Contact: Melissa Buckley, Executive Director; 175 S Park Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-525-7380

Mission: The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters and emergencies.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Disaster Action Team Member: Respond to local house fires and other disasters with housing, clothing, and food for victims.
  • Teaching CPR/First Aid classes
  • General office support: website management, clerical tasks, and janitorial work

Required Skills: Dependability; commitment to our mission; completed volunteer application and clean background check; bilingual English-Spanish helpful but not required.  

Skills Learned: Volunteers will learn about how non-profit work improves community safety and welfare and will potentially gain life-saving skills through CPR and First Aid.

Training: We offer a video that welcomes volunteers to the American Red Cross and a volunteer handbook with policies and our mission. Training occurs on an "as-needed" basis. 

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.

Contact: Everett Maroon; 2316 Eastgate St, Suite 105, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-529-4744; director@bluemountainheart.org

Mission: To prevent new HIV and Hepatitis C infections and provide compassionate care and assistance for those infected and affected by these diseases.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Special events: fundraisers, World AIDS Day, education, and outreach.
  • Advocacy: letter writing and calling lawmakers.
  • Front desk coverage: general office assistance, syringe exchange program, food distribution, and community presentations.

Required Skills: Compassion, open-mindedness, and agility. We can be flexible with student schedules.

Skills Learned:  Advocacy skills, knowledge of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, experience working with people living with HIV and AIDS, exposure to a working harm reduction philosophy through the syringe exchange program, and possibility to be trained to test people for these diseases.

Training: Volunteers are oriented and trained in mid-September and early February.

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

Contact: Jody Lehr; 1120 West Rose Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362; Joettal@yvfwc.org; or Elaine Briggs, Elaineb@yvfwc.org

Mission: To improve the quality of life for the underserved and others as we strengthen the health of our communities. We believe in the right to wellness for all in a comprehensive, preventive approach to health. We value cultural diversity and teamwork.

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative work, patient assistance work, and other areas depending on time commitments.

Required Skills: Integrity, reliability, positive attitude, willingness to learn. Spanish conversational skills a plus but not required.

Skills Learned: Experience in healthcare. Depending on level of commitment, administrative, dental, pharmacy, and patient benefits.

Training: M-F 8am to 5pm at our Rose Street Location.

Volunteer Types: Individuals who can come on a regular basis and/or who can earn credit (service-learning) by volunteering.

Contact: Taylor Wolf, Community Outreach and Education Specialist; 828 S. 1st Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-203-7821; taylor.wolf@ppgwni.org

Mission: To provide exceptional reproductive and complementary health care services, honest education, and fearless advocacy for all. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Generation Action is a young people's movement that seeks reproductive freedom. Generation Action members register voters, foster campus conversations about sexual assault, and raise awareness about reproductive rights. We also need outreach volunteers to table, collect petitions, canvas, and more.

Required Skills: Verbal and written communication, reliability and excellent follow-through, ability to lift/transport outreach materials, interest in public policy and education issues, comfort with people of varying sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and racial identities, belief in pro-choice values and politics, and Spanish language skills are a plus.

Skills Learned: Community outreach, phone banking, tabling, networking, impacting social change, knowledge of reproductive justice and sexual health issues, political advocacy techniques and nonprofit experience.

Training: Staff orient and train volunteers depending on the opportunity and the volunteer's schedule at our health center or a pre-arranged meeting spot.

Volunteer Types: Individuals or groups who can come regularly, help on occasion, or contribute once to a big project. Students could start or join a Generation Action group at Whitman.

Contact: Patti Lennartson, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 401 W Poplar Street, Walla Walla, WA
99362; 509-897- 2072; patti.lennartson@providence.org

Mission: To act in a spirit of cooperation of mutual trust that reflects compassion and respect for the worth of the whole person.

Volunteer Opportunities: There are several opportunities available, including comfort rounding (social interactions with patients), supporting patients in the Cancer Center, cashiering in the gift shop, and supporting our caregivers/patients in the ER and same-day surgery. Any special skills or talents are welcome and we would be happy to consider new volunteer positions.

Required Skills: Confidentiality, collaboration, reliability and effective communication skills.

Skills Learned: Personal growth, exposure to healthcare careers, organization, communication, independence, and group problem-solving.

Training: We require a background check and basic health screening. Volunteers must complete a two-hour orientation before starting at the hospital and then will receive a departmental training after position placement. We ask our volunteers for a six month commitment of one 3 to 4 hour shift each
week.

Volunteer Types: Individuals who are reliable, interested in learning, and/or able to earn credit (service learning) as well as groups who can come on a regular basis or help once with a big project.

Contact: Janice Anhorn, Clinic Manager; 1200 SE 12th St, College Place, WA 99324; 509-529-148; office@soshealthservices.org

Mission: To assist the uninsured in the Walla Walla Valley with health care services.

Volunteer Opportunities: Help with all clinic tasks.

Required Skills: Willingness to learn; bilingual helpful but not required.

Skills Learned: Compassion, people skills.

Training: On site.

Volunteer Types: Individuals who can come on a regular basis.

Contact: Katherine Boehm, Director of Clinic Operations; 534 S. 3rd Avenue Suite 16, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-525-0704; katherine@thehealthcenterww.org

Mission: To advance the success of students by addressing their physical, emotional, and social needs. Serving Lincoln High School, Pioneer Middle School, Blue Ridge Elementary, and HeadStart/ECEAP Preschool.

Volunteer Opportunities: Depending on skills and interest, one can volunteer at any of our sites as anything from a yoga instructor or jump rope expert to a webpage manager, administrative assistant, or grant researcher.

Required Skills: Patience, flexibility, empathy, and a willingness to help those in need. 

Skills Learned: Greater understanding of Walla Walla's underserved community and the gaps in our primary and mental health care systems. .

Training: On a rolling basis.

Volunteer Types: Individuals who are interested in learning and service who can come regularly (anywhere from once a week to once a month) or help occasionally with a big project.

Contact: Phyllis Dial, Volunteer Coordinator; 1067 E. Isaacs Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-525-5561; info@wwhospice.org

Mission: To provide compassionate care to patients in the final stages of life and support for their loved ones and caregivers.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Patient care: 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: Pond & Garden Tour, Evening of Elegance, etc.

Required Skills: Desire to support the hospice mission, reliability, and commitment.

Skills Learned: Compassion and life skills for working with the seriously ill and dying.

Training: Patient care volunteers must complete video or group training before being assigned a patient.

Volunteer types: Individuals who can come on a regular basis, contribute on occasion, or help once with a big project.