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Selected Volunteer Activities in the Tacoma Area

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center is an arts and culture non-profit, and their mission is to celebrate and increase awareness of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures. We provide programs of cultural enrichment and partner with other organizations and non-profit agencies in the community to present culturally relevant programming. APCC is in need of volunteer help to work as a coordinator on our cultural treasure trunk programs. This person would be a "staff" liaison to the community and the cultural treasure trunk volunteers. At the same time, we understand that the person who does volunteer here needs to benefit from this position as well, and we will work closely to be sure the experience is equally beneficial. For more information, please contact info@asiapacificculturalcenter.org or visit the website at www.asiapacificculturalcenter.org

Emergency Food Network

EFN provides food and other essentials at no cost to 74 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals. They need volunteers for three of their programs: the Repack Project, the Mother Earth Farm and the Cannery Project. For more information, visit www.efoodnet.org.

The Food Connection

The Food Connection is the largest food bank in Pierce County. Volunteer opportunities include sorting and distribution of food, pick-up food donations, provide translation services, and assist with administration tasks. Contact Kevin Glackin-Coley @ 253.383.5048 ext. 102 or visit www.foodconnection.org.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer-driven organization that builds simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with families in need. Volunteers are involved in most phases of construction, even though most have no construction experience or building skills. Volunteers work side-by-side with other volunteers, the Habitat crew leader and with the family who will live in the house. For more information, visit www.tpc-habitat.org.


The federal Head Start program provides low-income, preschool age children and their families with early childhood education and health and family support services. There are 17 Head Start locations in Tacoma, with opportunities for students in education, health, sociology or anyone who likes kids. There is also a program partnership with TCC working with Spanish-speaking children and their parents. For more information contact Marla Peters at 253.571.1874 or 253.571.1900.

Institute for Community Leadership

Both volunteer and internships available working with youth in the areas of community organizing, sound studio, animal husbandry, wool processing, Asian inspired garden, wood working, salmon recovery, painting and the use of art, and green house and gardens. For information, 253.872.3612 or www.icleadership.org.

Korean Women's Association

Provides services to multi-cultural and multi-lingual or limited English speaking Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call 253.535.4827 or 1.888.508.2780, or visit www.kwaoutreach.org.

Metro Parks

MetroParks Tacoma has numerous volunteer opportunities with events such as Ethnic Fest, parks and facilities such as the Tacoma Nature Center, or with their recreational and arts programs. For more information, visit www.metroparkstacoma.org.

Nativity House

Nativity House is Tacoma's only daytime drop-in shelter for the homeless. Volunteer activities include sorting clothes, serving meals during the week, and other administrative duties. For more information, visit www.nativityhouse.org.

Paint Tacoma/Pierce Beautiful

Local crews paint the homes of low-income seniors and disabled homeowners throughout Tacoma and pierce county each summer for the past 22 years. For information to form a crew or join an existing crew, visit www.paintbeautiful.org or call 253.383.3056 ext.106.

Rebuilding Together South Sound

Rebuilding Together South Sound works with volunteers to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners who are elderly, disabled or families with children, providing them with a warm and safe home. (This organization is formerly known as Christmas in April). For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogetherss.org.

Tacoma Community House

Tacoma Community House provides an Adult Literacy Program serving both immigrants and refuges as well as Adult Basic Education/GED programs. Volunteer positions include literacy tutor, computer lab assistant, ESL classroom assistant, and other special projects. For more information, call 253.383.3951or visit www.tchonline.org.

United Way of Pierce County

The mission of the United Way of Pierce County is to make measurable improvements in the lives of people in our community. In 2004, UWPC launched an effort to focus on three of the most pressing needs in Pierce County as identified by the community - housing availability, child and youth development, and access to healthcare. For information about volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-572-457 or visit www.uwpc.org.


The YWCA USA is a women's membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA of Pierce County has numerous volunteer opportunities. For more informaton, please call 253.272.4281 or visit www.ywcapiercecounty.org.

This list is open to additions and revisions. If you have any organizations or opportunities that you would like to have added, please contact us at divrescn@uw.edu.

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