Numerous organizations exist in East Jefferson County that thrive because local people commit their talents and time to these causes. This is one of the primary reasons Port Townsend and the surrounding area are so rich with cultural, environmental, recreational, social and family programs and events. The opportunities for you to find something to devote energy toward are endless. We encourage you to contact one of these groups and volunteer!

If you are a community group that is looking for volunteers, please let us know and we will add your group and description to this list. Contact Jon at webmaster@ptguide.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

Adventuress
Sound Experience, an environmental education organization, providing programs for youth and adults aboard the historic schooner Adventuress, seeks volunteers to work as deckhands, cooks, maintenance workers and educators. For more information: Applications are also available for live aboard Volunteer Internships during the March through October sailing season. Contact: Bob Porto, 360-379-0438.

AFS Exchange Student Program
AFS (American Field Service) foreign exchange students at Port Townsend High School can go unfilled because there are no local families to host them. If you or anyone you know would be interested in hosting a foreign high school student for next school year, please contact local AFS volunteer administrator Michael Aubin at 360-385-4180.

Alzheimer's Association
Interested in providing support to those caring for a loved one with memory loss? Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups provide a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a person with memory loss. Support groups also serve as an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services, and current research and treatment options. We need your help to facilitate these groups throughout the Port Townsend area. If you or someone you know wants to volunteer or learn more about our organization and programs, please call Linda Whiteside at 206.363.5500 or 800.848.7097 or email linda.whiteside@alzwa.org

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jefferson County
Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. There are lots of ways to volunteer with Relay For Life: Committee Member Volunteer, Day-Of Volunteer Opportunities, Start a team: Your family, friends, company, church or other organization can volunteer as a group or organize a team and raise money for the American Cancer Society. If you are interested in volunteering with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, please give us a call at 1-800-729-5588 ext.132 or email us at: justine.stevens@cancer.org. For more information visit American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

ART PORT TOWNSEND
ART PORT TOWNSEND is looking for volunteers to assist with organizing the Northwind Arts Alliance hosted August annual events, including the Art Port Townsend juried art show and art studio tour. Opportunities abound in many different directions and for varying amounts of time and commitment. Please contact Jeanette Best at jbest@cablespeed.com or telephone 360-437-9579.

Big Brothers Big Sisters - Puget Sound
Mentors to Jefferson County Youth. By sharing simple everyday activities, mentors have tremendous impact on the life of a child. Be a part of something big. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister today! For more information, 2021 E Sims Way, Port Townsend 360-379-4984

Building Futures
Be a mentor with Building Futures! Adults and high school students (age 15+ can acquire community service hours) can make a difference in a child's life! If interested, please contact Dana Nixon at dana@olympicpeninsulaymca.org or check the website http://jeffersoncountyymca.org/youth/building-futures/ for more information or contact Jefferson County Family YMCA, 360-385-581, www.jeffymca.org, 1919 Blaine Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or P.O. Box 1637, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Camp Beausite NW
Camp Beausite NW is a week long summer camp for adults and children with disabilities; a place where everyone has the opportunity to be all they can be. Whether you are a camper, a parent/caregiver, donor, or volunteer, there is a place for you at Camp Beausite. Some of the areas in which we use volunteers include:

  • Swimming at the Port Townsend Pool
  • Field trips to Port Townsend
  • House parent to assist with household and administrative tasks
  • Arts & Crafts projects, nature walks, campfire activities
  • Night-time entertainment - musicians, magicians, clowns, talent shows
  • Food service, laundry, facilities maintenance
  • Setting up and breaking down camp
  • Fund raising events

No experience, other than a big heart, is required.  We will provide you with training, if required for a specific task. Just fill out a brief Volunteer Application. Some volunteer positions will require a Background Check Form 2016. Mail forms to: PO Box 1227, Port Hadlock, WA  98339. Visit our web site at https://campbeausitenw.org

Community Harvest
Volunteer with South County Community Harvest or Quimper Community Harvest to help get more farm fresh produce into the food banks and food assistance programs of Jefferson County. Opportunities include: gleaning surplus and unmarketable crops from farms, picking fruit from neighborhood fruit trees, picking up donated produce from farms for distribution, or simply donate your unused fruit tree or surplus garden crops for others to glean from. Your efforts will help nourish the community with healthy food while reducing food waste in Jefferson County! For more information contact Gleaning Coordinator, Anna, 360.367.1655 or email aobunk@olycap.org.

