BE A VOLUNTEER

Do you have creative and interesting ideas? How about enthusiasm for a particular subject, hobby, or skill? Do you just enjoy interacting with youth? Any of these qualities are a great foundation to start building your volunteer experience with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, and we would love to give you that opportunity.

Listed below are some ways you can help be a part of our volunteer program, and what our requirements for commitment are. We strive to create positive volunteer experiences through matches that are compatible between our Clubs’ needs and the interests and abilities of potential volunteers. Our onboarding process is designed to help us make those matches.

COVID-19 Update for Volunteering

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington has been cleared to bring volunteers back. We have put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the Club cannot guarantee that you will not become infected. Further, volunteering onsite at Club could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. For the protection of our members and employees, you must be fully vaccinated, or submit proof of weekly COVID testing to volunteer in any of our locations. You will be asked to provide proof of COVID vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID test result prior to interacting with youth.

Program Volunteers

3 month commitment/1 hour per week

Program Volunteers support staff, youth, and areas on a weekly basis. The program areas include: Art Room, Learning Center, Game Room, Sports & Fitness, and Technology Lab.

Mentors

9 month commitment/1 hour per week

Volunteer mentors are paired with a Club member to meet on a weekly basis to encourage and support them, and provide them with a positive role model. Activities during the mentoring session will differ depending upon both the member and the mentor.

Bookworm Buddies

3 month commitment/1 hour per week

Bookworm Buddies provide a literacy experience to encourage youth's interests in books and reading. Volunteers work 1 on 1 with an assigned member weekly to achieve reading goals.

Tutors

6 month commitment/1 hour per week

Tutors are assigned to members in need of additional educational guidance. This could include homework help, studying for upcoming tests, or guiding a youth through a subject or assignment that they are struggling with.

Food Distribution

2 month commitment/1 hour per week

Food Bank Drivers: A Food Bank Driver volunteer will be responsible for picking up orders from the Clark County Food Bank, and delivering them to our Clubs. Ideally, our Food Bank Driver volunteer will have a larger vehicle to decrease the amount of trips needed to transport the orders.

Food Pantry Volunteers: Food Pantry Volunteers will facilitate the distribution of resources to families who come to pick up their needs. Volunteers will work with youth from the Club to assist visitors with gathering and bringing food and other household items to load into their car.

Food Supply Volunteers: Food Supply Volunteers will come in once a week to organize and take inventory of the resources that we have received from the Clark County Food Bank for that week. This could consist of splitting food up by Club site they are going to, creating and printing “shopping lists” for the pantries, and keeping track of the items that we may be short supply on.

College & Career Prep Guest Speakers

1 time commitment/1 hour

Our College and Career Prep program for teens in grades 8-12 needs volunteer guest speakers from different fields, education levels, and backgrounds to highlight post-high school opportunities, and the path needed to get there. Guest speakers are only required to come 1 time for 1 hour, but there are opportunities for more engagement depending on interest.

Interested in committing to a volunteer role?

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer opportunities with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, please fill out the inquiry form below, and our Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to you with more information.

If you have any issues with filling out that form, or would like to volunteer in a different capacity than our current volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator: email volunteer.adm@mybgc.org, or call 360-205-7625.

Prior to volunteering, volunteers must fill out an application, partake in an interview, complete mandatory training requirements, and attend a group or individual orientation meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator. The orientation will cover volunteer expectations, the Club’s core values, Club programming, discipline procedures, and more information relating to the particular role that you will assume.

Volunteer Coordinator

Melissa Ervin

Volunteer Coordinator