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Community Action of Skagit County July 31 Skagit Volunteer Newsletter

Volunteer Heart Story:


Lisa and Bill Pierce are retired engineers, making a difference for GED students in Skagit County. Lisa began teaching GED math with Community Action Skagit 7 years ago, when they moved to Arlington. Last year, when there was a need for a GED physics and chemistry teacher, Lisa recruited her husband, Bill.


Lisa worked as a structural engineer/manager, in Bellevue, for 20 years. Bill’s dream was to teach physics at the college level, but when he finished his doctorate, there were very few faculty positions, so he did post-doctoral research and then spent 17 years as a software engineer, working at a few different start-ups.


Today, they get to help a group of adult education students obtain their GED, through Community Action. Bill enjoys working with adult students because they bring to class not only the learning they got in public school, but also the real-life experience they’ve had since. “It’s fun to see the students light up when they understand something they’ve always wondered about.” Bill likes to relate GED science subjects to everyday life and regularly brings common objects into class to illustrate physics principles. Lisa kept an elated voice-mail for months, from a student who was excited about passing a major milestone test, and the echo of her student’s voice will be in her heart forever.


STEM education is valuable whether you plan to enter a technical field or not. It’s important to understand math and science even when you cast a ballot because it empowers you to make your own, informed decisions. “We both enjoy feeling like something we are doing could make a big difference for our students presently, or years down the road, in ways we will probably never hear about.”



Opportunities with Community Action





For more information contact Tracy.

360 416-7585 x 1177

Ongoing | Skagit County
Community Action of Skagit County is dedicated to helping people help themselves, and each other.

Annually Community Action works along side roughly 30,000 Skagitonians each year to find pathways to stability and equip people with tools for success (like helping people complete their GED). Community Action is looking for volunteers to help support different programs:

·     Adult Education ELA Instructor

·     Adult Education GED Instructor

·     Human Resources Intern

·     Street Outreach Volunteer

·     Volunteer Services for Seniors & Disabled Adults: Lawn Adoption Specialist

·     WIC Program Aide





For more information contact Rebecca.

360 588-5721

Join our VISTA Team

Ongoing| Skagit County

Do you know awesome people who want to serve their community and want to get unmatched professional experience? Spread the word! We are recruiting for our Skagit AmeriCorps VISTA team! AmeriCorps VISTA is a 12 month long National Service Program focusing on antipoverty initiatives. Members are placed at partner agencies for 40 hours a week, receive a modest living stipend, professional development training, and at the end of their year of service will receive either an Educational award to put towards past educational expenses or to future expenses or an end of year cash stipend. Check out the available positions below:

·     Career Prep Coordinator

·     Opioid Outreach Facilitator

·     Outreach & Awareness Coordinator

·     Success in Schools Coordinator 

·     Volunteer Coordinator for Financial Education





Are You Interested in Hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA Member?
We are currently recruiting for 2 AmeriCorps VISTA Host Sites for an October start date. If your organization has a project focused on fighting poverty a VISTA may be the catalyst that takes your organization to the next level. The cost for hosting a full time VISTA (40hrs/wk) is $7,000 for the whole year.


VISTAs serve for a local organization here in Skagit County for a 12 month term, focusing on program development and capacity building to help low income communities build on their own resources and address the challenges they face.The Skagit VISTA team engages members in fighting poverty through these capacity building and sustainability activities as opposed to direct member-to-client services.


The cost for hosting a full time VISTA (40hrs/wk) is $7,000 for the whole year. For more information contact Elizabeth Jennings or 360 588-5719.




Ongoing Opportunities with our Partners





For more information contact Emily.

360 336-6138 x110

Multiple Positions Available

Ongoing| Skagit County

Friendship House provides shelter and food for more than 1,500 people each year. Most of these people are residents of the Skagit Valley; they are truly our neighbors. Friendship House needs volunteers to help out in the following roles:

·     Dishwasher

·     Kitchen Server

·     Landscaping Handyperson

·     Laundry Service Assistant

·     Market Volunteer in Sedro-Woolley

·     Sack Lunch Distribution Volunteer

·     Sprouts Donation Volunteer






For more information contact Rhiannon.

360 420-3649

Multiple Positions Available

Ongoing | Skagit County

Skagit Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope. With their help, Habitat Homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. Skagit Habitat needs volunteers to help out in the following roles:

·     Appliance Tester

·     Builder

·     Donation Truck Ride- Along

·     Store Volunteer

·     Tidy- Upper

·     Warehouse Assistant






For more information contact Erik.


Multiple Positions Available

Ongoing| Skagit County

Helping Hands is the largest food bank in Skagit County with a client base of over 16,000 clients from all over the county. They distribute food 4 days a week to a average of 1,000 families every week but have other food programs as well. Helping Hands needs volunteers to help out in the following roles:

·     Delivery Team

·     Event Volunteer

·     Volunteer Driver

·     Volunteer Interpreter

·     Volunteer Loader

·     Volunteer Participant Navigator

·     Volunteer Warehouse Assistant






For more information contact Stacey.


Read with Kids!

Ongoing| Mount Vernon

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to read to Preschool and Kindergarten classes in the Mount Vernon School District. Story Time Volunteers read books and create simple crafts with kids.


Training and materials are provided. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your love of reading with children in need!







For more information contact Karla.
Outreach Volunteer

Ongoing| Skagit County

Skagit Animals in Need (SAIN) is looking for an organized and outgoing person to help educate our community about their mission, provide education supported by their mission and to help recruit potential volunteers and foster homes.


This volunteer will work closely with the Fundraising and Events Committee so monthly attendance to the one hour meeting is required.







For more information contact Leslie.


Statewide Crisis Hotline Advocate

Ongoing| Remotely

Victim Support Services is looking for Volunteers to help out with their Crisis Hotline. Volunteer advocates are the first people to speak with individuals that have been hurt or harmed by crime. They provide hope and a safe space for victims' voices to be heard. These services are free and confidential.


Volunteers will provide crisis intervention, emotional support, resources, referrals, and more to victims of crime on the 24/7 Washington State Crime Victim Support Services Hotline via phone and/or text.


All hotline shifts are done remotely, from the comfort of your own home. Training to become a certificated victim advocate in Washington State is provided, with the opportunity to become a nationally credentialed advocate





What can the Skagit Volunteer Center do for you?

The Skagit Volunteer Center is a free community-building service provided by Community Action of Skagit County. 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 the Skagit Volunteer Center at, or call at 360-588-5731. For more volunteer opportunities or to sign up please visit



Interested in having your volunteer opportunities featured in the Newsletter?

The newsletter is produced by Skagit Volunteer Center Staff and volunteers and is sent out twice a month (ish) to over 3,000 Skagit residents. Newsletters are traditionally published on the 1st and 3rd week of each month. If you would like to have a volunteer opportunity featured in this newsletter, update your volunteer listing OR contact the Skagit Volunteer Center by Tuesday August 13 by Noon- We will do our best to include all new postings.
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