If you are at least 14 years old, the Volunteer Center has many opportunities for you to share your talents. There is no upper age limit to volunteer! For people 55 and over who do not volunteer in the RSVP program, the Volunteer Center provides many more ways to be involved in our communities!
Whether you would like to: walk dogs at an animal rescue, clear trails, guide visitors at Mt. St. Helens, do data entry, play the piano, help citizens find their way at the courthouse, educate the public about the environment, serve as an elementary school pen pal, or help out just for the day at a special event the Volunteer Center is the place to start! Over 100 non-profits and government agencies partner with us to find the help they need to accomplish their goals! To discover what wonderful opportunities to serve are available go here. Or make an appointment to discuss what you'd like to do, email our Volunteer Coordinator or make an appointment for an in-person interview, 360.735.3690.
Human Services Council Volunteer Center History
The Volunteer Center (originally called Volunteer Bureau) began at the agency in the early 1970s and was accredited by the National Volunteer Center. Early funding came from United Way; United Way of the Columbia Willamette has continued to provide funds over the last two decades. The Volunteer Center has led community efforts in mentoring (initiating the Mentoring Roundtable) and partnered with Clark County as well as local schools to build service learning opportunities, including Summer of Service projects in the 1990s.
One of our largest, and longest running programs is the Pen Pal program, pairing adults writing letters to 5th grade students in area schools on a monthly basis. This program has been an intergenerational success story for over 20 years, benefiting hundreds of students and the adults who share their time writing a simple letter!