Skagit County Community Action Agency

Volunteer!
Volunteers change lives! And volunteers are the heartbeat of Skagit County Community Action.  Our community-based nonprofit agency has a diverse selection of volunteer opportunities that are sure to fit your skills, interests and schedule.
To find out more, contact Community Action’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sandi Everest, at (360) 416-7585, or volunteer!@skagitcap.org, or just follow the links listed below.
Volunteer Opportunities with Community Action include:
Community Outreach and Fundraising
Dental Van
Food
Health Insurance Advice
Housing
Literacy for adults and families
Legal
Office Assistant
Seniors and Disabled Adult Assistance
Special Events
Translation/Interpretation
VISTA Volunteers. Working closely with nonprofit agencies in the community, the VISTA program develops projects that directly impact the needs of the low-income population of Skagit County. VISTA volunteers are placed in nonprofit agencies for one year to further develop and establish these programs in the community.


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Community Presentations:  Volunteers who are familiar with Community Action attend gatherings and special events throughout Skagit County to answer questions and provide general information about Community Action to the general public.
Fundraising: Help SCCAA’s Development Team to coordinate a variety of Fundraising activities including special events, annual giving campaign, and grant research and writing.
Newsletter: Write or edit articles, work on layout and design for our quarterly publication aimed at public relations and fundraising.

Volunteer Dentists: Provide care to low-income individuals with urgent needs who lack access to dental care and insurance. Dental needs of these families go untreated, which allows their needs to grow into severe conditions. YOU can make a difference in their lives!
Volunteer Dentists are the heroes of the Mobile Dental Program.  Volunteers make professional practice decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment based upon basic "standard of care" guidelines and individual procedure preferences or practice limitations.  Northwest Medical Team International partners in provision of a state-of-the-art dental van that visits Skagit County up to four times per month. (Information on Northwest Medical Team can be viewed at www.nwmedicalteams.org)

FOOD:
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Drivers: Volunteer drivers pick up at local food banks and deliver it in person to elderly and disabled adults who are homebound. Volunteers must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and auto insurance, and pass a Washington State Patrol Check.  Day hours are available.  Average commitment is 1 – 3 hours per week.
Events:  Food drives are coordinated by the Voluntary Action Center throughout the year to assist local food banks serving Skagit County.

HEALTH INSURANCE ADVICE:

HelpLine Volunteer: SHIBA Helpline offers exciting ways to help your community – counseling, public speaking, advocacy, research, and more.  Volunteers receive ongoing training to educate, assist, and advocate for consumers regarding health insurance.  If you are interested in health insurance, like to learn and to help people, can commit to ongoing training, and don’t mind detail work, consider becoming a SHIBA Helpline volunteer.
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HOUSING:
Maintenance Support:  Help keep the shelter looking good by assisting in yard work, painting, and cleaning the apartments.

Site Writers:  Volunteers are needed from March 18-20, 2004, to assess the needs of applicants to our Home Repair Project, which involve local volunteers and youth from around the country in repairing selected homes of low-income residents.  Volunteers will visit each home, write a short description of the repairs needed, and map directions to the client’s home.  We provide training, so no prior construction experience is necessary.  Volunteers must be able to commit to the entire three days of site writing. 
Troubleshooters:  Volunteers are needed during the week of July 11-17, 2004, to act as troubleshooters for our Home Repair Project.  Volunteers travel from site to site to assist crews when they have specific questions or concerns about the work they’re doing.   A broad range of construction knowledge and the ability to solve and explain solutions to moderately complex construction problems is a plus.  Volunteers must be able to commit to the entire week of the camp.  This is an excellent opportunity to work with enthusiastic young people while helping the needy in our community!
Transitional Housing:   Transitional_Housing@skagitcap.org
Story-time Facilitator:Provide regularly scheduled story time for the children in the transitional housing program.
Home Meeting Translator: Provide translation services for regularly scheduled (once per month) home visits.  A great need exists for translators who speak Russian and/or Ukrainian.  For more translation opportunities, see Volunteer Translator listing below.

 

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Translation & Interpreting:  

 


Volunteer translators:  Individuals who are bilingual in English-Spanish and/or English-Russian work to translate written materials including program information and promotional materials.  Interpreters are also needed for workshops, classes, home visits for the transitional housing program and special events.