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

RSVP Pierce County and Kitsap County volunteer positions are starting to open up again.  Some positions remain on hold, while other opportunities are available.  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:

 Artistic Opportunities Working with Youth 

  • Art Classroom Assistant  – Assist middle school youth in an artistic environment
  • Driver for Youth Arts Program – Drive students to and from their home in Tacoma to attend an arts workshop

Assist those with Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML)

  • Memory Café Volunteer  – Located in Tacoma and Puyallup, these monthly gatherings are for those at any stage of dementia and their friends, family and caregivers. We meet at local restaurants for conversation, coffee and entertainment. For those who are hungry, you may purchase food at the restaurant.
  • Zoo Walk Volunteer – Join us to accompany our group of people with ESML and their care partners for a morning walk through the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, followed by refreshments at the café.  The walks occur weekly (every Friday) with breaks between each 8 week session and for holidays.

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)

  • Tacoma Old Town Museum Volunteers — Assist as Museum Docent, Field Trip Assistant, or Inventory Volunteer (Tacoma)
  • Employment Class Assistant / English Language Acquistion (ELA) Classroom Assistant / Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) Classroom Assistant  / Read2Me Tutor / Immigration Intern — This nonprofit’s mission is to create opportunities for immigrants and other community members in the Puget Sound region through comprehensive services focused on self-sufficiency, inclusion and advocacy. (Tacoma and several Tacoma elementary schools)
  • Data Entry / Administrative Assistant or Finance Volunteer — Assist with data entry, filing, preparing paperwork, answering phones and scheduling. (Tacoma)
  • Retail Store Volunteers — Serve as Customer-Service Assistants and Warehouse Associates in one of 3 locations. (Tacoma, Lakewood or Puyallup)
  • 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)
  • Construction Volunteers — Interested in helping build houses? No experience necessary. Work alongside experienced Site Managers, Site Coordinators, and experienced regular volunteers to help build houses for families. (Various construction sites throughout Pierce County)

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: 
House Dedications – dates & times TBD
Meal Providers for Home Building Construction Sites – dates & times TBD
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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