Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunity

Pierce College celebrates 50 years with service to the community

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Throughout the year, Pierce College staff, faculty and students will celebrate 50 years by spending time giving back to the community. Members of the college community will have an opportunity to take part in a variety of service projects throughout the year, ranging from sprucing up local parks to preparing food for local food banks and shelters.

All members of the Pierce College community are welcome and encouraged to participate in upcoming service projects. “Pierce College has been in the community for 50 years and it’s our turn to give back to the people who have supported us,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Becky Anderson. “The rewards you receive from volunteering in the community far outweigh the time and service you’re providing.”

Students and employees will have an opportunity to participate in a number of service projects throughout winter quarter, including:

Map-A-Thon, in partnership with American Red Cross South Puget Sound Chapter – Friday, Jan. 20 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom from 2- 3 p.m.
Each year, disasters around the world impact more than 200 million people, often in locations that are literally missing from traditional maps. Many first responders lack vital information that could significantly help relief efforts. Volunteers will participate in Missing Maps, an open, collaborative project in which you can help map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

Applesauce making, in partnership with the Center for Food Preservation Arts – Saturday, Jan. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church from 2-6 p.m.
Volunteers will preserve shelf stable applesauce for distribution through emergency food systems. This event is a fun and educational way to give back to the community.

L’Arche Tacoma Hope Farm, Friday, Feb. 3 from 1-4 p.m.
Volunteers will help throughout the farm, prepping rows for planting peas, planting baskets, preparing seeds and more.

Smoke alarm installation for families in need, in partnership with American Red Cross South Puget Sound Chapter at 1235 S. Tacoma Way from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, the vast majority of which are home fires. The organization set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020. Volunteers will go door-to-door in neighborhoods that are high-risk for fires to deliver fire safety information and install smoke alarms.

Graham/South Hill Food Bank, in partnership with FISH Food Banks of Pierce County – Friday, Feb. 17 at Holy Disciples Catholic Church from 2-5 p.m.
Volunteers will sort food products, repackage bulk foods into smaller portions for distribution, restack shelves and break down boxes.

Mother Earth Farms, in partnership with Emergency Food Network – Friday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Mother Earth Farms is a unique farm-to-table program providing a fresh, organic food option to individuals and families in need within Pierce County. Volunteers will help with planting, weeding, irrigation and harvesting. Be prepared to learn about farming, play in the dirt and have some fun while making a real difference in the community!

For more information on all upcoming service learning events and to register as a volunteer, please visit www.facebook.com/piercecollegeslce.

Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.

Caring for Kids Updates

Caring for Kids What’s Happening

We netted over $54,000 at our Happy Hearts Auction

Along with our everyday work we gave out:

  • 5,463 new books (1,128 to CISL after school programs)
  • 16580ir beds for kids sleeping on the floor
  • 161 McDonalds $5 Gift Cards for homeless kids and kids in need.

We purchased $350 worth of new girls’ underwear for the nurses at the Middle and High schools for emergencies.

So far we collected 115 formals plus purses and shoes for the Clover Park High School Event.

At the Springbrook Easter egg hunt with the Lions Club we furnished buckets, egg dye, gift card prizes, color books and crayons and toothbrush kits for everyone.

We gave the same supplies for the Easter egg hunt at Four Heroes for the thirty-five McKinney-Vento students.

We received over 1,000 new summer shoes and slippers. We have processed and they are being distributed.

We just received a book grant from the Molina Foundation for 898 books and a grant from First Books for 400 books.

In the last two weeks we distributed 1,650 backpacks to the schools to distribute for the rest of this year and the beginning of next year.

We bought 330 pairs of wool socks for $ .50 each for next winter.

Our relationship with Walmart is great! We just purchased about $35,000 worth of winter wear for under $500. Not all of it is for our kids but it can be distributed through the food banks.

We also bought 500 baby clothes and baby socks for $1 apiece. They said they have a pallet of socks will be going on clearance.

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Letter Carrier’s Food Drive – Saturday May 14

The 24th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is Saturday, May 14! This is the largest food drive in Pierce County, collecting close to 300,000 pounds of food. This food drive keeps our partner food bank shelves stocked for the summer.

To help make this event a success, we need your helping hands!

Volunteers are needed to:

Hang posters
Pick up food
Help unload food

Details and locations are listed below. To register, please contact Merrit Reed, EFN’s Coordinator of Volunteer Activities at volunteer@efoodnet.org or (253) 584-1040.

MORE VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Farmers Market Volunteer

Are you seeking an Internship, volunteer opportunity, Eagle Scout project, Employee team project or Community Service hours? Contact Sally Gilpin Martinez at 253.983.7758 or smartinez@cityoflakewood.us.

Farmers Market Blogger: Do you have a strong interest in writing and telling stories? Are you passionate about eating healthy food and supporting local farmers? We are seeking a volunteer to interview and write stories about our farmers market vendors. These stories will be shared via blog and/or city Facebook & website, and Connections Magazine. You will interview vendors, highlight what they offer, and feature recipes that use ingredients from the market. Your writing will help people get the habit of shopping at the farmers market and keep it top of mind. Farmers Market Survey volunteers (need 2-5 volunteers) – 2 days in the summer. 10am-3pm on Tuesday passing out surveys. 10 hours total.

Famers Market Survey results (1 volunteer): compile results of the survey in an excel spreadsheet, roughly 8 hours total. Can be done at home or in our office.

Customer Service Representative: Do you enjoy interacting with people? Seeking a volunteer to sit at the City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Table at the market and answer questions, pass out information and help customers navigate the market. The market operates from 10am-3pm, Tuesdays from the first Tuesday in June to the second Tuesday in September.

City of Lakewood Office Volunteer

Are you seeking an Internship, volunteer opportunity, Eagle Scout project, Employee team project or Community Service hours? Contact Sally Gilpin Martinez at 253.983.7758 or smartinez@cityoflakewood.us.

Marketing Volunteer–This volunteer/intern will work in the Parks and Recreation Office and will help in the following areas: market special events. Post event descriptions on community calendars, create and distribute flyers, conduct outreach and network, make phone calls, write volunteer job descriptions, write event descriptions and advertisements. Help plan how to promote National Farmers Market Week and play a hands-on role implementing it. What you will gain: Materials for your portfolio, skills needed to transition into this profession such as copy writing, event planning and promotion, outreach and community engagement, and strong customer service. You will also gain a personal recommendation for future employment.

Graphic Design Volunteer: Create flyers for over 5 special events. Create ads for Connections Magazine that goes to 30,000 households. What you will gain: Materials for your portfolio, event promotion, exposure to over 30,000 households in Lakewood, recognition for your work. You will also gain a personal recommendation for future employment.

Office Volunteer: Make copies, prepare materials for special events, put together registration table information for events, write thank you notes, organize supplies for events, etc. What you will gain Experience working in an office setting, experience preparing for a special event, experience using copy machines and honing organizational skills, writing skills, and more.