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    Volunteering - Leander Independent School District
    updated 9.18.20

    Community Service Opportunities
    Community Outreach hours are defined as time that you have volunteered (non-paid) with any non-profit organization. Community Outreach can be defined as an activity that could or would provide personal fulfillment, but not personal gain. Examples would be assisting in community organizations such as youth programs, homeless shelters, churches or food banks. Community Outreach is not a mentorship or an internship for career exploration. Hours worked for family members or required by a school class, the courts, or any other institutions due to discipline or restitution many not count towards required hours.
    Community Outreach hours must be documented.  You will need to list the organization, dates, hours, contact person, and their signature for each experience. You may provide and include a signed letter (organization supervisor) on the organization letterhead instead of this form.  You may include as many hours as you have volunteered; however, you must have a minimum of 30 hours to meet graduation requirements. Hours that apply to this requirement must be acquired beginning the fall of your freshman year until the due date of your Senior Presentation.   Community Service Form

    Get Good Grades (G3)
    Get Good Grades (G3) is a program run by the Boys and Girls Club the mission of this program is helping youth to complete homework and gain a strong understanding of class materials. Volunteers would be a tutor to one or two children who are struggling with their school work. This opportunity offers flexible hours based on the needs of our children and the volunteers. 
    For more information email Rachel @ rdisher@bgctc.org. FLYER HERE

    Teens In Thurston
    Are you a teen or young adult interested in plants, wildlife, farming or growing food? Check out THIS opportunity! 

    Kids Closet
    Need Volunteer Hours? Kids Closet Clothing Bank is looking for help setting up on Friday, September 24th from 2:30 - 5pm as well as for packing up on Saturday, September 25th from 2:30 - 4pm. Please report to the gym at Michael T. Simmons Elementary at those times. Bonus: if you see something that you like, it is yours!

    Olympic Fligth Museum
    Application Here

    STEP: Sharing Teens & Elders Project
    Bridging the generations through inspiring conversations. Everyone is welcome. Check out the attached flyer or link and reach out to Linda for more information. Saturday zoom gatherings are from 11:00-12:00 and in person events will be coming soon. HERE or HERE

    Thurston CD's Citizens Advisory Committee : DUE JUNE 30th
    I want to share an upcoming opportunity with you and your students. In order to best represent the tremendous diversity of our community, Thurston Conservation District Board of Supervisors is seeking community members to help them be informed about natural resource conservation concerns, opportunities and land user needs. Attached is a full position description and a flyer advertising this opportunity. This is a great opportunity for students interested in local government, natural resources, or agriculture. This opportunity is also a great way for students to earn community service hours.
    Applications are due June 30th and appointment will occur over the summer. Please let me know if you have questions or reach out directly to our Executive Director, Sarah Moorehead (smoorehead@thurstoncd.com)
    You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting our website.

    Tumwater Parks & Recreation
    They will be holding a socially distant work party at Historical Park on Saturday, April 24 from 9am – 12pm. The plan is to remove invasive ivy and large debris along the new trail segment. Plan to dress for the weather and the terrain, masks will be required. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. If you are interested please go to the following web site to register.
    https://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/departments/parks-recreation/classes-programs-sports/special-events/earth-day-events

    TYP High School Volunteer Projects
    Looking for volunteer hours? Interested in helping give back to your community? The Tumwater Youth Program will be offering volunteer opportunities for high school students on the following days:
    If you would like to volunteer please contact Josh Irwin @ 360.754.4160 or jirwin@ci.tumwater.wa.us

    Thurston County Food Bank
    We could use your help this summer organizing donations, packing boxes of goods, distrubuting food to clients, and general food bank duties. Tuesday - Thursday 9-12pm & 1-4pm. Call us for more details: (360) 352-8597 x105. Aryn Eldridge
    https://thurstoncountyfoodbank.org/volunteer/

    Medical Supply Sorting
    For a unique and long-term volunteer option, families with kids 14 and older can volunteer with Providence Health Services at their medical supply warehouse in Lacey to sort, package or load products for shipment. Help the planet while providing medical supplies to local community members and international partners that work in economically developing countries. Volunteers need to attend an orientation and be able to stand for three hours while moving boxes up to 20 pounds. Shifts are 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a once a month commitment appreciated. For more information, contact the Providence Warehouse at 360-493-5641 or email @ medsupplies@providence.org.

