I have created a new career for myself in retirement as an animal advocate. I write articles to create awareness of shelter pets.
Community Partnerships With Rescues and Shelters Help Celebrate the Bully Breeds
October is Pit Bull Awareness Month, and the bully breeds are being celebrated in communities around the world. Activities include adoption events and rescue efforts like the recent massive success in Montreal that resulted in the postponement of a ban on the bully breeds.
Community activism from pet parents who own dogs that fit the categories of bully breeds, national organizations such as the SPCA, and local rescues and shelters that feature these dogs in special adoption events are all involved in calling attention to these loving dogs that need forever homes.
Community involvement is high on the list of the characteristics of a successful no-kill shelter. The bully breeds are now beneficiaries of the movement towards no-kill in cities and towns around the country and the world.
Finding Forever Homes at Forget-Me-Not
Forget-Me-Not, Inc. is a nonprofit no-kill animal rescue in Manatee County, Florida that specializes in helping to find forever homes for hard-to-place-dogs. It recently partnered with the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida to celebrate the bully breeds with its "Clear the Shelter" adoption event that was held in September. The event featured themes to help find responsible forever homes for the bully breeds that comprise the shelter population of the Manatee County animal shelter.
Bully breeds make up the majority of shelter animals around the country, and the Manatee County Animal Services shelter is just one example of a shelter that must educate its community about these loving dogs in order to find forever homes. The "Clear the Shelter" adoption event featured the themes of "Unforgettabull," "AdoreABull," and "LuvABull."
Chief of Animal Services Sarah Brown and her shelter staff were thankful for the partnership with Forget-Me-Not, Inc. rescue that made this adoption event a success. A total of 27 dogs that were classified as bully breeds found their forever homes.
Ongoing Adoption Opportunities Benefit the Bully Breeds
Forget-Me-Not, Inc. rescue is continuing its efforts to find forever homes for the special bully breeds that reside at both the rescue and the Manatee County Animal Services shelter. The organization's website is regularly updated with professional photos of the smiling faces of their "bullies."
The organization also partners with local businesses such as Tractor Supply Company in Bradenton, Florida and dogs from the rescue are regularly featured at adoption events held on weekends at the company's site: 4404 FL-64 in Bradenton, Florida.
When Local Organizations Partner With Larger Ones, Rescue Dogs Win
Forget-Me-Not, Inc. is an example of a local organization that helps to partner with the rest of the world in saving the bully breeds. The petition to protest against Montreal's ban on dogs classified as "pit bulls" was featured on its website in September. The latest news report states that this worldwide effort to save the bully breeds in Montreal has been successful in stopping the ban for now. Efforts are continuing to permanently stop the ban. This Bradenton-Sarasota rescue organization is proud to participate in this ongoing effort.
Opportunities to Foster or Volunteer
Professional photos, creative stories about each dog, and opportunities to foster a beautiful bully are also featured on Forget-Me-Not's website. Fostering is an opportunity to get to know a dog in your home while helping the dog to learn to live in one. Forget-Me-Not features both adoption applications and applications for fostering a dog on its updated website. Opportunities to volunteer or to donate food and needed supplies are also featured.
This organization hopes to influence other communities around the country to join the movement to save dogs that are classified as the bully breeds. Education is the key to saving these lovable canines. Be a part of October's Pit Bull's Awareness Month, and educate your community about these loving dogs.
Education Is the Key to Finding Forever Homes for Bully Breeds
My Heart Belongs to MCAS
I became involved with helping the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in an unusual way. The eyes of a German Shepherd that was in danger of euthanasia brought this shelter to my attention. I now write articles to promote adoption from this shelter.
I am encouraged that my articles do work to call attention to this shelter that was hidden from the public by its out-of-the-way location for many years. This is a shelter that has traveled a long road toward no-kill classification. Please share with your friends around the country.
The Sarasota-Bradenton area has a unique opportunity to share this shelter in Palmetto, Florida with the seasonal residents who reside during the winter. We call these seasonal residents "snowbirds." These seasonal residents are invited to volunteer in a number of ways while they are here for the winter.
Resources for Readers to View Available Bully Breeds
- Manatee County Florida Animal Services
- Forget-Me-Not, Inc. Rescue
© 2016 Cindy Hewitt
Cindy Hewitt (author) from Sarasota on October 17, 2016:
If you are a "snowbird" who is residence in the Bradenton-Sarasota area for the winter season, you are invited to explore volunteer opportunities for the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto-short drive down I-75 from Bradenton-Sarasota area. Dog walkers needed, loving hands to give baths, and tons of volunteer opportunities. Thanks and please share to friends that you might know who are "snowbirds" in this area for the winter.
Our mission is to prevent cruelty to animals, relieve suffering among animals, and extend humane education.
The Jessamine County Trap Neuter Return Program Inc. is dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of Jessamine County’s feral and free-roaming cat population through Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR). We are not a part of Jessamine Animal Care and Control. We are an all-volunteer run non-profit organization. Our program is funded through donations from our supporters.
Founded in 1884, the Kentucky Humane Society is the oldest animal welfare organization and largest pet adoption agency in the state. As a private nonprofit agency, KHS relies on support from donors to help thousands of needy cats and dogs in our community find the new homes they deserve.
We provide humane treatment and improved quality of life of animals in our communities through education and compassion. We offer low cost spay and neuter though our local veterinarians and try to get grants. At this time we do not have all of our animals altered before leaving our shelter, we do have a voucher system in place to have the animals we adopt out spay or neutered.
Lexington Humane Society (LHS) mission statement: “To advocate the compassionate treatment of animals educate the community on responsible, lifelong pet ownership and promote adoption as the best option when searching for a new pet.” Among other things, LHS is the largest pet adoption agency in Central Kentucky, we care for over 4,000 homeless animals every year, we are an educational resource promoting a more humane community.
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is committed to finding every healthy, adoptable animal a home! The department is dedicated to educating and reaching out to all members of the community to make sure responsible pet ownership and compassion are at the forefront. LMAS has a fundamental MISSION to protect public health and safety, ensure the humane treatment of animals and provide quality customer service to the public.
