Volunteer Opportunities - Senior Services For The South Sound

Volunteer Opportunities

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 2017, 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 Belfair Kitchen Crew 2the 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.

Volunteer Opportunities for September and Beyond!

  • Meals on Wheels - drivers are needed for Shelton and Belfair routes, mileage is reimbursed.
  • STARS Program Assistants - our caregiver respite program for people with dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, etc. Openings for Tuesday, Wednesday or Fridays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Does require a recent TB test and Food Handlers Certification.
  • Receptionist - Olympia Center for Tuesdays from 9:00 am to noon. Must have excellent clerical and customer service skills.
  • Marketing Distribution – if you enjoy cruising our community, we are looking for a volunteer or two to drop off flyers, posters and brochures a couple times a month to area businesses throughout Olympia and Lacey. You would use your own car and be reimbursed for mileage.
  • Retail – customer service and sales in our Budd Bay Bargains Store and The Estate Store – lots of shifts available Monday through Sunday.
  • Special Event volunteers – several events are coming up this summer and fall:Driver of one of the SSSS vans to take our Inclusion Program participants on outings.
    • Boot Scootin’ Bash – Saturday, 9/15/18 in Olympia – need volunteers for set up on Friday, 9/14/18 along with day of event on the 15th. To view positions and sign up, click http://signup.com/go/qqVitHE.

    • Oktoberfest Bingo – Friday, 9/28/18 at the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center – need set up, clean up. Go to http://signup.com/go/RVDuvED to sign up -lots of opportunities to help!

    • Oyster Fest – October 6 & 7th in Shelton. Volunteers are needed to staff our food booth over two days, three shifts per day. This is a GREAT opportunity for group volunteer activities. To view positions and sign up, click  http://signup.com/go/djFXMiJ.

    • Rocky Horror Bingo – Friday, 10/26/18 in Olympia – need set up and clean up helpers. 

    • Ugly Sweater Bingo – Friday, 12/28/18 in Olympia – need set up and clean up helpers.

    • Driver - of one of the SSSS vans to take our Inclusion Program participants on outings.

    • Drivers - Transportation program, providing rides for seniors to appointments and necessary errands. If you have a CDL, we are looking for bus drivers in our Trips & Tours department! We need drivers who are willing to go to Seattle and north, Tacoma, and surrounding areas. Mileage for use of your personal vehicle will be reimbursed.

Volunteer Application
To complete a Volunteer Application
online, click 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 Jan Hawley, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@southsoundseniors.org or 360.586.6181, ext 108.

Welcome New Volunteers
We'd like to welcome the new volunteers to our team!

United Way RSVP Program
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the South Sound serves Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties. RSVP, part of the national service program Senior Corps, provides support and benefits to volunteers age 55 and over. These benefits include mileage reimbursement for travel to and from volunteer work sites, and supplemental medical and liability insurance to cover individuals while volunteering. Several Senior Services volunteers are already RSVP members, and many more are eligible. To view more info and download the RSVP registration, please click here, or contact Bruce Grant, RSVP Manager, United Way of Thurston County, 360.943.2773, ext. 120 or email him at bgrant@unitedway-thurston.org.


Olympia Senior Center
222 Columbia Street NW
Olympia, Washington 98501
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Lacey Senior Center
6757 Pacific Avenue SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mason County Office
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