Volunteer Connections

Clark County Washington's Volunteer Connections Program connects the wisdom, experience, and talents of volunteers with opportunities to enrich the quality of life for themselves and their communities.

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February & March Newsletter



Be a lunch buddy 45 minutes, once a week, change a life!

The Lunch Buddy Program pairs a caring adult with an elementary student who needs a positive role model in his/her life

 Live from Rockefeller Center - Barbara Nordstrom, Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools Lunch Buddy program coordinator, and her husband Gene visited the Today Show at NBC Headquarters in New York City, and let the world know about Lunch Buddies!



Serving Battle Ground, Brush Prairie and Hockinson Schools, ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center is a non-profit after school safe place for 5th-12th graders to attend for free after a one time $5.00 registration. There are many activities available for teens to enjoy such as: pool, foosball, board games, a mini-theater with large screen projection, TV (VCR/DVD) and the use of a gym. They are developing a quiet room with computers where teens can do their homework. The RSTC has a modern bistro cafe where food can be purchased and the teens can relax while listening to music.

Volunteers are Welcome! - Your expertise  is needed Monday thru Friday, any day or days you choose between 2:30 & 5:30. You’ll love hanging out with the kids!

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity (EHFH) is an organization that builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families and works to improve the living conditions for low-income Clark county residents. EHFH seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist marketing and communications efforts. Responsibilities include: * Update and maintain EHFH’s social media presence * Assist in planning, writing and managing the monthly e-Newsletter * Draft, distribute and pitch new releases, media alerts and other stories * Design flyers, graphics, e-vites and other marketing material for major events * Update the website when needed * Organize attend monthly marketing committee meeting including preparing agenda and taking minutes * Reach out to the community organizations, general public and donors with message of their mission to end poverty housing * Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications.

Qualifications: * Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space *completed or working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (English, Marketing, PR) * Previous internship or related experience * Computer literate - Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, HTML and graphic design a plus * Effective communicator, both written and oral * Ability to communicate in a professional manner with press and community contacts *Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines .


 Please remember to turn in your volunteer hours for 2011 & 2012. We accept hours in many different ways:

You can go online and enter them by visiting www.volunteerclarkcounty.org. Click on the “Volunteer” tab and then the “Enter Hours Served” on the left side. Call or email if you need your username and password.

Email your hours to: rsvp@hsc-wa.org   (Make sure you include the month, agency, job and hours)

Mail them on a timesheet to: Volunteer Connections, 201 NE 73rd Street, Suite 101 Vancouver WA 98665

Fax them to: 360-694-6716

If you already fill out a timesheet for your agency, we will accept a copy of their timesheet.


Impact Northwest Kids on the Block Puppeteers work in teams of two volunteers to present scripted educational programs to elementary school and community group audiences on important topics ranging from drug abuse prevention, healthy eating habits and physical activity, to learning about personal safety and child abuse. Volunteers are needed; all training, equipment and materials are provided.

Affordable Community Environments (ACE) is in need of afterschool Youth Services/Coordinator assistance at their Washougal and Vancouver locations. This program is designed to provide a safe and healthy environment for their afterschool youth. Coordinators will teach crafts, read stories, help with homework and engage in other appropriate activities geared to serve elementary to middle school age youth.

Salvation Army Vancouver Corps volunteers are critical partners in helping fulfill the promise to America of "Doing the Most Good." Food Room volunteers will help sort donated food, stock shelves, organize, assist with unloading trucks and keep records. Bread Truck Drivers is a labor oriented w/general public contact opportunity. Volunteers will drive or ride along to grocery stores to pick up food and other items and return to the warehouse. Volunteers must be in good physical condition, capable of lifting, standing on fee for long periods of time and have adequate eye sight.

Clark County Historical Museum has volunteer opportunities in operations, collections and preservation, education, history, archives and special events.

Lutheran Community Services NW needs assistance with their Senior Fitness program; teach a small seniors fitness class twice a month during the week. They are also looking for mentors for the Refugee program once a week for two hours. Learn about different cultures while they learn about yours.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center seeks Administration Office Front Desk Receptionist volunteers to cover the reception area during break and lunch periods and staff vacations.

Volunteer Connections has a need for substitute information assistants to staff the front desks at the Clark County Courthouse and the Public Information Center.

Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Region 6 (JRA) is looking for Mentors to serve as trusted guides to youth in the juvenile justice system. Mentors visit, call and write letters as often as possible. A one year commitment, application process, and background check are required.                    