MADN’s mission is to help homeless, abandoned and feral animals, and the volunteers and organizations that serve them to support other organizations with similar goals and to advocate for animals everywhere.
Through the support and creation of programs and services, collaboration, and advocacy, No Kill Louisville will build a community where no adoptable pet or feral cat is killed.
The purposes of this organization as stated in our bylaws are to: oppose inhumane treatment of animals, improve the quality of life of animals in Owen County’s care, advance spay and neuter programs as a long-term solution to the problem of unwanted pets, educate residents on responsible and humane treatment of animals, facilitate, and promote and arrange for the adoption of impounded animals to responsible owners with suitable homes. Furthermore, underlying these purposes is the ultimate goal of minimizing and eventually eliminating euthanasia of Owen County animals just because they are homeless.
Our mission is to save and protect homeless animals through responsible adoptions, to provide humane care for all animals entrusted to us, to advocate for animal welfare, and to enhance the human-animal bond by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people in our community.
Our mission is to prevent cruelty to animals, educate the public on responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering animals. We also provide rescue services to animal shelters throughout KY, OH, and TN to reduce the euthanasia rate. We strive to give as many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens a second chance at life.
Helping Animals of All Kinds
SparKy is a local, non profit, no-kill, animal rescue. It takes a unique approach to animal rescue through the utilization of foster homes to house the animals. These foster homes provide the animals with a loving environment in which their needs are fully met. They also allow the foster parents to assess the temperament of the animals, as well as their individual needs, thus ensuring that the best permanent home pos…
Our organization works to bridge the gap between animals, people and our community and to advocate for all walks of life that experience discrimination. Saving Sunny, Inc. works to provide safe and loving homes for the animals in our program living in foster care, as well as assist pet-owners in our community and beyond with issues they may face, so that pets may remain in their loving homes in lieu of the municipal shelter.
Since 1981 our volunteer-run, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has been united in a mission to ensure humane care and conditions for companion animals through spay/neuter, humane awareness education, and responsible pet adoption and ownership.
Slugger City Bully Buddies, Inc. strives to bring peace to all bully breed types of dogs through education, advocacy, and awareness. Our mission is to focus on educating the public about bully breeds, advocating for bully breeds by fighting abuse, neglect, breed discrimination, and dog fighting, promoting rescue and adoption, raising awareness, and offering free programs for bully breeds.
What is BSL?
BSL is an ethical failure. BSL is a public safety failure.
Description : Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is a law that bans OR restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance, usually because they are perceived as “dangerous” breeds or types of dogs.
**It is a common misconception that BSL refers only to breed bans. BSL is seen in two forms: bans and restrictions. **
A breed ban usually requires that all dogs of a certain appearance (“targeted breed”) be removed from the municipality wherein the ban has been implemented. After the effective date of the ban, dogs in the municipality that are identified as targeted breeds are usually subject to being killed by animal control, though in some cases, such dogs may be saved if relocation is an option. Breed bans may have grandfather clauses that allow dogs of targeted breeds to stay in the ban area (provided they are registered with the municipality by a certain date, and likely subject to various breed-specific restrictions).
Breed-specific restrictions may require an owner of a targeted breed do any of the following or more, depending on how the law is written:
- Muzzle the dog in public
- Spay or neuter the dog
- Contain the dog in a kennel with specific requirements (6′ chain link walls, lid, concrete floors, etc.)
- Keep the dog on a leash of specific length or material
- Purchase liability insurance of a certain amount
- Place “vicious dog” signs on the outside of the residence where the dog lives
- Make the dog wear a “vicious dog” tag or other identifying marker
Breed-specific legislation applies only to dogs of a certain appearance, not to any and all dogs. It does not take into account how the owner has raised, trained, or managed the dog. It does not take into account the dog’s actual behavior.
“Breed specific” is something of a misnomer. Some breed specific laws don’t target specific breeds, but rather, a loosely defined class of dogs (e.g. “pit bull” or “shepherd”). Almost all BSL also includes a “substantially similar” clause: “or any dog with an appearance or physical characteristics that are substantially similar to the aforementioned breeds.” In other words, targeted dogs are often subject to BSL not because they are in fact a specific breed, but because they simply look similar to a particular breed or have a general physical appearance that someone might consider “targeted breed-like.”
BSL is sometimes known by another acronym: BDL, or breed discriminatory law.
Dogs permitted by their owners to run loose, and dogs who attack people or other animals, are real and often serious problems in communities across the country—but how to best address dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs can be a confusing and touchy issue.
“Breed-specific” legislation (BSL) is the blanket term for laws that either regulate or ban certain breeds completely in the hopes of reducing dog attacks. Some city/municipal governments have enacted breed-specific laws. However, the problem of dangerous dogs will not be remedied by the “quick fix” of breed-specific laws—or, as they should truly be called, breed-discriminatory laws.
It is worth noting that in some areas, regulated breeds include not just American Pit Bull terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, English Bull Terriers and Rottweilers, but also a variety of other dogs, including American Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Dalmatians, Chow Chows, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, or any mix of these breeds—and dogs who simply resemble these breeds.
On the bright side, many states (including New York, Texas and Illinois) favor laws that identify, track and regulate dangerous dogs individually, regardless of breed, and prohibit BSL.
There is no evidence that breed-specific laws—which are costly and difficult to enforce—make communities safer for people or companion animals. For example, Prince George’s County, MD, spends more than $250,000 annually to enforce its ban on Pit Bulls. In 2003, a study conducted by the county on the ban’s effectiveness noted that “public safety is not improved as a result of [the ban],” and that “there is no transgression committed by owner or animal that is not covered by another, non-breed specific portion of the Animal Control Code (i.e., vicious animal, nuisance animal, leash laws).”
Following a thorough study of human fatalities resulting from dog bites, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decided not to support BSL. The CDC cited, among other problems, the inaccuracy of dog bite data and the difficulty in identifying dog breeds (especially true of mixed-breed dogs). The CDC also noted the likelihood that as certain breeds are regulated, those who exploit dogs by making them aggressive will replace them with other, unregulated breeds.
