Kids Activities

Boy Scouts

Blue Mountain Action Council

Camp Fire USA

Children's Museum of Walla Walla

Girl Scouts

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)

Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)


Blue Mountain Action Council

Contact: Emily James, Public Outreach Specialist, 1520 Kelly Place Suite 140, Walla Walla WA 99362, 509-529-4980, emilyj@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 have several opportunities to enrich the lives of children: coordinating ongoing afterschool programs for children in targeted neighborhoods such as homework clubs, music arts and crafts, sports and physical activities, games, etc.; coordinating activities during spring break and summer break for kids in our housing for homeless families; and hosting a kids’ activity at Día de los niños, an annual event held in Washington Park celebrating children in our community

Required Skills: Ability to engage children and keep a group of children focused on the activity, interest in special topic like arts crafts music games sports homework etc, patience with children and ability to balance discipline with inclusion. Ability to work with children of all ages and primarily low-income backgrounds.

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

Training: Volunteers will receive very little training – only orientation with the goals and needs of the programs and children attending, and ongoing support of activities.

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

Boy Scouts

Contact:  David S. Rudie, 19 E. Poplar, PO Box 2608, Walla Walla, Wa. 99362, 509.525.7578, david.rudie@scouting.org

Mission: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Volunteer Opportunities: work with youth, work with adults, plan &/or run district program events

Required Skills: willingness to work with youth & adults of different ages, back grounds, religions

Skills Learned: leadership, responsibility, hopefully the values of the Scout Oath and Law

Training: pending unit or district- fill out an application, training base on postion or event working- through on-line courses, class, one on one

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

Camp Fire USA

Contact: Ingrid Olsen-Young, 414 S. Park St., Walla Walla WA 99362, 509-525-3180, ingrid.@wwcampfire.org

Mission: A century of kids, a future of leaders. Camp Fire USA builds caring, confident youth and future leaders through our after-school and summer day camp programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Open to having volunteers come to share their talents and knowledge with the kids. For instance, music, culture, dance, theater, etc.

Required Skills: Volunteers should demonstrate a passion for their area of interest and a desire to ignite enthusiasm for that interest in elementary age kids. Reliable, responsible, great with kids, fun, and very safety conscious.

Skills Learned: Leadership organization and presentation skills.  The joy of working with young children.

Training: Volunteers would be interviewed by the associate director.

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

Children's Museum of Walla Walla

Contact: Jenn Bishop, 77 Wainwright Drive, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-526-7529, devdirector@cmww.org

Mission: The Children's Museum of Walla Walla provides a safe place where children and their families learn through interactive play.

Volunteer Opportunities: Museum assistant, workshop leader, special project volunteer, landscaping and gardening, assisting with activities at local fair events, and bilingual early learning volunteers.

Required Skills: We seek volunteers who love children, who care deeply about providing educational opportunities for Walla Walla families. We seek volunteers who like to have fun and who are friendly and enthusiastic!

Skills Learned: Volunteers will gain skills interacting with children in a hands-on educational setting.

Training: Volunteers are oriented and trained on a case by case basis.

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

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and North Idaho

 Contact: Sulema Pacheco-GranfieldProgram & Membership Development Coordinator(509) 747-8091, ext. 406, spacheco-granfield@gsewni.org

Mission: To help girls become strong leaders for the future.

Volunteer Opportunities: We can use young ladies to help with troop leadership or to be troop leaders, or to help with events or camps.

Required Skills: Very positive attitudes, the ability to communicate and work with children. Reliability. Be there when you say you will.

Skills Learned: 

Training: On a case by case basis as it fits in with the volunteer's schedule.

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

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)

Contact: Susan Anfinson,340 S Park St, Walla Walla, WA 99362,509 525-8863, susana@wwymca.org

Mission: The Walla Walla YMCA is dedicated to the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and committed to building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

Volunteer Opportunities: Board Members, coaching youth sports, Peach Basket Classic tournament, fun runs, family events, Community Halloween party, Healthy Kids Day, babysitting

Required Skills: Display values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility

Skills Learned: They will learn teamwork, a sense of community, organizational skills, how to relate to all ages of people, and fulfillment coming from giving to others.

Training: They will meet with the director in charge of the event or program they are volunteering for to receive the necessary 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 help out once with a big project 

Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

Contact: Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, 213 S. First, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-525-2570, aschwerin@ywcaww.org

Mission: To eliminate racism and empower women

Volunteer Opportunities: Reading to children; helping with kids' activities while moms are in support group meetings; sorting donations of clothing and housewares; cleaning toys; misc. maintenance projects like painting, repairing a playhouse; doing the weekly grocery shopping for childcare programs; misc. office work; serving as extra hands for childcare fieldtrips; making special presentations to girls in Mariposa program

Required Skills: Positive attitude; flexibility; Spanish language skills are a plus; confidentiality; ability to pass background check; must enjoy workingwith children

Skills Learned: Organization; problem solving; working with groups; learning about community organizations and the culture of a nonprofit organization

Training: There is no regular schedule at this point. Orientation and training will occur prior to volunteering starts.

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 come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project 

Farm To School

Contact: Eleanor, etellis.americorps13.14@gmail.com

Mission: We are looking for volunteers to help with winter garden club at four local elementary schools. This is a great opportunity to help kids with hands-on learning about gardening, cooking, and science. Winter Garden Club will run after-school for 7 weeks, Jan 20 to March 10, partnering with the after-school Campfire program. Garden club lessons may include activities such as germinating seeds, cooking demonstrations, learning about compost, and planning for the spring garden. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities: Gardening with kids

Required Skills: dependable, transportation, etc.

Skills Learned: working with youth in the community, dependability, independence, collaboration.

Training: Come to the Student Engagement Center a week prior you begin volunteering to fill out background checks and other forms necessary for involvement in the program.

Volunteer Types:

·         Individuals who can come on a regular basis.

·         Individuals who can commit to volunteering at least an hour a week for 7 weeks.

·         Monday 3:30-4:30 Prospect Point (biking distance from Whitman)

·         Tuesday 3:30-4:30 Edison (biking distance/long walk from Whitman)

·         Wednesday 3:30-4:30 Green park (short walk from Whitman)

·         Thursday 3:30-4:30 Sharpstein (walking or biking distance from Whitman)