Programs for youth range from swimming and boating activities to arts and music. Port Townsend has many outlets for local youth, including an outdoor skateboard park, indoor swimming pool and access to open water beaches.

Most are within bicycling, public transportation or walking distance of downtown. Sailing, diving and kayaking are available and programs are provided for each.

Organized City and County Parks and Rec Departments provide numerous opportunities to learn a sport or join a team for tennis, basketball, baseball and many other sports and activities.

The Uptown Community Center has a recreation room with pool, foosball and basketball court.

The Event Calendar is filled with classes and activities for Youth and Kids! From June to September there are numerous programs for summer break, from art to boats, science to crafts.

Are we missing any worthwhile groups or programs? Tell us through the Feedback Form.

Helpful Resources

CedarRoot FolkSchool has something for the entire family.  Our classes aim to preserve rural skills and span the spectrum from youth Wilderness programs to adult Blacksmithing and Basketry.  CedarRoot places a high value on craftsmanship in manual skills and inter-generational mentoring.  We gather together those in our community with rural wisdom and assist them in transferring that wisdom through teaching "hand to hand". 360-379-5413
PO Box 253, Nordland, WA 98358

Jefferson County YMCA
Lots of programs for youth age 5-12. Swim, theater, library, gardening all included. Licensed childcare, offering the extended hours for working parents! DSHS accepted, other financial assistance is available. Located at Mt. View Commons YMCA Commons, 1925 Blaine St, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Jefferson County Recreation Programs
Enjoy swimming and recreation center play for boys and girls ages 7-14. Open gym, ping pong, foosball, pool, shuffleboard, cable TV area, basketball, pickleball, volleyball, reading area, piano and board games...who could possibly not find something fun to do? This free program meets daily for all children 18 and younger in the basement of PT Community Center. 369-385-2221

WSU Jefferson County 4-H - Jefferson County 4-H is our county’s largest youth development organization. Serving approximately 900 youth annually, 4-H youth leadership programs involve over 350 core families and 110 adult volunteer leaders. 4-H volunteers support a dizzying array of clubs, camps, in-school programs, after school programs, competitions and special events that help youth explore vital 21st Century skills. These educational activities range from computers to organic farming, from web design to animal science, from online video production to mechanical science, from photography to home arts and more. We would love to have you join 4-H - with almost 7 million members nation-wide and we are just waiting for you to join! 360-379-5610

Boiler Room
Downtown spot for youth and teens. Coffee shop, bike repair classes, art gallery and more! Open daily.
711 Water St. 360-379-8247

Junior Golf - Lessons are available at Port Townsend Public Golf Course. Summer Camps also available. Port Townsend Golf Club 360-385-4547.

The School for Young Actors - Summer Camps, theatre classes and performances. Kids ages 5-17 are encouraged to explore their own creative and artistic possibilities with classes taught by Joe Pipia. Classes both summer and winter. 360-379-1068

See also Recreation: Swimming and Diving

Port Townsend Marine Science Center - A non-profit organization formed to promote an understanding of the marine and aquatic sciences. 360-385-5582
532 Battery Way, Fort Worden State Park

Mountain View Pool (Also known historically as Port Townsend Pool, and Memorial Pool) - Offers morning and evening swimming lessons year round. Located at Mountain View Comons on Blaine St. 360-385-7665

Port Townsend Swim Team - Competitive training and team experience for swimmers age 7-18. 360-379-4535

Port Townsend Public Library - The Carnegie Library. Special programs are planned year round. 360-385-3181
1220 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend.

Skateboard Park - New permanent facility available with ramps, rails and half-pipes. Monroe St. off Washington near Point Hudson in downtown Port Townsend. Photos from Northwest Skater >>

Twisters Gymnastics - non profit gymnastics gym with programs for all ages of children and teens, and year round classes for all ability levels. 360-531-0748

See Recreation: Gymnastics

WSU Jefferson County Extension - WSU Jefferson County Extension has been making a difference in the lives of individuals and the community for generations. Washington State University Extension is the front door to the University - it extends non-credit education and degree opportunities to people and communities throughout the county and state. Extension builds the learning capacity of individuals, organizations, businesses and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. WSU Extension is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high quality, unbiased educational programs. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning for all our citizens. 360-379-5610

Wooden Boat Foundation - Youth and Community Sailing Programs and participant events.
380 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend 360-385-3628

Sea Scouts - Youth ages 13-18 will love this Wooden Boat Foundation endorsed scouting program.
Contact Skipper Norm Stevens 360-379-6960

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 get people of all generations out on the water and keeping them connected to maritime life? The Northwest Maritime Center has many volunteer opportunities, from year-round office support to retail assistance, boat salvage, and event support for the Wooden Boat Festival and Race to Alaska. For more information, visit nwmaritime.org/volunteer, email volunteer@nwmaritime.org or call 360-385-3628 x115. We can't wait to hear from you!