BSL carries a host of negative and wholly unintended consequences:
- Dogs go into hiding
Rather than give up their beloved pets, owners of highly regulated or banned breeds often attempt to avoid detection of their “outlaw” dogs by restricting outdoor exercise and socialization and forgoing licensing, microchipping and proper veterinary care, including spay/neuter surgery and essential vaccinations. Such actions have implications both for public safety and the health of these dogs.
Good owners and dogs are punished
BSL also causes hardship to responsible owners of entirely friendly, properly supervised and well-socialized dogs who happen to fall within the regulated breed. Although these dog owners have done nothing to endanger the public, they are required to comply with local breed bans and regulations unless they are able to mount successful (and often costly) legal challenges.
They impart a false sense of security
Breed-specific laws have a tendency to compromise rather than enhance public safety. When limited animal control resources are used to regulate or ban a certain breed of dog, without regard to behavior, the focus is shifted away from routine, effective enforcement of laws that have the best chance of making our communities safer: dog license laws, leash laws, animal fighting laws, anti-tethering laws, laws facilitating spaying and neutering and laws that require all owners to control their dogs, regardless of breed.
- They may actually encourage ownership by irresponsible people
If you outlaw a breed, then outlaws are attracted to that breed. Unfortunately some people take advantage of the “outlaw” status of their breed of choice to bolster their own self image as living outside of the rules of mainstream society. Ironically, the rise of Pit Bull ownership among gang members and others in the late 1980’s coincided with the first round of breed-specific legislation.
In the aforementioned study, the CDC noted that many other factors beyond breed may affect a dog’s tendency toward aggression—things such as heredity, sex, early experience, reproductive status, socialization and training. These last two concerns are well-founded, given that:
- More than 70 percent of all dog bite cases involve unneutered male dogs.
- An unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than is a neutered dog.
- A chained or tethered dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than a dog who is not chained or tethered.
- 97 percent of dogs involved in fatal dog attacks in 2006 were not spayed/neutered:
- 78 percent were maintained not as pets, but rather for guarding, image enhancement, fighting or breeding.
- 84 percent were maintained by reckless owners—these dogs were abused or neglected, not humanely controlled or contained, or allowed to interact with children unsupervised.
Recognizing that the problem of dangerous dogs requires serious attention, the ASPCA seeks effective enforcement of breed-neutral laws that hold dog owners accountable for the actions of their animals.
For help in drafting animal control laws, contact the ASPCA’s Government Relations department at [email protected] .
Volunteer Opportunities & Community Services
About Volunteer Opportunities & Community Services
There are around 200 nonprofit organizations that exist in Tri-Cities Washington that provide community services and programs that are in need of volunteers and donations. These organizations offer community services such as counseling, disaster relief, domestic violence, food/clothing/shelter/housing, individual & family services, legal, medical/health services, sexual assault, transportation, etc.
In addition, there are several thrift and specialty stores in the Tri-Cities area where the proceeds from sales are used to support community services. Most of these stores rely on donations of sellable goods and volunteers to help run the stores.
Prior to closing in 2010, the Volunteer Center of Benton and Franklin Counties coordinated the volunter/donation needs over 200 community service organizations and had over 5,000 volunteers. Today, some of these organizations are seeking help through online volunteer solutions such as VolunteerMatch.org and JustServe.org.
Contact the Webmaster if you are a nonprofit community service organization in Benton or Franklin County that would like a listing on this page or to have your listing updated.
- Adopt Shelter Animal Pets
- Alzheimer's Association
- American Red Cross Biomedical Services
- American Red Cross Humanitarian Services
- Benton-Franklin Humane Society
- Blue Mountain Action Council
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties
- CASA/Guardian Ad Litem Program
- Catholic Family Child Services
- Chaplaincy Health Care
- Children's Developmental Center
- Children's Reading Foundation of Mid-Columbia
- Columbia Basin College Foundation
- Columbia Basin Dive Rescue
- Columbia Industries
- Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin
- Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties
- Edith Bishel Center for the Blind
- Educational Services District 123
- Elijah Family Homes
- Family Learning Center
- Fields of Grace
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho
- Girls on the Run
- Grace Clinic
- Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care
- iMPACT! Compassion Center
- Junior Achievement
- Kadlec Regional Medical Center
- Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills
- Mid-Columbia Mastersingers
- Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels
- Modern Living Services
- Pet Over Population Prevention
- Prevent Homeless Pets
- Project Linus Tri-Cities
- Rascal Rodeo
- Rebuilding Mid-Columbia
- Regional Service Corps-AmeriCorps
- Repeat Boutique
- Responding to Autism
- Retired Senior Volunteer Program
- Richland Rod and Gun Club
- Royal Family Kids
- Safe Harbor Crises Nursery
- Save the Old NAS Pasco Tower
- Second Harvest
- Skills Development Mission
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul
- Support, Advocacy & Resource Center
- The ARC of Tri-Cities
- The Pit Bull Pen
- The Richland Players
- Therapeutic Innovation & Recovery
- Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities
- Tri-Cities Animal Shelter & Control Services
- Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation
- Tri-Cities Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby
- Tri-Cities Food Bank
- Tri-Cities Soccer Association
- Tri-City Union Gospel Mission
- Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity
- Trios Health
- United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties
- Walk to Defeat ALS®
- Washington State STEM Education Foundation
- Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop
- Wine Country Bully Rescue
- Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities
- World Relief Tri-Cities
- WSU Extension Master Gardener Program
- YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities
- You Medical
- Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Benton/Franklin County
Community Service Organizations Seeking Volunteers
Adopt Shelter Animal Pets - (509) 416-6637
Adopt Shelter Animal Pets (ASAP) in West Richland is an all volunteer organization, and was formed by a small group of people who wanted to make a positive change in the lives of lost and abandoned animals in our community.
Volunteer Opportunity: There is ample opportunity to volunteer! From our volunteer Board of Directors, to one time outreach events, ASAP can benefit from your involvement: Leadership, Animal Care Coordinator, Outreach Event Volunteer, Fundraising, Temporary Kennel Care, and Newsletter Editor.
Alzheimer's Association - 640 Jadwin Ave. , Suite I in Richland - (509) 713-3390
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. We also sponsor the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in the Tri-Cities.