ECHHO
ECHHO is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with volunteers and community organizations of Jefferson County to provide transportation, chores, social support and medical equipment services to persons so that they may continue to live independently.  In seventeen years of service, ECHHO volunteers have helped over 6,000 area residents with rides to medical appointments or errands of all kinds, household support and chore services.  ECHHO primarily serves residents who are elderly, disabled or of limited means, but we serve anyone in need regardless of age or income.  Come and join us as a volunteer and help your friends and neighbors continue a life of dignity and independence.  Contact ECHHO at 360-379-3246.

Food Bank Farm & Gardens of Jefferson County - Help out in the gardens of PT High School, Mountain View Commons, & Quimper Grange. For more info, contact Karen Kastel, Garden Coordinator - 360-531-2536, ptfoodbankgarden@gmail.com or mail to PO Box 1432, Port Townsend, WA 98368.0

Fort Worden State Park
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with WA State Parks' gem - Fort Worden State Park Conference Center. We'd love to discuss year-round individual or group volunteering possibilities. All volunteer relationships begin with the application. The on-line link to the agency's volunteer application is here (Please return to the address below for complete tracking and processing.) If you have additional questions, or would like to continue to explore your Fort Worden volunteer opportunities, please contact us at: Volunteer Services, 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or 360-344-4442, FWvolunteers@parks.wa.gov

Friends of Fort Worden State Park (formerly Fort Worden Conservancy)
Friends of Fort Worden State Park seeks to enhance the Park by raising funds and undertaking projects that are not funded by the Washington State Parks budget. All activities directly benefit the Park. The Gift Shop & Visitor Information Center (now located in the Park Administration building), the Trail Team and the Fort Worden Oral History Program are some of the group's major projects. Contact 360-344-4458, infocenter@fwfriends.org . 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend WA 98368 - www.fwfriends.org

Guardian ad Litem
Make a difference in the life of a child. The Jefferson Country Guardian ad Litem program requires volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected kids. We provide a comprehensive FREE Training and plenty of support. Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? Inquire today about the power you have to change a child's life. Contact Paula Martin, Program Coordinator at (360) 385-9190 or visit our website: http://www.JeffersonCountyGAL.org.

Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County
Building houses is just one way people share their time and talents with Habitat for Humanity. It takes more than a hammer to build houses. You can help in one of the Habitat's stores, in the office, on a committee or with a special project. Volunteers are the key to getting more families into safe, decent homes. Call (360) 379-2827 or email volunteer@habitatejc.org today to set up a time to learn more about how you can help Habitat give a hand up to families in need, invest in your community, and meet other caring, committed volunteers.

Humane Society of Jefferson County
The Humane Society of Jefferson County can always use volunteers to help us in our mission to protect and care for the cats and dogs in need in our county. Our volunteers are the Shelter’s most valuable asset and they do a remarkable job of helping the animals. Assignments include dog walking and training, cat kennel cleaning, feeding and socializing, fostering puppies, dogs or kittens, transporting dogs and cats to and from veterinary appointments, greeting visitors to the shelter and helping them to choose an appropriate animal for their situation; staffing at community outreach events; and helping maintain the grounds around the shelter. Fundraising is a constant need. Call the shelter at 360-385-3292, visit our web site at hsjcwa.org, email for a volunteer application at shelter@hsjcwa.org or stop by and pick one up. (112 Critter Lane just off South Jacob Miller Rd.) Our mailing address is PO Box 845, Port Hadlock, WA 98339. Text HSJC to 22828 to sign up for our e-newsletter.

