Hannah McCarthy '16 handles bags of food at the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank as part of her position with Americorps.
Hannah McCarthy '16 at the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank as part of her position with Americorps. Photo courtesy of Greg Lehman/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

Contact

Tracy Palmer, Development & Outreach Coordinator; 1520 Kelly Place Suite 140, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-529-4980; tracyp@bmacww.org

Mission

To cultivate innovative services, in partnership with our community, to empower low-income people to meet their vital needs and achieve self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers can organize food drives, deliver food boxes to elderly residents, help at food-raisers and fundraisers, and glean fresh produce from local farms, gardens, orchards, and vendors at the Farmers Markets.

Required Skills

Compassion for others; willingness to work with people from all backgrounds, especially low-income individuals; bilingual helpful but not required.  

Skills Learned

Harvesting fresh produce, organizing events, working within complex emergency food systems, and discovering the joy of improving others' lives!

Training

All volunteers receive basic training from BMAC staff.

Volunteer Types

Individuals who can come on a regular basis and groups or individuals who can help once with a big project.

Contact

Jeannette Regalado, Volunteer and Donor Relations; 202 W. Birch, Walla Walla WA 99362; 509-525-7153 ext. 114

Mission

Offering hope and restoration to the poor and homeless in our community by providing food, shelter, spiritual guidance, and programs for life-change.

Volunteer Opportunities

Food preparation, cleaning, organizing donations, childcare, maintenance, van driving, chapel leadership, nursing, teaching, and community outreach. 

Required Skills

Willingness to care for the poor and homeless.

Skills Learned

Compassion for those with less, organization, and collaboration.

Training

On an "as-needed" basis.

Volunteer Types

Individuals or groups who can come on a regular basis or help once with a big project.

Contact

Wendy Cheng, Volunteer Coordinator; 1520 Kelly Place Suite 180, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-529-3377; wendyc@helplineww.org; or Liz McDevitt, Executive Director; 509-529-3377; liz@helplineww.org

Mission

Helpline serves as the front door to help for poor and homeless individuals and families in Walla Walla County. Our job is to connect people struggling to meet basic needs with the community resources needed to achieve stability. Trained, caring staff and volunteers meet with clients to assess needs and screen for eligibility of available local resources. We provide direct assistance with a variety of essential needs, and when appropriate make referrals to a wide network of local social service agencies.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Client intake: Meet directly with clients to coordinate assistance.
  • Resource navigation: Volunteer in our case management program.
  • Front office: Greet clients, file information, answer phones, and enter data.
  • Donations: Organize and track food, clothing, and other in-kind goods.
  • Custodial: General maintenance duties to ensure a safe, clean environment.
  • Committees and special projects: Share your talents by joining one of our boards or community committees, such as Communications, Finance, or Fundraising.

Required Skills

Compassion; computer skills; bilingual in Spanish helpful; desire to help people in difficult circumstances.

Skills Learned

Empathy, interview skills, need evaluation, understanding of the life situation of the homeless and poor, social work experience, and how to establish personal boundaries. 

Training

Our Volunteer Coordinator trains new volunteers at our location. We also provide monthly training opportunities and a volunteer manual.

Volunteer Types

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

Contact

Howard Ostby, Executive Director and Nutrition Director; 720 Sprague, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-527-3775; ostby@bmi.net

Mission

We provide good nutrition and keep older persons healthy, active, in their own home and out of costly institutional care facilities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Substitute or part-time drivers are needed to deliver (or help deliver) meals-on-wheels to shut-ins in the Walla Walla and College Place area Monday-Friday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Required Skills

Drivers need their own vehicles. Mileage is paid and free lunch is available. "Runners" do not need to have a vehicle.

Skills Learned

Working with the public, aiding and relating to the elderly population.

Training

Staff trains volunteers upon placement.

Volunteer Types

Individuals who can come on a regular basis, occasionally when convenient, or once to help with a big project. Volunteers who can earn credit (service-learning) by working at Senior Round Table are welcome.