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Contact 

Emily James, Public Outreach Specialist, 1520 Kelly Place Suite 140, Walla Walla WA 99362, 509-529-4980, emilyj@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

Coordinating ongoing afterschool programs such as homework clubs, music, arts and crafts, and physical activities for children in targeted neighborhoods; coordinating activities during spring break and summer break for kids in our housing for homeless families; hosting a kids’ activity at Día de los niños, an annual event held in Washington Park.

Required Skills 

Interest in special topic, patience, ability to balance discipline with inclusion and to work with children of all ages and primarily low-income backgrounds.

Skills Learned

Teaching, compassion, lesson planning, discipline, and understanding of various cultures and backgrounds.

Training

Volunteers will only receive an orientation about the goals of the programs and children.

Volunteer Types 

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

Contact

David S. Rudie; 19 E. Poplar, PO Box 2608, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509.525.7578; david.rudie@scouting.org

Mission

To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Volunteer Opportunities

Work with youth and adults; plan and run district program events.

Required Skills

Willingness to work with people of many backgrounds.

Skills Learned

Leadership, responsibility, and the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Training

Training depends on the position and can include on-line courses, class, and individual tutorials.

Volunteer Types

Individuals or groups 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) are welcome.

Contact

Ingrid Olsen-Young; 414 S. Park St., Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-525-3180; ingrid.@wwcampfire.org

Mission

A century of kids, a future of leaders. Camp Fire USA builds caring, confident youth and future leaders through our after-school and summer day camp programs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Open to having volunteers come to share their talents and knowledge (music, culture, dance, theater) with the kids.

Required Skills

Responsibility, enthusiasm, passion for area of interest, reliability, ability to engage children, and mindfulness about safety. 

Skills

Learned: Leadership organization and presentation skills.  The joy of working with young children.

Training

Volunteers would be interviewed by the associate director.

Volunteer Types

Individuals or groups who can come on a regular basis, occasionally when convenient, or once to help with a big project.

Contact

Jenn Bishop; 77 Wainwright Drive, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-526-7529; devdirector@cmww.org

Mission

To provide a safe place where children and their families learn through interactive play.

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum assistance, workshop leadership, special project assistance, landscaping, gardening, activities at local fair events, and bilingual early learning.

Required Skills

Enthusiasm, love for children, desire to provide educational opportunities, and friendly demeanor. 

Skills Learned

Interacting with children in a hands-on educational setting.

Training

Volunteers are oriented and trained on a case-by-case basis.

Volunteer Types

Individuals or groups 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) are welcome.

Website

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Contact

Eleanor, etellis.americorps13.14@gmail.com

Mission

We are looking for volunteers to help with garden club at four local elementary schools.

Volunteer Opportunities: Activities such as germinating seeds, cooking demonstrations, learning about compost, and planning for the spring garden. 

Required Skills

Dependability, transportation.

Skills Learned

Working with youth in the community, reliability, independence, and collaboration.

Training

Background checks and forms required.

Volunteer Types

Individuals who can come on a regular basis (who can commit to volunteering at least an hour a week)

Contact 

Marissa Ruzyka Lopez, Program Manager; 120 E. Birch, Suite #10, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-527-4745; marissa@wallawallafriends.org 

Mission

To improve lives and communities one child at a time by providing a safe, consistent adult presence outside the home to children who need it.

Volunteer Opportunities

We recruit adult friends (mentors) to spend time with a child (6-18 years old) each week. Service organizations and clubs can volunteer to host a special event for our adult friends and youth to enjoy together. Volunteers can also help out with office work, such as making phone calls and performing data entry. 

ABC Program: School-Based Mentoring Lunch and Recess

Volunteers in the ABC Program visit once a week with their young friend on school grounds during lunch time. Volunteers are rigorously screened and trained, and are matched with kids who have similar interests and hobbies. Whether the time is spent playing tag or coloring together, the half hour visits every week provide a consistent time and space the child can count on. Both parents and teachers find that children who participate in the ABC Program are more likely to be successful academically and socially. Schools close to Whitman include Sharpstein, Green Park, and Edison elementary.

