Friends of Children of Walla Walla

Whitman Mentor Program

Friends of Children of Walla Walla

Contact: Mark Brown, Executive Director, 120 E. Birch, Suite #10, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-527-4745,

Mission: Friends is a local non-profit providing community-based and school-based mentoring opportunities to children in the Walla Walla Valley. Our mission is to "improve lives and communities--one child at a time" by providing a safe, consistent adult presence outside the home to children in need of such a presence.

Volunteer Opportunities: Friends recruits adult friends (mentors) to spend at least one hour a week with a child (6-18 years old). 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.

Required Skills: Volunteer mentors must be able 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. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and pass a background check.

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 can strengthen their clerical, communication, and organizational skills.

Training: All adult volunteer mentors are screened and then trained in a 2 1/2 hour training covering policies and procedures, safety, boundaries, communication skills. Ongoing special-topic trainings are also offered periodically.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can meet with a child on a weekly basis
  • Individuals who can come into the office on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help out with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individual who can help out once to help with a big project

Whitman Mentor Program<

Contact: Allison Burns or Nathan Sany, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-527-5765,

Mission: The Whitman Mentor Program matches Whitman College students with local elementary and middle school kids for a one-on-one friendship through our school-based mentoring program.

Volunteer Opportunities: Whitman students get together with their mentee once a week for an  hour during their mentee's lunchtime. They play on the playground together or play board games, read a book, or visit with each other.

Required Skills: Volunteers should be Whitman College students, interested in engaging in the community and motivated to make positive changes.

Skills Learned: Volunteers will learn to engage in their community, recognize the impact of their contributions, and make a positive difference in the life of another individual. 

Training: Volunteers are trained for our programs during our training periods at the beginning of each semester. 

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

Farm To School

Contact: Eleanor,

Mission: We are looking for volunteers to help with winter garden club at four local elementary schools. This is a great opportunity to help kids with hands-on learning about gardening, cooking, and science. Winter Garden Club will run after-school for 7 weeks, Jan 20 to March 10, partnering with the after-school Campfire program. Garden club lessons may include activities such as germinating seeds, cooking demonstrations, learning about compost, and planning for the spring garden. 


Volunteer Opportunities: Gardening with kids

Required Skills: dependable, transportation, etc.

Skills Learned: working with youth in the community, dependability, independence, collaboration.

Training: Come to the Student Engagement Center a week prior you begin volunteering to fill out background checks and other forms necessary for involvement in the program.

Volunteer Types:

·         Individuals who can come on a regular basis.

·         Individuals who can commit to volunteering at least an hour a week for 7 weeks.

·         Monday 3:30-4:30 Prospect Point (biking distance from Whitman)

·         Tuesday 3:30-4:30 Edison (biking distance/long walk from Whitman)

·         Wednesday 3:30-4:30 Green park (short walk from Whitman)

·         Thursday 3:30-4:30 Sharpstein (walking or biking distance from Whitman)