Off Campus Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a list of current off-campus volunteer opportunities in the Spokane Community.

Current Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities:

May 2014 Glover Middle School 

Interested in teaching? This volunteer opportunity may be for you. Glover Middle School is looking for student volunteers to help in a Fine Arts class on Monday-Friday during the day from 12:00-3:15pm. If interested please contact Kelly Evanson at petek@gonzaga.edu.

June 2014 The Borgen Project 

 The Borgen Project is an organization that believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. The Borgen Project is looking for a student volunteer to work 4-6 hours a week as The Borgean Project ambassador of Spokane. Volunteer’s key responsibilities will be to attend one (30-60 minute) conference call every week with the President of The Borgen Project and Regional Directors from across the United States. Meet with local congressional leaders and lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day. Mobilize people in the Spokane community to contact their congressional leaders to support poverty reduction legislation. Manage and implement fundraising campaigns. Build a network of people engaged in the cause. Qualifications for becoming The Borgen Project ambassador are to understanding of U.S. Politics and international development. To be highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple functions and tasks while managing their work time efficiently. This volunteer should be strong team player that loves to bring new ideas to the table and have the ability to demonstrate frequent independent judgment with decisiveness. They should also have excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation. To apply for this position go to hiring@borgenproject.org. Learn more about the Borgen Project visit www.borgenproject.org. Or for more information please contact Karen Lee at (206)920-2450.

July 12th-19th, 2014 Muscualr Dystrophy Association

Muscular Dystrophy Association is the worlds leading nonprofit health organization sponsoring research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. If you are 18 or older, you are invited to apply and join the MDA team as a summer camp counselor. At camp, volunteer counselors work one-on-one with campers, providing around-the-clock care and the close supervision a child with muscular dystrophy requires. Counselors are required to meet the daily needs of each child and become a friend for a week. We especially are in need of male camp volunteers; however, female camp volunteers also are needed. It’s a tall order to be an MDA camp counselor - someone who is paired with one camper 24 hours a day for the camp week, and whose goal it is to make camp a safe and fun experience for the campers. If you are interested in applying visit your local MDA office. Provide three references with phone numbers and consent to a criminal background check and interview with MDA staff. For questions please contact Patty Cornelius at 509-325-3747 or pcornelius@mdausa.org

Ongoing Catholic Charities Volunteer Chore Services

Catholic Charities Volunteer Chore Services is looking for individual volunteers or pairs of volunteers to give ongoing help to low-income seniors or adults with disabilities with chores such as housework or yard work (lawn mowing). Help is needed usually twice a month, but scheduling is flexible. Since the work is done at individual apartments or homes the volunteer can work out dates and times with the individual being helped. For more information please contact Cyndie Lapke at (509) 459-6172 or clapke@ccspokane.org

Ongoing SCRAPS

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is the regional animal protection service, but more than that they offer most services relating to the health and well-being of pets in our community. Their current needs include administrative volunteers to assist with mailing licenses, outreach volunteers to attend community events as SCRAPS representatives, and adoption counselors to help match people with pets. For questions or more information contact Karen Lynch, the Volunteer Coordinator at 509-477-2769 or email her at klynch@spokanecounty.org

Ongoing St. Aloysius Parish 

St. Aloysius Parish is the Jesuit Catholic church in Spokane, adjacent to Gonzaga’s campus. They are looking for team members for faith formation programs with children, youth, and adults. People with creative talents (music, dance, drama) and recreational experience are especially welcome. Most activities take place on Gonzaga’s campus. This is a great opportunity to learn ministry skills and grow in faith. Program times vary depending on days. If you would like more information please contact Mary Fairbanks at mkfairbanks@dioceseofspokane.org or 509-313-5896. 

Ongoing The East Central Community Center (ECCC)

The East Central Community Center (ECCC) works to provide affordable academic/athletic programs and opportunities that build character, integrity, respect and nurture community spirit for economically disadvantaged youth age’s 5-17-years-old in the greater Spokane area. They are looking for 6 student volunteers to help mentor, coach, teach music and academics to youth. Volunteers are needed any time Monday-Thursday 4:00-7:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00-2:00 pm. Interested students should contact Kevin Trim at 509-808-2135 or katblack29@gmail.com.