Jefferson County YMCA Tutoring
The Jefferson County YMCA is currently in search of volunteer tutors for our afterschool tutoring programs in Chimacum, Blue Heron, and Quilcene. If you are interested, please email brittany@olympicpeninsulaymca.org, call the Y office at 360-385-5811, or visit http://jeffersoncountyymca.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

Jefferson County Fair Association
JCFA is an all volunteer organization. We appreciate any and all help we can get. If you only have a couple hours or if you would like to donate more time we can use your help. We put on 3 event plus the Fair each year. We can use help putting on our different events throughout the year to helping maintain our aging grounds and building. The Fair and Fairgrounds is funded , maintained and operated year round by the JCFA and its dedicated volunteers. Help support the Jefferson County Fair.
If this sounds like something you would like to support and be a part of please contact the Fair Office at 360-385-1013 or e-mail jeffcofairgrounds@olypen.com http://www.jeffcofairgrounds.com

Jefferson Healthcare
Jefferson Healthcare looks for responsible, dependable volunteers willing to commit to four hours per week, however there are other options, such as short-term projects. For more information: 360-385-2200, ext. 2013

Jefferson County Historical Society and Museum
Volunteer opportunities abound! Have fun learning about Jefferson County and Port Townsend history by helping with community events like First Night or joining the Education or Art Advisory Committees. Help with the collections of artifacts and archives at the Research Center or assist with fundraisers like the popular Epicurean Events. For more information: Contact Bill Tennent or Brooke Weber at 360-385-1003 or billtennent@jchswa.org or brooke@jchswa.org.

Jefferson Land Trust
It takes a village to preserve our special places! Would you like to be more involved? There's lots of opportunities: Sign up to help out with stewardship projects on the land. Have a special skill? We need writers, photographers, graphic designers, and many others to help out occasionally on an on-call basis. Help plan or staff an event like our Annual Conservation Breakfast or RainFest Auction; they are lots of fun, and always in support of a good cause. Join an ongoing team like the Conservation Projects Committee. Please contact our Outreach Director at (360) 379-9501 or info@saveland.org to find the right volunteer opportunity for you.

Jefferson Search and Rescue
Volunteer members are dedicated to search and rescue as well as public education services for the people of Jefferson County and the entire Olympic Peninsula. JSAR missions are directed by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office which has legal responsibility under Washington State law for all search and rescue activities in the county. We are always looking for new volunteer members to help in this very important service! JSAR meets the 2nd Wed of each month for our business meeting and classroom training from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the fire hall in Chimacum. We meet the Saturday following our Wed meeting for field training - location varies. Must be at least 18 years old. We can also accept 14 - 21 year olds in our ESAR program, same meeting time. Please visit our website www.jsar-wa.org or contact info@jsar-wa.org.

Jefferson County Tax-Aide
Tax-Aide is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Tax-Aide volunteers prepare Federal income tax returns, and e-file those returns, for low- and middle-income taxpayers of all ages...and all at no charge to the taxpayer. Being a Tax-Aide volunteer is not easy, but is very rewarding! If you enjoy tax preparation, have basic computer skills, and enjoy helping others, please consider becoming an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer. To sign on as a Tax-Aide volunteer, or if you have questions about volunteering, contact the Jefferson County Local Coordinator: David Self at 360-385-2617 or dcself@olypen.com

Jefferson County Parks & Recreation
Jefferson County utilizes volunteers for everything from trail maintenance to soccer coaches to strategic planning to our advisory board. If you are interested in volunteering or have a special program in mind please contact us. For more information: Interested persons can learn more about volunteer opportunities by calling 360-385-9160 or emailing mtyler@countyrec.com.

Kul Kah Han Native Plant Demonstration Garden seeks Garden Manager and Nursery Manager for 2017.

The garden has many dedicated and much appreciated volunteers who help maintain the garden. In a Garden Manager, we are looking for someone who loves gardening and native plants, has experience coordinating the work of others, and is familiar with northwest native plants. On-the-job training and a stipend of $600 a year. Duties include coordinating volunteers on Wednesdays March-October, analyzing the garden's needs and ensuring adequate care throughout the season; assisting with plant sale preparation and selection of new/replacement plant species; ensuring compliance with regulations of Jeff Co Parks; engaging with visitors to the garden; working closely with the Nursery Manager and Garden Coordinators.

The Nursery Manager oversees potting of plants, cares for the nursery throughout the season, and prepares for Spring and Fall plant sales. Volunteers help support these activities. Remuneration: a stipend of $100 for each plant sale. In addition, for each plant sale that brings in at least $500, the Nursery Manager will earn 5% of proceeds of that plant sale. Requires being present on Wednesdays March-October for part of the day. Keep the nursery organized and plants in good condition; ensure that a simple potting station/supplies are available on Wednesdays; water the nursery; provide inventory of plants available for plant sales; work at least part of each plant sale; consult with Garden Manager and Garden Coordinators.