    YWCA The Other Bank
    You can help low-income families! Come volunteer with the Other Bank.

    • Product Drives: Individuals, groups and organizations – collect products and bring them for distribution at the Other Bank. What do we need this week?
    • Hygiene Kit Assembly: Donated trial size products are placed into hygiene kits and distributed to low-income children in local schools.
    • Product Pickups: Includes picking up items from collection bins and bringing them to The Other Bank.
    • Inventory & Distribution: Sorting & shelving products on Tuesdays. May include distribution to clients when The Other Bank is open (Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
    • Special Projects: Holiday Celebration, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Women’s Wellness Retreat, Mother’s Day

    Sign up to volunteer today or call us as (360) 352-0593! https://www.ywcaofolympia.org/what-were-doing/other-bank/other-bank-volunteers/

    Intercity Transit Volunteer Opportunity
    Intercity Transit is currently recruiting youth volunteers for their Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC meets once per month for 2 hours and youth terms are one (1) year beginning January 1, 2021. Applications are available online at www.intercitytransit.com and we’ve attached a copy HERE for your convenience.
    Volunteers will learn how local governments work, discover Robert’s Rules of Order in action, and help shape public transportation in their community. They’ll meet local elected officials who serve on the Intercity Transit Authority board and make service related recommendations for consideration. All this while fulfilling the volunteer graduations requirement for high school seniors.  Applications are due October 14, 2020.

     

    **Many of the opportunities below were from last year. Please make sure to do some research to see if they are still needing help during these COVID times. 

    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Be a mentor (BIG) for an elementary or middle school student (LITTLE)! In our Site Based program, high school students are welcome to volunteer their time and connect with an elementary or middle school youth.  Matches meet one hour a week at the BGC, and it’s as simple as playing board games or helping with homework.  What we really need are students willing to be consistent and be the kind of person they may have needed when they were younger. Application

    Earth Day
    This year’s Earth Day Service Project will take place on Saturday, April 18 from 9:30am – 1pm, at Isabella Bush Park (1436 Linwood Ave SW). The school from each City with the most volunteers will be awarded with $500 from the local Lions Club. A second place prize of $200 will also be awarded, so make sure to get out and volunteer!
    The project will involve removing invasive Scotch Broom, planting native trees and clearing other plant debris. Parking is limited at Isabella Bush Park, so participants are encouraged to catch a shuttle van from the Tumwater School District office on Linwood. We will have gloves and tools on hand, but please remind students to dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes. Water and a light snack will be provided. T-shirts will be made available to all those who have pre-registered.
    For more information or to complete the participation waiver, please check out the website www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/departments/parks-recreation/classes-programs-sports/special-events/earth-day-events
    Please complete the registration forms prior to the event and submit to Tumwater Parks and Recreation.
    This is excellent opportunity for students to earn some community service hours, help out their school and benefit their community! Flyer

    Alzheimer’s Association
    This is the opportunity for anyone, and everyone to learn about the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
    There will be information about Volunteering, Sponsorships, the Alzheimer's Association, Fundraising ideas, the South Sound Conference, and the opportunity to start a team. As part of this casual event there will be a silent auction, and light refreshments provided.
    Wednesday March 18, 2020 4p-6p
    River's Edge - 4611 Tumwater Valley Dr SE, Olympia, WA 98501
    For more information check out this Flyer or go to https://act.alz.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app20018b?fr_id=13720&pg=entry&NONCE_TOKEN=6C17D25B0F3ADD5AA7C7F7C447023DF8

    STEP
    What is STEP? STEP is an international movement inspiring people to bridge the generations through empowering conversations. Third Saturdays 10:30-12:30 @ the Olympia Senior Center 222 Columbia Street Oly. If interested please contact Linda Terry  @ 360-480-1894. Flyer

    Black Diamond Adventure Camps
    Service Team 2020
    We're looking for students who are 15-18 years of age to help us in impacting the lives of our campers! Your students can earn over 100 hours of service while serving with us during the summer. They'd also have the opportunity to participate in our activities at camp and be mentored by college-aged individuals. For more information and how to get involved go to https://blackdiamond.org/jobs-careers/service-team/

    Furniture Bank of Thurston County
    Furniture Bank of Thurston County is a non-profit ministry providing furniture (beds, sofas, dressers, etc).  We could use help on the First and Third Saturdays of each month moving furniture in and out of the building and loading/unloading furniture from trucks.  We begin at 8:15am and close at 12:00.  Any amount of help would be great!  Please contact Jill Bender in the career center with your name, cell phone number and date you are available and someone from the Furniture Bank will get back to you.

