Tri-Cities WA Community Services - Volunteer

Information about non-profit community service organizations and volunteer opportunities is provided for Tri-Cities WA (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) and other communities in Benton and Franklin County.

List of Community Service Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities in Tri-Cities

These organizations provide services such as counseling, disaster relief, domestic violence, food/clothing/shelter/housing, individual & family services, legal, medical/health services, sexual assault, transportation, etc. In addition, these community service organizations are seeking volunteers. So find a local cause that you want to support and help out!

List of Thrift & Specialty Stores

Several community service organizations operate Thrift Stores where proceeds from their sales support community services. These stores rely on donations of saleable goods and volunteer support.

Community Service Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities

Alzheimer's Association - 609 The Parkway in Richland - (509) 321-4579

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. We also sponsor the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in the Tri-Cities.

Volunteer Opportunity: Join our team as the Office Reception Volunteer! Our Office Reception Volunteer is pivotal to the day to day functions of our office and is a welcoming presence who will greet office visitors and field incoming phone calls. The volunteer will help keep our office running by creating an organized work environment through maintaining an inventory of office supplies and technical equipment. They will assist with daily operations and support many of our exciting chapter events. For more information, email: or call (509) 321-4579 .

American Red Cross Biomedical Services - 447 Wellsian Way in Richland - (509) 316-1845

American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation's health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. It feels great to donate blood and you can also host a blood drive.

Volunteer Opportunity: The Red Cross is in need of customer service volunteers to help manage the Blood Donor Center in Richland. If you like to meet and help people in your community this is the volunteer position for you. We also have work from home positions such as scheduler and onboarding volunteers. For more information, contact Lynne Calmus by email or call (509) 316-1845.

American Red Cross Humanitarian Services - 7202 W Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 316-1845

Ninety percent of the Red Cross Humanitarian Services is provided by volunteers. Our vital work is only possible because of people like you. Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it's through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. Join American Red Cross Humanitarian Services today! Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: (note: flexible schedule - you can volunteer one day a month or 5 days a month whatever works for you) Disaster Relief, Disaster Preparedness Education, Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (free smoke alarm installation service), Service to the Armed Forces Emergency Communication, International Services, Community Outreach, Volunteer Management/Support.

B5 - 505 S. Olympia Street (Apt B5) in Kennewick - (509) 491-1226

The B5 (formerly the Family Learning Center) helps refugees thrive in their new homeland through adult ESL and school work support. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: B5 needs assistance with limited English speaking students with their homework after school in a multi-cultural environment.

Benton-Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Center (BFJJC) Guardian Ad Litem - Sheila Davidson, Program Coordinator - (509) 736-2761

The Benton-Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Center (BFJJC) Guardian Ad Litem serves as an independent advocate for abused/neglected children involved in a dependency action in the courts. See brochure (PDF).

Volunteer Opportunity: As trained advocates, BFJJC volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive. It is the BFJJC vision to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one. Volunteers are recruited, trained and supported by staff. Must be over 21 to volunteer. Volunteer Application (PDF).

Benton-Franklin Humane Society - 1736 E 7th Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 374-4235

The Benton-Franklin Humane Society (BFHS) is dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals and the creation of a more responsible and humane community. We provide adoption services for abandoned, abused, and unwanted animals and promote the education of children and adults concerning the treatment and care of all animals. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Pet socialization, Fundraisers, Outreach Efforts, Foster Home Placement Volunteer, Office Help. Other opportunities to serve include humane education, pet photography, grounds-keeping, and more.

Blue Mountain Action Council - 8 E Cherry St. in Walla Walla - (509) 529-4980

Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) is once again the host of a new regional office for the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombuds Program (LTCOP). This program provides effective, visible advocacy for residents in long-term care facilities. An ombud works to ensure that residents in these facilities receive good quality of life and care by providing information to consumers about their rights, working to resolve problems on behalf of residents, monitoring the enforcement of the laws by DSHS, and advocating for improvements in the long-term care system. BMAC represents Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin Counties. Note: BMAC also has an office located at 720 West Court St. in Pasco.

Volunteer Opportunity: Become a certified ombud in the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to serve persons who reside in licensed long-term care settings (such as nursing homes, assisted living, and adult family homes). Contact Elizabeth Claridge by email or call (509) 520-5162 to request a volunteer application.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties - 2110 W. Henry St. in Pasco - (509) 543-9980

Today the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties operates 12 club sites in the Mid-Columbia area. The Club provides over 1,200 hours of programming per week among these twelve sites and employs over 80 professional staff. Our mission is to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: There are a variety of different programs and opportunities for interacting in Club activities from one time visits to engaging on a much deeper level by being paired with a youth for one of our mentoring programs. If you would like to be a part of this amazing experience please give us a call at 509.543.9980.

Catholic Family Child Services - 2139 Van Giesen St. in Richland - (509) 946-4645

Catholic Family Child Services (CFCS) has been inspiring hope and enriching lives. Whether supporting families through specialized mental health services or assisting seniors so they can remain living independently, CFCS is an essential resource for scores of people each year. We support the following in the Tri-Cities: Pathyways to Parenting: Adoption, Counseling, Foster Care, Family Team Decision Making, Kinship Navigator, Maternity & Pregnancy Counseling, Family Education & Support, Child Care Resource & Referral, Foster Teen Programs, and Elder Services.

Volunteer Opportunity: There are a variety of volunteer opportunities both for individuals and for groups, for ongoing service and for one-time commitments working with children, seniors and families.

Chaplaincy Health Care - 1480 Fowler St. in Richland - (509) 783-7416

Chaplaincy Health Care is a nonprofit organization and assists all individuals in need throughout our service area in the Mid-Columbia region. Our services consist of five core areas: Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Grief Care, Behavioral Health services, and contract chaplain services. We are supported by individuals, businesses, foundations, local service clubs and communities of faith. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer work can be an extremely rewarding experience, especially when you choose to share your time and talents with patients, families and staff at Chaplaincy Health Care. Whether you choose to work one-on-one with patients and families in their homes, support the Hospice House or help grieving children and teens through their healing process, you can play an integral role in helping us serve others with impeccable physical, emotional and spiritual care.