Volunteer Opportunity: Join our team as the Office Reception Volunteer! Our Office Reception Volunteer is pivotal to the day to day functions of our office and is a welcoming presence who will greet office visitors and field incoming phone calls. The volunteer will help keep our office running by creating an organized work environment through maintaining an inventory of office supplies and technical equipment. They will assist with daily operations and support many of our exciting chapter events. Contact Ester Allen at (206) 529-3882 or email: [email protected]
American Red Cross Biomedical Services - 447 Wellsian Way in Richland - (509) 316-1845
American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation's health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. It feels great to donate blood and you can also host a blood drive.
Volunteer Opportunity: (note: flexible schedule - you can volunteer one day a month or 5 days a month whatever works for you) Courier, Blood Drive Ambassador, Community Outreach, Language Interpreter (Spanish), Office Assistant, Team Volunteering, Whole Blood, Double Red Cell or Platelet Donor.
American Red Cross Humanitarian Services - 7202 W Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 316-1845
Ninety percent of the Red Cross Humanitarian Services is provided by volunteers. Our vital work is only possible because of people like you. Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it's through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. Join American Red Cross Humanitarian Services today!
Volunteer Opportunity: (note: flexible schedule - you can volunteer one day a month or 5 days a month whatever works for you) Disaster Relief, Disaster Preparedness Education, Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (free smoke alarm installation service), Service to the Armed Forces Emergency Communication, International Services, Community Outreach, Volunteer Management/Support.
Benton-Franklin Humane Society - 1736 E 7th Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 374-4235
The Benton-Franklin Humane Society (BFHS) is dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals and the creation of a more responsible and humane community. We provide adoption services for abandoned, abused, and unwanted animals and promote the education of children and adults concerning the treatment and care of all animals.
Volunteer Opportunity: Pet socialization, Fundraisers, Outreach Efforts, Foster Home Placement Volunteer, Office Help. Other opportunities to serve include humane education, pet photography, grounds-keeping, and more.
Blue Mountain Action Council - 1520 Kelly Place in Walla Walla - (509) 520-5162
Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) is once again the host of a new regional office for the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombuds Program (LTCOP). This program provides effective, visible advocacy for residents in long-term care facilities. An ombud works to ensure that residents in these facilities receive good quality of life and care by providing information to consumers about their rights, working to resolve problems on behalf of residents, monitoring the enforcement of the laws by DSHS, and advocating for improvements in the long-term care system. BMAC represents Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin Counties. Note: BMAC also has an office located at 720 West Court St. in Pasco.
Volunteer Opportunity: Become a certified ombud in the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to serve persons who reside in licensed long-term care settings (such as nursing homes, assisted living, and adult family homes). Contact Elizabeth Claridge by email [email protected] or call (509) 520-5162 (toll free: 1-844-488-3555) to request a volunteer application.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties - 801 N 18th Ave. in Pasco - (509) 543-9980
Today the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties operates 12 club sites in the Mid-Columbia area. The Club provides over 1,200 hours of programming per week among these twelve sites and employs over 80 professional staff. Our mission is to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Volunteer Opportunity: There are a variety of different programs and opportunities for interacting in Club activities from one time visits to engaging on a much deeper level by being paired with a youth for one of our mentoring programs. If you would like to be a part of this amazing experience please give us a call at 509.543.9980.
CASA/Guardian Ad Litem Program - Sheila Davidson, Program Coordinator - (509) 736-2761
The CASA/Guardian Ad Litem Program serves as an independent advocate for abused/neglected children involved in a dependency action in the courts.
Volunteer Opportunity: As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive. It is the CASA vision to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one. Volunteers are recruited, trained and supported by staff. Must be over 21 to volunteer.
Catholic Family Child Services - 2139 Van Giesen St. in Richland - (509) 946-4645
Catholic Family Child Services (CFCS) has been inspiring hope and enriching lives. Whether supporting families through specialized mental health services or assisting seniors so they can remain living independently, CFCS is an essential resource for scores of people each year. We offer the following range of services in the Tri-Cities: Pathyways to Parenting: Adoption, Counseling, Foster Care, Family Team Decision Making, Kinship Navigator, Maternity & Pregnancy Counseling, Family Education & Support, Child Care Resource & Referral, Foster Teen Programs, and Elder Services.
Volunteer Opportunity: There are a variety of volunteer opportunities both for individuals and for groups, for ongoing service and for one-time commitments working with children, seniors and families.
Chaplaincy Health Care - 2108 W. Entiat in Kennewick - (509) 783-7416
Chaplaincy Health Care is a nonprofit organization and assists all individuals in need throughout our service area in the Mid-Columbia region. Our services consist of five core areas: Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Grief Care, Behavioral Health services, and contract chaplain services. We are supported by individuals, businesses, foundations, local service clubs and communities of faith.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer work can be an extremely rewarding experience, especially when you choose to share your time and talents with patients, families and staff at Chaplaincy Health Care. Whether you choose to work one-on-one with patients and families in their homes, support the Hospice House or help grieving children and teens through their healing process, you can play an integral role in helping us serve others with impeccable physical, emotional and spiritual care.
Children's Developmental Center - 1549 SE Georgia Ave. SE in Richland - (509) 735-1062
The Children's Developmental Center provides services to young children, birth to three years old with disabilities and challenges and their families in Benton and Franklin Counties and some outlying areas. Additionally, we offer some services to children up to 10 years old within the Autism Spectrum and an Incontinence Program for those 5 to 16 years.
Volunteer Opportunity: Corporate sponsorships and volunteers are always welcome for our fundraisers. We need volunteers to help with our annual fundraising events: Golf Tournament, Cuisine de Vin, and Wine Fête. We also welcome volunteers to assist occasionally with miscellaneous office duties.
Children's Reading Foundation of Mid-Columbia - 201 S. Garfield St. in Kennewick - (509) 222-7323
The The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia began in 1996 to make sure children learn to read, and read well. Some of our programs include "READY! for Kindergarten" and "Team READ" to partner volunteers with struggling readers to give our kids the support they need to succeed in school.