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

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.

Yes, you can still be dialed in to the rest of the world from here. We have electricity and a whole lot more. Port Townsend is well connected by internet, print, television and radio. Cable, telephone and satellite service is available. We also have the advantage of receiving both U.S. and Canadian news, weather and politics!

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Internet Service Providers, ISP, WiFi

OlympusNet - Since 1993 OlympusNet has provided ISP services in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Based in Port Townsend.

OlyPen - Provides local dialup to PT, Sequim and Port Angeles areas. Based in Sequim.

Free Wi-Fi wireless access spots in town (let us know if there are others!):

News

Peninsula Daily News - Daily newspaper (except Saturday) covering the entire Olympic Peninsula.

PT/Jefferson County Leader - Weekly newspaper published every Wednesday.

Olympic Peninsula Environmental News - Environmental news, opinion, events, and links to groups doing work on the Peninsula.

AlterNet - Online national and world news.

Radio and Television

Radio Port Townsend (91.9FM) - Help support Radio PT and make sure that your tax dollars are going to a true public community resource you can be a part of and not some canned junk.

Radio of Hope (KROH 91.1FM) - Traditional Christian Radio - It's Life-Changing!

Port Townsend Television (PTTV) - Public Access, Education and Government. Studio at Gael Stuart Building at Port Townsend High School
1610 Blaine Street
Phone: 385-4880
Broadcasting on cable Channel 47 (public) and 48 (government)

Phone Service

Embarq - (area code 360). Telephone hookups and service. Local prefixes:
Center: 732
Quilcene: 765

Centurylink - (area code 360). Telephone hookups and service. Local prefixes:
Port Townsend: 379, 385, 344
Port Ludlow: 437

Dex Phone Book - Dex Online residential and business directory.

Note: Callers in the 360, 206, 425 and 253 area codes will be required to dial the area code at all times, even when making a local call. This will not affect local or long distance charges. Calls that are currently local will continue to be local, even though 10-digit dialing will be required.

Mail and Post Office Information

US Postal Service
Port Townsend Main Office, 1322 Washington St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Regular Business Hours: Week Days 9:00AM-5:00PM
Latest Collection at Post Office: Week Days 5:00PM
Phone: 360-379-2996

Port Townsend Postal Substation in Purple Heron, 1117 Water St., Port Townsend, WA 98368
Regular Business Hours: Week Days 10:00AM-6:00PM/Saturday 10:00-3:00PM
Phone: 360-385-2868

The UPS Store #2441, 2023 E Sims Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Regular Business Hours: Week Days 8:30AM-6:00PM/Saturday 10:00-3:00PM
Phone: 360-385-7447
USPS mailing services & Notary Public services.

Port Ludlow CPO, 46 Village Way, Port Hadlock, WA 98365
Phone: 360-437-2939

Port Hadlock Main Office, 93 Matheson St, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Regular Business Hours: Week Days 9:00AM-5:00PM
Latest Collection at Post Office: Week Days 5:00PM/Saturday 12:00PM
Phone: 360-385-0605

Nordland Main Office, 7180 Flagler Rd, Nordland, WA 98358
Regular Business Hours: Week Days 8:00AM-12:00PM/1:00PM-5:00PM/Saturday 08:45AM-12:30PM
Latest Collection at Post Office: Week Days 4:00PM/Saturday 12:30PM
Phone: 360-385-2825

Quilcene Main Office, 294843 US Highway 101 Ste 3, Quilcene, WA 98376
Regular Business Hours: Week Days 8:00AM-12:00PM/12:30PM-4:30PM/Saturday 09:30AM-11:30AM
Latest Collection at Post Office: Week Days 4:30PM/Saturday 11:30AM
Phone: 360-765-3760

Brinnon Main Office, 144 Brinnon Ln, Brinnon, WA 98320
Regular Business Hours: Week Days 8:00AM-12:00PM/1:00PM-4:30PM/Saturday 8:00AM-10:30AM
Latest Collection at Post Office: Week Days 4:30PM/Saturday 10:30AM
Phone: 360-796-4465

