Make_A_Difference_Day

Contact: Judith Johnson; 209 N. Clinton St., Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-529-8009; jsj@bmi.net

Mission: To involve people in natural resources in the landscape they inhabit through storytelling, experiential education, collaborative conversations, celebrations, and the arts.

Volunteer Opportunities: Stream riparian and wetland restoration including stream clean up, removing blackberries and other non-native vegetation, and planting native plants; GIS mapping and monitoring; writing stories; organization and outreach for environmental films.

Required Skills: Passion for healthy streams and interesting stories.

Skills Learned: Gain knowledge about outreach strategies, environmental films, and properly functioning streams, wetlands, and native plants.

Training: Volunteers are usually instructed when they show up for restoration projects. Other opportunities involve regular meetings and trainings.

Volunteer Types: Individuals who can come on a regular basis, help on occasion, or contribute once to a bit project. Volunteers who can earn credit (service-learning) and groups who can come regularly are also welcome. 

Contact: Laura Maier or Sue Osterman; 930 Bonnie Brae, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-525-1079, 509-525-9754; maierjj@whitman.edu

Mission: To appreciate, enjoy, study, and preserve the environment for native plants.

Volunteer Opportunities: Outdoor work, maintaining native plants, and weeding for a sustainable environment!

Required Skills: Willingness to get dirty.

Skills Learned: Appreciation for the slow process of protecting and preserving the environment.

Training: On the spot.

Volunteer Types: Individuals or groups who can come on a regular basis, help on occasion, or contribute once to a big project. Volunteers who can earn credit (service-learning) are welcome. 

Contact: Chinelle Rodriguez, Water & Environmental Center, Walla Walla Community College; 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-524-5228; info@sustainablelivingcenter.com

Mission: To conserve resources for the future by encouraging and facilitating sustainable living practices in our community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Staff a booth at the Farmer's Market or at a fair, help with grant writing, retail opportunities at the Builders ReSupply, help with a Builders ReSupply clean-up day.

Required Skills: Strong communication, understanding of sustainability, ability to work with others, dependability, and consistency.

Skills Learned: Event coordination, grant writing, sales, and community outreach tactics.

Training: On an individual basis for special projects, as a group for special events prior to the event

Volunteer Types: Individuals who can come on a regular basis or help on occasion; groups or individuals who can contribute once to a big project.

Contact: Heather Noel; PO Box 1375, Walla Walla, WA 99362; (509) 529-3543, tssfish@tristatesteelheaders.com

Mission: To restore sustainable populations of native salmonids by enhancing habitat, providing public education and promoting recreational angling for future generations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Installing native plant buffers along urban streams, which involves removing non-native vegetation, laying ground cloth, and planting native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.

Required Skills: Interest in clean water and improved wildlife habitat. Willingness to get hands dirty and to complete labor intensive work. Ability to closely follow instructions is important for handling live plant material and to ensure safety while using hand tools.

Skills Learned: The volunteers should go away with an understanding of the goals of the project. These include education on riparian restoration, native plants, watershed health, and understanding of plants and planting techniques.

Training: Volunteers are oriented and trained on site prior to work for 15-30 minutes depending on the skills required for the day. Oversight continues throughout the event.

Volunteer Types: Individuals or groups who can come on a regular basis, help on occasion, or contribute once to a big project. 

Contact: Clare Carson or Dan Clark; PO Box 1222, Walla Walla WA 99362; 509-522-0399; ww2020@charter.net

Mission: To envision, plan for, and undertake projects that realize a livable Walla Walla area community. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Maintenance of planting areas, help with the community sustainability plan, and other projects.

Required Skills: Interest, commitment, and reliability.

Skills Learned: Varies with the project; perspective on community activism.

Training: Ad hoc per project.

Volunteer Types: Individuals or groups who can help with big projects. Volunteers who can earn credit (service-learning) are welcome.

Contact: Sandy Shelin; 1839 Carl Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362; (509) 525-5350; kidshelin@charter.net

Mission: Working with government agencies, private entities, and the public to promote sustainability (ecological, equitable, economical) in the community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Help with occasional environmental projects, such as green construction workshops, environmental infomercials, collecting junk cars and tires. 

Required Skills: Fact finding research, independence, enthusiasm, and communication skills. 

Skills Learned: Understanding of environmental issues and community resources and seeing a project from conception to completion. 

Training: Throughout a project, a mentor oversees the volunteers. 

Volunteer Types: Individuals who can come on a regular basis or help with a project on occasion.

Contact: Melissa Holecek; 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-524-5208; melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu

Mission: The WWCC Water & Environmental Center focuses on collaboration and education for environmental and economic sustainability. WEC facilitates regional and local partnership programs, provides community and K-12 education opportunities, and coordinates the WWCC Watershed Ecology degree program, campus sustainability and "Go Green Club" activities.

Volunteer Opportunities: K-12 and community environmental education, campus sustainability, and riparian restoration.

Required Skills: Ability to work well with others and teach people objectively about environmental topics. Previous teaching experience is not required.

Skills Learned: An understanding of how to teach students and adults about environmental topics, as well as a basic understanding of the unique environmental challenges facing our basin.

Training: Training and orientation are completed at the Water & Environmental Center with outreach staff prior to work. Oversight continues throughout the event.

Volunteer Types: Individuals or groups who can come on a regular basis, help on occasion, or contribute once to a big project. Volunteers who can earn credit (service-learning) are welcome.