Volunteer & Community Services Opportunities

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Community Service is not a graduation requirement of the Olympia School District. However, there are individual classes/clubs that do require community service hours (i.e. Honor Society, Key Club, etc.). If students are involved with any of these they should check with the Advisor regarding the required number of hours.

Community Service can have a lot of positive effects on students, such as helping to develop skills, making contacts, and improving the quality of life of others. Community Service can also be helpful in paying for college. Several scholarships are based on community service hours rather than need-based or merit-based. Colleges like seeing that students have done community service. They see them as being the type of student who will be actively involved in making the college community a better place to be.

Students can track their community service hours a variety of ways. Some examples are: on a simple Google spreadsheet, pick up a 
Community Service Record form in the Career Center, or enter the information into their Career Cruising account.

Volunteer hours can be collected year round. The Career Center has a bulletin board with upcoming volunteer opportunities as well as a binder with consistent volunteer opportunities. The following links are also some great volunteer opportunities.

Remember, volunteering not only benefits your community, but it's good for your health too!


Local Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteers are priceless

Big Brothers Big Sisters 

Hands On Children's Museum


Puget Sound Blood Center

GRuB Farms

Thurston County Animal Services

Capital Place

Friend to Friend

City of Olympia 

City of Tumwater

Timberland Regional Library

Nature Nurtures Farm

If you don't find what you're looking for, feel free to check the Career Center for more opportunities!