    The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties
    We believe that “No Crisis is too Small to Make the Call.” This means that we receive all kinds of calls, for so many different reasons. To best prepare for any situation, all phone line volunteers are required to complete our 60-hour training process which includes a full weekend followed by six-four hour shifts of additional phone training. New volunteers are placed with experienced volunteers who work with them side by side to build confidence and help with hands-on training. Once training is complete, volunteers are expected to commit to one-four hour shift each week.
    We also offer this volunteer opportunity not only to adults, but also to Youth and Teens. They must be at least 15 years or older with their parent/guardian consent. This is a great way for teens to get more involved in their community, learn interpersonal skills, or possibly earn some community service hours for graduation.
    If you know are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our Volunteer Information Line at 360-586-2888 Ext 100 email: info@crisis-clinic.org for further details or specific questions.
    Here is a copy of the schedule for our upcoming training. Those interested must fill out an application (found on our website), participate in an interview, and consent to a background check.

    Friends of Capitol Forest (FOCF)
    FOCF is a mountain bike based non-profit who maintain and build trails in partnership with DNR. We now have three regular opportunities for working in the Forest every month. Our work parties are true low-barrier events. We provide breakfast, lunch, and beverages, plus all the tools you'll need. We even have spare work gloves. All you have to do is show up with a pair of sturdy shoes, some clothes you don't mind staining "Capitol Forest Brown," and a good attitude. No prior experience necessary.
    For more information on these opportunities, go to https://www.friendsofcapitolforest.org/volunteer-opportunities 

    South Sound Prairies
    http://www.southsoundprairies.org/volunteer/
    Join the friendly volunteers who help the Center for Natural Lands Management restore remnants of our rare and beautiful prairie landscape and learn about our natural heritage in the process. New faces are always welcome! Work parties are scheduled year-round every Tuesday and every second Saturday of each month. For more information or to sign up, please email us at ssvolunteers@cnlm.org or click on the link above.

    GRuB
    Volunteers help us fulfill and expand our mission by sharing their time, energy, and skills on the farm, in the kitchen, building backyard gardens, and more.  For more information on volunteer opportunities, go to https://www.goodgrub.org/volunteer

    Become a TYP Volunteer
    Tumwater Parks & Recreation is proud to facilitate the Tumwater Youth Program (TYP) for teens and pre-teens in our community. TYP would not exist without the generous contributions of time and talent given by citizens of Tumwater.
    Before volunteering, students will need to attend one of our volunteer orientations and pass a national background check. Any student can volunteer as soon as they are a freshman in high school. The orientation dates are below:

    • 3/18, 6-6:45pm in the Conference Room at Tumwater City Hall

    Please consider joining the TYP Volunteer Team.
    For more information about the TYP and how you can get involved, please contact:
    Josh Irwin, Recreation Coordinator
    Tumwater Parks & Recreation
    360-754-4160
    jirwin@ci.tumwater.wa.us 

    YMCA
    The YMCA is looking for students to become a part of their volunteer family helping elementary school kids with homework and being a part of the activities after homework time at the Y Briggs location. There is a required application. For more information, contact Jennifer Veitch @ veirchj@ssymcs.net

    Volunteer Tumwater
    The City of Tumwater has several opportunities for you to volunteer your time. This can be a one-time commitment or ongoing, depending on the need. 
    For more information, go to https://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/departments/executive/city-programs/volunteer-tumwater and find out how you can help keep Tumwater beautiful.

    Hands on Children's Museum Volunteer Opportunity
    HOCM is looking for volunteers to help with their summer programs. You must fill out the application and background check. This online Volunteer applications can be found at https://www.hocm.org/volunteer-form

    Boys and Girls Club- Do you want to be a Homework Hero? 
    This is a 1 hr, 2 days per week commitment. For at least one school quarter.  You will provide one on one assistance with homework and learning to an individual student.
    For more information, email Tabitha at tbirch@bgctc.org