Short Term Opportunities
Looking for short-term opportunities? Most of these opportunities are done-in-a-day, require only a few hours of time, or will last only a few days or weeks. There are also volunteer opportunities that can accomplished from home listed here. These events change frequently, be sure to check this page often.
CALL 360-735-3683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to volunteer!
EVERGREEN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - NEEDS HELP OCTOBER 24TH FOR A STUFFING PARTY! Volunteers are needed to help stuff and seal their newsletter! They'll be working in their office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to come when they are available and stay for as long or as short as they'd like. Coffee and snacks will be available. Minimum age is 14 years old. Call Heather Cochrun at 360-737-1759 to help!
THE YARN ENGAGEMENT SOCIETY - COVERING PEOPLE'S NEEDS, ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Volunteer Connection’s Yarn Engagement Society is seeking volunteers willing to knit or crochet warm weather items in the comfort of their own homes, to be donated to the Bleu Door Bakery Holiday Project. Last year 500 meals and 400 goodie bags were provided! “It made my heart burst with joy at the magnitude of what we were able to do, and you were a big part of it!” says Bleu Door Bakery owner Bonnie Brasure in regards to the help Yarn Engagement Society volunteers were able to provide. Their goal is to provide 600 food and holiday goodie bags to the homeless this holiday season. Use your yarn working skills to help us provide warm weather items such as hats, gloves, scarves, socks, shawls and lap blankets to those in need. Call RSVP at 360-735-3683 for more information, or to arrange dropping off your items. (If transportation is a limitation for you, let us know and we’ll try to coordinate a day to pick up items.) One item, twenty, or even more…anything you spend your time and talents making and donating, makes a difference!
CLARK NEIGHBORS FOOD PROJECT or RIDGEFIELD NEIGHBORS FOOD PROJECT is looking for people who will be neighborhood coordinators to help expand "Project Green Bag". This is a "at home" volunteer opportunity. Coordinators sign up their neighbors as participants in this unique way to support neighborhood food banks. Coordinators share information about the project with their neighbors, pass out the green canvas bags the neighbor will fill with food donations over the course of a month, and then email or call their neighbors to remind them of the collection day. The coordinator then makes sure the filled bags are picked up, a new empty bag is left, and the collected bags are taken to the designated neighborhood collection point for distribution. Some limited data entry skill is needed, along with the ability to send out reminders of pick up times by email or phone, and the ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds helpful. A vehicle or the ability to arrange for transport of the filled bags is helpful. Pick up days are usually every two months on a Saturday.
2019-2020 VolunTOUR - VolunTOUR is an explorational and educational volunteer program with Clark County and the City of Vancouver. It promotes volunteerism and introduces volunteers to new sites, skills, and volunteer opportunities throughout the City and County. Volunteers meet at a different location each month on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, September though May, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Each opportunity will be co-led by a partner organization and will begin with a 15 - 20 minute educational talk related to the corresponding volunteer opportunity. Visit https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/vqfFyt0NZ5Pa69h to sign up to attend one of these educational VolunTOUR sites!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY! - Saturday, October 26 - The City of Vancouver is hosting a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout Clark County on this special day. All of these events are family friendly! This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference.
· The Butt Stops Here | 9 a.m. - noon | Various Parks
· Beach Clean Up | 9 a.m. - noon | Water Resources Education Center
· Native Planting | 9 a.m. - noon | Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway | Watershed Alliance
· Uptown Clean Up & Ryan Woods Grassroots Award | 9 a.m. - noon | Uptown Village
· Cemetery Stewards | 9 - 11 a.m. | Old City Cemetery
· For more details on each event, and to sign up, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/page/volunteer-make-difference-day-0
WHEREVER THERE IS A NEED IN VANCOUVER....YOU'LL FIND THE SALVATION ARMY! - The Salvation Army has volunteer opportunities for everyone to meet these community needs. High demands include food room workers who receive, organize, and record donated product, prepare bulk items and prepare food orders. Bread truck assistants ride along with the driver to pick up food donations from various stores in town. Clerical call receivers answer phones, assist with light typing and filing duties. Reception and intake volunteers answer client intake messages for emergency food boxes and enter this information into the agency’s system. DO YOU HAVE SOME TIME TO GIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? BELL RINGERS AND HOLIDAY INTAKE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Spend a few hours ringing the bell at the donation kettle, every coin or bill helps the Salvation Army provide for those in need. Volunteers are also needed to assist with Holiday Intake interviewing clients to make sure they get the items they need for the holiday season. For more information about the wonderful things The Salvation Army does in our community during the holiday season, or every time of year, visit them online: https://vancouver.salvationarmy.org/ LAST YEAR THE SALVATION ARMY HELPED MORE THAN 600,000 PEOPLE IN THE NORTHWEST! THIS YEAR HELP THE SALVATION ARMY SERVE OUR COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN
WINTER HOSPITALITY OVERFLOW PROGRAM - The Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO), is an organization in Vancouver devoted to helping those in need during winter’s coldest months. Guests are offered not only a warm place to sleep, but a hot shower, meal, and the welcome and warmth of a caring community working to address the most basic of human needs. Over the years, the generous contributions, donated facilities, and thousands of volunteer hours are testimonials to the compassionate response of the Clark County community.
Volunteer opportunities are available at two locations:
- St. Paul Lutheran, 1309 Franklin Street – Single Men Shelter
- St. Andrew Lutheran, 5607 Gher Road – Families & Single Women Shelter
SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL - Shared Hope International is in search of some incredible Elves to help thank their amazing supporters for their help in ending Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and spread a little holiday cheer! If you’re a cheery volunteer who likes to listen to Christmas music, sip cocoa, eat snacks, and make phone calls of appreciation, then this volunteer activity is just for you! Days available for this activity are from November 15 through the end of December.
WALK & KNOCK, the nation’s largest one-day community food drive, takes place each year on the first Saturday of December. Walk & Knock solicits charitable donations of food, supplies, and money, which in turn are given to the Clark County Food Bank for providing food to those in need across the community. Volunteers are needed for a variety of events leading up to the food drive. Visit Walk & Knock online to see how you can help! ?https://walkandknock.org/
- Saturday November 23rd - Bag Folding
- Saturday November 30th - Bag distribution
- Saturday December 7th - Drive Day