Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently recruiting for over 50 active volunteer opportunities from assisting at animal shelters to helping out at food banks, thrift stores, schools, and other community organizations.  Because opportunities change frequently, the best way to learn about what is available is to contact us for a personal information session so we can learn more about you and what you'd like to do.  At that time, we will present you with the opportunities currently under recruitment. 

URGENT NEEDS FOR LONG TERM VOLUNTEERS: 

The Historic Trust needs docents to lead tours of the historic properties on Officer's Row and at Providence Academy.  There are many requests for tours and not enough volunteers to lead the tours!  If you enjoy meeting people and history you'll love this opportunity!

Confluence takes care of several unique areas including the Land Bridge over Highway 14 connecting Ft. Vancouver with the Waterfront Renaissance Trail.  Volunteers are needed to prepare the Land Bridge for the busy spring/summer season.  There's a big work party planned on April 21 complete with a free barbeque, and then on-going opportunities available to keep things in shape.

Food Banks throughout the area also need people to help in a variety of ways.  Some food banks find it difficult to be open as many days as our needed to fulfill the need.  Volunteers will help keep the doors open for the hungry on a more consistent basis.  Food banks in need of extra help include Fish of Vancouver and Fish of Orchards, The Salvation Army, and North County Food Bank.  

NW Association for Blind Athletes has on-going opportunities for volunteers to help blind athletes with swimming, biking, running and hiking activities.

CHAP is an all-volunteer organization (Concerned Humans Against Poverty) that provides the homeless with a meal by going to where they are, mostly area parks and other known gathering places.  Volunteers with a food handler's permit are especially needed.  This is also a great opportunity for groups and families!

For a sample of opportunities please see our RSVP Opportunities and our Short term/Holiday Opportunities page.  These are just a few of the many ways to serve the community.  Please email: Shannons@hsc-wa.org to talk about our current opportunities, or call us at 360-735-3690.  


All applicants must pass an extensive criminal background check, usually beyond what Volunteer Connections does, in addition to the National Sex Offender Database background check. All school districts/child care facilities have their own background check requirements.
All applicants must pass an extensive criminal background check, usually beyond what Volunteer Connections does, in addition to the National Sex Offender Database background check. All school districts have their own background check requirements.

Evergreen School District & Vancouver School District

(**Volunteer Connections staff will contact you in March every year to confirm the number of students you’ve been tutoring one-on-one for our grant requirements.)

Literacy Tutor: Work one-on-one with students helping them to learn the letters and letter sounds of the alphabet. Maybe include some reading and handwriting practice.

Math Tutor: Work one-on-one with a student to assist them in developing basic math skills.

Salvation Army

After School Assistant at "Say Klub": This program serves children in grades 1-5 who attend either Marrion or Fircrest elementary schools. It is held Tuesday through Fridays during the school year. Volunteers are responsible to ensure that children have a safe, educational, fun, and enriching place to go after school. Duties include: riding along to pick up children from school, reading to kids, playing with kids, helping with homework and projects.  Volunteers skilled with literacy tutoring sought for special assistance to children in need of help on Tuesdays.

All applicants must pass an extensive criminal background check, usually beyond what Volunteer Connections does, in addition to the National Sex Offender Database background check. All school districts have their own background check requirements.
All applicants must pass an extensive criminal background check, usually beyond what Volunteer Connections does, in addition to the National Sex Offender Database background check. All school districts have their own background check requirements.
Agree to write one letter per month during school year to 5th grade student, commit to attending end of the year school party. Background check required. Training online. Guidelines for letters required, deadlines required.
Variety of opportunities including parks, community events (Saturday Market, Holiday events), serving on boards/commissions, neighborhood watch programs, community organizing programs, traffic or fire safety programs.
Helping with safety education for law enforcement, neighborhood patrols, traffic safety, fire safety, bicycle safety, environmental safety, water safety. Could include patrols, providing classes, conducting surveys, maintenance. Also positions with parks, nature centers, education centers. Help with grounds maintenance, tours, hands on trail maintenance, education activities at fairs/festivals. Helping at Farmer's Markets.
Variety of departments including Parks, Public Works, Community Centers, information desk staffing at courthourse/Public Service Center, events.
Helping with safety education for law enforcement, neighborhood patrols, traffic safety, fire safety, bicycle safety, environmental safety, water safety. Could include patrols, providing classes, conducting surveys, maintenance.
Speed awareness trailer, community education on transportation issues, C-Tran educators, C-Tran ride ambassadors
Help visitors find their way at the county courthouse
Various positions including teaching a class to adults in a community center or adult education facility, working behind the scenes including registering students or preparing materials, assisting an instructor, setting up audio/visual/computer equipment.
Help/teach in English as second language classes
Variety of positions including providing or assisting with activities, insuring safety through omsbudman positions, educating the public, writing newsletters or other collateral educational materials, fundraising, community awareness programs