Children's Developmental Center - 1549 SE Georgia Ave. SE in Richland - (509) 735-1062

The Children's Developmental Center provides services to young children, birth to three years old with disabilities and challenges and their families in Benton and Franklin Counties and some outlying areas. Additionally, we offer some services to children up to 10 years old within the Autism Spectrum and an Incontinence Program for those 5 to 16 years. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Corporate sponsorships and volunteers are always welcome for our fundraisers. We need volunteers to help with our annual fundraising events: Golf Tournament, Cuisine de Vin, and Wine Fête. We also welcome volunteers to assist occasionally with miscellaneous office duties.

Children's Reading Foundation of Mid-Columbia - 1229 West 22nd Place, Portable P3 in Kennewick - (509) 222-7323

The The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia began in 1996 to make sure children learn to read, and read well. Some of our programs include "READY! for Kindergarten" and "Team READ" to partner volunteers with struggling readers to give our kids the support they need to succeed in school. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Give books - give a donation - give time whether you have new or gently used children's books to donate, or would like to give a monetary gift to help us expand and deepen our literacy programs. We are looking for volunteers to tutor 1st-3rd graders in reading.

Citizens Helping In Police Services - 211 W 6th Avenue in Kennewick - (509) 585-4208

The Kennewick Police Department volunteer program started in 1994. Citizens Helping In Police Services (CHIPS) is committed to enhancing the mission of the Kennewick Police Department by:

  • Being a resource to assist department personnel when needed
  • Supporting each other and fostering development of the volunteer program
  • Collaborating with the City of Kennewick in "Building a Better Community"

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to help provide the following services: handicapped parking enforcement, abandoned vehicle tagging, radar reader board deployment, water storage security, vehicle maintenance, found bicycle recovery, administrative support, mail run, special events support and fleet maintenance.

Prior to acceptance into the volunteer program with the Kennewick Police, a citizen must complete the Citizens Academy held each fall and spring. The Kennewick Police Department offers a free 5-week / 10-class Citizen Academy, to be held on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00 p.m. The Academy provides attendees information about law enforcement and the day-to-day operations of the department. All classes are held at the police station with the exception of one tour. For more information call (509) 585-4208. To apply for the Citizens Academy, complete the Citizens Academy Application Form.

Columbia Ability Alliance - 900 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick - (509) 582-4142

Columbia Ability Alliance (formerly Columbia Industries) helps people with disabilities and other barriers to employment achieve their highest employment potential. This allows them to achieve self-sufficiency and contribute to the productivity of our community. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Do you have a teachable skill and the desire to make a difference? We partner with volunteers to provide engaging activities at our Community Center. Whether you can commit to one day a week or one day a month, every bit helps our mission.

Columbia Basin College Foundation - 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco - (509) 542-4626

The Columbia Basin College (CBC) Foundation was established in 1984 to give individuals, organizations and businesses the opportunity to invest in the educational mission of the College. The Foundation gives away over a million dollars in student scholarships each year, thanks to the work of their volunteers and donors.

Volunteer Opportunity: The CBC Foundation needs assistance with reviewing student scholarship applications. Contact Devon Holze via email at for more information about this opportunity.

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue - 1960 Butler Loop in Richland - (509) 946-2237

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue (CBDR) is a not for profit, all-volunteer agency that provides water rescue and recovery services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to law enforcement, fire and other emergency service agencies throughout a five-county area. CBDR's service area encompasses more than 4,000 square miles of canals, ponds, reservoirs, and streams. CBDR emergency responders are on-call to provide dive rescue services through the Washington State Department of Emergency Management.

Volunteer Opportunity: In regards to emergency response, both divers and surface support personnel are needed. Surface support activities include boat operations, line tending, documentation and more. In addition to emergency responders, CBDR is in need of administrative volunteers to manage and assist with a number of non-emergency activities, which are instrumental to the long-term effectiveness of the team. Non-emergency activities include fundraising, water safety education, public speaking, special community events, general office duties and more. If you are interested in joining the team as either an emergency responder, or an administrative member, please complete and return the application. Follow us on Facebook

Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin - 415-C Wright Ave. in Richland - (509) 967-6038

Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin is part of the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Mentor: just one hour a week provides a positive influence, encouragement, and hope for young people trying to overcome challenges, Tutor: students can make great strides with extra academic support in reading and math, General Volunteer: we always need volunteers to help with events, special programs, and other needs.

Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties - 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C-140 in Kennewick - (509) 735-1295

The mission of Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties (DVS) is to advocate for and empower domestic violence victims by providing free, safe and confidential shelter and support services. DVS is available 24-hours a day to assist anyone who has questions or concerns about domestic violence. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Community Events - help at DVS booth for community events like the Women’s Expo and Family Expo, Fundraising Events – help at annual events like our golf tournament and the Ladies Afternoon Soiree , Organizing and Projects – help us fill food boxes, collecting and sorting of donations, yard work and household projects like painting and cleaning, and Working with Survivors – work with women and children at the shelter, help answer the crisis line, or provide support at court.

Edith Bishel Center for the Blind - 628 North Arthur St. in Kennewick - (509) 735-0699

The Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon including Benton and Franklin Counties. In 2014, our center assisted 2944 community members. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are always needed for a wide variety of activities, from graphic design and grant writing, to selling fundraiser tickets and preparing cookie dough!

Educational Services District 123 - 3924 W. Court St. in Pasco - (509) 547-8441

A community learning center offers academic support and enrichment opportunities to students and their families during non-school hours (before or after school) and during the summer. The 21st Century Extended Day Programs, offered through Educational Services District 123 (ESD 123), assist students in meeting state and local academic achievement standards in reading and mathematics, as well as providing opportunities for academic enrichment.

Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for volunteers from retired professionals to those professionals still working to give students an insight to different career opportunities. We are also looking for adults to become mentors and positive role models to students. Contact Margarita Alaman at (509) 544-5723.