Ongoing Tincan

Tincan is a Spokane company that uses information technology and interactive media for education and community development. They accomplish this broad mission by creating online content of value to our community; developing innovative training and education opportunities; and collaborating with local partners to provide access to digital technologies for those who might otherwise not be able to benefit from online information. Tincan is looking for 1-3 students to volunteer Monday-Thursday anytime during the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Volunteers will be working on social media and marketing and assisting clients at the centers workshops. It would be helpful if volunteers could come at the same time each week to help the same clients. For more information on how you can get involved with Tincan please contact Elisha Durrant at 509.744.0972 or elisha@tincan.org

Ongoing The Salvation Army  The Salvation Army is looking for student volunteers to help with their afterschool program. Volunteer hours available are on Monday-Thursday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Fridays from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm during spring semester and Sundays from 9:00 am-12:30 pm year round. The after school program Monday-Wednesday focuses on academics, sports, and arts. On Thursday’s they also have guitar, beginning basketball skills, timbrels, and beginning band. They are in need of teachers and volunteers for all of these classes. On Sundays they have church programs, including Sunday School, where volunteers are also needed. If you are interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army please contact Dan Curley at 509-329-2721 or dan.curley@usw.salvationarmy.org

Ongoing The American Diabetes Association of Spokane and North Idaho

The American Diabetes Association of Spokane and North Idaho is looking for student volunteers to help distribute flyers and brochures throughout the community as well as help with marketing for their Tour de Cure and Step Out events. Diabetes is a devastating disease that affects nearly 26 million Americans including 25,000 people in Spokane County. A quarter of those affected by diabetes, or 6250 in Spokane County, are not aware that they have the disease. The American Diabetes Association seeks to change the future of diabetes and take the opportunity of American Diabetes Month to help identify the undiagnosed and those at risk for type 2 diabetes, by educating people about diabetes risk factors and warning signs. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please contact Ted Duncan at (509) 624-7478 or stopdiabetes8@gmail.com. Or visit the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org

Ongoing New Vision Lutheran Church 

New Vision Lutheran Church is a local church whose mission is to carry good news, grace, mercy and forgiving love to those without a church home, the alienated, and refugees while committing out time, talents and resources to generating a multicultural, multilingual fellowship dedicated to serving God’s most vulnerable. They are looking for students to help as tutors. They are currently operating as a tutoring/homework help night for Burmese refugees each Tuesday night during the school year from 6:45-8:45. Volunteers would be asked to attend and help students in Elementary and High School with all subjects and also help with reading and conversational needs. For more information please contact Ruth Wagely at 509.496.6813 or walgey@spocom.com

Ongoing Tenants Union of Washington

Tenants Union of Washington State is an organization in Spokane who’s mission is to create housing justice through empowerment, outreach, leadership development, organizing and advocacy. The TU embraces the values of equality, hope, tenant leadership, dignity, direct action, civic courage, racial and economic justice and self-determination in our work. The TU is in need of one to three student-intern organizers to establish and maintain the TU, as well as provide support to on-going campaigns to preserve the Section 8 project based housing for very low-income individuals and families. Students who are interested should contact Terri Anderson at (509)464-7620 or terria@tenantsunion.org

Ongoing The Arc of Spokane

The Arc of Spokane is an organization that works to promote independence and choice and enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc is in need of up to 15 volunteers any time between Monday - Friday 8:30 to 4:00 pm who are caring, patient individuals who would like to engage with The Arc’s members. They are in need of students to volunteer in many different areas. Including computer literacy volunteers to assist members in their Center for Digital Literacy. Volunteers to assist in different recreational activities, either in the community center or out in the community. Volunteer drivers to assist in community engagement outings one or two days a week, with current drivers license and car insurance. This is a truly rewarding opportunity and the members that come to The Arc truly enjoy the interaction that comes from the staff and volunteers. Students who are interested should contact Cinda Martin at (509) 789-8788 or cmartin@arc-spokane.org.

Ongoing

Hub Sports Center

Hub Sports Center is looking for two to four volunteers Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 PM.  Hub Sports center works to thread together the faith, business, sports, education, and government communities to promote a safe environment, life skills, and secure future. To bring together ordinary people with diverse backgrounds empowered by God, working to provide a positive impact on youth and the community. They are looking for volunteers to work with their afterschool program for middle school students where we have study time, PE time and enrichments. Volunteers would be under the direction of the program manager. They will help with homework, play games and keep the program running smoothly. Students who are interested should contact Phil Camplin at (509) 927-0602 or phil@hubsportscenter.org

Ongoing Spokane Public Schools 

Spokane Public Schools is seeking to increase participation in extracurricular activities relating to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The goal is to increase interest in long-term education and employment opportunities in STEM fields, especially for groups who are underrepresented in STEM disciplines. The Spokane Public Schools are looking for volunteers to help with mentoring students ranging from Kindergarten to High School in afterschool activities including robotics teams, programming club, and science club. The time commitment for this volunteer opportunity will likely be one to two hours per week but varies depending on school placement. If you are interested in helping please contact Caleb Ellefson at (509) 521-1086 or CalebE@spokaneschools.org

