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A Year of Giving: 12 Year Round Volunteer Opportunities

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be looking for organizations to support, but why tie your giving to one season? Maybe this is the year that you consider making volunteering a monthly habit. Luckily, you are already connected to the United Way of Thurston County which places volunteers in local organizations year-round through our leadership of Volunteer Thurston.

If you need some help to get started, we’ve rounded up some suggestions. Consider making a monthly commitment to one of the causes that speaks the most to you and your family.


Nature Nurtures Farms
If you love animals, you’ll love pitching in at Nature Nurtures Farm! Youth who are willing to follow directions, get dirty and work hard are welcome to join the youth volunteer opportunities on Saturday mornings from 9-noon. Must be 9 or older and commit to regular schedule.

Olympia Film Society
The very existence of the Olympia Film Society and the Capitol Theater would not be possible without the efforts and support of our incredible volunteers. OFS is accepting volunteers over the age of 16, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Families are encouraged to volunteer. Sign up by emailing

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity
Working with donors and volunteers, SPS Habitat for Humanity develops and builds affordable housing communities in Thurston County. SPS Habitat homes are built with 80% volunteer labor. Volunteers who are willing to come out and swing a hammer on the construction site to build homes and a lasting future for families in need are essential. No construction experience necessary. Tools and training on site.

YMCA- The Other Bank
It's about dignity and good health. The Other Bank, located at 220 Union Avenue SE in Olympia, provides toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, diapers, and feminine supplies to those in need. We also offer necessities of daily living such as dish soap, laundry detergent, and hand soap. Products distributed by The Other Bank cannot be purchased with food stamps and are not available at food banks; yet they are essential for maintaining health and personal dignity.

You can help low-income families! Come volunteer with the Other Bank. Families welcome.

Hands On Children's Museum
The Hands On Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups. Volunteer positions for a variety of ages, interests and skill levels. Special projects and school credit for community service available.

City of Olympia Park Stewardship
The Volunteer in Parks program offers a variety of ways to help Olympia's parks. You can join an upcoming work party, become a Park Steward, or Adopt-a-Park with your neighborhood/organization. Tools, gloves and some refreshments are provided. All ages are welcome to participate. Please contact the Park Stewardship program at 360.753.8365 or by email for more information.

South Sound Reading Foundation
Looking for a volunteer opportunity for your whole family?

Help to sort, count and label children's books for the South Sound Reading Foundation. These books go out to children in Thurston and Mason Counties, some of whom have few or no age appropriate books at home.

We understand the value of community service for young kids and teens. Volunteer opportunities are not rushed and families can take their time to help their children improve math skills and get excited about books.

Call (360) 412-4499. to set up a time for your family to volunteer.

CIELO strive to provide opportunities for people to acquire skills and resources to actively participate in the wider community and to realize their full potential; to be a space that welcomes the expression and celebration of cultures and traditions and builds a strong multi-generational community with respect and dignity; and to strengthen and create relationships between immigrants and their allies who are working together for social justice.

CIELO needs for teens and adults from families to provide homework assistance, language acquisition assistance and childcare to CIELO families!
Spanish speaking exceptional! Bilingual Families needed. English Speakers welcome!

Salvation Army – Community Kitchen
The Community Kitchen serves a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week at our Salvation Army Site, lunch 4 days a week to teenagers at the Community Youth Services Site, and lunch 3 days a week to adults at the Drexel House site. Information and referral to housing and supportive services are available on site, including emphasis on shelter referrals in cold weather months. Parents and school age children welcome!

WET Science Center
The WET Science Center is a fun, hands-on place to learn all about water. They are looking for outgoing volunteers to greet and assist the public in the WET Science Center’s exhibit gallery. The volunteer program is open to people age 13 and older.

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, South Puget Sound’s beloved performing arts facility, is committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of five counties. Located in the heart of Washington State’s capital city, The Center has become a community gathering place, providing a focus for the performing arts unique to the region. They have opportunities available to volunteer as an usher, in concessions, the art gallery or to assist our administrative staff. Accepting volunteers 16 and up!

West Central Park Project
The mission of the West Central Park Project is to create a public, open, green space that can serve the recreational, educational, artistic and musical needs of the community in which it sits. The space created by its neighborhood, for its neighborhood, can be a model for other neighborhoods to create similar spaces and thereby improve their economy and their quality of life. Do you want to help create the park, then join in one their work parties!