Elijah Family Homes - 660 George Washington Way, Suite G in Richland - (509) 943-6610

There are many families throughout the Tri-Cities whose income is below the poverty level, who live long-term with children in homelessness or transient/temporary housing, because they have been denied access to public housing. Elijah Family Homes fosters hope, dignity, and self- sufficiency, through stable housing and supportive services for families in recovery. Please help us help those in need. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Elijah Family Homes welcomes help with Mentoring, Accounting/Bookkeeping, Fund Raising, Finance/Budgeting, Landscaping, Child Care, Marketing, Home Repairs/Cleaning, Office Work, Computer work/IT, Property Maintenance, and Serving on the Board.

Fields of Grace - P.O. Box 1766 in Richland - (509) 539-6083

Fields of Grace volunteers pick fruits and vegetables from donations of crops on behalf of 2nd Harvest for residents in need and has harvested 2.5 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Want to become a Fields of Grace volunteer? It's easy. We now offer "on-site" training at our gleaning events! All ages are welcome, but persons under 18 years of age must have a parent signature on their form to participate.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho - Tomalin Bailie - email:

About Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We're the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

Tomalin Bailie, a resident of the Tri-Cities, is an external recruiter for the Girls Scouts in Eastern Washington and is the primary contact for Girl Scouts in the Tri-Cities region. She also maintains a girl scout related website.

Volunteer Opportunity: Be the troop leader that supports her every week - the one that watches her smile get bigger as she grows more confident. Mentor a Girl Scout Cookie Professional during cookie season so she can earn enough to reach the goals she and her troop set. Or work with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for her to make amazing new memories at Girl Scouts. Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible and fun.

Contact Tomalin Bailie via email at for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Grace Clinic - 800 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick - (509) 735-2300

Grace Clinic provides free medical and related services to uninsured people in the Tri-Cites through a holistic approach. We seek to meet the needs of the whole person by providing services such as medical care, medications, urgent dental care, mental health counseling, and spiritual care. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Licensed providers who are interested in joining our outstanding community of volunteer physicians, nurses, counselors and pharmacists. Volunteers are needed in many areas that require no medical experience.

Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care provides in-home holistic care to those living in Yakima and Benton Counties. We serve both adults and pediatrics with our hospice and palliative care programs. We also operate the Hospice Benefit Shop (HoBS), a thrift store in Prosser. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Patient/Family Volunteers are perceived by hospice patients as just ordinary people from the community. As a result of this relationship, volunteers are able to help normalize the hospice experience for patients and their families.

Office/Event/HoBS Volunteers are much needed "extra hands" that play a key role in meeting deadlines for mailings and daily operations of the office, assisting with fundraisers, and for helping us run our thrift store in Prosser. For more information, email:

iMPACT! Compassion Center - 220 W Kennewick Ave in Kennewick - (509) 579-0006

iMPACT! Compassion Center offers free life assessment, guidance, and support services to anyone who could use assistance navigating and sorting through their specific needs or situations. We provide life skills, self-empowerment tools, and a safe place where people can feel free to talk and get help. We don't provide financial aid, but assist others in connecting with these resources, and have basic, essentials available for those in-need (clothes, hygiene, diapers) and seek community contributions of larger, household items for those who seek help, and are screened-in for approval.

Volunteer Opportunity: The iMPACT! Compassion Center Facebook group page is an active group with several people posting each day about things they need or ways in which they are available to help. So join the group and offer to help some of those in need.

Volunteers are needed for the following positions: event planners, life coaches, mentors, grant writers, fundraisers, graphic artists, counselors, office assistant, community mobilization support, and administrative aid. Call (509) 579-0006 or email: for more information.

Junior Achievement - 6855 W. Clearwater Ave., A101-108 in Kennewick - (509) 783-7222

Junior Achievement offers programs that are designed to teach young people in grades K - 12 about business and economics, financial literacy, and career development, and our goal as an organization is to better serve this community by inspiring students - our future work force - to improve the quality of their lives. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: There are many ways you can help kids through Junior Achievement: Serve as a Classroom Volunteer, Become a Sponsor, Participate as an Event Volunteer, Volunteer as a Student Intern and earn university credits, Provide in-kind goods or services. Contact Colleen Hinman via email: for more information.

Kadlec Regional Medical Center - 888 Swift Blvd. in Richland - (509) 946-4611

When Kadlec Regional Medical Center opened its doors in 1944, the hospital was established to care for the Hanford area workers and their families. Since then, we have grown to a regional medical center providing care for the people throughout the Mid-Columbia.

Volunteer Opportunity: Anyone over the age of 15 can volunteer at Kadlec. You can become a member or a board member of the Auxiliary, or work under the direction of the volunteer supervisor and unit managers in specific areas. All volunteers undergo orientation and take a TB test before they begin their service. Volunteers are always needed throughout the hospital-and even virtually- in a myriad of different programs. Contact Kadlec volunteer services via email at for more information.

Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills - PO Box 6798, Kennewick, WA 99336

The Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills is involved in several youth and community outreach programs including fundraisers. They operate the J&S Dreamland Express during the summer months and the proceeds fund various programs within our schools, communities, and scholarships. The club meets on Mondays at Clover Island Inn in Kennewick from noon to 1 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunity: If you would like to become an Engineer or Conductor, we have an opportunity for you! Please contact Marlene Schweighardt at (509) 728-1204 to find out the many ways you can help volunteer on the train. You may also visit our website to find other ways you can help, including by being a member of our service organization.

Make-A-Wish - (800) 304-9474

Every 37 minutes Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

Volunteer Opportunity: We rely on more than 700 volunteers throughout Alaska and Washington to help grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish is in need of bilingual volunteers in the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.

Mid-Columbia Children's Museum - email:

We are a group of parents working to get the Mid-Columbia Children's Museum established in the Tri-Cities as a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. Our vision at the Mid-Columbia Children's Museum is to be a vibrant and innovative community hub that inspires curiosity and lifelong learning for all children and their families. Follow us on Facebook

Get Involved!: We are seeking donations, business sponsors, and volunteers!

