Washington – Volunteering

It’s always good to help the community in same way and sometimes volunteering is the best way to accomplish that quality service to the community. It helps your self esteem, boosts your energy, improves your social skills, and can help your teens if you involve them in the process of volunteering. It also helps the community and can help you and your teens make possible lifelong friends in the process. This is not a bad idea and I think it’s a great idea to embrace the experiences you can gain from volunteering for your community.

Now sometimes these great opportunities you hear about aren’t as easy to find or when you do find them, it’s not the volunteering opportunity you want to participate for. Maybe this list will give you an idea of some of Washington’s volunteering opportunities. It will at least give you a head start in your search in finding volunteering opportunities for you to try.

Volunteering in Washington
website: http://access.wa.gov/topics/communityservices/volunteering
This is an option that will list an option under some of the categories and not every category will have a charity listed but this is a good option to find more than one charity. It will give you a few choices to choose from in any case.

Volunteer Firefighting Opportunities
website: http://www.justbethere.info/
This opportunity is an opportunity for those interested wanting to work alongside fire fighters. Now this opportunity is not for everyone and they won’t throw you into a situation you can’t handle but if you’re up to the challenge, this is a good volunteering opportunity.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/
This volunteering opportunity benefits fish and wildlife. The opportunities spread from water activities, to wildlife activities, to conservation activities, to many other opportunities that benefit the wildlife.

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Volunteer Opportunities
website: http://www.nwhospital.org/jobs/volunteers.asp
This is an opportunity is for the hospital and medical center. The best part about this opportunity is teens as young as 15 years old can volunteer as well and get in on the opportunities. This is a good opportunity to gain new experiences and new skills within the hospital and medical center.

Washington Humane Society Volunteering
website: http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=volunteerfoster_volunteer_prospective
This option is good for animal lovers and older teens are supposedly allowed to participate in this opportunity as well. They only ask that you take two shifts for a period of six months at least but if you don’t have much time, this is great and you can volunteer more if you want to. There are a variety of opportunities available here so you can from different opportunities.

Just remember, there are thousands of volunteering opportunities out there so don’t be disheartened if none of volunteering chances interest you. Do a web search or ask around, you will find many opportunities out there if you take the time and patience to look. Either way, don’t get discouraged if you don’t find something right away, sometimes it does take time.

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