Like the uptick in gym memberships, the first of the year generally brings more people contacting the Volunteer Connections office on places to volunteer more long term.  We have a long list of nonprofits who really need your help!  No matter what your interest area, we can find a place where you'll feel needed and appreciated.  We're matchmakers between people who have time to give and the places that need that precious gift of time.  More often than not, we steer you to the right opportunity the first time, but if the opportunity isn't what you thought it would be, no worries!  Just let us know and we'll help you connect with something else.

To be an effective volunteer, you need to be a happy volunteer!  Tell us what you hope to get out of your volunteer service.  It helps us steer you to the right opportunity.  We know you want to be "of service", or "give back".  When you come in for your personal interview, (yes we do that still), we're taking the time to get to know you.  Tell us if you want to meet new people, let us know if you really want to be "in charge" of a project, or if you have allergies to cats but still want to help animals.  The more information you share, the better we are at matching you to great opportunities.  Here's just a few of the newest opportunities to come across our desks.  On our opportunity page you'll find a long list of volunteer positions if these aren't what you're looking for.  If you find something you'd like to do listed here, or elsewhere on our website contact shannons@hsc-wa.org for an interview, or call her at 360-735-3690.  

CITY OF VANCOUVER PARKS AND RECREATION TRAVEL 50 PLUS PROGRAM is looking for volunteer trip leaders and drivers! If you have a flair for planning and leading lively, interesting trips and you have an attention to detail this is a great deal of fun!  Drivers must have a clean driving record, a valid Washington state driver's license, and be able to drive a wheelchair accessible van and a 15 passenger van.  

COLUMBIA SPRINGS is now recruiting for Volunteer Lead and Docent positions.  Lead volunteers help with stewardship events and other activities at Columbia Springs.  Docents lead guided tours and engage the public and school groups in environmental education.  Training for these positions are in February.  Leads attend two mandatory trainings, Docents attend six.  Applications are now being accepted.  For more information about these activities go to www.columbiasprings.org/volunteer.

YWCA is holding an information session for it's CASA volunteer program.  CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates make a two year commitment to be an advocate in the best interest of children who have come into dependency in the coursts as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.  The information program is January 4 at 6 PM at the YWCA 3609 Main St.  Training programs for the Sexual Assault Program or Safe Choice Domestic Violence Program will start soon as well.  

FRIENDS OF THE CARPENTER has an on-going need for a volunteer to help specific days at the administration desk.  

FREE CLINIC OF SW WASHINGTON is in need of pharmacists, dental assistants, and Spanish Inerpreters.

FISH OF VANCOUVER AND FISH OF ORCHARDS:  These food banks serve thousands of hungry people.  Each of them requires between 10 and 30 volunteers every shift to help with all kinds of duties from sorting donations to greeting the clients.  

FURRY FRIENDS, a no kill cat shelter is in need of some leadership volunteers!  Please be the type of person who takes initiative, but is flexible and available!  Furry Friends need some photographers, a retired vet tech who can help out with weekly medical exams, someone to be an adoption coordinator, or someone who can be the chair of the annual dinner/auction committee. 

WEST COLUMBIA GORGE HUMANE SOCIETY is in need of daily morning cleaners from 9-11.  And a couple of people who can come in the later afternoon to feed, clean and medicate as needed the kitties in the cat room.  




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.