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There are an abundance of volunteer opportunities in our community. United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties is a volunteer-driven organization that relies heavily on the generous contribution of time and talent by hundreds of local individuals every year. In 2015, there were 1,000 volunteers helping the United Way. Volunteering is an opportunity to gain professional skills and gain a greater understanding of the needs in the community. Our staff is very flexible in working with volunteers' schedules and career goals.

Read below for opportunities with United Way and our community partners.

United Way:

Office volunteers:
A perfect opportunity to volunteer for 30 minutes or 360 days. Office volunteers work in assisting with clerical and high-priority projects that require additional office support.

We are seeking office volunteers to help with:

Bulk mailings
Preparing informational materials about United Way
General research and data entry

View United Way volunteer opportunities here.

To volunteer for United Way, please complete this form and return it to Jo Breneman at jbreneman@unitedway-bfco.com or call 509-783-4102.
 

United Way's Young Leaders Society

The mission of the Young Leaders Society is to promote and encourage the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism among the residents (20's, 30's, or 40's) of Benton and Franklin Counties and other individuals with similar professional and community interests. Members of the United Way Young Leaders Society are committed, compassionate and generous individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact throughout our community. YLS coordinates quarterly volunteer projects in the areas of education, health, safety, and self-sufficiency.

For more information about volunteering through United Way's Young Leaders Society, please contact Deborah Bourque at dbourque@unitedway-bfco.com or call 509-783-4102.

 

United Way Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities:

DISASTER SERVICES

•    DAT Lead – Local disaster response team (house fires/flooding): rotational on-call schedule (must be able to commit to two 24hr on-call shifts per month)
•    DAT Member – Local disaster response team (house fires/flooding): rotational on-call schedule (must be able to commit to two 24hr on-call shifts per month)
•    Casework Supervisor – Assist with disaster recovery: time commitment dependent on case volume, must be comfortable with computer (utilizing casework management system)
•    Home Fire Preparedness Coordinator – Help coordinate local Home Fire Preparedness events: 10-20 hours a month
•    Home Fire Preparedness Member – Help install smoke alarms and educate families on Home Fire Preparedness: time commitment dependent on event schedule ~5 hours a month

Services to Armed Forces

•   Hero Care Network Caseworker – Assist with services to military members and their families such as emergency communications and financial assistance: flexible scheduled time commitment, must be comfortable on the computer (utilizing casework management system)

Volunteer Management Support

•    VIP Center Intake Volunteer: Welcome and assist volunteer applicants: 8 hours a week, must be comfortable on the computer (utilizing intake management system)

Contact: (509) 783-6195

 

Seeking adult volunteers 18 and up. Youth age 16 - 17 are also allowed, with written parental consent.

Contact: (509) 735-1062

 

 

 

MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

STEM MENTORS
If you are passionate about STEM and youth, we need you! Our Clubs recognize the importance of incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering,  and Math in a way that is interactive, collaborative, meaningful, and supports mastery. Mentoring groups will meet for one hour each month to engage youth in exciting STEM programs!
Second Thursday monthly from 4:30-5:30 pm at Main Branch   
Last Wednesday monthly from 4:30-5:30 pm at Bobbie Littrell

SMART GIRLS
Smart Girls is a program for young ladies that focuses on health & fitness, prevention, education, and self-esteem enhancement. Girls in the program have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of group activities, field trips, and mentoring sessions with adult women.  
Wednesdays from 5:20-6:00 pm at the Music & Arts Center

LEGO ROBOTICS
Youth will have the opportunity to design and build robots independently and as part of a team. Members will utilize computer technology and Lego Robotics kits for STEM learning fun!  
Mondays from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Main Branch
Wednesdays from 5:20-6:00 pm at the Music & Arts Center

POWER HOUR
Academic Success is one of our three priority outcomes at Boys & Girls Club. We are always looking for individuals with passion for helping our club members reach their academic goals. Power Hour is a daily activity at our Clubs where  members can work on homework and other activities to support out of school learning.
Daily, M-F from 3:30-4:30 pm at multiple locations in Pasco & Kennewick

Contact: (509) 543-9980
 

 

FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED:

Together with foster parents, we provide safe, stable, loving and nurturing homes for children who may have experienced abuse and neglect. We create child and family-focused plans which promote safety and well-being for each child in our care. If a child becomes legally free, we assist families in accessing adoptive resources to make sure every child has a permanent family plan.

