Volunteer Opportunities

Our Sister’s Closet Inventory Move

Date and Time: December 29, 2014 – January 2, 2015 From 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Location: YWCA of Spokane, 930 N Monroe St 
Description: Our Sister’s Closet is moving our inventory and needs your help!  Recently, we’ve had a reduction in storage for our clothing bank, and need help organizing our new space.  Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
-Sorting donations
-Organizing and hanging donations in the new location.
Event Contact: Teresa Dixon @ 509-326-1190
Bus routes: 24

Warming Center Monitor

Date and Time: Ongoing
Agency: The Salvation Army222 E. Indiana Ave
Description: Open the Warming Center at 32°F or below. The Warming Center (WC) will operate from November 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015. The City of Spokane is suggesting that three populations to be served in a single location this year. The Salvation Army located at 222 E. Indiana Avenue in Spokane has offered its facility. Single men, single women and families with children will be served. We propose to expand the WC activations to include nights when the temperature falls below 32°. The center will open its doors at 8 pm and provide a warm, safe environment through the night until 7 am.

Warming Center Monitors This role is designed to provide assistance in monitoring the Warming Center (WC) facility and guests. Duties include assisting in the client intake process, enforcing WC rules and procedures, supervising the distribution of blankets and other shelter resources, and maintaining the order and cleanliness of the WC. When the Lead Staff goes on a break the WC Monitor is in charge. Monitoring volunteers will be assigned a specific location in the center where they can observe client movements and respond to the needs of individuals. A high priority for the WC is to ensure the safety of all. Any behavior concerns must be brought to the lead staff’s attention immediately.
Event Contact: Ryan Rodriguez at (509) 329-2721
Bus routes: 25, 27

Help with Free Tax Prep

Date and Time: Volunteers need is ongoing until 4/15/15`
Agency: Spokane County United Way; 920 N. Washington, Suite 100
Description: Be A Volunteer Tax Prepare – Learn valuable skills, build your resume and help low income workers on the path to financial stability by volunteering at a free tax preparation location.  Volunteers are needed to prepare tax returns, be greeters and help provide administrative support.  We need volunteers who are willing to commit four hours a week during tax season which runs February to April.  Interested?  Send an e-mail to freetaxprep@unitedwayspokane.org  or visit https://volunteers.aarp.org.
Event Contact: Janice Marich at (509) 838-6581
Bus routes: 27, 39

Help produce a local news program

Date and Time: Ongoing
Agency: KYRS-Thin Air Community Radio, 35 W. Main, Suite 340
Description: KYRS, the region’s leader in progressive programming, is seeking self-motivated individuals interested in news journalism to produce a one-hour weekly radio show covering local news. Of particular focus will be regional topics that are often under-reported or overlooked by network-owned stations.

Duties will include:

– Synthesizing the week’s local news stories and summarizing developments for listeners

– Producing original reporting

– Conducting interviews

– Compiling segments into one-hour shows


Journalism students and individuals wishing to pursue news reporting are highly encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity to gain real world experience in radio journalism and to receive in-depth, hands-on training in broadcast. A high level of journalism ethics and accountability is mandatory.

This is a volunteer position requiring a 12 month commitment due to the level of training involved. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to volunteercoordinator@kyrs.org. Include contact details for three academic or professional references.

Event Contact: Marie von Hafften at (509) 209-2581
Bus routes: 26, 28, 29