Send a brief letter of interest and a resume or summary of experience to Bekka Bloom, 360-301-6241, bekka4nativeplants@gmail.com (questions welcome).

4-H Jefferson Co.
Building youth leadership through hands-on learning and community service. 4-H activities include Technology (video, digital photography,web design, and robotics), Sports (archery, riflery, ultimate), as well as more traditional 4-H activities (gardening, sewing, horses, dogs, cats, cows, rabbits, etc.) All clubs are FREE! Everyone is welcome to join 4-H. For more information: Pamela Roberts, Jefferson Co. 4-H Coordinator, WSU, 380 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. 360-379-5610 ex. 207 or proberts@jefferson.wsu.edu

Local 20/20
Local 20/20, an all-volunteer grassroots organization located in East Jefferson County, WA, is dedicated to promoting self-reliance, sustainability and resiliency at a community level… moving us toward a lighter environmental footprint and a greater capacity to adapt to the challenges of climate change, peak oil and economic instability. Our Mission Statement: Working together toward local sustainability and resilience – integrating ecology, economy and community through action and education.

Labor Leaders
The mission of the Labor Leaders organization is to provide educational material, training and support to the youth community and general public relating to landscaping, maintenance, and other general labor disciplines. Labor Leaders fosters learning and work excellence by working with local business leaders, educators and parents to create a safe, fullfilling, and academically enriching environment for youth. We are currently seeking volunteers both as novices and leaders. Contact Jacob Talamante at (360) 774-0469 or jacob@laborleadersnw.org for more information. Or visit us at 1531 W Sims Way, Port Townsend WA 98368. www.LaborLeadersNW.org

Master Gardeners
The Jefferson County Master Gardener program trains a cadre of people in areas related to floral & vegetable gardens, fruit & decorative trees, landscaping & many other horticultural areas. Once trained these Master Gardeners become a community resource to assist other gardeners. For more information email us at: jeff_mg@coopext.cahe.wsu.edu

Northwest Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation
Interested in helping to preserve the history and romance of wooden boats? The Northwest Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation is seeking volunteer crew for miscellaneous projects or festival help during the Wooden Boat Festival (the weekend after Labor Day). For more information: Stop by the Maritime Heritage and Resource Building at 431 Water Street (2nd floor of the administrative offices from 9am-5pm, Mon-Sat) and fill out a Volunteer Application.

North Olympic Salmon Coalition
Participate in organized restoration efforts throughout eastern Jefferson and northern Clallam County. The main restoration work has been directed to the reintroduction of summer chum to Chimacum and Salmon Creeks. This project is envisioned as a multi-generational effort to reestablish a lost species, and to generate a caring stewardship for the creek in our midst. For more information: 360-379-8051 or volunteer@nosc.org

Northwind Arts Alliance
The Northwind Arts Alliance is in need of volunteers to sit the gallery, help with gallery walk, coffee talks, and opening receptions, hanging shows, workshops, putting up posters and sundry other duties. For more information: Please call Karen Putterman at 360-379-2620 to offer your services.

OlyCAP Thrift Shoppe
Friendly people wanted! Volunteer at OlyCAP's Thrift Shoppe as a cashier, merchandiser-sorter, or to list items for sale on Ebay. You'll work in a fun environment and have the chance to meet new people every day. Flexible hours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5. Proceeds from the thrift shop support Olympic Community Action Programs services, which help people become self-sufficient. For more information, call 360-379-3648 or email volunteers@olycap.org.

Peninsula Trails Coalition
Needs enthusiastic volunteers for trail maintenance and development projects on the Larry Scott Trail in Port Townsend (the eastern gateway to the Olympic Discovery Trail, a non-motorized recreation corridor across the northern Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend through Port Angeles to the Pacific Ocean). The Coalition meets each month on the second Wednesday at 6:30. Join us in this spectacular project. For more information, call Jeff Selby (360-531-2370) or Linda Carson (360-385-0437). All are welcome. No experience necessary. Snacks are provided for work party volunteers. Bring hand tools and your own drinks.