CDM Services

Elder Friends: This position offers a unique opportunity to reach out to an isolated elder in your community through one-on-one visits. Friendly visitation volunteers make a commitment to visit with one elder friend a minimum of four times a month for a year. 

Driving seniors or disabled individuals to health, grocery, or essential errands.

Volunteer Chore Services

Driver: Volunteers provide transportation for low-income and elderly individuals to medical appointments.  Mileage reimbursement provided; drivers receive yearly training and information to keep up to date on safe driving techniques and good customer service. 

Maintain natural areas through physical work such as trail maintenance, ivy pulls, invasive plant/litter removal, conducing trail use inventories, providing education programs, tabling at events that might include conducting hands on activities for children, assisting with office work like newsletters, data entry, filing. Serving on committees, boards, fundraising or marketing.
Generally done in a day or a weekend, short term commitment with a variety of needs from registration to setup/clean up and parking teams. Great usually for groups. Some events recruit committee members to plan/manage the event.
Variety of duties including volunteering at blood banks, hospitals, clinics, or with health education groups. Some require extensive training and a long term commitment, some seek people with professional medical backgrounds. Positions might include information desk, patient registration, gift shop, snack counters, patient visitation, activity coordination.

Battle Ground Health Care

Clinic Volunteer: Serve in various medical, office and program assistance areas.

Dental Hygienist: Treat and educate patients in the control and prevention of oral disease through proper oral hygiene

Dental Receptionist: Maintain appearance and order of dental office, provide patient scheduling, answer and respond to telephone calls, gather and accurately record dental, medical and insurance information from patients.

Dentist: Provide patient care, diagnose and treat patients to achieve excellent results within estimated treatment time with maximum concern for patient comfort and respect.

Free Clinic of SW Washington

Patient Intake: Duties include: greeting and registering patients, ordering laboratory tests, filling out registration forms, and assisting with other tasks as assigned. Volunteers are asked to serve one shift per month.

Optometric/Ophthalmic Technician: This position is an important member of the volunteer team during vision clinics. They take medical history and prepare the patient for refraction.

Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital

Hospital Assistant: There are currently 49 different volunteer assignments available. Some volunteers will assist in hospital departments while others work directly with patients and provide hospitality to family members and visitors.  Position opportunities may include: greeting visitors and providing information and directions, assisting at fundraising and community events, escorting patients, assisting service beverage cart, hosting at Green Gables Guest House, clerical assistance, visiting children in pediatrics, gardening, or assisting hospice services. 

PeaceHealth SW WA Medical Center (Extensive application process and orientation.)

Gift  Shop: Assist customers in making purchases. Volunteers must be comfortable working alone, able to stand/walk for long periods, good customer service skills, and able to attend quarterly meetings.

Hospital Assistants: Volunteers typically serve one four-hour shift per week.   Volunteers provide service in over 50 service areas.  In addition to many clerical functions, volunteers may also provide emotional support to patients, guests and families, provide directions to public, escort patients in wheelchairs, and deliver flowers.

Variety of duties from registering donors to hosting hospitality areas, serving snacks/drinks, making sure donors are feeling well after donation. Some transport of blood products also available. Stations include Red Cross and Bloodworks NW.

American Red Cross Blood Program

Blood Courier: Pick up and deliver lifesaving blood products. Mileage reimbursements included. Your vehicle must accommodate a minimum of 4 boxes, 18 inches cubed.

