Volunteers are a vital part of everything that Senior Services does, and we could not pursue our mission without a great many people giving generously of their time, skills, and energy to improve the quality of life for people as they age in Thurston and Mason Counties. In 2016, our roughly 500 volunteers donated about 44,000 hours of services, valued by Independent Sector at nearly $1.3 million (compare that to our budget last year of $2.1 million)! And, as the need for our programs grows, so does the need for volunteers to support our seniors.
Volunteering is a great way to network, strengthen your résumé, and learn or maintain valuable skills, all while making a valuable contribution to the wellbeing of our community. Senior Services for South Sound provides a wide variety of services to those 55 and over and their families in Thurston and Mason Counties, and we likewise have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. We do our best to connect you with the position that most closely matches your skills and interests.
Currently, our greatest volunteer needs are for the following:
- Transportation Drivers to help local seniors remain vital and independent by taking them to and from essential appointments and errands. Most driving assignments will be midday on weekdays. Drivers can use their own personal vehicle with mileage reimbursement as available, or use an agency vehicle. Volunteer drivers must have a current Washington State driver's license and insurance, and pass a road test from the Director of our Transporation Program. Learn more about our Senior Transportation Program here. In 2016, our Transportation volunteers provided trips to over 200 clients in Thurston County, totalling almost 27,000 miles!
- Meals On Wheels Drivers to provide nutritious meals and a few minutes’ companionship to homebound seniors in Thurston and Mason. There are particular needs for regular/weekly drivers in Shelton, and for sub/bakcup drivers in Lacey. Most routes include about a dozen stops and take two to three hours to complete. Full training is provided. Volunteer drivers must have a current Washington State driver's license and insurance. Learn more about Meals On Wheels here. In 2016, our Meals On Wheels drivers delivered almost 69,000 meals to 500 seniors in Thurston and Mason Counties!
- Receptionists to help connect members and visitors with information and services at our Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center. If you have good customer-service and clerical skills, like learning about an organization, and want to brighten the day for folks at the Center, this could definitely be for you! View a full position description for VCLSC Receptionists here.
- Kitchen/Dining Crew to help prepare and serve meals and set up and clean up the dining room at our Community Dining site in Belfair on Mondays and Fridays, and in Olympia throught the week. Volunteers helping to prepare and serve food will need a current Washington State food handler's card, but if you do not already have one, we will reimburse you for the cost! A card can be obtained online here. Volunteers are needed between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM on serving days. Learn more about Community Dining here - different site schedules are on the right side of the page. In 2016, our Community Dining volunteers prepared and served nearly 43,000 meals to over 2,400 seniors in Thurston and Mason Counties!
- STARS Program Assistants to help with activities for our Adult Day Program at the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, as well as at our Shelton STARS site. The ideal volunteer would be outgoing, reliable, and able to commit to a regular schedule each week. Professional knowledge of our client population is not necessary, but a bit of patience and understanding always helps! Learn more about STARS here. In 2016, our STARS volunteers helped provide over 20,000 hours of respite care to 75 program participants in Thurston and Mason Counties, meaning there are 75 local families who are better able to care for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's in the compassionate surroundings of their own homes!
- SHIBA Counselors to help Thurston and Mason County residents evaluate their Medicare options and get signed up for the right kind of coverage. Learn more about SHIBA here, and view the full SHIBA Counselor position description here. In 2016, our SHIBA volunteers provided around 1,000 hours of assistance to about 2,000 individuals in Thurston and Mason Counties!
- Meals On Wheels Reassessors to help us ensure that seniors who need this vital service continue to receive home-delivered meals, and to assist with our funder-required reports. If you are outgoing, comfortable interviewing clients in their homes, organized/detail-oriented, tech-savvy, and have reliable transportation, you could make a great Reassessor! View the full MOW Reassessor position description here.
- Retail Marketing Assistant to help promote our thrift stores and our Trips & Tours program. If you are highly-organized, a good communicator, and have graphic design skills and experience, we would love to hear from you! View the full Retail Marketing Assistant position description here.
- Special Events Volunteers to assist with the large number of fundraising, thank-you, and awareness events which Senior Services puts on each year. We are always glad to have help with setup, taking tickets, cleanup, and the like! So, if you like working in groups, are free evenings and weekends, and don't mind a bit of lifting and being on your feet, we'd love to hear from you! Upcoming events include the following; click on the links below to learn more or sign up:
- Blue Hawaiian Bingo at the Lacey Senior Center - Friday, July 28, 2017
- Boot Scootin' Ball at the Olympia Senior Center - Saturday, September 16, 2017 - sign up will start soon!
- Hot August Bingo Nights at the Olympia Senior Center - Friday, August 25, 2017 - sign up will start soon!
- Oktoberfest Bingo at the Lacey Senior Center - Friday, September 29, 2017 - sign up will be at a later date!
- Rocky Horror Bingo at the Olympia Senior Center - October 27, 2017 - sign up will be at a later date!
- Ugly Sweater Bingo at the Olympia Senior Center - December 29, 2017- sign up will be at a later date!
Volunteer applications can be completed online here. You can also download a hard-copy and send it in, or fill one out at any of our locations. Volunteers under age 18 must have our Parental Release Form signed by a parent or guardian before volunteering.
For questions about volunteering with Senior Services, please contact our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.586.6181 x131.