Voluntourism Projects

Voluntourism Projects in Spokane

Corporate social responsibility has become an important part of business culture for many companies, and Voluntourism projects are a great way to get your meeting’s attendees to work together while giving something back to the community. Talk about a win-win! They’re also great ways to gain positive public relations for visiting groups. Here are a few suggestions for volunteer projects available locally. If you have a specific cause in mind, the team at Visit Spokane can help you find an activity or organization that fits the mission and goals of your delegates.

Riverside State Park | State Park Preservation

Riverside State Park Foundation members are always in need of volunteers to help with various projects and operations. We have scouts, schools, church groups, local businesses, recreation clubs, and many others who donate their time and energy to make the park better. Learn more: http://riversidestatepark.org/volunteer.htm

Pine Meadow Farm Center | Organic Farm

Come meet the baby goats, plant some seeds, and work in the beautiful vegetable gardens. By volunteering on our nonprofit organic farm, you are helping us bring nutritious produce to low-income Spokane. Call 509-217-2687.

Horizon Hospice | Hospice Visits

Provides a tender caring approach to home hospice care. Volunteers can make a difference to our patients and their families in a variety of ways including: visiting or being a listening ear, sharing a hobby, game or music, writing a dictated letter, running errands, helping with a newsletter or administrative duties, or sharing another skill or talent. Call Horizon Hospice today to learn more about how you can make a difference (509) 489-4581 or email our volunteer coordinator, Contact Lori at volunteercoordinator@habitat-spokane.org - Web: www.horizonhospice.com

Spokane Public Library & Friends of the Spokane Public Library
Various Projects

Spokane Public Library welcomes and encourages volunteers to enrich the capabilities and services of the library system. Volunteers provide essential support for library functions, including assisting or providing programming, organizing materials, and keeping libraries and materials clean and inviting. http://www.spokanelibrary.org/volunteer/

Habitat for Humanity | Help Build Homes

Habitat for Humanity Spokane is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat homes are built simply and affordably through community partnership and donations. Volunteers must be over 16 years of age to volunteer at our construction site. No skills are required. Volunteers must fill out a volunteer liability waiver before their first work shift. Contact Volunteer Coordinator at (509) 534-2552 ext.21 or email at volunteercoordinator@habitat-spokane.org.

SNAP | Help Homeless and Low-income Families

Helping homeless and low-income families, children and seniors since 1966; SNAP is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency. SNAP's goal is to help families and individuals make a successful transition from crisis to self-sufficiency and build new and healthy futures.

SNAP can help you coordinate a fun activity for your church, service group, school or business. We've got plenty of ideas on how you can help SNAP - and you'll enjoy your experience!

  • Organizing a food drive
  • Cleaning and/or painting an apartment or house to make it ready for a family to occupy
  • Landscaping a SNAP facility
  • Hosting or volunteering for a SNAP fund raising event

For information, please contact the SNAP Volunteer Specialist at 456-7111 ext 211, Thursdays between 9am and 4pm, or via email at volunteer@snapwa.org. Web – www.snap.org.

Inland NW Baby | Children's Charity

Inland NW Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essential items to local children in need up to the age of 12 by collecting and distributing diapers, gently used clothing, and hygiene items. Volunteers are needed with: Sorting donated clothes and equipment; Packaging requested items for pick up; Help in the office with filing, phones, answering questions; Graphics and forms design; Event planning and committee members. Hours are M-F 10-5, and Weekend by appointment.Call Julie Sheldon 509-499-0670 for updated volunteer opportunities.

Spokane Veterans Home | Veteran Visits and Various Projects

Volunteers are used in several different ways in the Veterans Home. More often than not, volunteer work is best provided in giving fellowship for the residents at the home. Residents, especially during winter, rarely venture away from the home – amazing how a simple visit to listen to some stories or play some cards makes for an active day for these folks. Please contact Shane Price at 529-344-5788 for updated volunteer opportunities

Mission Ridge Assisted Living | Elderly Visits

There are many various volunteer opportunities at Mission Ridge to help with the elderly community. Examples: calling bingo, decorating, outings, shopping, walks, playing cards and games, exercise, gardening, crafts, crocheting/knitting, events and parties, cooking class, Wii, reading newspapers, manicuring, and more. We also need help with various outing and would love help with loading residents on and off the van. Call Nancy Finch 509-847-5190 or email volunteercoordinator@habitat-spokane.org for updated volunteer opportunities.

Catholic Charities of Spokane | Various Projects

Catholic Charities of Spokane has 13 programs serving a huge age range (babies to elders) and includes two shelters. There is a current need for all skill sets, from cooking to gardening, home repair, play, delivering meals, driving folks to and from appointments, teaching and/or organizing classes and events, and more - the list is practically endless! Please visit our website at www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org to apply and see a list of our many volunteer opportunities. Call 509-459-6172 or email Cyndie Lapke, Coordinator of Volunteers at clapke@ccspokane.org for updated volunteer opportunities

Second Harvest Inland Northwest | Food Charity

Community night occurs weekly from 5:30-8:00 pm. Volunteers will be sorting and/or packaging food. Please go to http://inland.volunteerhub.com/Events/Browse.aspx to find dates/times and sign up. Call Julie Moyer Nesbitt at 509-252-6242 or email jnesbitt@2-harvest.org for updated volunteer opportunities.

