Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Lovers Needed - Spokane Humane Society

The Spokane Humane Society has a variety of volunteer opportunities, most of them focusing on directly caring for the animals, such as taking dogs for walks or playing with their cats. Other opportunities include fostering animals from the comfort of your home, transporting animals to or from the shelter and assisting the clinic. To volunteer, call or email Axton at 509-467-5235 ext. 229 or axton@spokanehumanesociety.org or apply online.


Support Recovery - Hands Across the Falls

In honor of National Recovery Month, Recovery Cafe is hosting its Hands Across the Falls event virtually to celebrate and support recovery and remember those who have been lost to their addictions. To participate, download a free sign, and take a picture of yourself holding it. Choose from one of four sign messages: “I AM RECOVER,” “I CELEBRATE,” “I SUPPORT” or “I REMEMBER.” Then post your photo and tag it #HandsAcrosstheFalls or #HATF2020. Signs can be downloaded at here.


Mentors Wanted -  Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brother Big Sisters is actively seeking volunteer mentors. Both in-person and virtual options are available! Qualified mentors will receive professional training and ongoing support from our staff during their mentoring relationship. Mentors must be out of high school, be 18 or older with a valid driver’s license, live or work in the Spokane area, and be ready to commit to regular interactions with your Little Brother or Little Sister for at least the next 18 months (virtual options may span less time, for example, a school year). All mentors must complete a background check, interviews and mentor training. Email Ken at joinus@nwbigs or apply online.

Order Clerks Needed - North County Food Pantry
North County Food Pantry provides food and resources to neighbors in need. They need volunteers to carry grocery orders from the Pantry out to client cars Mondays from 11 am-2 pm. Volunteers must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. They will be provided a light lunch. Email ncfpantry@gmail.com or call 292-2530, ask for Sandy.

Virtual Volunteers

Disaster On-Call Dispatcher - American Red Cross
You can help disaster victims without leaving your home. The Red Cross needs dispatch volunteers to act as the first point-of-contact to help meet the emergency needs of families impacted by disasters. Dispatchers will need access to a computer to complete casework for each response. Apply online.


Sew Face Masks - Salvation Army of Spokane
The Salvation Army needs face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its staff and volunteers who work with the food bank, care for foster children, maintain emergency shelters and provide assistance to those in transitional housing. More than 145 masks are needed. Finished masks can be mailed to or dropped off at 222 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA, 99207.

Cat and Dog Foster Families - Spokane Humane Society
The Spokane Humane Society relies heavily on its foster parents to save thousands of lives. Some animals need to be rehabilitated before being available for adoption or are too young to adopt out. Foster parents must be 18+ and pass a background check. Apply at spokanehumanesociety.org/foster-care.

Events & Benefits

Women of Achievement Awards - YWCA

Traditionally, recipients of YWCA’s Women of Achievement awards are celebrated at a luncheon that has evolved into the agency’s largest annual fundraising event. This year, YWCA will honor award winners through a free virtual event Oct. 1 at 6 pm. Take home meals (heavy hors d'oeuvres & Champagne from Masselow’s Steakhouse and other Northern Quest Resort & Casino restaurants) are available to purchase and enjoy the night of the virtual event. Register at event.give/woa2020.


Over the Edge - Habitat for Humanity-Spokane
Habitat for Humanity invites you to go OVER THE EDGE! This rappelling fundraising event will take place at the 22-story Bank of America Building in downtown Spokane. Participants can rappel over the edge of the tallest building in Spokane when they reach their $1,000 fundraising goal — all in the name of affordable homeownership. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity-Spokane. The event will be live streaming on Oct. 16 on the donation website so friends and family can watch you rappel virtually!

Virtual Valleyfest

Valleyfest leaps to virtual this year! Shop on the Valleyfest Virtual Village and browse the community booths, participate in the marvelous mini parade, engage in the multi-sport valley challenge or decorate your porch as part of the lily pad procession. This community celebration culminates Sept. 26. For details, log onto valleyfest.org.


Donations Needed

Project Beauty Share
Project Beauty Share is supporting relief efforts for Washington state fire victims by providing personal care items. Donations of shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, deodorant, razors, and hand sanitizer are needed. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to 2718 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA, 99202.

YMCA Camp Reed
For the first time in its 105-year history, Camp Reed is taking its annual fundraiser online. Auction items are needed now to make sure that any child who wishes to attend camp can do so, regardless of their ability to pay. Auction organizers are asking for donations of wine, a top of the line espresso or coffee maker, camping and picnic equipment, rounds of golf or high-quality golf gear. To donate, email campreed@ymcainw.org or call 720-5630.

Wish List Items Needed

Lumen High School

Diapers (all sizes), wipes, sippy cups and bottles, art supplies like paints, paintbrushes, markers, colored paper, office supplies such as sticky notes, pens, pencils, gently used young adult books, grocery gift cards. Lumen High School is a public charter school committed to empowering two generations as it supports teen parents.


Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
Crayola brand* crayons, markers, colored pencils and watercolors, coloring books, 20-, 50- and 100-piece puzzles, and Legos sets. For more items, visit their Amazon wish list online.  (*Crayola brand is requested to assure all craft supplies are non-toxic. Since children staying in our hospital are sick with compromised immune systems, all items on the wish list must be new.)

Bloomsday 2020 @ Spokane

Through Sept. 27
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