TOGETHER! owes a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who graciously donate their time towards our mission to advance the health and well-being of young people.

Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

TOGETHER! owes a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who graciously donate their time towards out mission to advance the health and well-being of young people. We pride ourselves in creating a fun, diverse and unique environment for our team of talented and dedicated volunteers. We look for volunteers who have talents in all different areas and pair them with the program or project that fits them best. We offer fun volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

After school program volunteer – make a difference in a child’s life by serving as a mentor, homework helper or activity leader. 
Fundraising event volunteer – do you have a passion for event planning? Event décor? Auctions? Help us put on our next fundraising event!
Office volunteer – Use your administrative skills or build job skills. We are always looking for an office volunteer to help with filing, large mailings, donor tracking and much more!
Tabling event volunteer – Do you love getting to know other people and talking about a cause you care about? We are always looking for outgoing individuals to table at community events. 
Special Projects – From stuffing envelopes to designing marketing materials, we occasionally have ways we can use special talents. Special talents we are on the hunt for include graphic design, marketing, fundraising, yoga instruction…. You name it. 

To become a volunteer
Please fill out TOGETHER!’s volunteer application and return it via mail or email to: 
Shannon Johnson, HR and Office Manager
SJohnson@ThurstonTogether.org

Adult Volunteer Application

Youth Volunteer Application

Club House Volunteer Opportunities

Afterschool Mentor

Who: Anyone who has time to commit to enriching a child’s life
What: Mentoring elementary students in the North Thurston School district When: Monday-Thursday from 2:30-5:30 during the school year September-May
Description: The Club House after school program is looking for teens and adults who are interested in being mentors, role models, and want to give back to the community while having fun!! This volunteer opportunity is a great way to get job experience as well as fulfill high school graduation requirements.
A day in the life of a Club House volunteers starts out with helping staff set up all the fun activities you will do that day, helping kids with homework and reading, facilitating games like basketball, and helping students create amazing works of art!
We are looking for responsible, mature, excited teens and adults who want to make a real difference in a kid’s life!
Requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete an application
  • Pass a background check
  • Commit to volunteering at least one day a week for 6 weeks

By becoming a Club House volunteer, you are committing attend Club House after school program at least once a week during the time you volunteer.

We look forward to meeting you!

If you are interested in volunteering in Club House, please contact:
edonjacour@thurstontogether.or or call (360)999-0548

 

Office Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative and Development Assistant

Role: Support the agency with professional administrative support in the areas of fund development and general office assistance.
Length of Commitment: Indefinite; minimum of 6 months preferred. Prefer about 5 hours a week.
Location: TOGETHER! main office, Lacey WA
Responsibilities:

  • Help with routine and special office tasks, such as bulk mailings, filing and paperwork processing, data gathering, office organization, transcribing written notes, and more.
  • Assist with administrative and communications projects.
  • Perform administrative support for fundraising and educational events.
  • Prepare publication orders, such as Family Resource Guide orders.
  • If skills and interests allow, help to increase agency’s individual giving through soliciting donations and/or promoting the agency or its fundraisers.
  • If skills and interests allow, help to increase foundation and corporate giving through grant writing and research.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Background in administrative support, finance, and/or development preferred.
  • Basic office skills required. Intermediate to advanced office skills preferred.
  • Intermediate or higher computer use skills, especially with Microsoft Office, strongly preferred. Ability to quickly learn and use unfamiliar computer software is helpful.
  • Volunteers must pass a Washington state background check.
  • Must follow TOGETHER! policies and procedures, including maintaining confidentiality.
  • Good organizational, problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member, balancing multiple tasks. This position will collaborate extensively with administrative staff and other volunteers, so ability to work with others and communicate well is key.
  • Commitment to the mission of TOGETHER!.

Accountable To: HR and Office Manager
Benefits of Volunteer Position: Opportunity to make our community a safer and healthier place for kids and families. Build your resume or just know you are supporting a good cause! There are chances for real experience with grant writing, fundraising and sustainability, along with increasing your administrative skills.
To Apply: Send a letter to sjohnson@ThurstonTOGETHER.org explaining your interest in the position, listing relevant experience, and outlining your personal goals for this work.