Blood Drive Ambassador: Volunteers help 4-6 hours once or twice a month. Duties may include: offering food, blankets and water to donors, and/or welcoming and registering donors. Weekday help is urgently needed, however; shifts are available evenings and weekends.

Canteen Assistant:  Monitor blood donor’s condition in the recovery area and answer questions. Provide donors with juice and cookies. Volunteers should have excellent people skills, be friendly. 

Bloodworks Northwest

Donor Monitor: Keep a close eye on donors after they donate to make sure they feel well before they leave. Serve refreshments, schedule appointments, and maintain a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere for donors. This volunteer position is very social! You will meet interesting new people who are all playing an important part in helping to save lives.  This position is available at each of our blood centers in Vancouver as well as in surrounding communities. Daytime, evening, and weekend opportunities are available.

Registration Assistant: The purpose of this position is to increase participation at community blood drives by greeting, directing and encouraging potential donors and directing them to the location. Duties also include managing the appointment schedule. Volunteers must be friendly, have a positive attitude and willing to engage the public. Flexible days and times are available. Shifts are 2-6 hours in length.

Clark County Food Bank

Drivers/Riders: Teams of two are sent out daily during the weekday to pick up grocery donations at local stores in a 20 foot box truck. (No CDL required.) There is a significant amount of lifting (40-50 lbs.) and volunteers must get in and out of the truck multiple times each shift.  Shifts are Monday - Friday 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. and volunteers are asked to commit to one day a week. On-call positions are also available.  Orientation and/or training provided. Minimum age is 21.

Food Sorting:  Volunteers are responsible for sorting and repackaging food and grocery donations. Shifts are available Monday – Friday 11a.m. – 1 p.m. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. and read small code dates on product labels. Training is provided. Minimum age is 18.

Reception/Clerical Assistance: Volunteers are needed to perform basic office work including: answering and transferring phone calls, data entry, filing, customer service, scheduling, and greeting volunteers. Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly 4 hour shift. Minimum age is 18.  

Fish of Vancouver

Food Bank Helper: Assist in hauling, sorting and bagging food. Computer and people skills are needed. Students are welcomed.

Fish of Orchards

Food Bank Helper: Assist with filling orders, shelving items, sorting clothes and bagging dry goods.

North County Food Bank

Food Bank Assistant: Volunteers perform duties such as stocking the pantry and warehouse shelves, sorting and inspecting food item donations, and preparing client food boxes and monthly commodities for distribution. Tasks may also include: unloading the daily and weekly deliveries, accepting donations, weighing and preparing a donation receipt for donors, assisting new clients, helping with special project tasks, vacuuming and cleaning, and assisting with other tasks as needed.

Salvation Army

Food Room Worker: Duties include: sorting donated food items, stocking shelves, organizing and rotating freezer goods, preparing bulk food items in family size packs, assisting with unloading the bread truck and other donations that come in, recording the pounds of donated product that come in, and preparing food orders according to distribution on list. Orientation and training is provided. Shifts are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1- 5 p.m.

Truck Driver: Volunteers are needed to drive a 20 foot refrigerated truck to grocery stores to pick up perishable product. The truck will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the stop hunger warehouse. Drivers must be in good physical condition, capable of lifting, stable on feet, and have adequate eyesight.  Training provided.

SHARE

Backpack Program:  As part of the children’s hunger program, SHARE provides food-filled backpacks for children in need. Volunteers work with staff to assemble and deliver backpacks.

Variety of positions from behind the scenes office administrative, to fundraising and marketing, serving on committees or boards, or coordinating volunteers.

Gifts for our Community

Divine Consign Assistant:  Duties include: cashier assistance, keeping store clean and organized, assisting customers with questions and providing customer service, stocking, sorting, pricing, and additional duties as needed.

Divine Consign Sales Associate: A volunteer is needed to provide customer service, consignment intake, tag consignments with prices, retag consignments with mark-down prices, move light weight furniture, and other duties as needed. 

Humane Society ReTails Thrift Store

Clothing Assistant: Duties include: inspecting donated items for salability, sorting donations, pricing apparel, and assisting with further preparation of clothing for sale.

