Academic Fun Club

Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC)

Head Start

Impact! Life Transitions Program

Successful Transition and Reentry Project (STAR Project)

Walla Walla High School

Washington State Migrant Council

Whitman Students in Science Classrooms


Academic Fun Club

Contact: Mariela Rosas, Child Mentor Coordinator, Children’s Home Society, 1612 Penny Lane, Walla Walla, WA 99362, (509) 529-2130, MarielaR@chs-wa.org

Mission: Academic Fun Club is an after school program through Children’s Home Society for Kindergarten through 4th grade students.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help kids with homework and role model a positive attitude towards school. The club meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM at the Farm Labor Homes.

Required Skills: Bilingual English-Spanish skills are helpful but not required.

Skills Learned: Ability to interact with children, learn how to be a mentor for future job opportunities in child recreational programs

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Any student who can commit to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours per week to work one-on-one with a child

Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC)

Contact: Darya Tucker, 1520 Kelly Place Suite 140, Walla Walla WA 99362, 509-529-4980, daryat@bmacww.org

Mission: Blue Mountain Action Council exists so that low-income people in Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield counties are able to meet their essential needs. Our goals are that low-income people are employable, are food-secure, have affordable and safe housing, and have access to resources for protection of their rights and privileges. Further, we strive for public policy to address the needs of the low-income population.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers tutors are needed for Adult Literacy Program, which provides training and orientation, then pairs tutors with adult students one-on-one to work on student’s educational goals. Often including GED prep, English as a Second Language, studying for citizenship tests, and improving computer, reading, writing, speaking, and math skills. Tutor-student pairs meet at the convenience of their own schedules in a public place, usually once a week.

Required Skills: People who care about people; bilingual helpful but not required; willingness to work with people from all backgrounds, dealing primarily with low-income individuals. Those who are good readers and enjoy helping others learn. Strong skills in reading, writing, speaking, math, computers, ESL, GED prep, or other academic topics necessary.

Skills Learned: Teaching, compassion, lesson planning, and understanding of various cultures and backgrounds.

Training: Volunteers will receive an extensive orientation and training, approximately 10 hours. BMAC will offer some materials and ongoing support from staff.

Volunteer Types:

·         Individuals who can come on a regular basis

·         Individuals who can come help out once with a big project

·         Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project


Head Start

Contact: Kerri Coffman, 509-526-1781, KCoffman@wwps.org

Mission: To prepare children for kindergarten readiness

Volunteer Opportunities: working with children ages 3 to 5

Required Skills: Understanding of early childhood development, bi-lingual (Spanish) preferred, someone who loves to work with young children, patience, positive attitude, knowledge of positive guidance techniques

Skills Learned: understanding the stages of early childhood development, tools for teaching, parent involvement practices, comprehensiveness of our program

Training: Training is conducted on an "as needed" basis by our involvement coordinator.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule

Junior Achievement

Contact: Amy Meuret, Program Manager, 509-520-4271, amym@jawashington.org

Mission: Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing K-12 students to succeed in a global economy. Through dedicated volunteers, Junior Achievement provides students in-school and after-school programs, which focus on three key areas: entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness.

Volunteer Opportunities: This is an opportunity to volunteer as a JA teacher/consultant in elementary grade classrooms. JA programs are a series of 5-6 sessions that take approximately 45 minutes each. Fall sessions are taught October to December or spring sessions are taught February to April.

Required Skills: Commitment to teach once a week for 5-6 weeks, an interest in economics, education, entrepreneurship or English/language Arts, a desire to make a difference in the community by inspiring young people.

Skills Learned: Effective communication skills, lesson planning, helping children understand the importance of school, connecting with the community, providing leadership within the community.