Boys & Girls Club of SW Washington offer a number of highly rewarding volunteer opportunities that are in need of engaged volunteer accompaniment. By donating your time, talents, positive influence and attitude, you will become a positive role model in the lives of those who need it most; homework tutors, fine arts program assistants, mentors, coaching and special events and interests.

Clark County Habitat Store seeks warehouse volunteers to help with the receiving of donations, pricing and stocking merchandise, customer service, pickups and general assistant duties.

The Kids Cooking Corner focus on nutrition, kitchen safety, proper food preparation, etiquette, cleanliness and FUN! Kids will learn everything from the rules of kitchen safety and adding ingredients to reading recipes and how to use various cooking tools. Volunteers are needed to teach children how to cook using supplied recipes, help in the gardens and assist with cleaning.

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) volunteers are needed to assist people with health insurance related questions. Extensive training is provided as well as one-on-one mentoring before working independently. 

Volunteer Chore seeks a handyman to perform minor repairs (carpentry, plumbing and small appliance repair) to help low-income seniors and adults living with disabilities remain independent in their own homes.

Americans Building Community and the 4th Plain Green Up Team are gearing up for neighborhood gardening in the 4th Plain area again this year. Volunteer Connections members are invited to join them. Work days will include cleaning up gardens and surrounding space as well as preparing spaces for the 2012 growing season. Work dates are:  Saturday March 17 and Saturday April 14 from 8a.m. – 11a.m.

Pearson Air Museum is in need of volunteers to help with Retail Sales, Events and Membership, Grounds keeping and Maintenance Technician.

Humane Society for Southwest Washington offers morning and afternoon volunteer opportunities for adults and teens. Assist with dog walking, cat and dog socialization, adoption assistance, outreach and education.

Open House Ministries seeks a Sales Associate at their Second Hand Solutions Thrift Store/Coffee Shop. Volunteers will provide assistance and kindness to anyone who enters the store to help them with their shopping experience, and will maintain a clean, professional and organized store appearance.

Clark County Prosecutor’s Office is looking for a Jail Call Screener to listen to jail call recordings for case related information, use the computer to look up information in the case tracking database, electronic police reports and other court related programs, prepare an overview of call activity for assigned attorney’s review, and perform other duties as needed. Must pass a criminal background and fingerprinting check, and be proficient in the use of computers.

NatureScaping of SW Washington seeks garden volunteers to perform regular maintenance of garden and garden beds alongside full time garden coordinators. Duties might involve mulching, weeding, raking, planting, etc.

Affordable Community Environments (ACE) is a nonprofit organization serving Southwest Washington offering affordable rental housing communities throughout Clark County stretching from western Vancouver to eastern Washougal.

Mission Statement: ACE develops and nurtures sustainable and affordable housing communities in Southwest Washington that provide residents with stability, support and opportunities for growth.

 ACE’s name embodies their long-term vision for the organization and our community:

Affordable – Our vision is for all residents of Southwest Washington to have a place to call home that is safe, beautiful and affordable.

Community – Our vision is to create communities in which residents are both supported by ACE and actively participate in leading happy, healthy and enriching lives.

Environments – Our vision is that our communities and residents foster sound environmental practices in development and living.

ACE has many interesting and crucial volunteer opportunities available:

• Light housekeeping/organizers—assist a few residents with organizing to bring their homes to an controlled state.

• Low-impact exercise instructors—provide low-impact exercises to senior and low-mobility residents.

• American Sign Language instruction—teach a series of ASL classes to interested residents.

• Gardening instruction/mentors—teach different gardening techniques, how to amend soils, composting, eating healthy from your garden—get creative!

• Youth Services coordinators—teach crafts, read stories, show videos, help with homework, play games and engage youth in other activities that are planned for the after school programs.

• Manicurists—help senior residents and residents with mobility issues in caring for their feet and hands. Tools are supplied.

• Handyman—helps recover chair pads and backs with supplied fabric.


March 11th marks this year’s date to change your clocks.  During Daylight Saving Time clocks are turned forward one hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. DST is based on the fact that longer afternoons are more productive and thus more helpful to society, as compared to longer mornings.


 Many fire departments encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks because Daylight Saving Time provides a convenient reminder. "A working smoke detector more than doubles a person's chances of surviving a home fire," says William McNabb of the Troy Fire Department in Michigan. More than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, but one-third are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.



