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Community Action of Skagit County Volunteer Newsletter: May 11th

 

 

 

   

Volunteer Dishwasher

Meals on Wheels | Sedro-Woolley

The Meals on Wheels Program provides nutritious lunches to senior citizens, age 60 and older, who have difficulty leaving their home unassisted and who are unable to prepare their own meals.They are currently in need of dishwasher volunteers to serve at the Sedro-Woolley Senior Center. Volunteer duties include:

  • Bus dishes from tables
  • Clean dishes
  • Put away dishes
  • Create a happy accepting environment for seniors to enjoy their meals.

 

Volunteers are required to pass a background check as well as obtain a valid Food Handler’s Permit (reimbursement available) before volunteering.

 

For more information contact Renee at reneec@co.skagit.wa.us. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.

 

   

Pacific Northwest Cattle Dog Rescue

Ongoing | Skagit County

 

Pacific Northwest Cattle Dog Rescue (PNWCDR) is a newly formed non-profit located in Skagit County. They are a volunteer driven organization that aims to foster cattle dogs with the ultimate goal of pairing dogs with their forever home. PNWCDR is currently seeking volunteers fostering dogs! Help support this organization by signing up to be a volunteer.

 

For more information contact Marie at info@pnwcdr.org. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.

 

   

Summer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Packer

Ongoing | Burlington

 

Viva Farms is a business incubator that helps new farmers learn how to farm and experienced farmworkers establish their own business. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)  is a model that connects consumers and producers by allowing the individuals who subscribe to the service to receive the harvest of a certain farm or farmer. 

 

Viva Farms is looking for dedicated CSA volunteers who will assist with packing their 100+ CSA boxes!

 

Time and Date: Wednesdays 7am – 12pm, from June 13th – September 12th

Location: Viva Farms (Corner of Ovenell Road & Higgins Airport Way, Burlington, WA 98233).

Skills: Ability to lift 50 lbs. and stand for 5 hours. Must be 16 or older.

Training Requirement: Required training on Wednesday  June 6th, 9am – 11am

Commitment: Volunteers must commit to 10 weeks in advance to receive the perk of a weekly CSA share.

 

For more information contact Angela at angela@vivafarms.org or (360) 969 – 7179 x807. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.

 

   

Helping Hands Food Bank

Ongoing | Sedro-Woolley

 

Helping Hands Food Bank has been serving residents of Skagit County since its creation in 2000. Last year they distributed 2.2 million pounds of food to over 14,000 individuals. Helping Hands Food Bank is currently seeking volunteers for the following positions: 

  • Warehouse Assistant 
  • Loading Volunteer
  • Line Volunteer
  • Volunteer Driver
  • Volunteer Interpreters 

For questions about any of the opportunities listed above please contact Erik at erik@helpinghandsfoodbank.org. To view and respond to these needs directly click HERE.

 

   

Skagit DVSAS

Ongoing | Mount Vernon

 

Skagit DVSAS provides confidential assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, rape, child sexual abuse, stalking, elder abuse, sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Services include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy-based counseling, legal, medical and social services advocacy, support groups, children’s advocacy and community education and prevention. All services are confidential and free.

 

Skagit DVSAS is currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:

  • Direct Service Advocate
  • Advocacy Center Volunteer
  • Volunteer Crisis Hotline Advocate

Note: Some of these volunteer opportunities have a training requirement. All volunteers must complete and certify in their 42-hour Advocacy Core Training  prior to service. The next training will be held in June 2018. 

 

For more information about this opportunity contact Tabitha at volunteer_coord@skagitdvsas.org. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.

 

   

Financial Job Coach

Ongoing | Mount Vernon

 

Volunteer with Community Action’s Financial Empowerment program as a Financial & Job Coach. Coaches work with low to moderate income individuals with the goal of identifying their needs and goals as they relate to financial literacy, education, and employment. Ultimately this program aims to eliminate poverty at the family and community level.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Take case notes during coaching sessions to record participant’s goals, progress or setbacks
  • Complete a monthly volunteer time sheet
  • Provide feedback on client participation to supervisors  
  • Research referrals appropriate to participant’s needs as necessary
  • Adhere to all Community Action policies regarding client interaction and confidentiality

Location and Time Commitment:

  • Attend Financial & Job Coaching training time and location to be determined
  • Attend a five hour Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation (COPES) time and location to be determined
  • One-on-one coaches are required to meet with participants a minimum of one hour every two weeks
  • Commit to six months of volunteering in the program

Coaches are free to serve as  a one-on-one coach, a workshop facilitator or co-facilitator, or a drop-in coach. No previous coaching experience is required.

