Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy our beautiful Pacific Northwest, while giving back to our community at the same time.  Spending time with your grandkids? Many of these opportunities would be a great way to help instill the value and importance of volunteering so that they continue to share in the fun as they grow older and give back. Call RSVP at 360-735-3683 or email to sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities.

The Recycled Arts Fair is changing the way people look at things. You can help them do that! 40,000 people come to the Recycled Arts Festival each year. They count on volunteers to make the festival a success. Volunteers are needed on Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30 to help with activities such as litter pickup, prize and spin wheel booth, Sculpture Garden greeter, surveying visitors about their experience, checking-in other volunteers, and more. You can read full position descriptions and sign up for specific shifts and activities online:

SHARE’s Summer Meals Program  provides free lunches to children in Vancouver who are at risk of going hungry during the summer. SHARE partners with numerous community organizations that provide activities for children during the summer and they provide the food. This summer SHARE plans to provide about 20,000 free meals to children at 20+ locations in Vancouver. Volunteers are needed to meet at the Covington Middle School kitchen and work in groups to chop fruits and vegetables, make sandwiches, portion menu items into bags, and pack individual lunches. Meals will then be counted and placed into coolers for each site. Help is needed Monday – Friday 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Minimum age to help  is 10 so this is a great way to volunteer with your older grandchildren this summer!

NatureScaping of SW WA’s most important educational program is their Wildlife Botanical Gardens. Each of the ten separately themed gardens require upkeep by a Garden Coordinator. This volunteer opportunity requires a continuous commitment of time, but it can be flexible to meet your busy life. If you do not have gardening experience, these opportunities are a wonderful way to learn.

Vancouver Farmer’s Market has a new program for people who love working with kids ages 3-11!  This season volunteer as a Produce Pal and help introduce kids to good nutrition and learning about where their food comes from.  Produce Pals help with engaging activities that might include talks with farmers, games, or demonstrations exposing the kids to new fruits and vegetables.  Those kids completing the activity earn a $2 token to spend on fruits and veggies of their choosing.  Must love working with kids and be available either Saturday or Sunday mornings June-August.

Metropolitan Performing Arts  is dedicated to enriching our community by nurturing a lifelong passion and appreciation for life arts through education and performance opportunities. It is their goal to involve, cultivate, nurture and enhance. They are moving and building a theater so they need help starting in June with painting, organizing, taking photos, basic sewing, outside clean up, moving and much more! Any help you can provide is appreciated. They welcome volunteers as young as 12 years old so if you have a child, or grandchild you’re looking to spend some time with this summer volunteering, this is the perfect position for you! Times are flexible!

Columbia Little League needs volunteers to help as Concession Workers. Duties include welcoming guests at the concession stand, taking orders for food and beverage, presenting prices and packing options, processing cash payments, operating the food preparation equipment, and maintaining the stand as clean and sanitized. Volunteers are needed to serve shifts that are available through July on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5 - 9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m. Minimum age is 16.

Clark County Public Works, Parks and Land Division is looking for VINE Squad Volunteers to help remove invasive English Ivy from two parks. This will entail using hand pruners and loppers to cut ivy from trees and to remove it from the ground. The LeRoy Haagen Park activity is held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  July 11, July 25 & August 8. The Tenny Creek Park activity will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 18, August 1 and August 15. Minimum age is 10 and volunteers will need to bend, squat and stand for long periods of time.

Columbia Springs is a historic park providing nature based educational programming. Their mission is to offer a unique setting and educational experiences that foster a greater awareness of the natural world and inspire stewardship. Volunteers are needed for Stewardship Saturdays on July 13, August 3 and September 14 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Public service events are perfect for people who want to spend a couple of hours working outside at the Columbia Springs 100-acre natural area. These drop-in events greatly increase their ability to maintain their site and continue to host field trips, festivals, and the general public. Each event will be slightly different, as the needs of their site change throughout the year. Projects typically include planting native plants, removing invasive species, trail maintenance, and improving the accessibility and safety of the site. Columbia Springs will provide snacks, tools, gloves, training, and trained volunteer group leaders. Signing up ahead of time to participate in a stewardship event is required. Groups are welcome, just let them know how many will be in your group. Minimum age is 7 and volunteers are asked to bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes, and dress in outdoor/work-appropriate clothing.

REACH Community Development is seeking volunteers to help with their Summer Lunch Program. Are you passionate about working with youth? Then this is a great summer position for you! Volunteers help distribute free lunches to REACH residents and community members while building positive relationships, having fun and making a difference. Lunches are served Wednesday through Friday from 12 - 1 p.m.

Clark County Public Works Parks Division is seeking volunteers to help with the Frenchman’s Bar Park Litter Cleanup Event located at 8800 NW Lower River Road. Volunteers are needed on Saturday July 27, August 24, and September 28 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Volunteers will be collecting litter from throughout the park, along the banks of the Columbia River, and a Blurock Landing. These efforts will help prevent trash from entering the Pacific Ocean. Parking passes will be provided. Volunteers should be able to navigate uneven terrain, bend, crouch, kneel and reach.



The Human Services Council provides people with access to services, transportation and volunteer opportunities to impact their lives and strengthen our Southwest Washington community.