Are you an empty nester? Thinking about retirement? Looking for resources and opportunities for aging parents? All ages are welcome to attend the 50+ Connections Expo, scheduled for Sunday, April 29th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Vancouver Hilton Convention Center, 301 W 6th Street, which is on the

C-Tran bus route. Attendees may also park at the Luepke Center, 1009 East McLoughlin Blvd. and board a shuttle that runs every 30 minutes.

Enter your name for a chance to win a Grand Prize Mississippi Cruise offered by USA River Cruises, take advantage of health screenings, and visit the 120+ exhibits that will feature information and hands on activities on travel, recreation, health, nutrition, housing, finances, health resources and more. Relax to the beautiful music of Michael Kissinger and purchase discounted tickets to the Wine and Jazz Festival and Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series. Throughout the day enjoy “Live the Good Life” mini-presentations featuring topics such as laughter yoga, real estate in Clark County, and Tai Chi to name a few. And don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Napoleon the Alpaca and Rojo and Smokey the Llamas. They will be sure to make you smile!

This event is presented by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and the Senior Messenger newspaper. RSVP is a program of the Human Services Council. Its focus for the past 40 years has been to engage empty nesters and retirees in meaningful volunteer service at over 150 non-profits in Clark County.  Sponsors include: PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center;  USA River Cruises;  A Caring Heart Senior Housing Referral Service LLC; Glenwood Place Senior Living/The Quarry;  Northwest Healthcare, Inc. / Aging Resources, Inc.; SWAAD;  Memory Health Center (@ Summit Research); Health Net Health Plan of Oregon; Edward Jones Investments; Humana MarketPoint, Inc,; Highgate Senior Living; Human Services Council; and Kaiser Permanente. Contributors include: Retirement Connection Guide.

For more information call 735-3683 or visit our website atwww.50plusconnectionsexpo.com.        


 Literacy Tutor Training at the Clark College Student Learning Center

March 23-24, 2012

 Training will encompass four components covered in two sessions:

• Understanding and perspective of adult learners

• Strategies and tips for tutoring in the classroom

• Best practices and techniques for tutoring individuals and small groups

• Goal setting and lesson planning strategies

Trainees need to attend both sessions in order to receive the full training and certification. Registration is free and refreshments will be provided. To register please contact (360) 992-2750 or scsmith@clark.edu

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Open House

March 10, 2012

12:00 Refuge Tour

1:30 Presentation

Volunteer in Ridgefield to discover Washington’s best kept secret.  Experience wildlife up close. Connect with like minded community members. Experience a small town with lots of personality. Gain valuable skills and experience. Something for everyone no matter your interest.

Join us behind the scenes on Bachelor Island for a tour and talk by refuge staff, pizza and raffle times provided by the Friends of the Refuge, and information about what it means to volunteer in a town that offers that small town feel just 15 minutes north of Vancouver! To RSVP contact the Refuge Volunteer Coordinator at 360-887-4106 or email josie_finley@fws.gov

Volunteering Benefits Emotional Health


Check out a recent article written by Michael Holroyd, RSVP Manager at the Human Services Council, and published in the Columbian!


January Newsletter


Volunteer Opportunities - Call 360-735-3683

Get BOLD Events is looking for volunteers to help with their January 8th Resolution Run in Battle Ground. Help with parking, at water stations and sideline cheering along the route, and at the personal belonging station.

 AARP Tax-Aide  needs qualified volunteers to assist low and moderate income, with special attention to those, age 60 and older with their tax preparation.

Council for the Homeless seeks Winter Hospitality Overflow volunteers at both St Paul and St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Volunteers will welcome and make conversation with shelter guests, prepare/serve snacks, prepare sleeping areas, organize laundry, conduct safety checks of the building and answer general questions . Activities and roles vary by location, shift and date.

CFTH is also looking for a Referral Specialist/Office Assistant to take phone calls from people in need of shelter, collect caller data on screening forms, data entry and filing related to calls.

Vancouver Housing  Authority  needs  volunteers to assist individuals with learning and/or improving their skills with PowerPoint and Excel computer applications. Times will be coordinated between the tutor and individuals.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is in need of Licensed Estheticians to provide relaxing facials at the Cancer Center and Massage Practitioners willing to volunteer their services offering basic relaxation massages to cancer patients at the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth approx. 4-8 hours per month.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop has ongoing openings for cashiers, pricers and sorters Monday—Saturday. Greet customers, assist with purchases and help with donations as they come into the shop.