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers - (509) 460-1766

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers is a welcoming and inclusive organization, and we hope you will join us. Whether you are a singer, volunteer, music-lover, audience member, or all of the above, we invite you to become a member of our singing community. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Like all arts organizations, we are dependent on the generous donations of our patrons to help fulfill our mission to transform lives through the power of choral music. Our volunteers help us survive and thrive! Join our great board of directors, volunteer to usher at a concert, or serve on a committee. We are also seeking office support and help with grant writing. Contact us for more information.

Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels - 1824 Fowler St. in Richland - (509) 735-1911

Senior Life Resources administers the Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels program that offers home-delivered meals to eligible participants. Hot, well-balanced, nutritious, noon-time meals are delivered Monday through Friday to homebound seniors age 60+. Frozen meals are available for weekends and holidays as needed. A noontime meal is served at seven dining centers throughout Benton & Franklin Counties for active seniors.

Volunteer Opportunity: Delivering meals, Helping in kitchens with packaging, serving, and clean-up, Greeting and checking in seniors for lunch in reception area, Serving on Advisory Council, Providing office and clerical work, and Making tray favors, placemats, or cards for participants.

Mikey's Chance Canine Rescue (based in West Richland) -

Mikey's Chance Canine Rescue goal is to provide a safe haven for dogs in desperate circumstances within our community and surrounding area. We rehome these dogs with families that are a good fit for the dog. We seek to serve the humans that come to us - both our adoptive families and the people who need help rehoming dogs - but our priority is to act as advocates for our dogs at every stage of the rescue and adoption process. We commit to our dogs for life! Follow us on Facebook

Become a Foster: Trust us, the feeling of knowing you helped save a life and helped find them the perfect home is so rewarding that it makes it all worth it, plus for every one you let go, there is another one waiting for you to save them. Our goal is to place dogs in foster homes where they will fit with the foster's lifestyle, capacity and expectations.

Modern Living Services - (509) 491-1338

The mission of Modern Living Services is to provide housing, life skills and educational resources to developmentally disabled individuals in Benton and Franklin Counties. Through a collaborative approach, we help individuals and their families leverage existing community resources, while offering additional programs to address defined service gaps in our community. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Are you interested in learning more about what you can do to help? If so, our organization needs volunteers just like you who are able to offer their time and talent. We have numerous areas to volunteer in: gardening, acquisitions, construction and events, to name a few. Apply today and let us know what areas interest you!

Museum at Keewaydin - 205 West Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick - (509) 582-7704

The Museum at Keewaydin is operated by the East Benton County Historical Society. We are dedicated to collecting and preserving the history, heritage, and culture of east Benton County. Through our exhibits and programs we share our area's rich history and its broader connections to Southeastern Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Be of service and have a stimulating experience while doing so, as a volunteer at the East Benton County Historical Society Museum at Keewaydin. Volunteers are needed with a wide range of skills, from giving demonstrations, tours or lectures, writing for our newsletter, digitizing photos/books/scrapbooks, helping with events, and more.

Pet OverPopulation Prevention - 1506 Rd 40 in Pasco - (509) 943-4722

Pet OverPopulation Prevention (POPP) is an all-volunteer, No-Kill pet organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership, thus preventing the needless death and suffering of companion animals. POPP provides spay/neuter assistance and operates a very successful foster/adoption program. We are often participating in dog or cat adoption events around the Tri-Cities. Our office is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed on major holidays). Follow us on Facebook

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9 am- 5 pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Our volunteer base is the core that allows us to help so many pets on an on-going basis. There are many ways you can assist POPP and you can find us at an adoption event to discuss opportunities.

Prevent Homeless Pets - 1000 Irma Lane in Benton City - (509) 497-1133

Prevent Homeless Pets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing low cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs. We are currently serving the Central Washington and Eastern Oregon area.

Our mission is to collaborate with individuals and humane rescue groups in order to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats by promoting and facilitating access to affordable, high volume/high quality spay and neuter surgeries in a professional clinic environment. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Thank for your interest in supporting Prevent Homeless Pets. We welcome volunteers of all interests, skills, and abilities to come join us as we work to decrease the pet overpopulation in our community and surrounding areas.

Project Linus Tri-Cities - see contacts

Project Linus Tri-Cities is a group of volunteers who make blankets that are distributed through local agencies and organizations. It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers".

It is also our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities for the benefit of children. We keep in touch through our newsletter and get together for "workparties" several times each month. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: If you are interested, there are many ways to help. Blankets of many sizes and types (see our blanket guidelines), quilted or tied quilts, knitted or crocheted afghans, and, fleece blankets are accepted. We also accept donated supplies such as kid friendly print cotton fabric, fleece yardage, and acrylic yarn. And, of course, cash donations are always appreciated. If you have any questions please feel free to contact anyone on our Contacts page.

Rascal Rodeo - (509) 528-5947

Rascal Rodeo is committed to producing Exceptional Rodeos that share the adrenaline rush & sense of accomplishment of the western way of life with special needs athletes who fight battles in a different arena. Our events take place in several locations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Do you have a heart? Then you can be a volunteer. Come and buddy up with a participant and show them love while having what might be the best time you've ever had! You can help with registration, trailering horses, and helping the riders.

Regional Service Corps - AmeriCorps - 321 W. Lewis in Pasco - (509) 546-0180

The Regional Service Corps - AmeriCorps has grown to serve more than a dozen schools and even more community organizations with an average force of 30 Corps Members per year. Hundreds of people from all walks of life have brightened the lives of others while improving themselves through our unique Leadership Enhancement Program that's widely recognized as a best practice in the National Service field. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Project Literacy is a reading tutor program for our local elementary schools. The goal is to bring volunteers into the schools to assist emergent readers. Volunteers spend as little as 30 minutes a week reading to or being read to by a student.