We look forward to meeting you!

Evergreen Villages Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Development Program Volunteer
Description: The Youth Development Program Volunteer will assist the Program Manager in providing programs, activities, and services for children, youth and families at a HUD-supported affordable housing complex in Olympia.  Programs will be designed to help children be academically and socially successful and to help strengthen families.  Primarily, volunteers will work with students in kindergarten through high school to coordinate and assist with homework help, lead group activities, and involve children in games and other activities.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 2:30pm-5:00pm. Volunteers can choose a schedule that best fits for them.
Requirements:

  • Pass a background check

Food Bank Distribution Volunteer (2 positions per week)
Description: Evergreen Villages is a satellite location for the Thurston County Food Bank. Volunteers are needed to help assist with food bank distribution including unloading food from van, helping distribute food evenly among clients, and client record keeping.
Hours: 1st and 3rd Thursday from 12:30-2:30pm. Volunteers can choose to assist with one or both distributions per month.
Requirements:

  • Pass a background check

Food Bank Van Driver and Distribution Volunteer (1 or 2 positions)
Description: Evergreen Villages is a satellite location for the Thurston County Food Bank. We need one volunteer to drive the food bank van from the downtown Thurston County Food Bank office to Evergreen Villages. This person will also assist with food bank distribution including unloading food from van, helping distribute food evenly among clients, and client record keeping.
Hours: 1st and 3rd Thursday from 12:00-3:00pm. Volunteers can choose to assist with one or both distributions per month.
Requirements:

  • 18 and over
  • Pass a background check
  • Valid driver’s license

Garden Volunteer
Description: The youth development program at Evergreen Villages currently is looking for a volunteer to help assist our garden club prepare, plan, grow, and harvest our garden plot.  The garden volunteer will work with youth in kindergarten through high school to cultivate their interests in learning to garden.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 2:30pm-5:00pm. Volunteers can choose a schedule that best fits for them. We would want at least 1 hour commitments. 
Requirements:

  • Pass a background check
  • Gardening knowledge and experience

Vietnamese Interpreter and Translator Volunteer
Description: Help interpret conversations between Program Manager and residents during program events. Translate monthly calendars and resident flyers on an as needed basis.
Hours: Interpreting services will be dependent on events. Translating services is on an as-needed basis.
Requirements:

  • Pass a background check
  • Fluent in both English and Vietnamese

 

If you are interested in volunteeringat Evergreen Villages, please contact:
jknoerr@thurstontogether.org 

Community Schools Volunteer Opportunities

Community Resource Center Volunteer

TOGETHER! stocks Community Resource Centers in eight Tumwater schools with donations from faith-based organizations, business and non-profit partners, and individuals. Through these Resource Centers, we supply students with supplemental food, new clothing, and necessary hygiene items. The Community Resource Center volunteer(s) will assist with inventory, sorting and cataloguing donations, and transporting items between our main office in Tumwater and the school sites as necessary.

Requirements:

  • Pass a background check
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Regular weekly availability preferred

 

Volunteer Adult Mentors Needed

Community Schools is piloting a lunchtime mentorship program in one Tumwater elementary school. We are seeking adults who are interested in making a difference in a child’s life by building a consistent, supportive relationship with them.

This opportunity requires a minimal weekly commitment of one hour once a week at lunchtime, plus availability for one training session before the program begins. Ideal candidates will be able to maintain this commitment through the end of the school year.

Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass an extensive background check
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Positive communication/active listening skills
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) will be given special consideration

 

Host a Drive!

We are constantly accepting donations of school supplies; non-perishable, nutrient-dense food; new clothing (with tags) and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, liquid body wash, deodorant, lotion, shampoo and conditioner to maintain stock in our Community Resource Centers. One of the best ways a group or organization can support us is by hosting a drive to collect these items so that we can distribute them to the students who need them. We will gladly come meet with your group to talk about our work and help sort collected items. Please contact us (email address below) ahead of time for more information about what specific items are most needed, as our top needs vary.

 

If you are interested in volunteering for Community Schools, please contact Cynthia Spencer at cspencer@thurstontogether.org.