Furry Friends has many volunteer opportunities: Foster Homes, Phone Help, Education, Pet Showings, Administrative, Fundraising and at the Adoption Center.

Be Safe This Winter

The cold weather has arrived!  Now is the time to prepare for hazardous driving and allow extra time for driving to your volunteer site. Remember that if you are unable to make it to your volunteer site due to the weather, please be sure you notify them. We DO NOT expect you to travel in hazardous conditions. Your safety is priority. If you cannot get a hold of your volunteer site, please call the RSVP office at 735-3683.



Did You Know—One in eight adults in Clark County lack a high school diploma, that 13% of Clark County residents struggle with basic English communication skills and 8% of Vancouver residents lack basic literacy skills? 

The Clark College Student Learning Center at Town Plaza provides a variety of services to help adult learners with the reading, writing, math and English language skills they need to achieve their personal and career goals.  Individual and group tutoring opportunities are available now. 

Become a tutor!  New Literacy and English language tutor orientation and training will be held on Friday, Jan. 20 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 am-1 pm.  Learn strategies for teaching reading, writing, math and language.  Help students reach “The Next Step” in their education, find better jobs and create a better life for themselves and their families. Minimum commitment of two hours per week for three months is required.

Top Service Hour Volunteers

 Bob Morgan (2,250 hours) - Bob has been volunteering with RSVP since 1999. He picks up and delivers food to organizations throughout Clark County as well as serves at numerous other agencies assisting veterans and youth. As an Eagle Scout in his youth, he says, “Through that process you learn that if you volunteer you are giving away a part of your life in order to help people, because ‘time’ is the most valuable ingredient of your life that you can share.” When asked what the most rewarding part of volunteering was he stated, “I have found that people needing help with food and friendship really appreciate it when someone helps them out. I feel ‘a vibration (of appreciation) between us’ when I am able to supply some of their needs, even if it is just fruit, vegetables, and milk.”

Bill Jessett (2,065 hours) - Bill has been a volunteer with RSVP since 2000 and serves at the Inter-Faith Treasure House.  When asked why do you volunteer, he quickly laughed, “It’s better than staying home and fighting with my wife!” He started heartily laughing again and added, “Although we have never, ever had a fight!” But the best part of volunteering came right from his heart, “It’s just so rewarding to be able to help other people.”



Beverly Schubert (1,748 hours) - Beverly Schubert has been a volunteer with RSVP since 2004. She volunteers for the City of Vancouver’s 50+ Travel Program. “The guests who travel with the tours do not want to drive any more, or just want to get out of the house and see something new. These people are so grateful. It makes it all worthwhile.”  Beverly will not be able to attend the Recognition Luncheon this year because she is already scheduled for another trip, but when asked what the most rewarding aspect of volunteering was, Beverly did not hesitate, “People just appreciate it so much!”


Guy Brainard (1,727 hours) - Guy has been a volunteer with RSVP since 1987. He’s volunteered for many different projects but is really known for his love of knitting hats. His average number of completed hats per year is about 3,000. When asked why he volunteers, Guy’s wife Donna said she believes it is, “Self-satisfaction. That at 95 years old (and proud of it) he is still giving back to the community. When a teacher, or someone else, says how much they appreciate him and all that he does, the biggest smile comes across his face. When someone shows him a picture like the ones sent to him from Louisiana after he supplied hats after Katrina, you have never seen a bigger smile on anyone.”


Laurel Winer (1,681 hours) - Laurel has been a volunteer with RSVP since 2006 and volunteers for Walnut Grove Elementary mentoring 3rd grade students in math and reading. She also helps teachers with projects that can’t fit into their very busy schedules.  “I was a Registered Nurse from December 1963 until January of 2004 when I had to retire for medical reasons. I had decided many years ago that when I retired I wanted to volunteer in some capacity working with children. It is such a blessing to be with the boys and girls. It is very rewarding to see them understand math concepts and increase their reading skills. Walnut Grove has a wonderful staff and I feel I’m the lucky one to be able to help them.”




Special thanks to all of our  members who volunteer and contribute so much to the community. Volunteers are what put the human touch into our community and help make it a great place to live. From all the staff here at Volunteer Connections, we wish you happiness and good health in the coming year.

November & December Newsletter


Volunteer Opportunities 

Daybreak Youth Services needs help archiving paper client files then scanning into an electronic system for four hours once a week. Only minimal computer experience is necessary.

