Senior Citizens

Blue Mountain Action Council

Center at the Park

Odd Fellows Home

Senior Round Table

Volunteer Chore Services

Walla Walla Community Hospice


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 help residents of our low-income housing for seniors: landscaping, helping residents with cleaning and other household tasks, moving furniture and other household items, visiting elderly residents, creating activities to engage and entertain elderly residents, delivering food boxes to seniors.

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. Visiting residents face-to-face requires patience and sympathy, helping with household tasks, cleaning, landscaping, and moving furniture requires physical mobility and ability to lift heavy items, delivering food boxes requires driver’s license and transportation (or bicycle with saddle bags) and ability to lift heavy boxes.

Skills Learned: Compassion, understanding of other cultures, landscaping, and the great joy of having helped improve others' lives!

Training: Basic training and ongoing support provided by Housing 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

Center at the Park

Contact: Howard Ostby 720 Sprague, Walla Walla, Wa 99362, (509) 527-3775, ostby@bmi.net

Mission: To enrich the lives of our elderly through well-designed social programs which meets their need(s).

Volunteer Opportunities: Since we have several programs, those opportunities are vast and many.

Required Skills: Those who truly want to volunteer and put the needs of others before their own. Skills needed include bilingual; reception, phone & computer; home-delivery meals drivers

Skills Learned: The value of making positive things happen in the lives of others

Training: On an as needed 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 

Odd Fellows Home

Contact: Kayla Kirk, 534 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362, (509) 526-6826, kkirk@oddfellows.com

Mission: The Odd Fellow's mission is to provide our residents with a caring supportive environment and to assist as much as we can in helping our seniors meet their personal goals and aspirations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Reading to residents, helping with special events, performances, card and board games, and visiting with residents. Opportunities to assist Activities Coordinators with projects, decorating, parties, etc. We often have 2 or 3 volunteers that like to work together on a project -- such as a baking project, craft project, etc. The volunteering can be as often as volunteer has time for us. We appreciate your choosing us for your volunteering experience.

Required Skills: We are looking for volunteers who are drawn to senior citizens and are interested in interacting with them.

Skills Learned: Volunteers learn to be attentive and respectful to elders. They also learn a lot of history by working with residents and listening to their stories.

Training: Volunteers are oriented on a case by case basis depending on their level of involvement.

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 

Senior Round Table

Contact: Howard Ostby, 720 Sprague, Walla Walla, wa 99362, 509-527-3775, ostby@bmi.net

Mission: Our aim is to provide good nutrition, to keep older persons healthy and active, and in their own home, out of costly institutional care facilities.

Volunteer Opportunities: 1. Deliver (or help deliver) meals-on-wheels to shut-ins in the Walla Walla and College Place area. Mon-Fri deliveries 10:30-12:00 noon. Substitute or part-time drivers or "runners" needed. 

Required Skills: To be a driver, a vehicle is required. Mileage is paid and free lunch is available. "Runners" do not need to have a vehicle.

Skills Learned: Working with the public. Getting an opportunity to help and relate to the elderly population.

Training: Staff trains volunteers when placed.

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 

Volunteer Chore Services

Contact: Robin Dowsett, 408 W. Poplar, Walla Walla WA 99362, 509-525-0572, rdowsett@ccspokane.org

Mission: Volunteers provide a wide variety of household tasks and assistance that enables recipients to remain in their homes with dignity and connection to their community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tasks include housework, laundry, transportation, shopping and similar independent living requests.Volunteers also participate in one-time projects such as moves and yard clean-ups. There are also opportunities to serve in an indirect capacity doing data entry, filing, taking pictures, making promotional materials, cooking, setting up for, serving or entertaining for volunteer recognition events, making thank-you cards, legislative advocacy for low income elders and disabled services, distributing promotional materials, mailing surveys to clients, and many other tasks.

Required Skills: Desire to help low income elders and/or disabled adults in the community.

Skills Learned: Enhanced interpersonal skills.

Training: Initial orientation is in the Catholic Charities office during a one-on-one meeting with the Program Manager. There are opportunities for additional training as well as volunteer appreciation events throughout the year. There is also a newsletter.

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 Community Hospice

Contact: Phyllis Dial, Volunteer Coordinator, 1067 E. Isaacs Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362, (509) 525-5561, info@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 directly with hospice patients as part of an interdisciplinary team (RN, Social Work, Chaplain) of hospice staff. Application and training are required. Office Help - phone answering, filing, etc. - scheduled weekly times are preferred. Direct Mail - preparation of materials for mailing.  Special events volunteers- i.e. Pond & Garden Tour, Evening of Elegance

Required Skills: Desire to support the hospice mission, however the volunteer's skills and accomplishments can help accomplish it. Reliability,dependability and commitment.

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

Training: Patient care volunteers must complete training before being assigned a patient. Other volunteers are oriented and trained as needed, depending on volunteer position. Training may be in a group setting or through a series of videos. 

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