Zip codes for the local East Jefferson County area:

Port Townsend: 98368
Port Hadlock: 98339
Port Ludlow: 98365
Chimacum: 98325
Brinnon: 98320
Quilcene: 98376

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Mail Plus - complete mailing services including shipping FedEx, UPS, etc.
1240 W. Sims Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 379 1156

Sport Townsend - has private mailboxes available. 360-379-9711

Cable and Satellite/Internet Service

DirecTV - Greenwood Village, CO corporate office
Dish Network - Dan's TV & Satellite is reseller in Port Townsend

Pope Marine Buidling and City DockThe natural beauty and geography that make Port Townsend a unique place to live are the ones we need to protect in order to share it with our children. This is a both a working and retirement community and tourist destination, and so is tightly knit and very social. Because of a smaller population, many groups and organizations have sprouted and there is something going on for just about any interest.

You'll find a high number of remote employees, self-employed and small businesses in the area. Retirees here become involved in both paid employment and as volunteers. Families have wonderful parks and a number of educational options.

Average median home value is $278,000, but sale prices are higher (The median price of homes currently listed in Port Townsend is $359,000 according to Zillow). There are very limited rental properties that average $1000-$1600 per month. If you make less than about $50,000/year finding affordable housing is tough. Do not go by zip code - 98368 does not reflect properties accurately (the zip code covers everything south to Discovery Bay at Highway 101 - which is over 13 miles away).

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Helpful Resources

Home Builders and Construction - New construction, remodels, excavation, services.

Maps - East Jefferson County, Olympic Peninsula and Port Townsend area.

Transportation - Options available.

Education - Schools and opportunities for learning in the area.

Real Estate - Companies selling property, Apartments and long term rentals in the area. Use Walk Score to find walkable/bikeable neighborhoods.

Phone Service

ISP Internet Service Providers

Newspapers

Radio and Television

Mail and Post Office Information

Cable and Satellite

Utility Inspections - City of Port Townsend.

Storage and Moving Businesses

Utilities: Electrical, Water and Sewer

City of Port Townsend
Form for "Authorization to Bill for Utility Services"
Finance Department 360-385-2700

Jefferson County PUD
Customer Service 360-385-5800

Utilities: Oil and Gas Companies

Mountain Propane
Mountain Propane is a locally owned and operated, full service propane store with many years of experience in the propane industry among the staff.
360-385-6883 Email

Sunshine Propane
360-683-4010

Ferrellgas Inc
360-385-6998

Pacific Oil Products
360-379-8830

Utilities: Residential or Commercial Garbage Service/Recycling Centers

Residential curbside collection and commercial garbage pickup is available throughout Port Townsend & Jefferson County. Call these numbers for information on rates and schedules and to get service:

Jefferson County Public Works
Recycling, Garbage & Hazardous Waste
360-385-9160

Jefferson County Solid Waste Transfer Station/Landfill
325 County Landfill Rd. Jacob Miller Road, 3/4 mile off Highway 20, south of Port Townsend. Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except public holidays.
360-385-0404

Quilcene Dropbox Site
295312 Highway 101, South of Quilcene. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
360-765-3051

Recycling in Jefferson County

Polystyrene - Call Christopher Overman 360-301-5895
Glass, cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper - Transfer Station/Port Townsend Recycle Center (see Recycling)
Curbside Recycling - DM Disposal Co. Inc. in Port Townsend every other week.
Oil and Antifreeze - Port Townsend Recycle Center
Electronics - Transfer Station/Port Townsend Recycle Center

For other locations go to E-Cycle Washington.

Jefferson County residents can recycle TVs, computer CPUs and monitors for FREE at Goodwill, Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., located at 602 Howard St.

Making sure electronics like televisions do not end up in the garbage, in landfills and ultimately in the environment, is the one way to protect people from the serious health effects of toxic chemicals and heavy metals. If your old TV still works and is in good condition, someone else may be able to use it. There are several other ways to pass on electronic items for reuse:

- Contact charities or non-profits
- Sell or recycle your item
- Use an online website such as FreeCycle

Whatever you decide to do with your computer, it is recommended that you remove all information before recycling, donating, or selling it.