SeaMar Behavioral Health is looking for volunteers to help out in 4-hours shifts. Duties might include: filing, answering phones, helping with audit paperwork, Q1 projects, assisting on the front desk, transferring files from one site to another, and other reception work as needed. 

Clark County Department of Community Services is in need of Customer Service assistance. Volunteers will greet and direct the public as they come to the building looking for various departments and services, make available brochures and materials, and answer general questions. This is a very busy and interesting opportunity.

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce desperately needs volunteers to help on a regular basis to update their membership directory, answer phones, call members to verify information, and work at the front desk.

Rocksolid Community Center needs one or two volunteers to input auction donation information into the computer. Basic computer skills are necessary.

Clark College Corporate & Continuing Education  is looking for Cooking School Assistants. This is a non-credit, just for fun opportunity on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays. Under the direction of the program manager and cooking school instructor, volunteers might help with shopping, set up, prep and sous chef functions, essentially acting as the instructor’s “right hand person”. 

Stream Team –Clark Public Utilities is in need of Student Tour Leaders. The Student Education Program educates nearly 4000 Clark County 4th & 5th graders about the water cycle and environmental science. Tour leaders are needed to provide a hands-on activity to the students. The ideal volunteer will be able to lead tours once or twice a month.

Divine Consign needs volunteers to help with Divine Bites—cupcake sales. Duties will include traying cupcakes in the morning, clean up and inventory at closing. Volunteers should be familiar with cash registers, credit card machines and have pleasant customer service skills.

Dream Big Community Center seeks a person who wishes to stay behind the scenes. The helper will work the logistics, technical, or administrative needs of the organization.

Share is looking for help with their Backpack Program. Volunteers will sort and organize food, fill bags, deliver to schools and breakdown boxes.

Council for the Homeless Winter Hospitality Overflow at St. Paul and St. Andrew Lutheran Church needs volunteers to welcome guests, set out coffee and snacks, prepare sleeping areas, answer general questions, clean up, coordinate shower times, etc. Four hour shifts run from 6 pm through 9 am.

Mount St. Helens Institute is taking applications for 2012 Volcano Volunteers. Volcano volunteers assist the public at the visitor’s centers by answering questions, interpreting the landscape, and assisting with directions to trails around the mountain. A commitment of at least four days per month for a minimum of two months is requested. Volunteers receive training, a uniform, housing and opportunities to join educational outings.

NatureScaping  has a “work from home” database coordinator opportunity available for  a volunteer experienced working in  Excel and/or Access. Duties will include: creating a volunteer database and report templates and entering past and current volunteer information.

Lutheran Community Services Multicultural Community is in need of Transportation Drivers for their Refugee & Placement Program to drive clients to various appointments. Volunteers must be flexible as some short notice needs may arise, have own vehicle with current auto insurance. Mileage reimbursement is offered.



Holiday Fun

Interservice Walk & Knock of Clark County are looking for driver and food pickup volunteers on Saturday the 3rd— help stomp out hunger!

The ARC of Southwest Washington needs help with their Phone for Funds event the 12th—16th. Volunteers will phone community members to discuss The ARC and ask for donations, training, snacks and a fun time are provided!

Vancouver Housing Authority  is looking for Musicians to provide musical entertainment for low income seniors at the annual holiday potluck dinner on the 17th.

The Kids Cooking Corner needs volunteers to help cook with the kids at their holiday baking camps and end of year celebration camp Dec. 19th—21st or 27th—29th.

Salvation Army is looking for Bell Ringer volunteers to help with their Red Kettle Campaign throughout Clark County until the 24th.

Luepke 50 and Better Programs is looking for help with their New Year’s Eve Dance & Party on the 31st from 6 pm—10:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to help during the event and with clean up at the end of the evening.

Get BOLD Events needs volunteer help with their Resolution Run January 8, 2012 including parking, staffing water station and  personal belonging stations, sideline cheering and more.







Health Insurance Questions?

