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Community Action of Skagit County Volunteer Newsletter: September 14th

Saying Goodbye to Susan Rowe


Susan Rowe was our chief talent scout and volunteer

coordinator for 12 years at the Skagit Volunteer Center and Community Action. She started with us as a WorkSource intern in 2006, served as an AmeriCorps member for three years, and as staff ever since. As an agency ambassador to over 170 nonprofits who post on the Skagit Volunteer Center website, she maintained positive relationships with the community. As Volunteer Coordinator, she’s helped many of Community Action’s programs grow and expand with the help of volunteers. We wish her well in her next chapter. The title of her published memoir, “Sweet Susan, What’s Next?” suggests the optimism she has about her life. We thank Susan sincerely for her commitment and service to our community.


Welcoming Paige Sharp


We would like to give Paige Sharp a warm welcome! Paige is our new Community Engagement Coordinator at Community Action and the Skagit Volunteer Center. Paige has spent the last year as our AmeriCorps VISTA Leader building an outstanding support system for our AmeriCorps VISTA team, providing coaching, training, connection to resources and an occasional shoulder to cry on. Paige hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico, has completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has 4 years of nonprofit management experience! 


Paige is here to answer all of your questions about posting or finding volunteer opportunities with the Skagit Volunteer Center, our AmeriCorps VISTA program, and/or volunteering with Community Action. The Skagit Volunteer Center hours are Monday- Thursday from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. We are located at 2221 Riverside Drive in Mount Vernon. Paige can also be reached at paiges@communityactionskagit.org or 360-588-5731.





Victim Support Services

October 5 | Seattle


Victim Support Services has been providing peer support and advocacy for victims of crime since 1975. They are the oldest victim advocacy agency in Washington state and one of the oldest in the nation, and continue to provide services free of charge to victims of crime.


Their 15th annual golf tournament is coming up and they need event volunteers! This year’s theme is Jurassic Par. Volunteers are needed to help with:

  • Set-up/ Take down
  • Greeting golfers
  • Registration
  • Photography
  • Silent Auction
  • Other duties as assigned

NOTE: A background check is performed for all volunteers. The event is located at the Rainier Golf and Country Club (11133 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Burien). Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are able to help all day or a morning or afternoon shift.

If under the age of 18, must be accompanied by an adult (does not have to be the parent or guardian, another volunteer, staff or board member may accompany the minor).

Volunteers must be 18 or older.


For more information contact Leslie at leslie@victimsupportservices.org or 425-252-6081. To view this need click HERE





American Cancer Society-Everett

Ongoing | Skagit County


The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.Their Road to Recovery program provides safe and courteous drivers for cancer patients needing transportation to and from their cancer treatments. This helps to ease the burden of patients who have problems getting to their necessary treatment and appointments.


They have an ongoing need for Volunteer Drivers in Skagit County.  


For more information contact 425-741-8949. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE





Children of the Valley

Ongoing | Mount Vernon  


Children of the Valley (COV) exists to provide a positive, caring and supportive environment for children of low-income families that values and respects their God-given potential, while offering a variety of cultural enrichment activities as well as academic support. they provide a healthy snack, extra-curricular activities, academic support, and a fun, safe place to come after school. On half days and other special occasions, the students have the opportunity to take part in many different enrichment activities.


They have volunteer opportunities for:

  • Boy Scouts Helpers
  • Drop-off Van Drivers
  • Reading & Homework Helpers
  • Snack Shoppers

For more information contact Sofia at volunteercoordinator@covmv.org or call 360-982-2399. To view and respond to these needs directly click HERE.




Community Action of Skagit County


Ongoing | Skagit County 

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes Skagit County a better place to live. They care about the entire community, and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.


Skagit Food Distribution Center

Volunteers are needed to help increase nutrition and food security for residents of Skagit County. The Skagit Food Distribution Center serves as a food hub for 14 local food banks. 

Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Food Delivery Driver
  • Office Assistant
  • Warehouse Assistant
  • Volunteer Services Program

For more information about volunteering contact Tracy at tracym@communityactionskagit.org or 360 588-5753.


