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

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 and Edgewood 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.)

  • 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 art, coding, engineering, yoga, and more with a range of grade levels. (Fern Hill Elementary)
  • Tutoring – Tutor and provide academic support to students of all ages on a variety of subjects. (Mt. Tahoma High School – Multiple Subjects; Oakland High School – Math)
  • Mentorship Groups – Become a mentor or inspire students as a one-time guest speaker with our UnCommon mentorship program for high school students. (Mt. Tahoma High School)
  • Success Coaches – Help a high school student who is interested in your career field reach success by checking in with them monthly to provide guidance and mentorship. (Mt. Tahoma High School & Oakland High School)

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

  • 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 — Assist with data entry, filing, preparing paperwork, answering phones and scheduling. (Tacoma)
  • Retail Thrift 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 – 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

  • Driver – Federal Way – Burien Route (reimbursement of .535 cents per mile paid by Senior Scene)
  • Driver – Tacoma Route (reimbursement of .535 cents per mile paid by Senior Scene)
  • Driver – University Place – Fircrest Route (reimbursement of .535 cents per mile paid by Senior Scene)

Upcoming one time/special events: 
 Arts Fundraiser Event – October 2, 2018, 10:00 am -2:00 pm
Thank You Card Writing – October 5, 2018, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Glass Sale – November 30, 2018, 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm (w/varying shifts)
Glass Sale – December 1, 2018, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (w/varying shifts)
Glass Sale – December 19, 2018, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (w/varying shifts)
House Dedications – dates & times TBD
Meal Providers for Home Building Construction Sites – dates & times TBD

Interested in learning more?

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

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