Volunteer opportunities




Volunteer Connections provides opportunities through the Human Services Council. For information on the following and other opportunities, call 360-735-3690.

• MLK Day of Service opportunities are listed on Volunteer Connections website, www.hsc-wa.org/holiday-and-special-event-opportunities. Most events are on Jan. 15, with some also on Jan. 13. Spruce up parks, do trail maintenance, remove non-native weeds and plants, or pot and care for trees.

• YWCA will provide information about its Court Appointed Special Advocate program, 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at YWCA, 3609 Main St. Learn about the CASA program, which emphasizes that every child has a right to a safe, permanent, loving home. CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the dependency system as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment.

• The city of Vancouver seeks volunteers for its annual Father-Daughter dances, Feb. 2 and 3, at Pearson Air Museum. The minimum age for volunteers is 16. Volunteers help with set-up, face painting and temporary tattoos, greeting guests and serving food.

• Friends of the Carpenter seeks help sorting coats received through the Boy Scouts’ coat drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9, at Friends of the Carpenter Day Center, 1600 W. 20th St., Vancouver. The coats will be distributed to needy individuals.

• Free Clinic of Southwest Washington is looking for volunteer pharmacists, dental assistants and Spanish interpreters.

• Northwest Association for Blind Athletes seeks volunteers to help with swimming, skiing and snowboarding instruction. Events are Jan. 14 and 28 in the Vancouver and Portland areas.

FISH of Vancouver helps feed hungry families. Volunteers are needed at its Westside Food Pantry, 906 Harney St. For information, contact Wendy Bukoski, operations manager, at 360-695-4903.

• Front desk receptionists greet and process clients. A background in mental health is helpful. Multilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.

• Warehouse workers break down pallets, sort and rotate food, and complete inventory. Lift truck operators are encouraged to apply.

• Closers work from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and sweep, vacuum, mop, and clean work areas, break down pallets, lock the building and parking lot gates.

• Food box stocking assistants work 9 a.m. to noon, or noon to 3:30 p.m., and stock coolers, freezers and shelves, organize inventory, and clean work areas.

• Front room monitors work 9 a.m. to noon, or noon to 3:30 p.m. and provide support to shoppers as they fill a bag with donations, and clean work areas. Multilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.

• Food box window volunteers work 9 a.m. to noon, or noon to 3:30 p.m., greet clients, and supply them with a box of food, according to their family size.