Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Walla Walla

Volunteer in Walla Walla Over the Summer!

For those students who are staying in Walla Walla over the summer, we have collected a variety of volunteer projects to be involved with! We encourage you to contact the community partner if you are interested in learning more about their opportunity. Don't see something that fits your interests? Contact communityservice@whitman.edu to learn about other possible options.


Rising Sun Clubhouse

The Clubhouse provides a supportive place reflecting the Clubhouse model of social rehabilitation opportunities which empower members with mental illness to reach their full and considerable potential while rediscovering their self-respect, dignity and abilities, through the opportunity to perform productive work, create meaningful relationships, and to belong to a community.

Work side-by-side with members doing a variety of activities which are part of a work ordered day.

Volunteer as a barista at the Rising Sun Clubhouse. No previous experience necessary! The Rising Sun Clubhouse will train you.
They are looking for someone (or a couple of people) to cover a few hours a week between 7:30am and 1pm.

Other examples (that may not be needed as often) are putting pantry shelves in order, major cleaning projects such as window washing, participating in helping members to work on their own personal growth plans, writing their autobiographies, learning or working on computer skills. We also enjoy having students present special classes or groups on mental health or physical health and wellness topics. The Clubhouse is open from 8am until 2pm (Mon-Fri).

Contact Shelby Paulsen, Director for The Rising Sun Clubhouse, at risingsunclubhouse@yahoo.com or 509-520-0120.


Kirkman House Museum 

The Kirkman House Museum is looking for volunteers to help with Collections Management, Tour Guides, and maintenance projects. Times and dates are flexible and dependent upon the volunteer's schedules

Contact Rick Tuttle at 509-529-4373 or rt@kirkmanhousemuseum.org for more information.


Whitman College Cognitive Psychology Lab

The Cognitive Psychology lab is seeking volunteers between the ages of 18-30 to participate in an one-hour research session involving language, thinking, and memory. Times and dates are flexible and volunteers will receive a small honorarium for participating.

Contact Matthew Prull at 509-527-5890 or at prullmw@whitman.edu for more information or to schedule a session.


Downtown Farmer's Market at 4th and Main

Volunteers needed desperately for the Saturday and Sunday Downtown Farmers Market at 4th & Main. The Market itself runs from 9am-1pm, but I really need help with set up and take down. Set up starting at 7am- about 9ish and then tear down starting at 1 until the tables, chairs, barriers and other items have been put away.

To volunteer contact Cheryl Thyken, Cheryl@downtownwallawalla.com or leave a message at 509-460-8258


Walla Walla Community Hospice

Hospice is looking for volunteers to help pull weeds in both their parking lot and around their building. This needs to be done 2-3 times a month.

Contact Mary Wollmuth, Volunteer Coordinator, at 509-525-5561 or mary@wwhospice.org for more information.


Remple Nature Area at Fort Walla Walla

Fort Walla Walla is looking for volunteers to help with trail maintenance. Also, there are opportunities to help plan activities based on the volunteer's skill set.

Contact Linda Sutor at 509-526-0191 or sutorll@whitman.eud for more information


Blue Mountain Action Council Adult Tutoring

AmeriCorps is participating in many volunteer projects this summer and we would love volunteers!

Rainwater Wildlife Refuge Crew: removing invasive species, barb wire, and deadfall. This project is specially coordinated through the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. All crew members will be required to "stake out" from Monday through Thursday. "Stake out" is an AmeriCorps term for camping on the job. This is drug and alcohol free.

Summer School K-5: tutoring students, coordinating camps, etc

Summer School 6-9: leading opportunities for students interested in leadership, conservation, challenge course, computer games, etc Summer School 10-12: assisting with college visits for first generation college students, leadership camp, etc These projects run constantly for most dates between June 17-July 10.

For more information and to volunteer contact Kristin Sayers at kristens@bmacww.org


Builders ReSupply - Sustainable Living Center

The Smart Business Partner Program is looking for a student help make phone calls for them.

