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.  Some of these are on-going, occurring once or a couple of times a year, some will happen just this one time, but all need your help to be successful!  These events change frequently, be sure to check this page often.   For most events contact or call 360-735-3690. To SIGN UP receive our quarterly E-Newsletter, CLICK HERE.

Holiday and Special Event Opportunities

WHO Winter Hospitality Overflow shelters need volunteers all day on Christmas and New Year's Day when the shelters will be open for the day and evening.  If you are looking for something "to do" on either of those holidays the hours are adjustable to your schedule.  You'll greet guests, visit with them, and help set up the food (already on site).  Looking for friendly, nonjudgemental people who can provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  The people utilizing these shelters are pre-screened by Council for the Homeless and cleared to come into the shelter, volunteers are on duty with at least one other person at all times.


The third Monday of January is designated as a Federal Holiday, with a difference!  It's a Federal Holiday where it is hoped citizens will celebrate Dr. King's legacy of service by making it a "day on" instead of a day off.  Here are Day of Service opportunities for January 19-21. You may contact the event organizer directly to sign up for these events or contact Volunteer Connections, 360-735-3690.  If contacting the site directly, please let them know you saw the opportunity listed on the Volunteer Connections website.



CITY OF VANCOUVER PARKS AND RECREATION Several projects are planned, tools, training, gloves, snacks, water are provided.  All volunteers must wear long pants, closed toed shoes, and dress for the weather as all opportunities are out doors rain or shine.  All ages are welcome, but anyone under 18 must have a signed consent form or bring a guardian to sign one on site.  Here are the City of Vancouver projects:

SATURDAY JANUARY 19:  10:00 a.m. till Noon  Work Party at LeRoy Haagen Park NE 9th Street west of NE 136th Ave.  Variety of tasks from cleaning up the picnic structures to restoring habitat by removing invasive species plants, picking up litter.  Conatct MOE at 360-487-8315.

MONDAY JANUARY 21:  9:30 a.m. till Noon West 33rd Street Linear Planting, West 33rd St and Columbia Street.  Help beautify and restore the tree canopy with Vancouver Urban Forestry.  You will help plant approximately 40 shade trees along West 33rd Street.  All volunteers meet by 9:30 a.m. at Carter Park at Columbia and 33rd for refreshments, sign in and instruction. Contact: Reggie 360-487-8324

MONDAY JANUARY 21 10:00 a.m. till noon Water Resources Education Center 9:30 a.m. till Noon 4600 SE Columbia Way.  Help beautify the beach, park, and garden surrounding the Resource Center.  Help with pulling weeds, picking up litter, and other tasks.  Contact Kelly 360-487-7111.


MONDAY JANUARY 21 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Annual Tree Potting Event!  Help restore salmon habitat by potting up native tree saplings or cuttings in the tree nursery.  Training, snacks, tools provided.  Activity is outdoors under tents, but all should wear mud boots as there will be puddles!  Dress for the weather, bring gloves if you have them.  Family friendly, but very young children will find this activity difficult.  Those under 16 must have a parent or guardian volunteer with them.  Event is at 8600 NE 117th.  Contact Ashley at 360-992-8585.

CLARK COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS-PARKS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM WHIPPLE CREEK PARK Day of Service is Saturday January 19 from nine till noon.  Volunteers will plant native trees/shrubs and remove invasive English Ivy and Himalayan blackberry.




Volunteers needed to help produce this much loved event held at Pearson Air Museum February 2.  Volunteers are needed Friday February 1 from 5:00-8:30 p.m. to help set up the event to make it a magical happening the next day.

February 2 volunteers are needed from noon until 3:30 p.m. to finish up preparations and from 5:00-8:30 p.m to help with facilitating this special night.  You'll help with coat check, serving food, and assisting with professional photos.  

To sign up or learn more contact Moe at 360-487-8315 or visit the City of Vancovuer upcoming Events Calendar on the City of Vancouver website.


CLARK COUNTY PARKS AND LOWER COLUMBIA ESTUARY PARTNERSHIP is seeking volunteers to help with the Curtin Springs Wildlife Habitat Planting on Saturday February 9 from 9:00 a.m. till noon.  You'll help plant trees to benefit the local habitat around Curtin Springs turning it into a wildlife oasis in the middle of the city at 8007 NE 72nd Ave.  All ages and abilities welcome, pre-registration required, groups welcome.  Tools, snacks, hot cocoa, coffee, and gloves provided.  Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather.  Must wear long pants and closed toed shoes.  This event will repeat on Saturday March 9.



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