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Community Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with ElderFriends  

Are you interested in making a significant difference in the life of an elder in Renton? Volunteer with ElderFriends, the volunteer-based companionship program of local non-profit Full Life Care, that matches elders with friendly volunteer visitors who help relieve isolation and loneliness. We foster mutually rewarding friendships between our elders and volunteers. Pairs are matched based on geography, similar interests, and shared life experiences. We currently have many elders in Renton who are waiting to for a volunteer. This is a great way to build a lasting friendship. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer please visit ElderFriends or contact Laura Henry with any questions at laurah@fulllifecare.org, 206.224.3793. 


The Many Lights Foundation

Many Lights is dedicated to building a multigenerational community that supports kinship and adoptive parents; accessing the skills, wisdom and caring of seniors who serve as honorary grandparents to children from foster care who are in need of permanence and stability. Our volunteers make things happen, we have several positions available to fit your schedule and interests in the Renton Area Office, from administrative assistants, event and project management to grant writers and more. Please go to our website www.manylights.org, or contact Laurie Perkins at 253-267-7022 or laurie@manylights.org for more details.  


Renton History Museum

Renton History Museum Seeking
Volunteer Treasurer to serve on the Board of Trustees 

This position is a great opportunity to help the Renton History Museum succeed, build your resume, and work with a great group of community-minded trustees! The Treasurer is a volunteer position responsible for creating quarterly financial reports and works with the Museum's bookkeeper, Budget Committee, Endowment Committee, investment representative, and tax preparers on day-to-day financial needs, long-term planning and fundraising, and tax preparation. 
Applicant should have good accounting/bookkeeping skills; including knowledge of QuickBooks; some knowledge of federal, state, and local taxes; an attention to detail; and a willingness to learn about nonprofits.
Please contact Museum Manager, Liz Stewart, at estewart@rentonwa.gov or 425-255-2330 for more information or to apply. 


Arts Unlimited & Downtown Renton Art & Antique Walk

Help make the 7th Annual Downtown Renton Art & Antique Walk an amazing event! Join Arts Unlimited, an all volunteer organization, plan for a great day of art, antiques and music on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

Volunteers needed to help recruit artists, musicians, and sponsors. Graphic design volunteer needed to develop a handout/map for the day of the event. Volunteers needed Friday, August 24, 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (shifts available on Saturday) to help with event details. For more information go to Arts Unlimited or contact Arts Unlimited at 206-407-8719 or artsunlimitedrenton@gmail.com.


Downtown Renton Events Committee

Do you love Downtown Renton? Do you like to plan or help with events? The Downtown Events Committee, an all volunteer committee, needs your help! Help with events such as the Downtown Clean Up in April, Downtown Poker Tour in May, Renton River Days Window Decorating Contest in July, “Olde” Fashion Halloween Party and Trick or Treat in October, and Holiday activities and Santa's House in December. Event planning, graphic design, marketing, and all other help greatly appreciated! Contact Downtown Events Chairperson Amy Farnham at farnhama@FSBNW.com or 425-254-2038.


Volunteer with Birthday Dreams

Birthday Dreams brings smiles of joy to homeless children by giving the gift of a birthday party. You can be a part of this organization, there are many volunteer opportunities, both one-time and ongoing.
Current volunteer needs:

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  • Event and Party Coordinators
  • Birthday-in-a-Box Delivery Drivers
  • Board Members
  • Office Support
  • Committee Members on the following committees: Marketing, Fundraising, and Finance

 Call (425) 988-3954 or email info@birthdaydreams.org. Check out our website at birthdaydreams.org.   


Volunteer Drivers Needed

Senior Services TransportationRenton Seniors need help getting to their medical appointments!

Become a volunteer driver for Senior Services Transportation Program in the Renton area, and you’ll get to meet new people while making a senior’s day. We work around your schedule. You must pass a background check and have no moving violations in the past three years. For more information, visit www.seniorservices.org/transportation or contact Hilary Case at (206) 748-7588 or hilaryc@seniorservices.org. What better way to give your time than to drive while doing it?


