Game night with the Buddy Program in the Jewett lounge.
Photo by Katy Laliotis '21

Contact

Brenda Bamford, Programs Director, 2616 E. Isaacs  Walla Walla, (509) 525-5433, brendab@lilliericecenter.org

Mission

Blue Mountain Industries offers five different types of work experiences (Manufacturing Assembly, Grounds Maintenance, Janitorial, Individual Supported Employment, and Volunteer Employment Experiences), each which provide a stepping stone for vocational skill development, enrichment, and training, with emphasis on employment for adults with developmental disabilities.

Volunteer Types

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help out with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project

Website here.

Contact

Cyndy Knight; PO Box 1595, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-524-2940; cknight@co.walla-walla.wa.us

Mission

Parent to Parent offers support, information, and recreation opportunities to families who are raising children with disabilities. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Recreational programs, which include basketball, baseball, yoga, Christmas open house, parent night out, Easter egg hunt, support groups, and summer day camp.

Required Skills

Punctuality, willingness to learn, respect, positive attitude, and general acceptance of children with disabilities.  Volunteers must complete a Peer Mentor Application that requires references and a background check.

Skills Learned

Volunteers learn about sensitivity, confidentiality, problem solving, the myths and truths about persons with disabilities, and person-first language.

Training

Our 6-hour training "With a Little Help From My Friends" is conducted typically on a Saturday in January (lunch included).

Volunteer Types

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

Website here.

Contact

Shelby Paulsen, Director; 1520 Kelly Place Suite 130 (on the backside of the building), Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-529-0120; risingsunclubhouse@yahoo.com

Mission

To empower members with mental illness to reach their full and considerable potential while rediscovering their self-respect, dignity, and abilities through opportunities to perform productive work, create meaningful relationships, and belong to a community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Work side-by-side with members doing a variety of activities. Most urgently, we need volunteers for our coffee cart, the Rising Sun Express, which is open from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm on weekdays. Other tasks include organizing pantry shelves, window washing, helping members with their growth plans, writing their autobiographies, and tutoring in computer skills. We also enjoy student presentations about mental or physical health and wellness.

Required Skills

Flexibility, good listening skills, positive attitude, independence, and confidentiality.

Skills Learned

Volunteers learn how mentally ill people are just like everybody else and lose their uneasiness around persons with psychiatric disabilities. They will also learn about mental illnesses and how empathy can help people overcome some of their symptoms.

Training

Training happens at the start of a volunteer experience and then on-the-job through supervision.

Volunteer Types

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

Website here.

Contact

Vivian Conger, Washington Council of the Blind Board Member; 1519 Whitman Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509.526.4967;  blazie.girl@gmail.com

Mission

To promote the interests of the legally blind and expand equality, independence, and opportunity for the legally blind citizens of the Walla Walla Valley.

Volunteer Opportunities

Assisting folks with shopping, yard work, reading, cleaning

Required Skills

Caring, willingness to learn, and good people skills.

Skills Learned

How to work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Training

Brief instruction before or at event.

Volunteer Types

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

Website here.

Contact

Nancy Riggle, Executive Director; 240 Bush Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-522-0400, nancy@valleyresidential.org

Mission

To provide personalized support in safe, comfortable home environments for developmentally disabled individuals, residencies for veterans with rehabilitation opportunities, and family assistance services.

Volunteer Opportunities

Client care.

Required Skills

Respect; willingness to help; reliability.

Training

Volunteer orientation.

Volunteer Types

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

Website here.

Contact

Mara Palumbo, Program Manager; 420 W. Alder St. #13, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-529-9062; mpalumbo@ccspokane.org

Mission

To enable residents to remain in their homes with dignity and connection to their community.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Independent living requests: Housework, laundry, transportation, shopping, etc.
  • One-time projects: Moves and yard clean-ups.
  • Administrative tasks: Data entry, filing, designing and distributing promotional materials, mailing surveys to clients, taking pictures, making thank-you cards, and cooking, setting up, serving or entertaining for volunteer recognition events.

Required Skills

Desire to help low-income elders and/or disabled adults in the community.

Skills Learned

Enhanced interpersonal skills.

Training

Initial orientation is in the Catholic Charities office during a one-on-one meeting with the Program Manager. Additional training opportunities are available.

Volunteer Types

Groups or individuals who can come on a regular basis, help with a project occasionally, or contribute once to a big project.

Website here.