 The Clark County SHIBA Helpline Program is part of a statewide network of volunteers trained by the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s office, and is locally sponsored by the RSVP/Volunteer Connections Program. Volunteer Counselors receive extensive training and are mentored for the first six months to a year  to assist the public with information and assistance around  health care options and resources available in our communities. Health care information is often confusing, hard to understand and beneficiaries often find it difficult to navigate the sea of information from health care providers. SHIBA volunteers assist individuals with non-biased information regarding health and prescription insurance options, health care resources, prescription assistance and Medicare. Counselors help consumers understand their benefits and rights. The SHIBA program is always looking for motivated volunteers who are willing to learn and help in any of the following  teams located in Clark and Skamania Counties: Counseling, Office Support, Outreach & Networking, Public Speaking, Project Access and Recruitment and Training. SHIBA operates a drop-in clinic every Tuesday at the Human Services Council or on the 3rd Friday at Skamania County Senior Services. Contact SHIBA at 735-3686 for a full schedule of dates and times and to volunteer!

Volunteers Have Talent!

VOLUNTEES HAVE TALENT! To anyone who utilizes volunteers at their agency, that statement proves itself true everyday. Volunteers bring a wide variety of knowledge, skills and experience that benefits our community and makes Clark County a better place to live. Whether you use those talents to assist veterans with services, write letters to children, or help during a disaster, what YOU do makes a difference.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was honored to present the “Outstanding Volunteers of the Year” and “Top Service Hours” awards to its members on October 22. Meet these nominees and be inspired to share your talents!

Jim and Donna Warren, nominated by SHARE. Jim and Donna regularly help with the mailings, as well as assisting at the holiday center sorting and organizing donations.  “Jim and Donna are wonderful people to work with. They encourage the other volunteers and make everyone feel comfortable. These folks also volunteer with the Red Cross on Tuesdays and use their own time to help our community in many ways. Jim and Donna are warm, positive, genuine, and inspire those around them. ”


Jerome Kurtti, nominated by Empower Up.  Jerry deconstructs computers and electronics, sets up systems, and trains other volunteers. “Jerry is awesome! He comes in every weekday and is a great example for other volunteers. He is very thoughtful on how he interacts with others. Jerry does a dirty job—taking things apart. He is very conscientious of his impact on our processes and programs.”



Cynthia Green, nominated by the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Cynthia serves as the Administrative Assistant helping to maintain the donor database as well as other office tasks. She also is a CASA volunteer at the Clark County YWCA.  “Cyndi quickly learned and excelled at the tasks and duties assigned to her. She has taken ownership of her position and treats it as a job. She has become indispensable to the organization, taking on responsibilities that free the Executive Director to concentrate on the critical functions of nurturing donor relationships. Cyndi is an integral part of the Parks Foundation staff. Neither does she, or we, consider her a volunteer ...she is part of the team!”



Assist at Empower Up!

Empower Up is a reuse & recycling center that accepts donated computers and electronics from the public and businesses.  Volunteer traineesrefurbish the computers to provide grantsto families in-need and non-profits in Clark County. Empower Up has several volunteer positions that assist  in running their computer reuse and recycling programs.

· Orientation Leaders- Assists with trainee orientations, paperwork, safety tours and scheduling.

· Recycling Leaders- Assists with teaching trainees the process of deconstruction and materials sorting of recycled electronics.

· Reuse Leaders- Assists with teaching trainees the process of testing and refurbishing computers and other electronics for reuse and resale, including retail store operations.

· .Administrative Assistant - General office assistant, data entry and answering phones.

· Grant Writing - Working with the Development Committee to identify and submit grants to meet  funding goals.

· Development - Fundraising and donor development.

· Events- Assisting with the several fundraising events held each year.

Immediate help is needed for assistant cashiers to run the cash register (using credit card machine), stock shelves, help customers and keep the store tidy.

Innovative Services NW

 Innovative Services NW is a non-profit organization that values, assists and supports children, adults and families in our community who have disabilities or other disadvantages; offering a continuum of services including therapy and childcare for children; employment training and job support for teens and adults; intervention, education and support for families; and adult day health care for senior citizens and adults who require daytime assistance. Innovative Services NW provides services to more than 1,100 children, families and adults every week here in Clark County. You can be a part of making a difference!

 Many volunteer opportunities are available for short-term projects, long-term commitments, and internships. It may be as simple as helping out in one of the Childcare classrooms or assisting with registration at any one of three annual events. You might have an interest in serving on a committee, moving an office or assisting with some clerical support. Innovative Services NW can use your help. TALENT is another area where you can become involved as an Innovative Services NW donor. Are you a web developer, writer, experienced in public relations or have a desire to help out with soliciting goods and services for their Annual September Care Affair? Much like giving time, the gift of TALENT, is yet another way to express and connect you to Innovative Services NW in a very meaningful way. Consider giving the gift of TIME.

