Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Opportunities – Pierce County

RSVP Pierce County and Kitsap County volunteer positions are starting to open up again.  
For more detailed information on specific opportunities, call:

For Pierce County residents:  call 253-722-5695 or email us at
For Kitsap County residents:  call 360-377-5511 or email us at   

Strengthen our communities by helping others

To volunteer through RSVP, you must be 55 or older, have a few hours a week to give, and enjoy working with others to strengthen our communities.  We have volunteer sites in Greater Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup, Graham, Edgewood, Gig Harbor, Purdy and Vaughn and continue to add new positions all the time. Here are some of the opportunities where you can help:

Assist those with Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML)

  • Memory Café Volunteer  – Memory Cafés are monthly gatherings providing snacks, socialization, and activity for those living with dementia and their care partners. They are a positive, safe space where participants laugh, share stories, and meet others in similar situations. Volunteers are encouraged to attend and participate in conversation and support of any activities conducted. Memory Cafés currently meet in Puyallup at 10:30 am the 3rd Wednesday of each month, but may include restaurants in either Tacoma or Puyallup in the future. Food and beverage costs are the responsibility of the volunteer.
  • Memory Walk Volunteer – Memory Walks are short, weekly walks conducted in 4-week sessions designed for those living with dementia and their care partners to enjoy socialization, physical activity, and the outdoors. Volunteers are encouraged to join us for conversation and support. Walks are currently conducted at 10:30 am each Thursday morning at various locations in Puyallup and Tacoma.

Congregate Meal Sites

  • Cooking/Kitchen Aide – Assist Meal Site Manager with prepping and serving the meal and/or maintaining kitchen cleanliness (needs food handler’s card)
  • Dishwasher/Dishwasher Aide – Assist Meal Site Manager in ensuring all dishes and equipment are washed, sanitized, dried and stored after utilized
  • Host/Hostess and Registrar – Assist the Meal Site Manager in collection of administrative and monetary details for the report of attendees
  • Service/Waiter and Beverage Server – Assist the Meal Site Manager in serving the meal
  • Table Setter – Assist the Meal Site Manager in table setting for meal

Congregate Meal Sites (Specifically Vietnamese and Cambodian Meal Sites)

  • Food Servers – Assists the Meal Site Manager in serving nutritious lunches (Vietnamese & Cambodian food) to seniors
  • Dishwasher/Kitchen Assistance – Assist Meal Site Manager in ensuring all dishes and equipment are washed, sanitized, dried and stored after utilized, as well as cleaning the kitchen floors

Food Banks

  • Client Intake Specialist – Greeter, sign into client database, etc.
  • Carryout/Runner – Assist clients up the stairs with groceries
  • Floor Lead – Responsible for smooth operation and flow of the dispensing floor and responsible for placement of crew within food bank
  • Assistant Manager – Assist with training of new volunteers, monitor customer service, maintain organized, clean, operational, and inviting food bank while assisting clients as needed
  • Dispenser – Assign volunteers to area they will be working, help client with the number of choices they have per posted guidelines, make suggestions for food, assist with stocking shelves
  • Overseer – Provides direction and guidance for clients
  • Scale Attendant – Weigh and separate food items
  • Stocker – Ensure shelves are properly stocked
  • Warehouse Assistant – Unload deliveries
  • Driver – Pick-up and delivery of items
  • Translator – Russian and Spanish preferred
  • Gardener – Tends to crops and other plants at either Tacoma or Orting location

Limited Local Elementary, Middle and High School Sites
(Volunteer opportunities only available during the school year, September – May.)

Peninsula School District

  • Reading and Math Tutors – Be a reading or math tutor for a student in grades 1-4 (Evergreen, Harbor Heights, Minter Creek and Purdy Elementary Schools)

Puyallup School District

  • Reading Mentors – Be a reading mentor for a student in grades 1-3 (Firgrove, Karshner, Pope, Stewart, Sunrise, and Woodland Elementary Schools)

 Tacoma School District

  • All-Star Readers – Be a reading buddy for a student in grades 1-3 who is struggling in reading.  Assist with their reading fluency, vocabulary, and writing. (Arlington Elementary)
  • Enrichment Programs – Assist with a variety of programs, such as science and technology, crafting and art classes, and drama club with a range of grade levels. (Arlington & Fern Hill Elementary)  
  • Middle School & High School Academic Coaches – Volunteer as an academic coach for a struggling student. Academic coaches help keep students motivated and on-task in class during the day, or help students with their homework after school. (Gray Middle School – Math; Mt. Tahoma High School – Multiple Subjects; Oakland High School – Math & English)

Local Non-profit Opportunities (including a wide variety of different non-profits)

  • Build Shop — Help assemble new items (furniture) from box/disassembled items donated in a fully equipped build shop for distribution to families in need. (Tacoma)
  • Data Entry / Administrative Assistant or Finance Volunteer — Assist with data entry, filing, preparing paperwork, answering phones and scheduling. (Tacoma)
  • Janitor / Custodian — Housekeeping and general maintenance, 4 hours a week. (Tacoma)
  • Local Thrift Store Volunteers — Helping customers and ringing up sales. (Tacoma)
  • Tacoma Old Town Museum Volunteers — Assist as Museum Docent, Field Trip Assistant, or Inventory Volunteer (Tacoma)

Non-profit Administrative Offices

  • Clerical / Finance – General office assistance including data entry, filing, preparing paperwork, and answering phones

Non-profit Thrift Shop

  • Sales Person
  • Sorter
  • Shopping Assistant
  • Warehouse and Truck Assistants

Senior Scene – LCSNW

  • Drivers – Volunteers make monthly deliveries of the Senior Scene newspaper at public buildings, offices, businesses and senior living communities in Pierce and King counties. Volunteers set their own schedules and usually complete their deliveries in one or two days, use their own vehicles, and are reimbursed for mileage.

Upcoming one time/special events:
Arts Fundraiser Events – Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down events, as well as assist during events – dates & times TBD 
Glass Sales – Cashiers and volunteers needed to help package glass – dates & times TBD


Interested in learning more?

Contact us using the form below or call us at 253-722-5695

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