Compost Availability and Pickup Days
City of Port Townsend Biosolids/Compost Facility
360-385-7908

Curbside Pickup Services, Rates, Schedules for City of Port Townsend and Jefferson County
DM Disposal 360-385-6612
City of Port Townsend utility billing 360-385-2700

Education Programs, Waste Reduction and Recycling
Jefferson County Public Works 360-385-9160 or
Jefferson County Public Health 360-385-9444

Peninsula Recycling
360-379-9404

Skookum Recycling
360-385-7678

Drug Take-Back Program
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Port Townsend Police Department have begun programs to take back and safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications. This program helps keep such items out of landfills and our water supply. Personal information is not collected from those individuals disposing of items.

The Port Townsend drop off location is 1925 Blaine Street, Port Townsend. The hours are Monday -Friday, 8:00-5:00. Please call 360-385- 2322 if you have questions.
 
The Jefferson County drop off location is 79 Elkins Road, Port Hadlock. The hours are 8:30-4:00, Monday-Friday.  Please call 360-385-3831 if you have questions.

Care facilities, recovery centers and hospitals are all within the local public transportation area. Along with a regional hospital are the many ancillary services that specialize in all facets of health care including doctors, therapists, physicians and specialists in Port Townsend.

Health Care Businesses in PT

Congregate Care Businesses in PT

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Helpful Resources

Jefferson Healthcare - regional hospital facility.
(800) 244-8917; Email

Jefferson County Public Health - Information on environmental health, developmental disabilities, tobacco cessation resources, county demography and health indicators.
(360) 385-9400

Community Aid

Breast and Cervical Health Program - For under-insured women, free pap smears, pelvic exams and mammograms at the Jefferson County Health Department.
360-385-9400

DASH - Disability Awareness Starts Here! - DASH is an organization of people, with and without disabilities, who believe that a disability does not lessen a person's worth, and that education and advocacy are key to improving community access for people with disabilities. We share a commitment to total accessibility and to achieving a community environment in which people with disabilities have opportunities to participate in every aspect of community life equal to those of people without disabilities.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program of Jefferson County - Non-profit organization offering the following programs free

  • crisis intervention and 24 hour crisis line
  • legal and medical advocacy
  • individual counseling and support groups
  • referrals, education and emergency shelter

    24 hour Crisis Hotline: 360-385-5291
    Business Office: 360-385-5292

Family Planning Clinic/Maternity Support Services - Birth control information, pregnancy testing and counseling, exams and supplies, infancy care and referrals offered on a sliding fee scale.
360-385-9400

P.T. Food Bank - Mt. View Commons at 1919 Blaine Street off of Walker. The # 11 bus will pass there every 20 minutes. Hours 11:30-3:00 only on Wednesdays. Cell phone 360-531-0275. See Drop-off Locations here >>

Immunization Clinics - Sponsored by the Jefferson County Health Dept. (sliding fee scale).
360-385-9400

JC MASH - Free medical care and referral service. Clinic held every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend in the basement of the American Legion Hall.
360-385-9400

JC Real Choices Project - An online resource directory for people with developmental disabilities.

Kid's Place - Approved, supervised visitation space provides children a safe place for visitations.
360-385-2155
360-437-0582
360-385-6120

Literacy Council of Jefferson County - Free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring to those wishing to improve their reading and math skills.
Contact Barbara - 360-385-2715

Medicaid Outreach and Health Care for Kids - Call Julia Danskin at Jefferson County Health Dept.
360-385-9400

SHIBA - Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors - Volunteers help file Medicare related insurance claims and answer questions about health insurance policies. Jefferson County Needs Volunteers!
1-800-801-0070, ask for Margie

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) - Supplemental food program for income-eligible pregnant and breast-feeding women and children under 5.
1-800-831-2678
360-385-9400

Special Interest Groups

American Cancer Society - The toll-free number is staffed 24-7, and is a great resource for anyone seeking information about cancer or support programs available in Jefferson County.
Contact 800-729-5588 x132

Cancer Support Group
Contact Ed Presnel - 385-2200
834 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend

HIV/AIDS Program - Jefferson County Health Dept.
Contact Denis Langlois - 385-9400

Hospice of Jefferson County at Jefferson Healthcare
Contact Karen Hunter or Keri Johns - 385-0610

Red Cross
Contact Ellen Crockett - 385-2737

Homes - Assisted Living, Nursing, Recovery

Gray Wolf Ranch - Recovery Home

Kah Tai Care Center - Nursing Home 360-385-3555

Victoria House - Assisted Living 360-379-8223

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