Current volunteer opportunities include:

* Childcare, HR/Safety Committee, Supervised Visitation, Adult Day Health Center *



Volunteer Connections Office Updates

 RSVP welcomes your calls to service at 360-735-3683 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. We are closed from noon to 1:00pm. Please note we are currently adjusting to reduced funding and resource support.  This is being addressed at the local, state and national program levels.  Immediate impacts that will be felt in Clark County include reduced staffing at the Human Services Council reception desk.  We are in the process of recruiting volunteers to staff the front desk of the Volunteer Connections office. Shifts are available Monday—Friday 8 am - 12pm and 1pm-5pm.  Please give us a call if this sounds like a fun volunteer opportunity for you, or if we can help you find another perfect volunteer position!

May and June Newsletter


Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of Volunteer Connections of the Human Services Council

201 NE 73rd Street, Suite 101 Vancouver, WA 98665

Phone: 360-735-3683  Email: volunteerconnections@hsc-wa.org

Summer Fun!


Summer is a great time for enjoying the sun and taking vacations, but it’s also a wonderful time to help your community! Join us at one of these events and make a difference. Call —360-735-3683 to sign up!

LUTHERAN COMMUNITY SERVICES NW is holding their Pour Me A Glass (wine tasting benefit for refugees) on July 16th.  Volunteers are needed to help post flyers and hand out brochures advertising the event. Volunteers will also be needed that evening to help with selling tickets at the door, parking, serving food and passing out packets and raffle tickets. 

CHILDSPREE - RSVP is seeking volunteers who enjoy working with children to assist at the annual Childspree held in early August. Volunteers assist disadvantaged children purchase clothes for school.  Every child is paired with a volunteer to assist them with their back-to-school shopping from a prepared list of the child’s needs.  As a volunteer you will be responsible for leading the child through the store, keeping track of clothing total, and assisting with the final purchase using a provided gift card. Please take into account this is a volunteer position that requires a lot of walking and standing. 

THE CLARK COUNTY FAIR  needs volunteers to  help in August.  Volunteers assist Superintendents with fair exhibits, assist with hanging ribbons, recording ribbons, hanging quilts and pictures,  setting items out for display, and providing security for items.   Volunteers with experience working with animals can watch over the animal areas and help with feeding and caring for the animals. Volunteers are asked to work at least a 4 hour shift.


Volunteer Opportunities - Call 360-735-3683

Innovative Services NW is looking for volunteers who want be part of the system that helps to keep foster children safe. As a Community Support Volunteer you will document the behaviors and interactions of children and their families. This documentation is frequently used to assess parenting skills which may determine whether a child is returned to his or her family of origin. You will learn about the foster care system, the legal impact of foster children and their family of origin, and how the Department of Children and Families gets involved with Clark County Families. Training is provided. Volunteers are asked to have a minimum of two years experience working with children and families, a current Washington State Driver’s License and a current First Aid and CPR certificate, including infants and young children.

AmeriCorps*VISTA is sponsored by the Human Services Council; they are looking for volunteers to serve on and help develop an Advisory Council. Members will help the Supervisor support a team of 9 VISTAs, assist with site placements, VISTA selections, team trainings and recognition.

Friends of the Carpenter is seeking newsletter and mailing assistants on the second Wednesday of the month from 1 - 3 p.m. Cashiers are also needed at the 2nd Chance Thrift Store to greet customers, ring up sales, accept donations, and some arranging of merchandise.

Affordable Community Environments has several residents that want to learn more about quilting. A volunteer is needed to assist these residents. Two to three sewing machines and materials are provided. A volunteer is also needed to assist a local resident with organizing her home and assisting with maintenance once a month.     

Smith Tower is seeking a volunteer to assist a single senior woman who is temporarily residing at Smith Tower while her apartment building in Portland is being remodeled. She needs assistance with cleaning the bathroom and kitchen floors, changing bed sheets and doing laundry. A volunteer is also needed to assist her with grocery shopping in Portland 1-2 times per month (Oregon food stamps) through July.

RSVP is looking for interested volunteers to serve on the Advisory Council, who can commit to a two-year term, and attend meetings held on the last Tuesday of each month. Members perform duties necessary for the purpose of guiding, supporting and enhancing the RSVP project. Some of the events the Council helps coordinate are the annual recognition luncheon and 50+ Connections Expo.

Volunteer Chore is seeking volunteers to provide transportation for low-income and elderly clients to medical appointments. Mileage reimbursement provided.

