Health and Medicine

American Red Cross

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

Family Medical Center

S.O.S. Health Services

Walla Walla Community Hospice


American Red Cross

Contact: Melissa Buckley, Executive Director, 175 S. Park Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-525-7380

Mission: The mission of the American Red Cross is to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters and emergencies. To that end, we offer CPR and First Aid classes. We employ volunteers in disaster response, blood collection, and teaching CPR/First Aid classes.

Volunteer Opportunities: Disaster Action Team member--respond to local house fires and other disasters to provide immediate housing, clothing, and food to victims of disaster. Teaching CPR/First Aid Classes, General Office support, i.e., website management, clerical tasks, janitorial work.

Required Skills: High level of commitment and dependability, completed volunteer application, able to complete and pass a background check, bilingual English-Spanish speaker is a plus. A genuine commitment to helping people and the mission of the Red Cross.

Skills Learned: Volunteers will learn about the importance of non-profit work and its benefit to the safety and welfare of the larger community. Volunteers can potentially gain experience as an instructor of CPR and First Aid Classes. This primarily involves teaching adults basic life saving skills.

Training: We offer a video that welcomes volunteers to the American Red Cross. We have a volunteer handbook that describes Red Cross policies and our mission and training is on an "as needed" basis. 

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Individuals who can earn credit (service-learning) by working with your organization

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

Contact: Everett Maroon, 2316 Eastgate St, Suite 105, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-529-4744, director@bluemountainheart.org

Mission: The mission of Blue Mountain Heart to Heart is to prevent new HIV and Hepatitis C infections and provide compassionate care and assistance for those infected and affected by these diseases. Through our efforts we hope to encourage an environment of dignity and improved quality of life for the entire community. 

Volunteer Opportunities: 1) Special events: fundraisers, education and outreach, assist with World AIDS Day 2) Advocacy: Letter writing: calling lawmakers-state and federal level  3) Front desk coverage, general office assistance, syringe exchange program, food distribution, and community presentations.

Required Skills: We look for volunteers who are compassionate, open minded, and who are willing to ask, "what would be most helpful to the agency at this time?" We can be flexible with student schedules.

Skills Learned: EKnowledge of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, experience working with people living with HIV and AIDS, exposure to a working harm reduction philosophy through the syringe exchange program, possibility to attend training and test people for HIV and Hepatitis C, advocacy skills.

Training: Volunteers are oriented and trained once in mid September and once in early February.

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 earn credit (service-learning) by working with your organization
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project

Family Medical Center

Contact: Jody Lehr at Joettal@yvfwc.org, or Elaine Briggs at Elaineb@yvfwc.org 

Mission: To improve the quality of life for the underserved and others as we work to strengthen the health of our communities. We believe in the right to wellness for all in a comprehensive, preventive approach to health. We value cultural diversity and teamwork. We respect the dignity of our clients and employees. As dedicated community members we commit ourselves to empower the populations we serve. We strive to improve the high quality services we provide.

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative work, patient assistance work, and other areas depending on time commitments.

Required Skills: Integrity, reliable, positive attitude, willingness to learn. Spanish conversational skills a plus but not required.

Skills Learned: Experience in healthcare. Depending on level of commitment: administrative, dental, pharmacy, patient benefits.

Training: M-F 8am to 5pm at our Rose Street Location.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can earn credit (service-learning) by working with your organization

S.O.S. Health Services of Walla Walla

Contact: Janice Anhorn (Clinic Manager, office@soshealthservices.org) or Todd Reiswig (for volunteering with construction projects at the clinic), 1200 SE 12th St, College Place, WA 99324, 509-529-1481 http://www.soshealthservices.org

Mission: Our mission is to assist the uninsured with Health Care Services to all people within the Walla Walla Valley

Volunteer Opportunities: to help with all the tasks that are done in a clinic setting

Required Skills: willingness to learn how to do things, bilingual is helpful

Skills Learned: people skills

Training: on site
Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis

Walla Walla Community Hospice

Contact: Mary Wollmuth, Volunteer Coordinator, 1067 E. Isaacs Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-525-5561, mary@wwhospice.org

Mission: The mission of Walla Walla Community Hospice is to provide compassionate care to patients in the final stages of life and support for their loved ones and caregivers.

Volunteer Opportunities: Patient Care Volunteers-work as part of an interdisciplinary team (RN, Social Work, Chaplain, CNA) to care for patients. Application and training are required. Special Events-decorating, etc. Office Help-phone answering, filing, etc. -scheduled weekly times are preferred. Direct Mail-preparation of materials for mailing.

Required Skills: Desire to support the hospice mission. Reliability, dependability, and commitment.

Skills Learned: Patient Care Volunteers learn life skills in working with the seriously ill and dying.

Training: Volunteer training is done online and at your own  pace.  Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for further information.

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