Ongoing Susan G. Komen  Susan G. Komen of Eastern Washington is looking for spirited, outgoing men of all ages for our new all male drill team “The Pink Pacers”. Volunteers for the pacers must be available 1-2 hours per week and be willing to put themselves out in the public in a wacky, fun display for a great cause: saving lives! The pink pacers will perform at local parades, community events and fundraisers, with the goal of creating awareness for Komen's mission of a world without breast cancer. Volunteers must also be willing to wear pink! We also are in need of a choreographer (male or female) to create basic dance routines for the group. For more information please contact Shannon Pool at (509) 315-4715 or shannon@komeneasternwashington.org
Ongoing Liberty Park Child Development Center
Liberty Park Child Development Center is looking for Champion Mentors to work in their after school progam. Volunteers will work with school-age children from Grant Elementary School. They will mentor children in their areas of interest, assist with homework and provide trustworthy adult relationships that focus on a Christian approach to challenging life circumstances. If interested, please contact Spencer at (509) 534-0957 or info@libertyparkkids.com.
Ongoing BE GREAT of East Central Spokane

Volunteers needed Monday through Friday 2:30-7 pm to help out with program areas. Volunteers can find out more at the orientation meetings held every first and third Wednesday of the month. Interested students should contact Gabrielle Ward at 509-536-8152 or gward@bgcspokanecounty.org .

Ongoing Marian Beaumier / Mental Health for All

Volunteers are needed to participate in the organization's program, "Community Friends," that matches people in the Spokane community with persons isolated because of symptoms of mental illness. This includes meeting with individuals 3-4 times per month for social contact.  A computer literate volunteer is also needed to assist individuals with re-booting computers, loading software, and trouble-shooting.  Students who are interest should contact Marian Beaumier at 509-483-0428 or marianfletcherbeaumier@hotmail.com .

Ongoing Goodwill Industries

Volunteers may work in the retail or processing/production areas of the facility. Individuals will handle a variety of donated goods, pricing, taggin and/or on the sales floor stocking. Also, may assist in cleaning out dressing rooms and restocking clothing racks and other items. Volunteers are needed Sundays through Saturdays 9 AM to 9 PM. Interested students should contact Diana Smith at 509-838-4246 5442 or dianas@giin.org .

Ongoing Isabella House

Volunteers are needed to help identify needs of families taking part in a 3-6 month residential drug and alcohol treatment program designed for mothers and their children.  This includes, but is not limited to, meeting with mothers to determine aftercare planning needs and connecting them with housing, mental health care, transportation and material support; creating a database of resources; and developing a comprehensive resource guide. Interested students should contact Mary DuCHene at 509-624-1244, ex. 227 or marydnhcc@gmail.com .

Ongoing Pine Ridge Alzheimer's Special Care Center

Learn and understand the importance of knowing about past experiences and life stories of the residents, volunteer in enrichment programming or work on Meaningful Moments. For more information contact Colleen Messling at 509-590-6336 or cmessling@comcast.net.

Ongoing Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement educates students K-12th grade in financial literacy. They need volunteers any time from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm on Monday-Friday teach Junior Achievement curriculum in the classroom. These 45-minute lessons can be done solo, or in teams. There are 5 lessons, taking approx. 45 minutes. Training is required for volunteers but only takes half hour but can be done at Gonzaga! Volunteers must also pass a background check. For more information please contact the Junior Achievement office at 509-624-7114.

Ongoing KYRS Thin Air Community Radio

There is an ongoing need for volunteers at KYRS. Positions range from assisting with local news production to event set up and administrative/office support. Please help us continue our efforts to bring Spokane an alternative perspective to mainstream media and radio. Contact us at volunteercoordinator@kyrs.org or 509-209-2428 if you have any talents or skills that may benefit KYRS in fulfilling its mission.

Ongoing SPEAR

The SPEAR program is a day camp for kids ages 4-18 years old. Each day, they do different fun activities with the kids such as picnics in the park, swimming, face painting, and much more. They meet with the kids on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays from 9:00 am-PM. They are looking for volunteers who want to have fun and make a positive impact on these kids. It really is an incredible opportunity, and if you are interested, please contact Sheryl Kruger at kruger5919@comcast.net or 509-768-3717. They are located on the corner of Magnolia and Pacific (so very close to Gonzaga's campus).