Volunteer Opportunity: Give books - give a donation - give time whether you have new or gently used children's books to donate, or would like to give a monetary gift to help us expand and deepen our literacy programs. We are looking for volunteers to tutor 1st-3rd graders in reading.
Columbia Basin College Foundation - 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco - (509) 542-5519
The Columbia Basin College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Columbia Basin College students through scholarships and program support. The Foundation gives away over a million dollars in student scholarships each year, thanks to the work of their volunteers and donors.
Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for community volunteers to help review and score scholarship applications from March 3 to April 9, 2021. We ask for a 2.5-hour time commitment. If you are interested, please contact Haylie DeVine, Development Officer, at (509) 366-5929 or email: [email protected]
Columbia Basin Dive Rescue - 1960 Butler Loop in Richland - 509-946-CBDR (2237)
Columbia Basin Dive Rescue (CBDR) is a not for profit, all-volunteer agency that provides water rescue and recovery services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to law enforcement, fire and other emergency service agencies throughout a five-county area. CBDR's service area encompasses more than 4,000 square miles of canals, ponds, reservoirs, and streams. CBDR emergency responders are on-call to provide dive rescue services through the Washington State Department of Emergency Management.
Volunteer Opportunity: In regards to emergency response, both divers and surface support personnel are needed. Surface support activities include boat operations, line tending, documentation and more. In addition to emergency responders, CBDR is in need of administrative volunteers to manage and assist with a number of non-emergency activities, which are instrumental to the long-term effectiveness of the team. Non-emergency activities include fundraising, water safety education, public speaking, special community events, general office duties and more. If you are interested in joining the team as either an emergency responder, or an administrative member, please complete and return the application.
Columbia Industries - 900 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick - (509) 582-4142
Columbia Industries helps people with disabilities and other barriers to employment achieve their highest employment potential. This allows them to achieve self-sufficiency and contribute to the productivity of our community.
Volunteer Opportunity: Non-profit organizations like Columbia Industries welcome volunteers who share our passion. Positions available include Groundskeeper, Outside Sales, Shop CI Back Room, and Shop CI Sales Floor.
Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin - 415-C Wright Ave. in Richland - (509) 967-6077
Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin is part of the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Volunteer Opportunity: Mentor: just one hour a week provides a positive influence, encouragement, and hope for young people trying to overcome challenges, Tutor: students can make great strides with extra academic support in reading and math, General Volunteer: we always need volunteers to help with events, special programs, and other needs.
Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties - 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C-140 in Kennewick - (509) 735-1295
The mission of Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties (DVS) is to advocate for and empower domestic violence victims by providing free, safe and confidential shelter and support services. DVS is available 24-hours a day to assist anyone who has questions or concerns about domestic violence.
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Events - help at DVS booth for community events like the Women’s Expo and Family Expo, Fundraising Events – help at annual events like our golf tournament and the Ladies Afternoon Soiree , Organizing and Projects – help us fill food boxes, collecting and sorting of donations, yard work and household projects like painting and cleaning, and Working with Survivors – work with women and children at the shelter, help answer the crisis line, or provide support at court.
Edith Bishel Center for the Blind - 628 North Arthur St. in Kennewick - (509) 735-0699
The Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon including Benton and Franklin Counties. In 2014, our center assisted 2944 community members.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are always needed for a wide variety of activities, from graphic design and grant writing, to selling fundraiser tickets and preparing cookie dough!
Educational Services District 123 - 3918 W. Court St. in Pasco - 1-888-547-8441
A community learning center offers academic support and enrichment opportunities to students and their families during non-school hours (before or after school) and during the summer. The 21st Century Extended Day Programs, offered through Educational Services District 123 (ESD 123), assist students in meeting state and local academic achievement standards in reading and mathematics, as well as providing opportunities for academic enrichment.
Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for volunteers from retired professionals to those professionals still working to give students an insight to different career opportunities. We are also looking for adults to become mentors and positive role models to students. Contact Margarita Alaman at (509) 544-5723.
Elijah Family Homes - 660 George Washington Way, Suite G in Richland - (509) 943-6610
There are many families throughout the Tri-Cities whose income is below the poverty level, who live long-term with children in homelessness or transient/temporary housing, because they have been denied access to public housing. Elijah Family Homes fosters hope, dignity, and self- sufficiency, through stable housing and supportive services for families in recovery. Please help us help those in need.
Volunteer Opportunity: Elijah Family Homes welcomes help with Mentoring, Accounting/Bookkeeping, Fund Raising, Finance/Budgeting, Landscaping, Child Care, Marketing, Home Repairs/Cleaning, Office Work, Computer work/IT, Property Maintenance, and Serving on the Board.
Family Learning Center - 505 S. Olympia Street (Apt B5) in Kennewick - (509) 551-2800
The Family Learning Center helps refugees thrive in their new homeland through adult ESL and school work support.
Volunteer Opportunity: The Family Learning Center needs assistance with limited English speaking students with their homework after school in a multi-cultural environment. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Theresa Roosendaal at [email protected] or 509-551-2800.
Fields of Grace - 1153 Gage Blvd. in Richland - (509) 528-4067
Fields of Grace volunteers pick fruits and vegetables from donations of crops on behalf of 2nd Harvest for residents in need and has harvested 2.5 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Volunteer Opportunity: Want to become a Fields of Grace volunteer? It's easy. We now offer "on-site" training at our gleaning events! All ages are welcome, but persons under 18 years of age must have a parent signature on their form to participate.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho - Tomalin Bailie - email: [email protected]
About Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We're the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
Tomalin Bailie, a resident of the Tri-Cities, is an external recruiter for the Girls Scouts in Eastern Washington and is the primary contact for Girl Scouts in the Tri-Cities region. She also maintains a girl scout related website.
Volunteer Opportunity: Be the troop leader that supports her every week - the one that watches her smile get bigger as she grows more confident. Mentor a Girl Scout Cookie Professional during cookie season so she can earn enough to reach the goals she and her troop set. Or work with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for her to make amazing new memories at Girl Scouts. Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible and fun.
Contact Tomalin Bailie via email at [email protected] for more information about volunteer opportunities.
Girls on the Run - 1177 Jadwin Avenue, Suite 101 in Richland - (509) 713-7014
Girls on the Run leads girls in lessons and games involving running while elevating mental, social, physical, and emotional health.
