Rachel Leiter '18 smiles at her adopted "grandparent" at a Valentine's Day celebration at Walla Walla Odd Fellows Home.
Photo by Katy Laliotis '21

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 contribute to the Housing Department by landscaping, helping residents with landscaping and household tasks, moving furniture, collecting hygiene items, visiting elderly residents, organizing enrichment activities for children in our programs for homeless families, adopting families for Christmas, and delivering food boxes to elderly residents.

Required Skills

Visiting residents requires patience and sympathy, while household tasks requires physical mobility and strength. Those who lead children's activities need lesson-planning skills. Food box deliver requires a driver's license and transportation (or bicycle with saddle bags) and ability to lift heavy boxes.

Skills Learned

Compassion; pedagogical skills; understanding of other cultures, the elderly, mentally ill, and developmentally disabled; landscaping; donation coordination; discovering the joy of improving others' lives!

Training

Basic training and ongoing support provided by Housing Staff.

Volunteer Types

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

Website here.

Contact

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

Mission

To enrich the lives of our elderly through well-designed social programs which meets their needs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Since we have several programs, there are many.

Required Skills

Willingness to put the needs of others before one's own; phone/computer skills; driver's license for meal home delivery; bilingual helpful but not required.

Skills Learned

The value of improving the lives of others.

Training

On an as-needed basis.

Volunteer Types

Individuals or groups who can come on a regular basis, help with an occasional project, or come once to help with a big project. Volunteers who can earn credit (service learning) are welcome.

Website here.

Contact

Mariah Matthews, Director of Activities; 534 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-526-6826; mmatthews@oddfellows.com

Mission

To provide residents with a caring, supportive environment and to help seniors reach their goals.

Volunteer Opportunities

Reading to residents, helping with events, performances, and games, and visiting with residents.

Required Skills

Interest in senior citizens and interacting with them.

Skills Learned

Volunteers learn to be attentive and respectful to elders. They also learn a lot of history by listening to resident stories.

Training

On a case-by-case basis depending on involvement.

Volunteer Types

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

Website here.

Contact

Jane Kaminsky, Nutrition Director; 720 Sprague, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-527-3775

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.

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.

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.

Website here.