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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities from Community Action of Skagit County

 

 

Volunteer Newsletter: January 11

 

Public Policy Advocacy 101 Training

   

January 23| 12:30 PM-1:30 PM | Mount Vernon

Limited Seating. First Come, First Seated 

You are invited to attend a free Public Policy Advocacy 101 training from 12:30-1:30 PM on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. Come learn about legislative education, lobbying, and more. The training is located at 320 Pacific Place, Mount Vernon (Skagit Early Learners Conference Room). 

Space is limited to 30, first come first seated! Feel free to bring a lunch. For more information contact Isabela at isabelao@communityactionskagit.org or 360 416-7585 x1107.

 

Annual Point in Time Count

   

January 24 | Skagit County

The Point in Time Count is a federally-mandated, annual count of people experiencing homelessness in each county of Washington State. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the county to approach people to fill out a short survey that will provide census information regarding their housing situation. 

Outreach locations may include places such as food banks, hot meal programs, social service agencies and other places. 40+ volunteers are needed to help in various locations throughout Skagit County.

Point in Time Count Volunteers must have strong interpersonal & communication skills, the ability to work independently in different/ unfamiliar environments, willingness to engage strangers about sensitive topics, an open mind and positive attitude.

Required Volunteer Orientation and Training: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 from 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM. The Service Day will be on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 with opportunities running through February 1st.  

For more information about volunteering contact Jen at 360 416-7585 or jenm@communityactionskagit.org. To view and respond to this need directly, click HERE.

 

6th Annual Take Action! Advocacy Trip

   

January 31| 7:45 AM-7:45 PM | Olympia 

Limited Spots Available. RSVP Required. 

Community Action of Skagit County is pleased to present their 6th Annual Take Action! Advocacy Trip as part of their strategy to help people help themselves, and each other. Tour the capital, attend open hearings, and learn about the legislative process that creates the laws and policies that impact lower-income community members. The trip is fun and a great learning experience. 

For more information contact Isabela at 360 416-7585 x1107 or isabelao@communityactionskagit.org. To register click HERE.

 

Fidalgo Bay Work Party

   

February 2| 10 AM to 1 PM| Anacortes

RSVP Required.

Skagit Land Trust is a non-profit organization that conserves land by purchasing and accepting donations of land and conservation easements. They also assist partners and agencies with land conservation projects. 

On the 1st Saturday of each Month Skagit Land Trust hosts a work party! 

Help Skagit Land Trust in the conservation and preservation of the Fidalgo Bay shoreline! This small parcel of land contains a mixed ecosystem of upland trees and shrubs as well as marine foraging and nesting habitats. From the site there is abundant bird watching. You can often see herons, hummingbirds, ducks, sandpipers and other waterfowl. Often otters are seen swimming in Fidalgo Bay, as well as deer wandering on the property. The shoreline is used by dungeness crab, pacific herring, and hardshell clams. 

They are looking for hardy hands to help pull ivy from the sloping area down to the water, then spread seed and plant native shrubs to try and reclaim these areas from the ivy. 

For more information contact Stacy at volunteer@skagitlandtrust.org or 360 428-7878. To view and respond to this need directly, click HERE

 

Spring Planting Party

   

February 23| 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM| Sedro-Woolley

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to involving out community in restoring salmon populations for future generations. 

Join them to plant trees at Ann Wolford County Park in Sedro-Woolley. These native plants in the riparian zone will help restore habitat along the Skagit River to improve habitat for salon and other animals. This is an excellent opportunity to gain community service hours for school!

For more information contact Lucy at sfeg@skagitfisheries.org or 360 336-0172 x301. To view and respond to this need directly, click HERE

 

Ongoing Opportunities 

 

Community Action of Skagit County

   

Ongoing | Skagit County

Community Action is a non-profit  that fosters and advocates for self-sufficiency among low-income people in Skagit County. 

Their Senior & Disabled Adult Volunteer Services program needs volunteer drivers to assist Skagit’s elderly and vulnerable to medical appointments. This volunteer position has flexible hours and offers mileage reimbursement. 

For more information about volunteering with this program contact Diane at 360 416-7585 x1257 or Robert at 360 416-7585 x1145. To view and respond to this need directly, click HERE.  

 

Goodwill 

Ongoing | Mount Vernon

   

Goodwill is a non-profit organization that has been serving north Puget Sound for over 90 years. The sales from their 24 retail thrift stores in this region, along with financial contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations support Goodwill’s free job training and education programs. Each year these programs help thousands of individuals get the skills they need to become economically self-sufficient through work. 

They need volunteers to fill the following roles:

  • Office Aide – Support Job Training
  • Instructor’s Aide – Computer Basics

For more information call 206-860-5732.To view and respond to these needs directly, click HERE

 

Skagit County CASA 

   

Ongoing | Skagit County

Skagit County proudly introduced the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in 2017. Volunteer Advocates represent to the court the best interests of children in care.

CASA Child Advocate Volunteers are community volunteers who are appointed by judges to advocate in court for abused and/or neglected children. 

The CASA volunteer researches the child’s situation – this includes talking to the child as well as the child’s parents, teachers, counselors… anyone who plays a significant role in the child’s life – and then forms an educated recommendation as to what is in that child’s best interests to maintain well-being and encourage safe permanency. 

Child Advocates must be 21 years of age. Training begins in the spring of 2019.

For more information contact Stacy at info@skagitcasa.com or 360 393-6666. To view and respond to this need directly, click HERE

 

Skagit Habitat for Humanity 

   

Ongoing | Skagit County

Skagit Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

 

They need volunteers to fill the following roles:

  • Construction Volunteers. No previous building experience required. Short safety training provided.
  • Store Volunteers. There is always a lot to do at the store! Some store positions include: cashiers (limited availability), floor help, testers, pricing, environmental services, and more! 

For more information contact Rhiannon at volunteer@skagithabitat.com or call 360 420-3649.

 

Youthnet 

   

Ongoing | Skagit County

Since 1969, Youthnet has provided community leadership in building a foundation for healthy individuals and families for a stronger community. They started their first foster care homes in the 1970s, and continue to provide caring and supportive educational and social services to youth and families to help them attain a productive and successful life. 

They need volunteers to fill the following roles:

  • Respite Providers
  • Therapeutic Foster Parents
  • Traditional Foster Parents 

For more information contact Caylie at caylie@youthnetnw.net or call 360 336-1610. To view and respond to these needs 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!

 

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 Paige Sharp, paiges@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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