Help Build Homes in Renton
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat190Habitat for Humanity East King County is building townhouses in La Fortuna, Renton and volunteer teams are needed for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Must be 16 years of age or older and parent participation for those under 18 years. Contact Individual Volunteer Coordinator, 425-869-6007 ext 232, volunteer@habitatekc.org or go to Habitat for Humanity volunteer for more information.


Seattle Works

Is seeking enthusiastic volunteers in their 20's & 30's who want to get involved in onetime volunteer projects throughout the area. For more information on what they are planning in Renton or how you can get involved contact Randi at volunteer@seattleworks.org.


Volunteering During Disasters:

RECSdrillOne of the best ways to help during an emergency is being prepared ahead of time. If you are willing to help during a disaster, please register today with Volunteer Solutions. The City of Renton and other agencies will be requesting volunteers if needed using this website. For more information about how you can be prepared, please contact Emergency Management Coordinator, Mindi Mattson, at 425-430-7041.


 Salmon Watchers Program

SalmonWatchersProgramVolunteers are needed to help the City of Renton Surface Water Utility and the King County Water and Land Resources Division record how many salmon they see at selected sites along the Cedar River and May Creek. Training on recognizing the various species of salmon and trout will be presented at several places. To learn more about the Salmon Watchers Program and volunteer opportunities, please visit the Salmon Watcher Web Site of King County Water and Land Resources. If you are interested in volunteering , call  Gary Fink , Surface Water Utility, at 425-430-7392 or  Email Surface Water Utility.


Teach English! Help non-native speakers learn English in Renton

Volunteer tutors are needed to help new immigrants and refugees learn English. You don’t need to speak a foreign language; training is provided. All volunteers will be required to have a Washington state background check. Most classes will be held locally.

For further information, you may contact the City of Renton Community Services Department:
Karen Bergsvik or Bonnie Rerecich, at 425-430-6600.


Communities in Schools of Renton Mentor Programs

The Communities in Schools of Renton partners with local businesses, community members, the City of Renton School District, and the City of Renton. Join over 100 community members that have chosen to invest in our most valuable resource - our children. Opportunities include mentoring, tutoring, securing school supplies, career/job-shadowing, and classroom/school volunteers. For more information, contact Mara Fiksdal at 425-430-6659.


Renton School District

To learn how to volunteer for the Renton School District, contact the Coordinator of Volunteers at 425-204-2409. Volunteers are welcome throughout the school year to assist with school events, field trips, tutoring, mentoring, and classroom assistance. Teens, adults, and senior volunteers are encouraged to inquire.


Volunteer Chore Services

Be a volunteer to an elder or adult with disability in your neighborhood! Volunteer Chore Services is committed to helping elders and adults with disabilities remain independent in their own homes
through a network of caring community members. Volunteers can chose to assist with light housekeeping, laundry, shopping assistance, transportation, minor home repair, or yard work. Volunteers are needed for 2-8 hours per month. For additional information, please contact Kizzie Funkhouser at 253-850-2509, KizzieF@ccsww.org, or visit our website at www.ccsww.org/volunteerchore.


Volunteer to be a Big - Help a Little Go a Long Way!

For just a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their lives. Bigs DO make a difference! In a study of adults who were Littles in our program,

  • 90% said their Big made them feel better about themselves.
  • 85% said their Big influenced them to have confidence in their abilities.

Being a Big is fun and easy. We have several program options to fit your schedule and interests, so contact us today!
For more information go to www.bbbsps.org or 1-877-700-2447.


Volunteer Readers Needed In Renton Area

United Way of King County is looking for friendly, dependable people to read with young children - one-on-one at selected preschools, Head Start classrooms, and child care centers in Renton and other areas in King County.
By committing 1 hour per week of your time, you can have a profound impact on the lives and outcomes of young children in our community. All opportunities are between 9am-4pm Monday thru Friday only. A weekly commitment for 6-months is requested. For more information go to Volunteer Reader Program or contact the Early Learning Volunteer Coordinator at (206) 461-3700.


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