Port Townsend's Farmers' Market
We need your help to keep Port Townsend's Farmers' Market running smoothly. Volunteers are needed to help with set up and take-down of the market and staffing our market booth to provide information and sell merchandise. We have a variety of shifts (usually no more than 1-1/2 hours at a time) on Saturdays and Wednesdays throughout the market season from May through November. Training, great company and lots of fun provided. For more information: Contact info@jcfmarkets.org or 360-379-9098.

Port Townsend Film Festival
Nearly three hundred volunteers are the heartbeat of the Port Townsend Film Festival. The film festival is looking for volunteers with a variety of skills & commitment levels. Based on the number of hours that they work, perks for volunteers include a Volunteer Pass good for space available seating at any of the theaters throughout the festival or volunteers receive movie vouchers. Both new and returning volunteers need to complete a form each year.

Port Townsend Main Street Program
Be part of a dynamic group of volunteers who are involved in the mission of improving business and promoting preservation in our uptown and downtown historic business districts. If you are looking for fun and worthwhile volunteer opportunities....we can use you! For more information: Contact Mari Mullen, Executive Director at 360-385-7911 or director@ptmainstreet.org for more information.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Volunteers and docents provide invaluable support in operating the PTMSC. Their roles include: maintaining tanks, equipment and exhibits; assisting with and leading education programs; participating in monitoring programs and in general vitalizing community links. The PTMSC offers a variety of training and enrichment programs to prepare volunteers for their duties. For more information: 360-385-5582 or volunteer@ptmsc.org

Port Townsend Senior Center
Please volunteer to setup, serve, and/or clean up at our meal service. Lunch provided. For more information: 360-385-9007

Port Townsend Visitor Information Center
Want to know more abut our great town? By helping visitors you can become an expert! Located at 2409 Jefferson St, the VIC has a wealth of information and provides service to both travelers, local businesses and residents. This is a great opportunity to get involved! For more information: Contact 360-385-2722 for more information.

Rotary Club of Port Townsend
Encourage community action through membership in local Rotary Club of Port Townsend. Rotary is a group of ordinary people around the world working together to clean the environment, end polio, improve our local and international communities, and accomplish extraordinary things. Working or retired, are you passionate about life?

San Juan Villa
We could really use some volunteers for activities in our Dementia care unit. Age is not a issue for volunteers. If there is anyone available that could assist or if you know anyone who would like to volunteer, please contact Kendra at 360-344-3114 or kenditman3@msn.com for information.

The ReCyclery
We believe you are integral in fulfilling our mission of “promoting bicycle use for a healthier and more sustainable community,” and invite you to learn and have fun with us as we build a strong bicycle culture. Located at Mountain View Campus on Blaine St. 360-643-1755.

Songwriting Works Seeks Volunteers
Songwriting Works™ Educational Foundation serves communities of elders, families and health and arts practitioners each year through songwriting workshops, trainings for arts, healthcare and educational professionals, and intergenerational events.

Water Watchers
Water Watchers work within the organization and with other community organizations. We have a number of planning committees for field trips, fund-raising and special events as well as our monthly program committee. We have a committee for publicity, communications and our newsletter. We would like to utilize your talents in our education outreach program such as our Watershed Day or Rain Barrel project. Let us know what you would like to do! For more information: Email us at OPWW@coopext.cahe.wsu.edu

Working Image
Working Image provides free clothing for women in need - either for a job interview, advancement in the work place, or emergency assistance. Volunteers serve as dressers who help the women choose appropriate clothing and accessories. Help is also needed to sort, steam, launder and prepare clothing and accessories for the Working Image shop or for consignment. If you're looking for a fun, rewarding and enjoyable way to contribute to women our community - and become part of a dynamic group of volunteers, please contact the Working Image office at Mountain View Commons, 1925 Blaine St, or info@workingimage.org, 360-385-0300.

Watershed Stewardship Resource Center
The Jefferson County Watershed Stewardship Resource Center is seeking friendly volunteers that are interested in learning about and sharing how low impact and sustainable development can better protect our local natural resources. Volunteers Greeters are needed for the Watershed Resource Center and for helping install our public rain garden. Contact 360-379-4450 or WSRC@co.jefferson.wa.us - http://tinyurl.com/WSRC-JeffCo, Details and Application.

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