Responding to Autism - 101 N Union Street Suite #203 in Kennewick - (509) 396-9230

Responding to Autism is dedicated to providing the best practices for treatment of families, children, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With over 15 years of experience in the field, specializing in autism interventions and parent and professional training, we bring an understanding of the many obstacles encountered, support needed, and joy that can come from teaching or having a child with special needs. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: We have a variety of programs and events that we welcome volunteers! If you are interested in being added to our volunteer list, please download our volunteer application and fax or mail it in to us! For assisting autistic children - contact Christine Lindgren at (509) 396-9230.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program - 2139 Van Giesen St. in Richland - (509) 946-4645

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), coordinated by the Catholic Family Child Services in the Tri-Cities, provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP works in conjunction with the AmeriCorps Senior RSVP program.

Volunteer Opportunity: Seniors volunteer for a number of services including Meals on Wheels, Tri-Cities Food Bank, Fine Arts Reading Radio, and Project Literacy. A project of Benton Franklin RSVP is S.H.A.K.E. (Seniors Helping All Kids' Education). Each year S.H.A.K.E. helps by providing 1000s of school supplies to students in need which are distributed to 79 public schools throughout Benton and Franklin Counties.

Richland Rod & Gun Club - P.O. Box 337 in Richland

The Richland Rod & Gun Club is an organized group of hunters, fishermen, and conservationists who share a common interest in the outdoors. If you enjoy the outdoors and have a passion for preserving our natural resources, the Club probably has a volunteer opportunity for you. The Club meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the first non holiday Tuesday of each month at the Richland Public Library. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Each year the Club participates in a number of work projects and events that improve wildlife habitat, educate young hunters/fisherman, and raise funds for Club projects. You can post a message on our Facebook page.

Royal Family KIDS - (509) 547-5773

Royal Family KIDS is affilated with For the Children. This organization is designed to help heal the emotional scars of abuse left in the children who social services have stepped in to protect. Royal Family KIDS Camp in Pasco is a five day summer resident camp for children ages 6-11 who have been or are in the Foster Care system. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun week of positive memories for the Campers. Our primary fundraising event is our annual Fairy Tale Ball.

Volunteer Opportunty: You can be vital part by sponsoring a Camper through the Starfish Club, helping at one of our fundraisers, or volunteering in one of the many projects before and during Camp that need to be done in order for Camp to take place. Email: for more information.

Safe Harbor Crises Nursery - 1111 N. Grant Place in Kennewick - (509) 783-5734

Safe Harbor Support Center is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens when there are no other alternatives. Safe Harbor Support Center also provides outreach, support and training to assist families in establishing a safe and stable environment. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Safe Harbor Support Center is always in need of volunteers. Opportunities include meal planning and cooking, assisting in child care, gardening, general maintenance and repairs, clerical work, holding food and clothing drives, christmas gift drives and support, plus more. You can also help out at their Sails Outlet thrift store located at 408 N Fruitland St. in Kennewick.

Save the Old NAS Pasco Tower - 4102 N Stearman Ave. in Pasco - (509) 521-7117

Save the old NAS Pasco Control Tower is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is working to save and restore the original and historic Naval Air Station Control Tower / Hangar #2 located at the Tri-Cities Airport. Imagine a local aviation museum full of displays, photos, memorabilia, artifacts and airplanes!

Volunteer Opportunity: We need your help to bring this landmark back to life by donating and volunteering. We have weekly work parties on Fridays & Saturdays from 8 a.m. - Noon. Please check in at Bergstrom's office to be escorted to the old tower building. Please bring your own appropriate protective gear such as gloves, eye protection, hat and work shoes. The non-profit will provide dust masks.

Second Harvest - 5825 Burlington Loop in Pasco - (509) 545-0787

Second Harvest has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. Second Harvest distributes over 2 million pounds of free food each month to help people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers make it possible to feed 55,000 people each week. You can find food assistance at a nearby food bank. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: You can be part of the solution to hunger! Join other volunteers at Second Harvest's Pasco distribution facility (5825 Burlington Loop) to help sort and pack produce and nonperishable food items for area food banks and meal sites. They also need delivery drivers and office support. You may also contribute food and cash donations.

Skills Development Mission - 21 S. Cascade St. in Kennewick - (509) 308-6748

The Skills Development Mission, Inc. (SDM) is a multiethnic organization whose mission is to reach, teach, and empower under-privileged, under-represented, and under-skilled, providing them the resources they need to succeed. In addition, SDM is a center where people learn tolerance because of the diverse ethnic, religious, and multi-cultural participants. Our programs include: Adult Literacy/Writing Assistance, After-school Programs & Tutoring, Character and Tolerance Building, CNA Training, Computer Skills, ESL, GED Preparation, Literacy, and Minority Science Research Mentoring. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Individual opportunities are available in the following areas: Reading Program, Cleaning and Center Maintenance, Homework Help, Math & Science Tutoring, Bible Study, and Computer Skills.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - 215 S 6th Ave. in Pasco - (509) 544-9315

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides assistance including food, clothing, and emergency support to more than 4000 families in need and relies on 60 to 70 volunteers each week to provide our wide range of services and programs.

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer projects include assisting with the food bank and the clothing/household room, and supporting community services such as supervising Benton/Franklin County Juvenile Justice mandated community service hours and supervising high school students during their senior community service project.

Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Center - 180 Honeysuckle Road in Pasco - (509) 492-8000

Since 2006, Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Center has led an effort to help those with disabilities to lead more enriched lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies. ​Strides is primarily run by a diverse group of volunteers who work to ensure the non-profit is able to meet our mission. The passion, hard work and love these individuals give to the program are just a few of the reasons for Strides's success. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Imagine it is a warm spring day and you are helping a young child find her confidence, getting exercise, spending time outside, and communing with horses - all in one afternoon! We are looking for volunteers to help fill a variety of positions.

Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) - 1458 Fowler St. in Richland - (509) 374-5391

The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) offers services to all community members in Benton and Franklin counties. We provide 24-hour client services for victims of sexual violence, in addition to offering preventive education and awareness. SARC also seeks to identify gaps in services and works with the community to find solutions. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: SARC has two types of volunteer advocates 1) Crisis Line Advocates, and 2) Hospital Advocates. Crisis Line Advocates man our 24-hour crisis line from their homes. They provide crisis intervention, support and advocacy. Hospital advocates respond to rape calls at local hospitals. All advocates must complete 34 hours of state certified training and maintain 12 hours of on-going training on an annual basis. The 34 hour advocate training is offered by SARC twice per year. Please contact Rosanna Herrera at (509) 374-5391 or email: for more information.

Sustainable Tri-Cities - Lora Rathbone - email:

The mission of Sustainable Tri-Cities is to preserve and improve the quality of life for everyone in the Tri-Cities through sustainable living and sustainable communities. Sustainability means meeting the needs we have now while conserving the resources that future generations will need. This includes goals like reducing extreme heat; supporting renewable energy; encouraging active transportation (walk-bike-roll); and supporting local groups with similar goals. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Help educate the public about sustainability at events, such as Earth Day. Join our voices to support and advocate for sustainable policies and projects by working with local governments, responding to public comment opportunities, and using local media. Help us raise funds (including writing grant proposals) for local nonprofit groups, cities, and businesses that are working on sustainability. Contact Lora Rathbone via email at for more information about volunteer opportunities.

The ARC of Tri-Cities - 1455 SE Fowler St. in Richland - (509) 783-1131

The Arc of Tri-Cities helps create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in society to their greatest potential. The Arc of Tri-Cities annually serves more than 2,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: The following are a few areas where we are recruiting volunteers: Special Events - need volunteers to participate on planning committees and to help with set-up and registration at the events, Day Program - need volunteers to help with respite and vocational services to adults with severe to moderate disabilities, Summer Camps - The Arc of Tri-Cities runs a variety of local summer camps for kids ages 2-21 with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

The Pit Bull Pen - Trish Trickit - (509) 588-9993

The The Pit Bull Pen is a non-profit organization dedicated to pit bull rescue, adoption and educating the public about the breed. The Pit Bull Pen is a foster-based rescue; we do not house dogs at a facility at this time. Fostering is a great way to not only learn about pet care; it can also provide potential adopters the opportunity to become acquainted with potential pets before making a lifelong commitment. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: As a non-profit organization, The Pit Bull Pen is completely run by volunteers. Our volunteers help with everyday operations: fundraising, social media, event setup, dog walking, and more. Sign up if you are interested in helping us!

The Richland Players - 608 The Parkway in Richland - (509) 943-1991

The Richland Players is committed to serving the Mid-Columbia region by entertaining, inspiring, and educating audiences and artists through the shared experience of live theatre. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: We are always on the lookout for people to clean, run hospitality, act, costume, find props, dress the set, build, run lights and sound, and do hair/makeup, or join a committee! Interested in helping out? Email your name, best way of contact, and what you would be interested in doing. We'll get you on our email list for volunteer opportunities.

Therapeutic Innovation & Recovery - 2625 Brunea Pl #D in Kennewick - (509) 222-1030

Therapeutic Innovation & Recovery operates a day center to provide a safe place for the homeless and at risk homeless to hang out and utilize our resources for their benefit. The center utilizes a model of recovery by offering those in need a opportunity to gain referral infomation, counseling, hygiene products and other needs. The services are free and participants do not have to be part of a program to use our services.

Volunteer Opportunity: Helping is easy. You can come down and offer your time for general support and clerical duties or drop off donations even if it's a small one - donations of all sizes are helpful. We also ask people to help by simply getting our name out there and making sure all those who are in need get the help they need.

Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities - 104 E. 41st Place inKennewick, - (509) 412-0112

Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities (TROT) aspires to provide within our community, a center which promotes the physical, psychological and social well-being of persons with disabilities through their interaction with a therapeutic team consisting of a horse or dog, an instructor and/or therapist and volunteers. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: There are many ways you can join and help TROT: Riding lesson volunteer, Stable Maintenance, Horse Care and Training, Fundraising, Help providing general office assistance, answering phone calls, mailings, computer or social media marketing and manning booths at community functions are always needed.

Tri-Cities Animal Shelter & Control Services - 1312 S. 18th Ave. in Pasco - (509) 545-3740

The Tri-Cites Animal Shelter & Control Services is the animal control agency for the city limits of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland in the state of Washington. We enforce the three cities' municipal codes and are allowed to keep the animals and put them up for adoption following their required 72 hour hold. Our funding is for the enforcement side of things not the adoption side. We graciously accept donations to help with the medical/spay & neuter and adoption of the wonderful homeless pets we receive on a daily basis. Follow us on Facebook

The Tri-Cites Animal Shelter & Control Services offers both dog and cat adoptions and is need of Pet Fosters. Many animals brought to our facility are either too young to be adopted, are a nursing mom with young puppies/kittens, or need specialized medical care due to injury or sickness. In these cases, we rely on community members opening their homes to care for the foster the animal outside the shelter environment until it is adoptable.

The foster program plays a key role in the success of the shelters operations by allowing more space for adoptable animals to be seen while unadoptable animals are in a calm, home environment.

Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation - 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Bldg A in Kennewick - (509) 737-3413

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation supports the needs of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center which supports the needs of cancer patients and families of the Tri-Cities community. Donations made to the Foundation stay in our community and provide resources for patient-focused support services. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Each year volunteers at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center provide nearly 5000 hours of service. There are a number of different volunteer opportunities including: Patient Greeter, Resource Center Attendant, Office Assistant, Music Therapy, and Special Events.

Tri-Cities Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby - email:

The Tri-Cities Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby empowers everyday people to work together on climate change solutions such as the national carbon fee and dividend legislation. The Tri-Cities Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby builds and demonstrates political will for climate change solutions by organizing public events such as presentations and film showings, advocating solutions through the media, seeking endorsements from business and thought leaders, and meeting with our Congressional Representatives and their staff. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for help with outreach to Latinos, outreach to students, outreach to farmers, outreach to businesses, publicizing events, and MailChimp composing. Email for more information.

