 2 days/week), for a minimum of 6 months. Each position orientation, successful screening and training. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Mike Moreno at 253-838-6810 or by email at email@example.com. Application and background check required.
Clothing Bank - Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., to learn more or to volunteer, contact Terri Turner at 253-838-6810, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraisers - Help plan fundraisers. To learn more or to volunteer, contact LeAnn Taylor at 253-835-7678, ext 105, or by email at email@example.com.