Vancouver Housing Authority is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to find volunteer opportunities and handle income calls from volunteers. You’ll be an important part of the neighborhood’s efforts to provide job training and volunteer opportunities to the area. Garden Mentors are also needed to supervise garden activities for a few hours every week. You’ll have opportunities to teach Fruit Valley families how to garden and cook home-grown food.

Salvation Army VancouverCorps needs volunteers who enjoy a labor orientated job with general public contact to serve as their Bread Truck Drivers. You will drive or ride along in a 15 ft. truck to grocery stores and pick up food and other items. The truck leaves at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one day week. Drivers and riders must be in good physical condition, capable of lifting, standing on feet, and have adequate eyesight. Food Room Workers are also needed to sort donated food items, stock shelves, prepare bulk food items in family size packets etc.

Two Rivers Heritage Museum, located in Washougal, is looking for Hosts and Tour Guides. All Saturdays are available as well as some weekdays. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one four hour shift once a month.

Volunteer at Columbia Springs!

Explore, Experience, and learn at Columbia Springs. This 100-acre open space provides environmental education opportunities for the community and students of all ages through on-site education and outreach programs.


Last school year more than 5,500 Clark County students and chaperones visited Columbia Springs for field trips and service learning activities offered through the on-site education program.  

Columbia Springs' 100-acres of urban green space is located between State Highway 14 and the Columbia River. It shares its campus with the circa 1938 historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery.

 This summer there will be many different volunteer opportunities to get involved in! Call 360-735-3683 if one of these interest you!

Stewardship Saturday - July 9, August 13

Volunteers help with a variety of on-site grounds maintenance and environmental restoration projects from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Help with trail work and gardening, invasive species removal or small construction projects.

Invasive Species Invasions - June 25 & July 23

Volunteers help to remove invasive plant species and do restoration work surrounding the implementation of Columbia Springs’ Invasive Species Management Plan. It is very rewarding work to see all of the ivy and other invasives that we remove in a day to help steward the native forest.

Join one of RSVP's Community Action Teams!

The Clark County Human Services Council is launching a new volunteer option for persons 55 years and older. The new RSVP Action Team option invites volunteers to:

  • Train, work, learn and celebrate as part of a small team of volunteers
  • Work on projects that fit your interests
  • Make a difference in the community
  • Help design and build this new approach in RSVP volunteering
  • Meet other volunteers and expand your social circle
  • Improve old skills; develop new ones

Five Action Teams are planned to begin in 2011. They are: (1) Veterans & Families of Veterans; (2) Community Education; (3) Environmental Education; (4) Youth Education; (5) Grant & Resource Development. Additional Teams will be established based on community need and available resources.

RSVP Action Team for Veterans & Families of Veterans

The RSVP Action Team for Veterans & Families is currently recruiting volunteers, 55 years of age and older. The team will work with veterans and family members individually and in small groups at several locations in Clark County. Team duties and responsibilities will include life mentoring, career mentoring, reference & referral, facility management, group recruitment & management and more.

Numerous informational meetings will be held over the next couple months. Contact Jo Jones at 360-735-3690 to find out more about serving on one of these RSVP Action Teams.

50+ Connections Expo Thank You!

Thank You to our co-presenter, sponsors, and contributors for helping make the 15th annual expo a huge success!

A big thank you also goes out to the Volunteer Connections Advisory Council who organized and planned the expo, as well as all the community volunteers who helped !


Event Sponsor:

Grand Prize Sponsor:


Sponsors: Providence Health Plans, At Your Place, A Caring Heart, The Quarry and Glenwood Place Senior Living, Waterford at Fairway Village, Humana Market POINT, SW WA Agency on Aging and Disabilities, Memory Health Center at Summit Research Network, Blue Bird Moving and Storage, Vancouver Funeral Chapel, Maxim Healthcare Services, Edward Jones Investments, Human Services Council, Highgate Senior Living, Kaiser Permanente, Global Health Alerts, Fresenius Medical Care

Contributors: Retirement Connection Guide


Bike To Work Project

Do you have an adult size bike in good condition that you are no longer using? Why not donate it to the Bike-to-Work Project!

This is a Grant funded program that provides low-income residents of Clark County a bicycle, helmet, lights, lock and 5 hour road safety and bike maintenance course in order to get to work or work related activities. 

For more information contact: Anthony Gitch @ 360-285-2103