Volunteer Opportunity: Interest in girl empowerment Woman 21 years old minimum (head coach) woman 18 years old minimum (assistant) 1 day of training First Aid/CPR certification.
Grace Clinic - 800 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick - (509) 735-2300
Grace Clinic provides free medical and related services to uninsured people in the Tri-Cites through a holistic approach. We seek to meet the needs of the whole person by providing services such as medical care, medications, urgent dental care, mental health counseling, and spiritual care.
Volunteer Opportunity: Licensed providers who are interested in joining our outstanding community of volunteer physicians, nurses, counselors and pharmacists. Volunteers are needed in many areas that require no medical experience.
Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care - 3920 Outlook Rd in Sunnyside - 1-800-474-6008
Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care provides in-home holistic care to those living in Yakima and Benton Counties. We serve both adults and pediatrics with our hospice and palliative care programs. We also operate the Hospice Benefit Shop (HoBS), a thrift store in Prosser.
Volunteer Opportunity: Patient/Family Volunteers are perceived by hospice patients as just ordinary people from the community. As a result of this relationship, volunteers are able to help normalize the hospice experience for patients and their families.
Office/Event/HoBS Volunteers are much needed "extra hands" that play a key role in meeting deadlines for mailings and daily operations of the office, assisting with fundraisers, and for helping us run our thrift store in Prosser. For more information, E-mail: [email protected]
IMPACT! Compassion Center - 9 S. Dayton St. Kennewick - (509) 851-1720
iMPACT! Compassion Center offers free life assessment, guidance, and support services to anyone who could use assistance navigating and sorting through their specific needs or situations. We provide life skills, self-empowerment tools, and a safe place where people can feel free to talk and get help. We don't provide financial aid, but assist others in connecting with these resources, and have basic, essentials available for those in-need (clothes, hygiene, diapers) and seek community contributions of larger, household items for those who seek help, and are screened-in for approval.
Volunteer Opportunity: The iMPACT! Compassion Center Facebook group page is an active group with several people posting each day about things they need or ways in which they are available to help. So join the group and offer to help some of those in need.
Volunteers are needed for the following positions: event planners, life coaches, mentors, grant writers, fundraisers, graphic artists, counselors, office assistant, community mobilization support, and administrative aid. Call (509) 851-1720 or email: [email protected] for more information.
Junior Achievement - 4415 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 13 in Kennewick - (509) 783-7222
Junior Achievement offers programs that are designed to teach young people in grades K - 12 about business and economics, financial literacy, and career development, and our goal as an organization is to better serve this community by inspiring students - our future work force - to improve the quality of their lives.
Volunteer Opportunity: There are many ways you can help kids through Junior Achievement: Serve as a Classroom Volunteer, Become a Sponsor, Participate as an Event Volunteer, Volunteer as a Student Intern and earn university credits, Provide in-kind goods or services. Email: Lynn Carlson.
Kadlec Regional Medical Center - 888 Swift Blvd. in Richland - (509) 946-4611
When Kadlec Regional Medical Center opened its doors in 1944, the hospital was established to care for the Hanford area workers and their families. Since then, we have grown to a regional medical center providing care for the people throughout the Mid-Columbia.
Volunteer Opportunity: Anyone over the age of 15 can volunteer at Kadlec. You can become a member of the Auxiliary or work under the direction of the volunteer coordinator and unit managers in specific areas, including Education and Rehabilitation. All volunteers undergo orientation and take a TB test before they begin their service. Volunteers are needed for the following programs: Auxiliary, Junior Volunteer Program, Pet Partner Program, and Kadlec Music Program. Call Meg Fallows, volunteer coordinator at (509) 946-4611, Ext. 4666 for more information.
Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills - PO Box 6798, Kennewick, WA 99336
The Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills is involved in several youth and community outreach programs including fundraisers. They operate the J&S Dreamland Express during the summer months and the proceeds fund various programs within our schools, communities, and scholarships. The club meets on Mondays at Clover Island Inn in Kennewick from noon to 1 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: If you would like to become an Engineer or Conductor, we have an opportunity for you! Please contact Darlene Roberson at (509) 521-8128 to find out the many ways you can help volunteer on the train. You may also visit our website to find other ways you can help, including by being a member of our service organization.
Lourdes Health Network - 520 N. 4th Ave. in Pasco - (509) 546-2301
Lourdes Health Network consists of several facilities throughout the Mid-Columbia area. With Lourdes Medical Center serving acute hospital needs, Lourdes Counseling Center caring for those with mental health needs, Lourdes Occupational Health Center taking care of our local business and their employees, and a network of physician clinics caring for Mid-Columbia families, Lourdes strives to meet the healthcare needs of those we serve.
Volunteer Opportunity: Answering phones and assisting staff and visitors on nursing units, greeting visitors in waiting rooms and at information desks, staffing Lourdes Gift Shop, fulfilling clerical duties in many different departments, and escorting patients. In addition, helping with special events such as Lourdes Classic, school tours, fairs and community events. All volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of four hours of service a week for one year.
Make-A-Wish - (800) 304-9474
Every 37 minutes Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.
Volunteer Opportunity: We rely on more than 700 volunteers throughout Alaska and Washington to help grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish is in need of bilingual volunteers in the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.
Mid-Columbia Mastersingers - (509) 460-1766
The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers is a welcoming and inclusive organization, and we hope you will join us. Whether you are a singer, volunteer, music-lover, audience member, or all of the above, we invite you to become a member of our singing community.
Volunteer Opportunity: Like all arts organizations, we are dependent on the generous donations of our patrons to help fulfill our mission to transform lives through the power of choral music. Our volunteers help us survive and thrive! Join our great board of directors, volunteer to usher at a concert, or serve on a committee. We are also seeking office support and help with grant writing.
Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels - 1824 Fowler St. in Richland - (509) 735-1911
The Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels program offers home-delivered meals to eligible participants. Hot, well-balanced, nutritious, noon-time meals are delivered Monday through Friday to homebound seniors age 60+. Frozen meals are available for weekends and holidays as needed. A noontime meal is served at seven dining centers throughout Benton & Franklin Counties for active seniors.