Community-Based Mentoring

Adult volunteers are matched with children in need of a caring, adult presence in their lives for a one hour a week, one year commitment. Through rigorous screening, intensive training and ongoing support, the relationships are carefully formed and sustained. Adult volunteer and child meet weekly for activities in the community, and periodic special events are provided by the program in order to encourage group participation and to build the Friends community. Make a lifelong difference in a child's life by joining the Friends Community-Based Program!

After-School Program 

The Friends After-School Program happens at Green Park, Sharpstein, and Edison in conjunction with the WWPS 21st Century After School Program. It is very similar in content and function to the Friends ABC Program mentioned above but is from 3 to 5 in the afternoon. Friends mentors are matched and will be asked to be with their friend for 45 minutes, one day a week for the school year. You can even pick the time within that two hour range.

Required Skills 

Volunteer mentors must be at least 18 years old, able to pass a background check and to maintain clear boundaries and expectations, relate well with others, and spend focused time with a child. Friends pairs volunteers with children based on similar interests, preferences, and expectations. Reliable and consistent adults commit to mentor one same-gendered child for at least one year.

Skills Learned

Volunteer mentors can strengthen their communication skills (including cross-cultural skills if matched with a child from a difference cultural background) and develop their experience working with a child one-on-one (including special areas of request, such as children with disabilities). Office volunteers strengthen their clerical, communication, and organizational skills.

Training 

All adult volunteer mentors are screened and then trained in a 2.5 hour session about policies, procedures, safety, boundaries, and communication skills. We also offer ongoing special-topic trainings periodically.

Volunteer Types

Individuals who can meet with a child on a weekly basis, come into the office on a regular basis, help with a project occasionally, or contribute once to a big project.

Contact

Program & Membership Development Coordinator; 509-747-8091, ext. 406; spacheco-granfield@gsewni.org

Mission

To help girls become strong leaders for the future.

Volunteer Opportunities

We can use young ladies to lead troops or to help with events/camps.

Required Skills

Positive attitude, communication, skills with children, and reliability.

Training

On a case-by-case basis as it fits in with the volunteer's schedule.

Volunteer Types

Individuals who can come regularly or help with a project on occasion. Volunteers who can earn credit (service-learning) are welcome.

Contact

Susan Anfinson, Membership Accounts Manager; 340 S Park St, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509 525-8863; susana@wwymca.org

Mission

The Walla Walla YMCA is dedicated to the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and committed to building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

Volunteer Opportunities

Joining our board, coaching youth sports, babysitting, helping with the Peach Basket Classic tournament, community Halloween party, Healthy Kids Day, fun runs, and other family events.

Required Skills

Must value and display caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Skills Learned

Teamwork, a sense of community, organizational skills, how to relate to all ages of people, and the fulfillment derived from giving to others.

Training

The director in charge of an event or program trains volunteers.

Volunteer Types

Individuals who can come on a regular basis or on occasion; groups or individuals who can help out once with a big project. Volunteers who can earn credit (service learning) are welcome.

Contact

Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, Executive Director; 213 S. First, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-525-2570; aschwerin@ywcaww.org

Mission

To eliminate racism and empower women.

Volunteer Opportunities

Reading to children; helping with kids' activities while moms are in support group meetings; sorting donations; cleaning toys; misc. maintenance projects; weekly grocery shopping for childcare programs; office work; helping on childcare fieldtrips; making presentations to girls in Mariposa program.

Required Skills

Positive attitude; flexibility; Spanish language skills are a plus; confidentiality; ability to pass background check; must enjoy working with children.

Skills Learned

Organization; problem solving; working with groups; learning about community organizations and the culture of a nonprofit organization.

Training

There is no regular schedule at this point. Orientation and training will occur prior to volunteering starts.

Volunteer Types

Individuals or groups who can come on a regular basis, occasionally when convenient, or once to help with a big project.