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November Volunteer Newsflash!


Community Needs Assessment Volunteers

Short Term | Community Action of Skagit County

Community Action is conducting a Community Needs Assessment and we need your help! We need volunteers to distribute HARD COPIES to various partner agencies and organizations around Skagit County. 

The primary responsibility of volunteers will be to:

  • Distribute/Drop off survey to designated organizations
  • Communicate results from agencies to Community Action
  • Adhere to strict protocols for the handling of surveys 
  • Enter survey responses in an online portal

Take the Survey:

Community Action is encouraging ALL Skagit County residents to fill out a survey regardless of location, income, or past access to social services. Follow the link to complete either an English or Spanish version of the survey. 

Link: https://www.communityactionskagit.org (scroll down for access to survey)

For more information contact Tanner at tannerf@communityactionskagit.org or visit us at www.skagitvolunteercenter.org 



Viva Farms

Viva farms is a non-profit that focuses on providing a support network and education to aspiring farmers in the Skagit County community. They are currently in need of volunteers to fill a variety of ongoing positions.

Event Coordinator Internship

Viva Farms is in need of and event coordinator! This role is perfect for those who want to develop professional work skills, work independently, and want to learn more food systems in Skagit County Community. Some responsibilities include:

  • Manage a team of volunteers to ensure successful execution of  events.
  • Distribute marketing materials (posters, hand-outs, etc.) across Whatcom and Skagit County.
  • Manage online advertising for events through social media, website, Craigslist, etc.
  • General organization and support of Viva Farms events

For more information about this opportunity email Beth at beth@vivafarms.org or to respond to this opportunity directly click HERE.

Agriculture Education Coordinator

Viva Farms is currently looking for individuals to volunteer as and Agriculture Education Coordinator. This opportunity is meant to boost agricultural education programs at Viva Farms through the individual expertise and experience of a volunteer. Some responsibilities include:

  • Help develop practicum materials and assist instructor in teaching.
  • Coordinate agricultural workshop logistics.
  • Assist with outreach of practicum to promote across a wider audience. 

Previous work in a relevant field is a plus! For more information contact Beth at beth@vivafarms.org or to respond to this opportunity directly click HERE.

Grant Research and Writing Volunteer

Viva Farms is currently looking for focused and creative individuals to help research and write grant proposals. This position is essential for the continuation and further development of their programs as it ensures they can continue to educate, train, and grow the next generation of farmers. Some of the responsibilities of this position include

  • Creating a database of grants, grant deadlines, needs, award amount, etc.
  • Communicate d
  • Other stuff

This opportunity provides volunteers with the opportunity to gain grant writing experience as well as other valuable professional skills. For more information please contact Angela at angela@vivafarms.org or to respond to this opportunity directly please click HERE.



Jacket Drive Volunteers

October and November | Community Action of Skagit County

Tis’ the season to donate warm cloths! Through the months of November and December Community Action is holding its annual Coat and Jacket Drive. This Drive is meant to provide access to free  jackets for those who need warm winter clothing. Jacket donations are managed and accepted by the Mount Vernon Rotary Club as and the Mount Vernon Police Department. Community Action is in need of volunteers to assist in processing, organizing, and distributing coats to those in need throughout the community. 



Jacket Drive Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Restocking lobby racks (first task each shift)
  • Check message board for any special instructions from last shift
  • Counting/tallying/sorting jackets that have arrived since last shift
  • Move counted/tallied/sorted jackets to resource room “restock bins”.
  • Putting NEW/reserve coats on rack in resource room
  • Organize coats by size/type (Men’s, women’s, kids’)
  • Matching NEW/Reserve coats with requests on wall
  • Contacting Case Managers when request is filled.
  • Update message board with any relevant info for next shift
  • Restocking lobby racks (last task of each shift)

This donation drive is a welcome sight by those who are in need in our community. Lend a helping hand through volunteering or providing donations for this drive!

For more information please contact Jen at jenm@communityactionskagit.org or to view a full description and respond to this need directly click HERE. 



Tax Aide Volunteer

Ongoing | AAPR Foundation

AARP needs tax preparers to work directly with taxpayers, filling out returns and helping taxpayers seek refunds. Experience isn’t necessary but basic familiarity with computers extremely helpful!

Requirements and Credentials 

Training begins in November with online and paper materials. There are some training sessions for new preparers as well as experienced preparers. In addition they offer group study sessions. An online, open book certification test must be passed prior to helping clients.


Volunteers work 1-3 half days/week from February 1- April 15 at Senior Centers, Churches and other public locations in Mt. Vernon, Burlington, Anacortes and Concrete. For more information call 360-445-3105 or register for this opportunity directly click HERE.



Skagit Housing Researcher

Ongoing | Community Action of Skagit County

As a housing research volunteer your focus will be to contact landlord and property management organisations to verify information about the services and programs they participate in. This includes information gathering about address, rent, deposit fees, application processsenior and disable living spaces, subsidized housing programs, and more. Volunteers will then compile gathered information in format consistent with Community Actions databases. Basic computer and Microsoft office experience are a plus! 

Volunteer Benefits: Gain experience in a professional working environment. Gain basic office skills working with Microsoft Office, filing/organizing information, and effective communication.

For more information contact Michelle at Michellej@communityactionskagit.org or if you would like to respond to this need directly click HERE.



Tutors Needed 

Ongoing | Youthnet-Emerson HS

Youthnet is an organization that provides caring and supportive educational and social services to youth and families to help them attain a productive and successful lifes. 

Emerson High School is a program of Youthnet and is meant to provide secondary education services as an alternative to conventional public high school.

Youthnet is currently seeking tutors to work 1-on-1 or in small groups with students during daytime hours at Emerson High School in Mount Vernon. Subjects like Math (Algebra and Geometry) and English (Literature) are the emphases of this tutor program.

For more information about this opportunity please contact Melanie Engman at mengman@youthnetnw.net or if you would like to respond to this need directly please click HERE.


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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