Volunteer Opportunity: Delivering meals, Helping in kitchens with packaging, serving, and clean-up, Greeting and checking in seniors for lunch in reception area, Serving on Advisory Council, Providing office and clerical work, and Making tray favors, placemats, or cards for participants.
Modern Living Services - (509) 491-1338
The mission of Modern Living Services is to provide housing, life skills and educational resources to developmentally disabled individuals in Benton and Franklin Counties. Through a collaborative approach, we help individuals and their families leverage existing community resources, while offering additional programs to address defined service gaps in our community.
Volunteer Opportunity: Are you interested in learning more about what you can do to help? If so, our organization needs volunteers just like you who are able to offer their time and talent. We have numerous areas to volunteer in: gardening, acquisitions, construction and events, to name a few. Apply today and let us know what areas interest you!
Pet Over Population Prevention - 5811 W Van Giesen St. in West Richland - (509) 943-4722
Pet Over Population Prevention (POPP) is an all-volunteer, No-Kill pet organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership, thus preventing the needless death and suffering of companion animals. POPP provides spay/neuter assistance and operates a very successful foster/adoption program. We are often participating in dog or cat adoption events around the Tri-Cities. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays From 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Our volunteer base is the core that allows us to help so many pets on an on-going basis. There are many ways you can assist POPP and you can find us at an adoption event to discuss opportunities.
Prevent Homeless Pets - 812 Della Ave. in Benton City - (509) 497-1133
Prevent Homeless Pets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing low cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs. We are currently serving the Central Washington and Eastern Oregon area.
Our mission is to collaborate with individuals and humane rescue groups in order to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats by promoting and facilitating access to affordable, high volume/high quality spay and neuter surgeries in a professional clinic environment.
Volunteer Opportunity: Thank for your interest in supporting Prevent Homeless Pets. We welcome volunteers of all interests, skills, and abilities to come join us as we work to decrease the pet overpopulation in our community and surrounding areas.
Project Linus Tri-Cities - see contacts
Project Linus Tri-Cities is a group of volunteers who make blankets that are distributed through local agencies and organizations. It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers".
It is also our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities for the benefit of children. We keep in touch through our newsletter and get together for "workparties" several times each month.
Volunteer Opportunity: If you are interested, there are many ways to help. Blankets of many sizes and types (see our blanket guidelines), quilted or tied quilts, knitted or crocheted afghans, and, fleece blankets are accepted. We also accept donated supplies such as kid friendly print cotton fabric, fleece yardage, and acrylic yarn. And, of course, cash donations are always appreciated. If you have any questions please feel free to contact anyone on our Contacts page.
Project Warm-Up - 720 West Ct. St. in Pasco - (509) 546-8923
Project Warm-Up volunteers put in over 1,500 hours each month creating and distributing fleece, flannel or quilted blankets for new borns to the elderly, mittens, gloves, slippers, gloves, hats, and scarves. We service 77 schools in Benton Franklin counties, Union Gospel Mission, Grace Clinic, Benton-Frank Health Department, Domestic Violence Homes, all the Fook Banks in Benton-Franklin Counties, Center for Aging and Long Term Care, Tri-City Cancer Center, Agency for Homeless Vets and the Vet Free Medical Clinic . just to name a few.
Volunteer Opportunity: We totally rely on the support of our community. We have little money, no overhead and Community Action Connection offers us a wonderful space at no charge. We are in need of cash donations and donations of yarn, flannel, fleece, fabric and notions. Last year we were able to make and distribute over 3,500 warm items to those in need.
Rascal Rodeo - (509) 528-5947
Rascal Rodeo is committed to producing Exceptional Rodeos that share the adrenaline rush & sense of accomplishment of the western way of life with special needs athletes who fight battles in a different arena. Our events take place in several locations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Volunteer Opportunity: Do you have a heart? Then you can be a volunteer. Come and buddy up with a participant and show them love while having what might be the best time you've ever had! You can help with registration, trailering horses, and helping the riders.
Rebuilding Mid-Columbia - Crystal Carter - (509) 420-4854
Rebuilding Mid-Columbia, formed in April 2016, is a non-profit organization that offers no cost housing repair to low income homeowners.
Volunteer Opportunity: Rebuilding Mid-Columbia is need of construction crews and individuals to assist with marketing and event planning. Please register online.
Regional Service Corps-AmeriCorps - 321 W. Lewis in Pasco - (509) 546-0180
The Regional Service Corps - AmeriCorps has grown to serve more than a dozen schools and even more community organizations with an average force of 30 Corps Members per year. Hundreds of people from all walks of life have brightened the lives of others while improving themselves through our unique Leadership Enhancement Program that's widely recognized as a best practice in the National Service field.
Volunteer Opportunity: Project Literacy is a reading tutor program for our local elementary schools. The goal is to bring volunteers into the schools to assist emergent readers. Volunteers spend as little as 30 minutes a week reading to or being read to by a student.
Repeat Boutique - 22 W. Kennewick Ave. - (509) 619-0600
Repeat Boutique offers high quality, gently used furniture, housewares, decor, clothing and accessories. As a non-profit store, each purchase from Repeat Boutique will support Chaplaincy Hospice Care and the services provided to patients and families both in home and at the Hospice House.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to staff the store in a variety of positions including, sales, cashier, receiving and recovery. Training will be provided. Come volunteer at this exciting endeavor and support a great organization.
Responding to Autism - 4206 W 24th Ave. B-101 in Kenewick - (509) 396-9230
Responding to Autism is dedicated to providing the best practices for treatment of families, children, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With over 15 years of experience in the field, specializing in autism interventions and parent and professional training, we bring an understanding of the many obstacles encountered, support needed, and joy that can come from teaching or having a child with special needs.
Volunteer Opportunity: We have a variety of programs and events that we welcome volunteers! If you are interested in being added to our volunteer list, please download our volunteer application and fax or mail it in to us! For assisting autistic children - contact Christine Lindgren at (509) 396-9230.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program - 2139 Van Giesen St. in Richland - (509) 946-4645
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), coordinated by the Catholic Family Child Services in the Tri-Cities, provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP works in conjunction with the AmeriCorps Senior RSVP program.