Contact: (509) 946-4645
 

SEEKING GENERAL AND SPECIALIZED SKILL SET VOLUNTEERS:

Age: Minimum of 18 years or older
Skill set: No skills required, only a desire to help. Specialized skills such as massage therapy, hair dressing and nursing can be utilized in our volunteer program as well.
Level of commitment: Flexible time commitment. Initial Training and In-services required.

Contact: Malia Foster, Volunteer Coordinator (509) 460-5813
 

 

LUNCH BUDDY MENTORS:

Adult (ages 18+) role models. (High School students ages 16-18 will be allowed excpetions with supervision and referral of a teacher.) A school district background check along with Igine Youth Mentoring background/reference checks are required.

Ignite Youth Mentoring provides a mandatory, one-hour orientation and offers ongoing optional trainings for all mentors. Basic instrucitons on school environment and district protocol, in addition to guidelines on things to do as a Lunch Buddy mentor, are provided by the school.

Time commitments are 45 minutes per week throughout the school year (September through May) during the student's lunch time. A one school-year commitment is required from all mentors.

Contact: (509) 948-3143

 

 

SEEKING VOLUNTEER FOOD SORTERS

Sort days:
Mondays: 6-8pm
Tuesdays: 6-8pm
Wednesdays: 9am-12pm and 6-8pm
Thursdays: 6-8pm
Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Age Requirements:

Volunteers must be age 5+ to participate with an accompanying adult. Participants over 13 may work without adult supervision.

Safety information:

Please register in advance and arrive 15 minutes early. To sign up, follow this link: http://secondharvesttricity.volunteerhub.com
Volunteers must be able to lift 20 to 30 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time.
Closed-toed shoes are required.
Our sort room is climate-controlled so please dress in layers.

Contact: Lamar Cloy at (509) 545-0787 or email tcvolunteer@2-harvest.org

 

SEEKING MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS:

Deliver Meals, typically one day per week, time commitment is 10:45 am to about 12:15 pm depending on the route.  They would pick their meals up from one of 7 meals sites located throughout Benton and Franklin Counties
Help in Kitchens, we have 8 locations where volunteers help package, serve, set-up and clean up in kitchens and dining rooms, typically one day per week, time commitment is 9:30 to about 12:30/1:00 depending on the site and the day.
Reception at sites, some of our sites have volunteers that greet and sign in and register meal participants, typically one day per week from about 10-12:30.
Help in Admin office:  General clerical, reception and data entry, very flexible hours.
Central Kitchen Transporter, drive company van to deliver bulk prepared food items to various sites, time commitment is 8:15 am to 11:00 am Fridays, excellent driving record is required

All volunteers are required to pass a background check and those handling food are required to have a food handlers card.  For those working it the admin office appropriate office experience/skills and data entry would require computer skill and attention to details.

Contact: Melanie Blatman at mblatman@seniorliferesources.org or  (509) 735-1911.
 

SEEKING EVENT VOLUNTEERS:

The Harvest Ball is held each November from 6:00 -8:30 pm

NEEDED:
5-6 volunteers to encourage and dance with participants
2 Photographers, with own equipment and transfer cables
One who can take couple's pictures and download them to a laptop and email to couple
One who can take general event pictures during the evening and download them to the laptop

Winter Ball, Jan. 27, The Carousel of Dreams, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

NEEDED:
About 25 volunteers to:
Decorate
Serve food
Take photos (see above description)
Be dance helpers (see above descriptions)
DJ working music from laptop playlist

Contact: (509) 783-1131
 

Volunteer Websites:

https://www.resourcehouse.info/win211/Index
http://www.volunteermatch.org/
https://www.justserve.org/
http://tri-citiesguide.org/volunteer-opportunities.htm