Tri-Cities Food Bank - 420 W. Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 582-0411

The Tri-Cities Food Bank provides emergency food to the needy residents of Richland, West Richland, Kennewick, Finley, and Benton City. In 2014 we served more than 159,000 family members. On average more than 15 tons of food are distributed weekly and about 40% of the people served by the Tri-Cities Food Bank are children. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed in a number of capacities, including forklift operators and pickup truck drivers (critical need), the pantry/food assembly area, and up front with customers each day the food bank is open. Are you an electrician, plumber, carpenter, auto mechanic? We could use your help with our equipment and facilties when a vital resource breaks down!

Tri-Cities Soccer Association - 6160 Burden Bvld. in Pasco - (509) 544-0276

The Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association (T-CYSA) was organized to provide equal opportunities for boys and girls age 4 through 19 to learn and play the great game of soccer. We organize local games, coordinate league play, host regional tournaments, and field teams that participate in tournaments throughout the region. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: T-CYSA is looking for coaches! If you have coaching experience and/or want to give back to our youth please sign up to coach. You pick the practice days and times and we provide the rosters and schedule. There is a constant need for volunteers to be referees. It is true that referees do get paid AND you can get your volunteer hours completed while you get paid!

Tri-City Union Gospel Mission - 221 S 4th. in Pasco - (509) 547-2112

Tri-City Union Gospel Mission serves homeless and impoverished people in southeast Washington and northeast Oregon communities. They offer 24 hour emergency shelter, meals, food boxes, clothing & furniture, and addiction recovery support services. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Food Pantry Help (organizing & rotating food), Women's Clothing Room (sorting, sizing,organizing), Serving Meals (lunch or dinner), Community Food Box Assembly (Wednesday evenings), Fixing things around the mission (building repairs, painting, etc.), Clerical needs in the office, Janitorial services, and more. They also have a long list of immediate needs.

Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity - 313 Wellsian Way in Richland - (509) 943-5555

Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity is founded on the conviction that every person should have a simple, decent, affordable, home in which to live in dignity and safety. The Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs homes in partnership with volunteers. The Habitat Store is a unique thrift store that supports the work of Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds help us build and repair homes for qualified families in our community. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers with a range of experience and talents to help build and repair homes, to help run the Habitat store, and to provide office support.

Trios Health - 900 S. Auburn St. in Kennewick - (509) 221-7000

Trios Health, formerly Kennewick General Hospital, is a multi-faceted public healthcare system that primarily serves the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland) and surrounding communities. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed for the following service areas: Information desk, Surgical waiting room assistant, Sunshine cart (reading materials, Gift shop, Escort, Fundraising, Auxiliary, Service projects, and Clerical support. Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of four hours per week for at least six months. Volunteers will be rewarded with some special benefits: Free meal with every 4-hour shift, Free use of a uniform jacket, Free annual tuberculosis tests and flu shots, Quality training and educational opportunities, and Recognition activities.

United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties - 401 N. Young St. in Kennewick - (509) 783-4102

United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties improves lives in our community through Community Solutions which is the name given to the way our work is prioritized. Based upon community collaboration, it was determined that the most pressing needs in Benton and Franklin Counties fall into four main areas: education, health, safety, and self-sufficiency. The work of United Way is directed by the needs within each of these areas. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: The United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties provides a list of volunteers needed for its partner agencies. So check out the list.

Walk to Defeat ALS® - Elizabeth Loomis - email: - (208) 615-1458

More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year.

Volunteer Opportunity: The Walk to Defeat ALS® is only made possible by the passion and dedication of our wonderful volunteers. You can help by being a Walk Committee Volunteer, Pre-Walk Volunteer and/or Walk Day Volunteer.

Washington State STEM Education Foundation - (509) 420-9316

The Washington State STEM Education Foundation, a non-profit organization located in the Tri-Cities, is a national model for generating passionate support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in public education.

Volunteer Opportunity: Please join the talented and dedicated STEM professionals who volunteer to help young people experience STEM in action and prepare for high-demand, high paying STEM careers. If you share our vision for a brighter future through STEM education, please contact Kathy at (509) 420-9316 or email

Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop - 218 West Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick, (509) 820-3047

Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop is a co-op that offers bicycle related services, products, and facilities to the community. The co-op's goals are to expand bicycle usage and knowledge by providing public access to educational materials, workspace, and tools/parts through a member owned and supported central location, and invite the community to Learn, Repair, and Ride. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to provide general help around the shop, greeting people during open shop, teaching classes, leading bike rides, utilizing your graphic design skills, art projects, and everything in between. Let us match your skills with our needs to make every moment you spend volunteering meaningful.

Wine Country Bully Rescue - (509) 416-6093

Wine Country Bully Rescue (WCBR) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit pit bull and bully breed rescue located in SE Washington State. We are an all-volunteer, foster-based organization. Our mission is to 1) rescue and re-home canines in need, with primary consideration being given to the pit bull and bully breeds, 2) provide safe harbor, proper medical attention and altering (spay/neuter) to dogs in our care, and 3) educate adopters about responsible pet ownership, specifically as it relates to the pit bull and bully breeds. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Whether you are interested in working with the dogs in our program or working behind the scenes to support our rescue cause, we need you! We ask that you complete a WCBR Volunteer Application, available for electronic completion and submission. Due to insurance requirements, we do ask that all applicants be at least 18 years old to volunteer with WCBR.

Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities - (509) 713-6553

The mission of Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities (WHWF-TC) is to empower women and children to create healthy families and a vibrant community. Throughout Benton and Franklin counties, WHWF-TC will: raise awareness of the unmet needs of women and children, raise money that supports community programs that make a positive difference for women and children, and foster the growth of women philanthropists. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Help us help others and discover if joining the board is right for you. Contact us to learn more about how you can volunteer on a committee, help with our annual luncheon or participate in one of our monthly focus events. Email: for more information.