Center Pointe Recreation | Help People with Disabilities

We provide a safe and positive environment of activity and learning for people with disabilities. We are only able to provide programs with the help of community volunteers and are in need of volunteers to assist with: Crafts, reading, writing, Independent Math, On-on-One Mentors for disabled and social club programs. Opportunities available for daily activities between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Call Spike Cunningham at 509-325-5451 for updated volunteer opportunities.

Transitions Women's Hearth | Women's Center

Transitions Women's Hearth is a drop-in center for women in downtown Spokane. The Hearth is a safe, welcoming community that promotes growth and well-being in body, mind, and spirit for women of diverse backgrounds. The Hearth fosters nurturing relationships, encourages self-determination, and advocates for change in systems which oppress women. Call the Volunteer Coordinator at 509-328-6702 or email www.help4women.org for updated volunteer opportunities for all Transitions programs including Miryam’s House, Transitional Living Center, EduCare, and New Leaf Bakery Café.  

One World Spokane Community College | Various Projects

Volunteers needed to help prepare food for street and other patrons. Work in community garden, glean food, and wash dishes. Also need help organizing events. Call Janice and Keith Raschko 509-270-1608 or email Janice@oneworldspokane.com for updated volunteer opportunities.

The Lands Council | Nature Preservation

The Lands Council preserves and revitalizes our Inland Northwest forests, water, and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action, and community engagement. We are looking for volunteers of all ages who are energetic, willing to work, and have an interest in or commitment to the environment. Volunteer opportunities range from office work such as stuffing envelopes, phone answering, and data entry to community outreach, hands-on restoration, invasive species control, and tree planting. Call the Volunteer Coordinator at 509-209-2404or email kcornwall@landscouncil.org for updated volunteer opportunities.

YMCA of the Inland Northwest | Hoopfest Volunteers

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is looking for Volunteers to help out with its annual 3-on-3 HOOOPS! basketball tournament in the following areas: set up, clean up, grounds duty, court monitoring and beverage court. Shirts, hats and lunch will be provided! Call Pat Estes Association Director –Youth Sports 509-777-9622 ext. 414 or email Pestes@ymcaspokane.org for updated volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers of America | Various Projects

We have TONS of volunteer opportunities ranging from afterschool activities, childcare, data entry, clerical, shelter assistance, grant writing, life skills instructor, mentor, and recreational activity leader. Please contact Susan Woehrlin (509) 489-0349 or visit www.voaspokane.org for more information on these and many other opportunities.

Eastern State Hospital | Various Projects

Volunteers are considered an integral part of the hospital’s operation and are actively recruited throughout the year. Individual or group tours to the hospital and museum can be arranged by calling the hospital’s volunteer coordinator. Call Susan Bordges 509-565-4280or email bordgesu@dshs.wa.gov for updated volunteer opportunities.

Eastern WA Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing | Various Projects

Eastern Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has a vision that there will be a community where the lives of deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind persons are enhanced and they are able to enjoy society’s benefits and opportunities without communication barriers. Volunteers needed for various activities. Call Char Parsley 509-328-9220 or char@ewcdhh.org for updated volunteer opportunities.

Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute | Environmental Restoration

The mission of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute is to increase citizen involvement in decisions that affect our regions environment through connecting people, place, and community throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. PCEI is currently looking for volunteers to fill many roles in support of ongoing and one-time events such as watershed restoration. Please see www.pcei.org for more details.

Spokane Public Schools | Various Projects

Volunteers are needed to help prepare classroom materials, reading to students, organizing files, and after school activities. Call Robbin Fiorillo at 509-354-7277or email robinf@spokaneschools.org for updated volunteer opportunities

The Evergreen Club | Solution for Mental Illness

This club is part of Clubhouse International, a multi-national non-profit organization that helps communities around the world create sustainable solutions for mental illness by developing and nurturing new and existing Clubhouses.

The Big Table | Various Projects

Big Table exists to see the lives of those working in the restaurant and hospitality industry transformed by building relationships around shared meals and caring for those in crisis, transition or falling through the cracks. Ways to help: Serve at a dinner, help with care or behind the scenes, or become a coach for one person in the industry in need of a listening ear. Your company or organization could also sponsor a Big Table dinner and have your staff serve. Contact Mandy Swanson at mandy@big-table.com for more information.

In addition to volunteer projects with current organizations, food or supply drives are great ways for groups to help nonprofits that serve the homeless or needy populations in the area. Consider donating excess food or meeting supplies to an organization that can put them to good use.

Looking for more?

We have many additional opportunities for voluntourism! For more information, contact:

Amy Cabe

Amy Cabe, CTA

Director of Convention & Visitor Services