Volunteer Services Program 

Community Action’s Volunteer Services program supports safe and independent living for elderly and disabled adults in Skagit County. They need volunteers to help out in a variety of different roles:

  • Handyman 
  • Housekeeping
  • Moving
  • Transportation
  • Wood provision- splitting & stacking wood
  • Yardwork

For more information about volunteering contact Robert at robertm@communityactionskagit.org or 360 588-5745.




Junior Achievement of Washington


Ongoing | Skagit County

Junior Achievement (JA) of Washington is part of the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA inspires students to dream big and reach their potential through fun and engaging hands-on programs.


As a Financial Education Volunteer you can enjoy the satisfaction of educating children in the topics of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in grades K-12. Most of their programs allow volunteers to visit a classroom once a week for five to six consecutive weeks, teaching content for 30-45 minutes per visit. 


For more information contact Elaine at elainec@jawashington.org or call 360-715-1132.  To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.




Lincoln Theatre


Ongoing | Mount Vernon

The mission of the Lincoln Theatre is to entertain, inform & inspire our diverse community through cinema, live performance & educational programs while preserving the historic Lincoln Theatre. They need volunteers to help with:

  • Clean Sweep
  • Ticket Selling
  • Poster Distribution
  • Concession Stand and Auditorium 

NOTE: Benefits! Volunteers are able to enjoy performances and films for free; free popcorn & soft-drinks, discounts on other concession items.


For more information contact Brandy at brandy@lincolntheatre.org or call 360-419-7129 x101.  To view and respond to these needs directly click HERE.





Skagit Friendship House

Ongoing | Mount Vernon


Skagit Friendship House shelters, feeds, clothes and heals those in need. They provide two emergency shelters, two transitional houses, a daily hot meal service and an innovative employment training program. They believe that by treating all people with respect and kindness, they can help them transform their lives into ones of self-sufficiency and abundance.


Starting on September 1st Friendship House reduced their daily meal service to just dinner. They will provide sack lunches to non-residents (delivered to Farmstrong’s gravel parking lot), and will need volunteers to help out with:

  • Bagging & Loading up sack lunches
  • Distributing sack lunches
  • Driving a 15 person passenger van

They especially need volunteers to help out on

Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteer shifts are from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM.


For more information contact Kadeem at kadeem@skagitfriendshiphouse.org or (360) 336-5838. To view and respond to this need directly click  HERE.





Summit Assistance Dogs

Ongoing | Anacortes


What’s better than a soft, cuddly puppy?  

Maybe the feeling you’ll get if that puppy grows up to become a life-changing partner for a person living with a disability. Summit Assistance Dogs is a non-profit organization that provides highly skilled mobility service dogs who can open and close doors, turn lights on and off, and pick up dropped items – a real help for a person who uses a wheelchair. Service dogs also provide unconditional love and acceptance. The road to becoming one of these priceless dogs begins in the home of a dedicated puppy raiser. You could become someone’s hero by fostering a puppy for Summit Assistance Dogs!


Puppy Raisers are needed to love, socialize and provide initial training for service dogs. Snuggle a puppy today and change someone’s life tomorrow.


For more information contact Sue at info@summitdogs.org or (360) 293-5609. To view and respond to this need directly click  HERE.     





Whidbey Homeless Coalition

Ongoing | Oak Harbor  


The Whidbey Homeless Coalition formed in 2014 when a broad group of concerned individuals and organizations came together to recognize and solve the growing problem of homelessness on Whidbey Island. Their facility, the Haven in Oak Harbor, provides shelter, warmth, and light meals to those in need.


They need Host Volunteers to help staff at the Haven with setting out a light supper and breakfast, overseeing the guests in the shelter to ensure safety and rules are being followed, engaging with guests, and helping to connect guests with services they may need.


NOTE: A background check is performed for all volunteers. Hours are overnight, 6:30 PM-6:30 AM. Volunteers must be 18 or older.


For more information contact Krystal at krystal.whc@gmail.com or call 360-900-3077. To view and respond to this need directly click HERE.





Interested in having your volunteer opportunities featured in the Newsletter?


It’s easy! Follow these simple steps.

  1. Go to www.skagitvolunteercenter.org and create a 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 volunteers and is sent out semi-monthly (twice a month) to over 3,000 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 featured in the newsletter immediately following your submission!

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