Volunteer Opportunities

3,000 Ponderosa Pine Seedling Planting along the Spokane River

Date and Time: March 28, 2015 From 09:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Spokane; Please meet at 2839 W. Clark Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 in the parking lot.  Once volunteers cross over the Spokane River by way of the Sandifur Bridge planting will occure in the beautiful natural area along the Spokane River to the east and west.
Description: Be directly involved in this unique stormwater mitigation project by helping to plant 3,000 ponderosa pine seedlings along the Spokane River.

Everyone is welcome! Bring the kids so they can watch the trees grow over the years!  The event will aim to plant all 3,000 seedlings as part of Phase I of this project.  There will be a follow up planting event on April 25th as part of Cleaning From the Core (CFTC).

We need a variety of volunteers, young and old, the project will require digging, carrying seedlings and supplies such as a shovel, pick ax, mulch, and water.

Please bring your own gloves, shovels, and/or pick ax for the project. There will be some supplies available the day of the event. Bring your own water and dress appropriately for the weather.
Event Contact: Alicia Powell at 509-625-6780
Bus routes: 20

Auto Repair for ANY Budget

true car auto repair


Looking to get your car fixed but not drain your budget?! Check out True Care Auto Repair– a non profit car shop designed to help low income families with anything from an oil change to major repairs all on a sliding scale!

Directly assists low income families by providing vehicle maintenance and repairs, thus empowering them to provide transportation for their personal and family needs.


True Care Auto Repair
12615 N Freya St

Mead, WA 99021

Phone:  (509) 389-0502(509) 389-0502

Email: bkilwine@truecareautorepair.org

12th Annual Voices of Children Contest 2015

children and grandparents

The VOC Contest is designed for children in Washington State, being raised now or in the past, by a relative other than their own parents. This contest honors both the children and the relative caregivers.

Attached is the form to fill out for submission with guidelines, age groups, prizes available and other pertinent information. Please download this flyer (both pages) one entry per child (only) is allowed.


12th Annual Voices of Children Contest Forms

1st Weekend of Spring; What to Do?

Saturday 3/21

Event Description: Sealing Juvenile Records – Gonzaga Law students and Spokane attorney volunteers in association with the Spokane County Bar Young Lawyers Division will partner with TeamChild to host clinics Oct. 11, Nov. 13, Jan. 24, Feb. 19 and March 21 to help qualifying adults seal old juvenile records that may be interfering with employment, housing, education and other opportunities. In the state of Washington, juvenile offenses committed prior to 2014 do not automatically seal when a person turns 18. A court action is required to seal those records, and these clinics provide free assistance with that process.
Location: Gonzaga University School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St.
Bus Route: 26, 28, 29
Event Contact: (509) 313-6398

Event Description: Easter Bunny (River Park Square) – March 20-April 4. Visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for picture.
Time: Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: River Park Square, first floor Atrium, 808 W. Main Ave
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 456-3413

Event Description: Bloomsday Training Clinic – Saturdays, Mar. 14-Apr. 25, 8:30 a.m. Get ready to walk, run or jog Bloomsday™ with free Providence/Group Health training clinics. Meet new people, or bring your friends to train safely and progress at your own speed. Each clinic features expert information, a warm-up routine and a training course especially designed to maximize your preparation (routes start at one mile and increase one mile per week). Register online or any week at the clinic.
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Spokane Falls Community College, College Gymnasium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive, Spokane, WA
Bus Route: 20
Event Contact: (509) 474-3081

Event Description: Super Saturday – Celebrate Women’s History at the MAC – Visit the museum’s art studio for art making activities with local artist, Gloria Fox. Explore women’s shoes through time with different media. Cheryl Metcalf will provide a sculpture demonstration inspired by Amelia Earhart. Get your hands on clay with ceramic artist Liz Bishop. Meet Grace Campbell at the museum’s historic Campbell House in an open house format from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy music from Whitworth University’s award winning jazz program from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Robin Song, Harp Trio playing Linda Allen and other famous women musicians work from 1-4 p.m. *$10/adults, $7.50/seniors, $5/students*
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave.
Bus Route: 61, 62
Event Contact: (509) 456-3931

Event Description: Family Construction Zone (Medical Lake)  – Kids ages 1-8 (and their grown-ups) can drop in during program hours to build away with several stations of block activities designed to foster engagement with math, science, engineering and creativity.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Medical Lake Library, 321 E. Herb St., Medical Lake
Bus Route: 62
Event Contact: (509) 893-8400

Event Description: Spring Equinox Celebration Open House – Join us for SPACE ADVENTURES at the Outdoor Learning Center. Activities include Hubble Satellite Birthday Craft, Plant Games, Star Gazing, OLC scavenger hunt, and Hawk and Owl Sanctuary Tours.  *$5 Suggested Donation*
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E Upriver Dr, Spokane Valley
Bus Route: 94 with 1.0 mile walk (20 minutes)
Event Contact: (509) 340-1028

Event Description: Super Saturday – Celebrate Women’s History at the MAC – Join WSU Master Gardener, Eva Lusk, as she discusses why to include native plants in the garden and how to choose the ones most likely to thrive. Presented by the Friends of Manito.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Manito Park, Manito Garden Meeting Room, 4 W. 21st Ave.
Bus Route: 44
Event Contact: (509) 456-8038

Event Description: Lego Club (Airway Heights) – Build with Legos at your library every month! Keep your engineering and problem solving skills flowing, hone your STEM muscles, and keep your imagination stimulated, with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages welcome. Ages six and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights
Bus Route: 61
Event Contact: (509) 893-8250

Event Description: Ham Bingo Fundraiser – Sinto Senior Activity Center welcomes all to its spring fundraiser with a family friendly event filled with fun prizes, exciting play and food available to purchase. Each game has a winner receiving one of the following: a ham, bag of potatoes or gift card to a local retailer. This event will directly benefit Sinto Senior Activity Center in its mission to provide recreational, educational and social programs that enable senior citizens to keep active in mind, body and spirit. Call or email christalf@sintocenter.com for more information. *$10/15 flimsies; or $1 each in game room*
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave.
Bus Route: 24
Event Contact: (509) 327-2861

Event Description: Goonies- Goonies never say die. Relive this classic, funny adventure of a group of kids who track lost pirate treasure on the Oregon coast. Rated PG.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Spokane Public Library – Downtown , 906 W. Main Ave.,
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 444-5336

Event Description: Libraries are Transforming Communities – Think about your community. What aspirations do you have for it? What are the challenges for reaching those aspirations? What changes need to happen first? The library is hoping to find answers to those questions, and would like your help. Come participate in a community conversation. RSVP by phone or online at www.scld.org.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, Millwood
Bus Route: 94 with 16 minute walk (.7 miles)
Event Contact: (509) 893-8260

Event Description: Celebrate the Chinese New Year – Join the Spokane Chinese Association in celebrating the Chinese New Year. Learn about Chinese culture with dance, candy and fun.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.
Bus Route: 20
Event Contact: (509) 444-5390

International Day of Happiness


But modern societies are built as if the opposite was true. We are surrounded by people, yet we feel genuinely connected to almost none of them. The effects are devastating.

Social isolation is as potent a cause of early death as smoking; and the epidemic of loneliness is twice as deadly as obesity.

We could change this in a day if we all reached out and made at least one positive connection. For the International Day of Happiness, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

How to take action

1. Do something kind for others

2. Volunteer your time, energy and skills

3. Get to know your neighbours better

4. Understand each other’s needs

5. Look for the good in those around you

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