 

For more information about this opportunity contact Izzy at IsabelleD@CommunityActionSkagit.org or call (360) 416-7585 x1185. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.

 

   

Food Delivery Driver 

Ongoing | Sedro-Woolley 

 

The Skagit Food Distribution Center, a program of Community Action, is the central distribution hub to 14 Food Banks as well as a variety of low-income community members across Skagit County. The program is currently experiencing a shortage of Food Delivery Drivers to deliver food to homebound seniors in our community! Give the gifts of healthy food and peace of mind to a person or family that may be struggling to put food on the table.

 

Directly improve the lives of those who can’t leave their home due to financial constraints or disability with the gift of nutrition.

 

Requirements/Credentials: 

  • Licensed and insured to drive agency van
  • Ability to regularly lift 40 pounds
  • Ability to work weekday mornings

For more information contact Tracy at tracym@communityactionskagit.org. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.

 

   

90.1 FM KSVU (Upriver Radio)

Ongoing | Concrete

 

KSVU is a small, locally based, community radio station with a broad range of programming. UpRiver Radio is currently seeking volunteers for the following positions.

  • Underwriter Volunteer
  • Fundraising Organizer 

For more information please contact Erma at  ksvu90.1fm@gmail.com. To view and respond to these needs directly click HERE.

 

   

Friendship House

Ongoing | Mount Vernon  

Since its creation in 1986, the Friendship House has played a pivotal role in the Skagit community. Friendship House provides shelter and food to more than 1,500 people each year. They also operate a café that serves 3 FREE hot meals a day and need volunteers to help with the following positions:

  • Office Assistant
  • Hospitality Volunteer
  • Cafe Support
  • Landscape Crew

For more information about these opportunities contact Kadeem at kadeem@skagitfriendshiphouse.org. To view and respond to these needs directly click HERE.

 

   

JA in a Day

 

Become a role model for elementary students by volunteering for JA in a Day. Share your real-world experiences and perspective with students through a series of five 30-min presentations centered around financial education. Volunteers will have the support and assistance of a classroom teacher as well as training and presentation materials provided by Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement current volunteer needs are as follows: 

 

Location: Jefferson Elementary (1801 E Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98274)

Time and Date: 8:30am to 1:00pm on Thursday, May 24th

For more information contact Elaine at elainec@jawashington.org or call 360-715-1132.

 

   

Skagit Valley Highland Games

 

Volunteer to support the 23rd Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games! This is a very large community event that requires the support of a large number of volunteers. Volunteers are needed to perform a wide range of duties including:

  • Athletics Score Keeping Volunteer
  • Beer & Whisky Volunteer
  • Booth Sitting Volunteer Final
  • Gate Attendant Volunteer
  • Membership & Merchandise Sales Volunteer
  • Parking Lot Attendant Volunteer 
  • Special Ops Volunteer
  • Parking Lot Special Ops Volunteer

Volunteer shifts are three hours in length with morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available. Volunteers that complete 3 or more hours of service will be granted a Family Weekend Pass that grants 4 people access to the event free of charge.

 

Note: There is a mandatory volunteer orientation meeting on Thursday, July 6th at Edgewater Park in the Beer Garden from 6 pm to 6:45 pm. 

 

For more information contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at events@celticarts.org. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.

 

   

Interested in having your volunteer opportunities feature in the Newsletter?

 

It’s easy! Follow these simple steps.

  1. Go to www.skagitvolunteercenter.org and create an profile for your organization
  2. Create and post your volunteer opportunity under your organizations profile 
  3. Update your volunteer opportunities regularly to maximize your chances of landing in the newsletter!

The newsletter is produced by Skagit Volunteer Center Staff and is sent out semi-monthly (twice a month) to over 2,000 Skagit residents. Newsletters are traditionally published on the 1st and 3rd week of each month. 

 

Note: Because this newsletter is not produced by a computer and is lovingly handwritten we cannot guarantee that all opportunities posted will be feature in the newsletter immediately following your postdate!

 

What can the Skagit Volunteer Center do for you? Each year we connect hundreds of volunteers to over 150+ partner organizations in our community! If you would like more information about volunteering in Skagit County or becoming a partner organization, contact Susan Rowe, susanr@communityactionskagit.org, or call at (360)-588-5731. For more volunteer opportunities or to sign up please visit www.skagitvolunteercenter.org. The Skagit Volunteer Center is a free community-building service provided by Community Action of Skagit County.

 

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