Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Walla Walla

With Summer 2015 upon us there are a variety of new opportunities for volunteering in Walla Walla! Here are a collection of the ones we’ve been hearing about – Stay tuned for new additions! You can see the most recent additions here on the SEC Blog.

Elevate My Recovery – Housing in Crisis Situations
Learn more about the organization and the many volunteer opportunities at www.elevatemyrecovery.com

pandaCamp Amanda is a weekend camp for children ages 7 – 14 who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. Campers will learn about the stages of grief, and coping skills for the process. Campers interact with other children who have experienced similar losses, and are able to share their thoughts during bereavement lessons while spending time in activities such as swimming, fishing, crafts and games.

Camp is held the last full weekend in July. There is no cost. Transportation to and from camp is not provided.

There are three jobs they are looking for help with this summer:
1) students willing to pass out brochures to various businesses and doctors’ offices in the area
2) students interested in lifeguarding at the camp this summer
3) students interested in being counselors at the camp July 24, 25, 26

Any  interested students please email Josie Furbeshaw (furberjn@whitman.edu) or Mary Wollmuth (mary@wwhospice.org).

Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI)
CRI works to spread awareness about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE), the impacts of toxic stress on the developing brain, and how resilience can help buffer those long-term health effects. A Whitman student will help with a variety of tasks, from developing materials for parent, classroom and community providers, to managing aspects of the work CRI is involved with, at the local and state level. A student would get a good inside look at a small grassroots community-driven project that has gained national attention for its work.

Please contact Teri Barila at 509/301-2488 or at this email (teri.barila@wwcc.edu)

Walla Walla Habitat for Humanity is ready for volunteers to help “step up” on their 506 Edith home. Workers can call Luke directly at 509-520-5000 to check the need for that week. They hope to see you all and your groups out on the site soon! You can also call Ted Cummings with questions about this opportunity at 509-386-5276.

Kirkman House Museum
Could use some help with paint removal and application.  The position will require someone who likes detail work, has patience, and will be committed to see the project through.  When it is hot, work will be done in the morning and evening with afternoons off. So hot days will typically be 8am to 10:30am and 7pm until dark.  When it’s not hot work can be done anytime during the day.  There may be other opportunities to learn other tasks. Contact Rick Tuttle – Board Member at 509.529.4373 or 509.386.8447 to learn more.

Boys Group Counselors
United Way of Walla Walla County has partnered with the Blue Mountain Action Council to help run a boys group for at-risk youth in Walla Walla.  We are looking for counselors to help us work with the boys and assist the program.  This program engages youth by helping to build up their self-esteem, inspiring them, and providing them with engaging activities.  We are looking for people that can be good role models for these boys.  The boys are ages 7-14.    

Contact: Erik Oshiro at yu@unitedwayww.org or call (509) 520-5059 to get involved.
Project Time:  On-going – We meet every Wednesday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm


Farm Labor Homes Summer Volunteers
Children’s Home Society, an organization in Walla Walla, run a summer program for youth who live in the Farm Labor Homes.  These youth often come from families who do not speak English very well due to their working and living situations.  This program provides a nice bridge from the end of school to the beginning of the next school year for kids to both keep up with their education and be provided with engaging activities.  We are looking for volunteers that can volunteer at least 25 hours a month.  This is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish!

Contact:  Mariella Rosas at MarielaR@chs-wa.org or call (509) 386-6472
Project Time:  June 15 – August 22

CAC MOPS
CAC MOPS gives homeless moms encouragement and support during this difficult time of mothering. Whitman students can play with their children, allowing the mothers some time away, so they can learn how to be better moms and leaders of their families. Activities are preplanned, all that is needed is a spirit of fun and a heart for kids. The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00 pm.  Contact Julie at 526-3778 or dracoscavern@hotmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Better Moms Make a Better World,
 
Julie Caton
Ministry Coach
MOPS International
509-526-3778