Donations assistant: Duties include: Greeting donors upon arrival and provide customer assistance, actively assisting donors with removal of donations from their vehicles, sorting items into correct holding boxes, delivering items to correct pricing stations, keeps donation area clean, neat and orderly.

Inter-Faith Treasure House

Sorter: Duties include sorting through the donations made to the thrift store. Must be able to stand and lift at least 20 pounds. Sorters work 4-hour shifts that are available Monday – Friday.

Boomerang

Customer Service: This store contains a coffee shop, book store, kids area and donated and consigned items for sale. Volunteers will assist in sales of merchandise, advertising, maintenance, barista, web-site, and other tasks as needed.

Clark County Habitat for Humanity Thrift Shop

Warehouse Assistant: Volunteers who enjoy working with the public and can give good customer service by greeting and helping customers are needed. Volunteer will also be receiving the donations brought to the store, pricing products and putting them on the floor, and keeping the area clean.   Positions are available Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. or 1- 5 p.m.

Friends of the Carpenter

Second Chance Thrift Store Assistant: Volunteers are needed to work as part of a cashier team. Duties include greeting customers, ringing up sales, accepting/pricing/sorting donations, and some arranging of merchandise. Volunteers must be able to lift and pack merchandise, and a large portion of the shift involves standing.

Open House Ministries

Thrift Store/Coffee Shop Assistant: Volunteers are needed as sales associates who like working with the public and give good customer service. They would also assist in keeping the store and coffee shop clean.

Variety of positions with museums (curatorial, education, gift shops, admissions, events), theater companies (backstage, acting, directing, marketing, ticket sales, ushering), cultural organizations promoting awareness usually around a fair or festival with a variety of needs from event organization to set up/take down, ticket sales, promotion, activities.
Help in museums, theaters, musical organizations (symphony, choirs), help behind the scenes, onstage, leading tours, ushering, fundraising, helping with events/galas, helping with research, curatorial assistance, library work.
Assist with a variety of needs including helping veterans connect to services, gathering/distributing donations, preparing/serving meals, visiting patients, helping with activities, raising money, assisting at events such as "Stand downs".

Clark County Veterans Assistance Center

Customer Service: Meet and greet veterans and direct them community resources after determination of assistance needed. Positions are available between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Training is provided.

General Assistance: Volunteers are needed to provide front desk assistance, sort donations, provide outreach information to veterans visiting the center, and other miscellaneous office tasks as assigned.

V.A. Medical Center (Tiered intake system. Applicants should be aware that intake may take 6 weeks.)

Activities Assistant: Assist the recreation therapy aid in conducting scheduled activities that include: escorting residents to programs, helping individuals needing assistance to participate in activities such as Bingo, miscellaneous games, movies and outings in and outside the medical center. Volunteers should commit to coming in on a regular basis. Must have ability to push hospitalized and frail individuals from rooms to activity facilities.

Veterans Hospital Auxiliary: assist different departments within the hospital. Duties could include deliveries to patient rooms, escorting, friendly visitation, office assistance, greeting people, etc.

Shuttle Driver: Pick up and deliver veterans and visitors to and from the parking lots to designated buildings on the V.A. campus in shuttle/golf cart.

Patient Visitation: Assist staff with socialization of identified residents who may not have family or other visitors in the area. Help staff with activities such as bingo, movies and card games. Volunteer must have a pleasant personality, excellent social skills, and enjoy working with frail, elderly population.

Variety of opportunities including working with domestic or wild animals including cleaning kennels/cages, grooming, feeding, playing with or petting shelter animals, assisting with therapy programs involving animals. Helping with behind the scenes things like office work or fundraising, assisting at adoption events.
Assist in a variety of ways in wildlife care facilities. May include cleaning cages, preparing food, some handling of wildlife after training, some transport, may include enrichment activities or education programs utilizing captive non releasable wildlife. Generally will require extensive training and physical/medical requirements.

Our Mission is to connect the wisdom, experience, and talents of volunteers with opportunities to enrich the quality of life for themselves and their communities.