World Relief Tri-Cities - 2600 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 206 in Richland - (509) 734-5477

For over 20 years, World Relief Tri-Cities and many churches, volunteers and organizations have been serving new refugees. We help new refugees with their basic needs upon arrival in the United States. We help refugees and other immigrants with employment and related services so that they can move toward self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. We guide refugees through the long process of reuniting with family members left behind and help refugees and other immigrants apply for U.S. Citizenship. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Mentors get connected with the new refugee family as soon as possible after arrival. Each relationship is different, but the cornerstone is that you make a commitment to try to spend at least two hours a week with the refugee for 12 weeks. You may find yourself spending more time and helping with some of the following: English practice (World Relief has books you can use), Shopping – food, thrift stores for clothing and household needs, Helping World Relief with the numerous appointments during the first few weeks, Showing them how to use the bus, Looking for work with them, Helping them understand bills and letters, Sharing your life with them and learning about theirs – food, culture, history, and Accessing medical services as needed.

WSU Extension Master Gardener Program - 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102 in Kennewick - (509) 735-3551

The purpose of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners (MG's) provide information generated from research at WSU and other university systems.

Today's Master Gardener volunteers teach local community members to: manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner; address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection; reduce the impact of invasive species; and, increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community.

In Benton and Franklin Counties, training is held annually during the winter and early spring starting in mid-January. Classes are three hours in length and are usually on Tuesday afternoons from late January until the first week of May. Forty to fifty new volunteers typically apply to participate in the program each year.

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities - 1234 Columbia Park Trail in Richland - (509) 374-1908

The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y nurtures the development of children and teens, equips and encourages people to improve their health and well-being and mobilizes volunteers and community partners to address critical social needs. Follow us on Facebook

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers play an active role on the Board of Trustees, in committees and fundraising, as coaches, at family events and as program support. Volunteers are needed for youth sports, day camp, child care, office duties, and maintenance.

Thrift & Specialty Stores

Atomic City Thrift - 1420 Jadwin Ave. in Richland - (509) 946-1221

Atomic City Thrift (Facebook) is a locally owned and community focused second hand store that has partnered with local organizations Safe Harbor and Mirror Ministries in order to be an active partner in building a strong community and touching lives locally in the Tri-City area.

Beautiful Threads - 3616 West 27th Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 795-2540

Beautiful Threads clothing closet is here to help fostering families who take in a child or youth, when they are unprepared with clothing and hygiene items. It is very common that children or youth arrive at your home, and come with very little clothes and every day basic necessities. With the every day hardships of taking in a new placement, Beautiful Threads helps provide immediate clothing and basic needs for foster families. Follow us on Facebook

Community Thrift - 303 Wellsian Way in Richland - (509) 315-1970

Community Thrift seeks to simplify the donation process for customers, and broaden the use of funds raised from resale of donations. We aim to generate funds for local community projects, and nonprofits. Simply download our free "Community Thrift" mobile application and schedule your donation pickup today. Follow us on Facebook

Foster Thrift - 810 S Dayton St. in Kennewick - (509) 491-1090

Sales and donations at Foster Thrift (Facebook) help to support Foster First which is a non-profit 501(c)3 Child Placing Agency with offices in Yakima and Wenatchee that provides Behavioral Rehabilitative Services for foster children from the ages of 0-17. At Foster First, we want to ensure that every child placed within our programs is provided the tools necessary to gain life-long skills that will benefit them throughout their life.

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia - Several locations in the Tri-Cities

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia has provided education, training, and employment services, all geared to help individuals overcome disabilities and other social disadvantages and to obtain independence and self-sufficiency through the power of work. Your donations of merchandise and patronage at our stores help us to provide our services. There are three thrift stores operating in the Tri-Cities and several donation collection sites:

  • Pasco: 3521 West Court Street - (509) 547-7717
  • Kennewick: 345 S. Columbia Center Blvd. - (509) 579-4032
  • Richland: 201 Wellsian Way - (509) 946-4575

Hope Outfitters - 1341 George Washington Way, Unit E in Richland - (509) 380-3072

Hope Outfitters is a mission minded company selling designed and branded clothing and decals. 100% of the profits from your purchase will go towards projects aimed at helping the less fortunate locally and around the world. Follow us on Facebook

Hospice Benefit Shop (HoBS) - 612 5th St. in Prosser - (509) 786-7435

The Hospice Benefit Shop (HoBS) is a thrift store in Prosser that provides much needed financial support to the Pediatric Palliative Care Program offered by Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care. This thrift store is operated by volunteers. Follow us on Facebook

Jenny's Thrift Store - 108 Vista Way in Kennewick - (509) 396-7412

Jenny's Thrift Store (Facebook) opened with the goal to donate unsold clothes, warm winter gear and toiletries to homeless shelters in the Tri-Cities. The store accepts donations and thoroughly sanitizes the items up for sale.

New Beginnings Thrift Store - 1016 Lee Blvd. in Richland - (509) 946-7231

New Beginnings Thrift Store in Richland was started in 2007 to help support You Medical and Domestic Violence Services. The New Beginnings Thrift Store in Kennewick, located at 111 W 1st Ave., partners with Mirror Ministries and Navigators First Responders Ministry.

Sails Outlet - 408 N Fruitland St. - (509) 586-8599

The Sails Outlet for Safe Harbor Support Center is an upscale thrift store that was established to offset the operating expenses of Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery. The store is run by a group of about 30 hardworking volunteers.

Teen Challenge Resale & Donation Center - 1120 W Sylvester St. in Pasco - (509) 547-2341

The Teen Challenge Resale & Donation Center is one of several thrift stores operated by the Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge non-profit organization as part of our commitment to providing recovery services to men and women who struggle with life-controlling problems. Our stores not only provide an essential source of income for our centers, but also an important training component for our students.

The Habitat Store - 313 Wellsian Way in Richland - (509) 943-1330

The Habitat Store is a unique thrift store that supports the work of Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity. We receive donations of new and used (in good condition) items from individuals, businesses and other community members to be sold to the general public. Proceeds help us build and repair homes for qualified families in our community, keep waste from landfills, and supports reduce-reuse-recycle.

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