Contact Sandra Cannon, Program Coordinator, at 509-525-8849 for more information


Whitman Mission National Historic Site

We are in need of volunteers to help support our duties in telling Whitman Mission information to visitors and many types of providing visitor services. All materials are provided for this national park site experience. We also would like field support for stream restoration work and eliminating invasive plants from our park site.  These experiences may be a short one time day or days only or longer term depending on availability and scope of responsibility.

To volunteer contact Mike Dedman mike_dedman@nps.gov


Water and Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College

The Water and Environmental Center at WWCC needs volunteers to help with:

  • Stream Restoration including invasive species removal and litter pickup
  • K-12 environmental education outreach programs
  • Campus Worm Bin

Contact Melissa Holecek, Water and Environmental Center Education Coordinator, at 509-524-5208 or at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu for more information


The Community Center for Youth

CCY believes that all kids matter! By investing in or youth today, we are investing in our community's tomorrow. We work to provide our Valley teens with an inspirational, safe and relationship-based environment by offering creative, educational and sports-oriented opportunities that connect youth to their unique and valued self, through positive rol modeling and acceptance. 

CCY is looking for volunteers in a variety of ways:

  • CCY @ The Farmers Market. This year we will be going to the Market and selling Art Objects made by the kids. Also we will be informing the community what are mission is and how we need help. Volunteer hours include Saturday's from 8am-2pm and extra hours are need in the evening on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help in making the art projects.
  • CCY Bike Shop on Main Street. We would love a bike enthusiast to work two days a week Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-7:30pm with another volunteer to repair bikes and help the kids learn how to as well.
  • Working in the CCY office. We need a volunteer who is self-direct to help in organizing paperwork and implementing new systems of attendance, donors and email.
  • CCY Marketing and Fundraising. We need volunteers to work on strategy, press releases, imputing data in new software systems and planning.
  • CCY Volunteer Staff. Need volunteers to help kids work on simple behavioral modification strategies.

Contact Candice Johonson at communitycenterforyouth@gmail.com for more information


Army Corps of Engineers: Mill Creek Dam and Bennington Lake

The Corps of Engineers needs volunteers to help with trail work, invasive species removal and littler pick up at Mill Creek Dam and Bennington Lake.

Contact Jeremy Nguyen, Natural Resources Specialist, at 509-527-7165 or at Jeremy.A.Nguyen@usace.army.mil for more information


Walla Walla Community Harvest (a project of Blue Mountain Action Council)

BMAC is looking for volunteers to help with their new gleaning program. Volunteers can be involved in a variety of ways:

  • Volunteering to help harvest produces
  • Donate your excess produce
  • Planting an extra row in your garden to eventually donate
  • Educating people about the need in Walla Walla
  • volunteering in the Food Bank Garden
  • Tabling at the Farmer's Market.

Contact Laura Engelman, Gleaning Coordinator at Laurae@bmacww.org for more information


Odd Fellows Home

Odd Fellows would LOVE to have some student volunteers for the summer!

Please contact:

Kayla Kirk-Activity Director   526-6826
Sonja V.-Activity Coordinator of ECC 526-6837
Lisa Wolf-Activity Coordinator of WCC 526-6814
Dee Haun-Activity Coordinator of Assisted Living 526-6897


Valley Residential Services

Valley Residential Services (VRS) is a community based non-profit organization offering supported living and transitional housing. They would love to have Whitman volunteers, especially for the Summer Carnival fundraiser on June 21. Please contact Kimberly Niemeyer, Recreational Activities Director at VRS at 509-520-4201.


Meals-on-Wheels Fundraiser

We would love to have the services of anyone for our 11th Annual Wild Alaskan Salmon Dinner Friday August 15 4:30-7:00pm here at the Walla Walla Senior Center, 720 Sprague. It is a fundraiser for our Senior Round Table Meals-on-wheels program. We'll have 300-400 in attendance, and supper is on us for volunteers. We could use the services of 12 individuals to help serve. We love Whitman students, you have been so helpful to us!


Please contact any one of us, e-mail ostby@bmi.net or call at 527-3775 anytime.