Training: Volunteers will go through a one hour training session covering policies and procedures as well as pass a background check. Volunteers will be provided a program kit with all materials/activities for their class- about 30-60 minutes prep time for each session.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals or pairs that can teach a Junior Achievement program in the classroom
  • Individuals or pairs that can teach a Junior Achievement program in an after school setting

Successful Transition and Reentry Project (STAR Project)

Contact: Glenna Awbrey, STAR Project, PO BOX 159 Walla Walla, WA 99362, (509) 525-3612, starproject@charterinternet.com

Mission: To assist individuals with transitioning successfully into civilian life.

Volunteer Opportunities: Ongoing and one time projects that include volunteers helping with office, mentoring, tutoring, support services.

Required Skills: Must want to work with individuals that have had life challenges.

Skills Learned: The ability to work with a diverse group of people.

Training: Depends upon the service--office and one time projects do not require special training.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Individuals who can earn credit (service-learning) by working with your organization
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project

Walla Walla High School

Contact: John Fleming or Sue Weber, Walla Walla High School, 800 Abbott Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, SWeber@wwps.org

Mission: The purpose of Academic Lab is to provide a comfortable and helpful learning environment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Our team of tutors helps with Math, Science, English, History and Foreign Language while encouraging individual responsibility. We help in all subjects: finish homework, work on a paper, retake a quiz, review assignment, etc. Lab Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30-8:25, Mon-Thurs 2:00 – 4:00 Required hours: This is a volunteer position and students may work as little as one hour per week, although we do require that tutors are committed to tutoring during the time that they have indicated.

Required Skills:

  • The ability to communicate effectively with a multicultural population
  • The desire to facilitate learning and empower students to succeed independently
  • Awareness of a variety of learning styles
  • Attendance to all tutor training sessions
  • Completed application (including one academic or employment reference)
  • Commitment to tutor for one academic year (September through June) is preferred (with the understanding that your class schedule will change and therefore your tutoring times may change).

Skilled Learned:

Training: Training sessions will be conducted several times throughout the school year.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis

Washington State Migrant Council

Contact: Yolanda Esquivel, 213 Labor Camp Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-522-0610, yolanda.esquivel@wsmconline.org

Mission: To inspire learning, growth and success in life; one child, one family and one community at a time.

Volunteer Opportunities: tutors very much needed

Required Skills: Spanish/English, dependable, caring

Skills Learned: An appreciation for education, working with youth, personal and professional skills

Training: Orientation and tutor training before starting.

Volunteer Types:

  • Visitor (one-time volunteer)
  • Occasional (less than 10 hours a month)
  • Regular (more than 10 hours a month)

Whitman Students in Science Classrooms

Contact: Mary Burt, Science Outreach Coordinator, Hall of Science at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362, (509) 522-4441, burtmb@whitman.edu 

Mission: To support student success in the sciences at local schools while also increasing student interactions with positive role models at this pivotal stage in their development.

Volunteer Opportunities: This program, which began in the fall of 2009, serves to place Whitman students in area middle school science classrooms. Students are matched with a particular teacher and class, and are asked to commit to being in that classroom at least one hour per week. Some students have more than one placement- they may be matched to more than one teacher and/or classroom during the week. There are currently Whitman students placed at Garrison Middle School, Pioneer Middle School and Assumption Elementary School. Whitman students are involved in a variety of activities in the classroom, focusing on the needs identified by the teacher. This includes being an extra set of hands during lab activities, working with small groups of students who need extra help, working with individual students to help them get “caught up” or who have special needs or language acquisition issues in the class, teaching lessons, evaluating notebook assignments, assisting with write-ups, class assignments and more. This year, we are hoping to attract volunteers with interests in a teaching career that would like to have more “hands-on” experience developing and presenting lessons in the science classroom.

Required Skills: Reliability, an interest in science (though a science major is NOT required), an interest in education, good at working with middle school kids, flexibility, and the ability to follow directions.

Skills Learned: A better understanding of the current education system. Lesson planning, teaching, assessment, one-on-one tutoring, and more. Relationships with a local teacher and class of students.

Training: Orientation and training will take place on the evening of September 6th and as necessary throughout the year.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis