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. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. There’s something for everyone!
Barbara co-shares the Receptionist position with Dolores at the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center to provide excellent member service. She keeps the front desk organized and efficient, always with a smile and happy disposition.
Volunteering in Activities
There are several positions and opportunities available to Activities volunteers! The Receptionist position welcomes people to the Olympia or Lacey Senior Center, answering inquiries, routing incoming calls, taking messages, recording membership registrations and renewals, filing, handling money, conducting tours, and other clerical tasks. General knowledge of programs and services is required. If you enjoy Hospitality, the Olympia and Lacey Senior Center has Coffee Bars where volunteers make coffee, offer snacks and keep the area clean. Volunteers are also needed for the Dance Social, Enhanced Fitness Classes, Facilitators for Health and Wellness, Personal Growth Classes, The Arts, Support Groups and Special Services. Volunteer activities primarily take place Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Sharon has given her heart and soul to delivering meals to homebound seniors. It's more than just a meal. She oftens visits with them, and ensures they are all right. Sharon has also communicated with Senior Services if the seniors has other important needs She enjoys meeting new people, becoming part of diversified community and paying-it-forward. Volunteering helps you see the glass half full and live through your heart.
Volunteering in Nutrition
There are many ways to volunteer as a Senior Nutrition volunteer. Meals on Wheels drivers pick up meals at one of our eight nutrition sites during the week and deliver them to homebound seniors. Volunteers often connect with their MOW clients and take time to check in and visit. In the kitchen, volunteers can prepare and serve lunch. Help is also needed in the community dining room to set up, serve and clean up after lunch. Administration support is most appreciated in the Nutrition department and busy certain times of year with Farmer's Market Vouchers.
STARS Adult Day Program
She loves to garden and shared her knowledge of plants with the STARS participants through two sensory experiences with plants, one focused on the sense of touch and another focused on the sense of smell. Her experience working with developmental disabilities serves her well at STARS. Ellen likes working in the STARS program because the way it operates with both efficiency and kindness.
Volunteering in STARS Adult Day Program
Program Assistants assist staff with fun, enrichment activities, entertainment, exercise, dining and personal care for people with dementia-related diseases and other disabilities. Shifts include Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Training and support are provided by staff.Location for the STARS program are the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center (Lacey) and Faith Lutheran Church (Shelton). We also welcome entertainers, musicians, story tellers or anyone who has a gift to share that would like to occasionally drop in!
For Mary, there is a great satisfaction knowing that she helps seniors get to vital medial appointments, trips the grocery store so a senior has food in their house, and to the Senior Centers. It's a great way to make a difference and meet new friends.
Volunteering in Transportation
Volunteers provide rides to seniors who live in Thurston County and no longer can drive or use or access public transportation such as Dial-a-Lift or Intercity Transit. Transportation is offered for medical appointments, Senior Services programs and essentials errands, such as grocery shopping, visits to the pharmacy or other professional appointments! Rides are available Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Volunteers use Senior Services’ vehicles.
Serving his country for 38 years, Ken attended military college in Georgia, enlisted in the army and worked for the National Guard. He taught, repaired radios and imagery analyst. A decorated military vet, Ken comes to the Olympia Senior Center daily to visit with friends in the lobby, read and spend time on the computer. Using his 'command' voice, Ken calls out numbers for seniors waiting to receive complimentary bread distributed at the center.
Volunteering in Supportive Services
There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities in Supportive Services. Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) volunteers answer questions and counsel people of all ages about their Medicare choices and options, prescription drugs, and other programs that may help cover your Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Sharing Teens & Elders Project (STEP) is a multi-generational program where teens and elders gather to bridge the generations through conversation. Senior Advocates and Social Workers at the Olympia and Lacey Senior Centers help seniors 60 and older navigate local community resources for food, medical, housing, finances, transportation and monitoring and advocating for the well-being and safety of community seniors who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. The Inclusion Program for seniors with intellectual disabilities is looking for volunteers to provide resources and support relationships that enrich and enhance their lives. Weekday activities include recreational and educational programs. Food Bank volunteers help upload, set up and distribute food monthly from both senior centers. Phone a Friend volunteers can volunteer right from home! Each week, volunteers call their senior friend to check in and chat.
Judy volunteers at our annual auction held in September. She helps sells the jewelry raffle bags to raise a lot of money to support other seniors. Judy says the auction is fun, a way to see old friends and new ones, enjoy great food and wonderful auction items.
Volunteering in Development
The Development Department is a great place to volunteer if you like to have a variety of ever-changing projects. Some of the marketing duties include coordinating and sending out appeal mailings, data-entry, updating our donor data base, phone calls, flyer distribution, pre-event preparations and staffing fundraising events like the annual auction.
Pat's background in retail was a perfect fit for Budd Bay Bargains. She helps sort items that come in, keeps the store looking neat and greets customers with a friendly smile at the counter. When she's not ringing up sales, Pat also does administrative tasks for development.
Volunteering in Retail
Budd Bay Bargains is a one-of-a-kind thrift store featuring some of the best clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessory deals in town. The Estate Store, a unique antique store, features furniture, dishes, household décor, collectibles and jewelry. These retail stores help raise funds for our programs to benefit seniors. Strong customer skills, cash handling, merchandising or appraising experience are desirable. One shift weekly for three months is preferred.
Nancy volunteers for the Thurston County Food Bank at the Lacey Senior Center once a month and twice a year at The Best Rummage Sale on Earth! She loves going through all the many donations and organizing everything. Thank goodness for people like Nancy who actually like to clear out clutter from drawers, closets, shelves and garages. According to Nancy, it’s nice to see all the things people don’t want go to people who can use them.
Volunteering in Special Events
If you prefer a flexible volunteer schedule and like the excitement of Special Events, please consider signing up for Bingo Nights, The Best Rummage Sale on Earth, Fashion Tea, OysterFest, Brighten Lives, Happy Hour or our annual fundraiser. Depending on the special event, both day, evening and weekend positions are available. Tasks normally include setup and cleanup of event spaces, decorating, admissions, cash-handling, serving food and drinks, concessions, etc.
Trips & Tours
Upon retirement, Nora was looking for some fun! She loves helping people find adventure, make new friends and learn about new places. It provides a chance to use her professional skill set and challenge herself with the wide range of components to the position.
Volunteering in Trips & Tours
The Trips & Tours office is is located in the Olympia Senior Center and open to the public Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Volunteers offer information about trips, answer phone inquiries, make reservations and handle other administration tasks. Traveler's Tea is a quarterly presentation about upcoming trips held at the Lacey Senior Center. Volunteers can assist with the Tea and registration. There are also opportunities to be a Tour Guide as well as a Trips Driver (additional requirements apply). This is a great way to learn about the many activities, events and places that the Pacific NW have to offer and beyond!
Cyndi is passionate about serving seniors. If we take the time to listen to them, we can learn so much from their experiences and knowledge. Already very busy running four businesses, Cyndi still makes time to volunteer and give back as a board member.
Volunteering in Administration
Senior Services is always looking for those individuals who are committed to making a difference and impact in our community. We look for those with special contributions to the board that include professional skills, networking, resources and time. Board members are elected by the current Board, with a goal to recruit members that bring a balance and diversity to our current Board. Meeting are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm usually at the Olympia Senior Center.