Casey Schafer '16 and his mentee pretend to balance plates of food on their heads in front of a holiday tree.

Contact: Mariela Rosas, Child Mentor Coordinator; Children’s Home Society, 1612 Penny Lane, Walla Walla, WA 99362; (509) 529-2130;

Mission: Academic Fun Club is an after-school program through Children’s Home Society for kindergarten through fourth-grade students.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help kids with homework and model a positive attitude towards school. The club meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM at the Farm Labor Homes.

Required Skills: Bilingual English-Spanish skills are helpful but not required.

Skills Learned: Ability to interact with children; mentoring skills.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Any student who can commit to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours per week to work one-on-one with a child

Website here.

Contact: Darya Tucker, Literacy; 1520 Kelly Place Suite 140, Walla Walla WA 99362; 509-529-4980;

Mission: Blue Mountain Action Council exists so that low-income people in Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield counties are able to meet their essential needs. Our goals are that low-income people are employable, are food-secure, have affordable and safe housing, and have access to resources for protection of their rights and privileges. Further, we strive for public policy to address the needs of the low-income population.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers adult literacy tutors meet one-on-one in public places with students to work toward their educational goals, which range from GED prep and English as a Second Language to studying for citizenship tests and improving computer skills.

Required Skills: Compassion for others; willingness to work with people from all backgrounds, especially low-income individuals; bilingual helpful but not required. Strong skills in reading, writing, speaking, math, computers, ESL, GED prep, or other academic topics necessary.

Skills Learned: Teaching, compassion, lesson planning, and understanding of various cultures and backgrounds.

Training: Volunteers will receive an extensive orientation and training, approximately 10 hours. BMAC will offer some materials and ongoing support from staff.

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

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Contact: Kerri Coffman, Program Director; 509-526-1781;

Mission: To prepare children for kindergarten.

Volunteer Opportunities: Working with children ages 3 to 5

Required Skills: Positive attitude, patience, understanding of early childhood development, joy in working with young children; bilingual (Spanish) preferred but not required.

Skills Learned: Tools for teaching, understanding of parent involvement practices and early childhood development.

Training: Our involvement coordinator conducts training on an "as needed" basis.

Volunteer Types: Individuals who can come on a regular basis or who can help with a project when convenient.

Website here.

Contact: Amy Meuret, Program Manager; 509-520-4271;

Mission: Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing K-12 students to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement provides students in-school and after-school programs in three key areas: entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness.

Volunteer Opportunities:  JA teacher/consultants volunteer in elementary school classrooms for a series of 5-6 sessions that take approximately 45 minutes each. Fall sessions are October to December; spring sessions occur February to April.

Required Skills: Commitment to teach once a week for 5-6 weeks; interest in economics, education, entrepreneurship or English/language Arts; desire to make a difference in the community by inspiring young people.

Skills Learned: Effective communication; lesson planning skills; helping children understand the importance of school; connecting with the community; providing leadership within the community.

Training: Volunteers must pass a background check and complete a one-hour training session covering policies and procedures. Volunteers will be provided a program kit with all materials/activities for their class- about 30-60 minutes prep time per session.

Volunteer Types: Individuals or pairs that can teach a Junior Achievement program in the classroom or after school. 

Contact: Glenna Awbrey, STAR Project; PO BOX 159 Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-525-3612;

Mission: To assist individuals with transitioning successfully into civilian life.

Volunteer Opportunities: Ongoing and one-time projects in office, mentoring, tutoring, and support services.

Required Skills: Desire to work with individuals who have experienced life challenges.

Skills Learned: The ability to work with a diverse group of people.

Training: Depends upon the service--office and one-time projects do not require special training.

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

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Contact: John Fleming or Sue Weber, Walla Walla High School; 800 Abbott Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362;

Mission: To provide a comfortable and helpful learning environment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Our team of tutors helps with Math, Science, English, History and Foreign Language while encouraging individual responsibility. We aid with many tasks: finish homework, work on a paper, retake a quiz, review assignment, etc. Lab Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30-8:25, Mon-Thurs 2:00 – 4:00 Required hours: This is a volunteer position and students may work as little as one hour per week, although we do require that tutors are committed to tutoring during the time that they have indicated.

Required Skills: Ability to communicate effectively with a multicultural population; desire to facilitate learning and empower students; awareness of a variety of learning styles; attendance to all tutor training sessions;completed application; commitment to tutor for one academic year (September through June) is preferred (with the understanding that your class schedule will change and therefore your tutoring times may change).

Training: Training sessions will be conducted several times throughout the school year.

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

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Contact: Yolanda Esquivel; 213 Labor Camp Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-522-0610;

Mission: To inspire learning, growth and success in life one child, one family and one community at a time.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tutors needed.

Required Skills: Spanish/English, dependable, caring.

Skills Learned: An appreciation for education; working with youth; personal and professional skills.

Training: Orientation and tutor training before starting.

Volunteer Types:

  • Visitor (one-time volunteer)
  • Occasional (less than 10 hours a month)
  • Regular (more than 10 hours a month)

Website here.