Volunteer Opportunity: Seniors volunteer for a number of services including Meals on Wheels, Tri-Cities Food Bank, Fine Arts Reading Radio, and Project Literacy. A project of Benton Franklin RSVP is S.H.A.K.E. (Seniors Helping All Kids' Education). Each year S.H.A.K.E. helps by providing 1000s of school supplies to students in need which are distributed to 79 public schools throughout Benton and Franklin Counties.
Richland Rod & Gun Club - P.O. Box 337 in Richland
The Richland Rod & Gun Club is an organized group of hunters, fishermen, and conservationists who share a common interest in the outdoors. If you enjoy the outdoors and have a passion for preserving our natural resources, the Club probably has a volunteer opportunity for you. The Club meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the first non holiday Tuesday of each month at the Richland Public Library.
Volunteer Opportunity: Each year the Club participates in a number of work projects and events that improve wildlife habitat, educate young hunters/fisherman, and raise funds for Club projects. You can post a message on our Facebook page.
Royal Family Kids
Royal Family KIDS is designed to help heal the emotional scars of abuse left in the children who social services have stepped in to protect. Royal Family KIDS Camp in Pasco is a five day summer resident camp for children ages 6-11 who have been or are in the Foster Care system. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun week of positive memories for the Campers.
Volunteer Opportunty: You can be vital part by sponsoring a Camper through the Starfish Club ($35 per month), helping at one of our fundraisers, or volunteering in one of the many projects before and during Camp that need to be done in order for Camp to take place.
Safe Harbor Crises Nursery - 1111 N. Grant Place in Kennewick - (509) 783-5734
Safe Harbor Support Center is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens when there are no other alternatives. Safe Harbor Support Center also provides outreach, support and training to assist families in establishing a safe and stable environment.
Volunteer Opportunity: Safe Harbor Support Center is always in need of volunteers. Opportunities include meal planning and cooking, assisting in child care, gardening, general maintenance and repairs, clerical work, holding food and clothing drives, christmas gift drives and support, plus more. You can also help out at their Sails Outlet thrift store located at 408 N Fruitland St. in Kennewick.
Save the Old NAS Pasco Tower - 4102 N Stearman Ave. in Pasco - (509) 547-6271
Save the old NAS Pasco Control Tower is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is working to save and restore the original and historic Naval Air Station Control Tower / Hangar #2 located at the Tri-Cities Airport. Imagine a local aviation museum full of displays, photos, memorabilia, artifacts and airplanes!
Volunteer Opportunity: We need your help to bring this landmark back to life by donating and volunteering. We have weekly work parties on Fridays & Saturdays from 8 a.m. - Noon. Please check in at Bergstrom's office to be escorted to the old tower building. Please bring your own appropriate protective gear such as gloves, eye protection, hat and work shoes. The non-profit will provide dust masks.
Second Harvest - 5825 Burlington Loop in Pasco - (509) 545-0787
Second Harvest has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. Second Harvest distributes over 2 million pounds of free food each month to help people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers make it possible to feed 55,000 people each week. You can find food assistance at a nearby food bank.
Volunteer Opportunity: You can be part of the solution to hunger! Join other volunteers at Second Harvest's Pasco distribution facility (5825 Burlington Loop) to help sort and pack produce and nonperishable food items for area food banks and meal sites. They also need delivery drivers and office support. You may also contribute food and cash donations.
Skills Development Mission - 21 S. Cascade St. in Kennewick - (509) 308-6748
The Skills Development Mission, Inc. (SDM) is a multiethnic organization whose mission is to reach, teach, and empower under-privileged, under-represented, and under-skilled, providing them the resources they need to succeed. In addition, SDM is a center where people learn tolerance because of the diverse ethnic, religious, and multi-cultural participants. Our programs include: Adult Literacy/Writing Assistance, After-school Programs & Tutoring, Character and Tolerance Building, CNA Training, Computer Skills, ESL, GED Preparation, Literacy, and Minority Science Research Mentoring.
Volunteer Opportunity: Individual opportunities are available in the following areas: Reading Program, Cleaning and Center Maintenance, Homework Help, Math & Science Tutoring, Bible Study, and Computer Skills.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - 215 S 6th Ave. in Pasco - (509) 544-9315
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides assistance including food, clothing, and emergency support to more than 4000 families in need and relies on 60 to 70 volunteers each week to provide our wide range of services and programs.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer projects include assisting with the food bank and the clothing/household room, and supporting community services such as supervising Benton/Franklin County Juvenile Justice mandated community service hours and supervising high school students during their senior community service project.
Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) - 1458 Fowler St. in Richland - (509) 374-5391
The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) offers services to all community members in Benton and Franklin counties. We provide 24-hour client services for victims of sexual violence, in addition to offering preventive education and awareness. SARC also seeks to identify gaps in services and works with the community to find solutions.
Volunteer Opportunity: SARC has two types of volunteer advocates 1) Crisis Line Advocates, and 2) Hospital Advocates. Crisis Line Advocates man our 24-hour crisis line from their homes. They provide crisis intervention, support and advocacy. Hospital advocates respond to rape calls at local hospitals. All advocates must complete 34 hours of state certified training and maintain 12 hours of on-going training on an annual basis. The 34 hour advocate training is offered by SARC twice per year.
The ARC of Tri-Cities - 1455 SE Fowler St. in Richland - (509) 783-1131
The Arc of Tri-Cities helps create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in society to their greatest potential. The Arc of Tri-Cities annually serves more than 2,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Volunteer Opportunity: The following are a few areas where we are recruiting volunteers: Special Events - need volunteers to participate on planning committees and to help with set-up and registration at the events, Day Program - need volunteers to help with respite and vocational services to adults with severe to moderate disabilities, Summer Camps - The Arc of Tri-Cities runs a variety of local summer camps for kids ages 2-21 with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
The Pit Bull Pen - Trish Trickit - (509) 588-9993
The The Pit Bull Pen is a non-profit organization dedicated to pit bull rescue, adoption and educating the public about the breed. The Pit Bull Pen is a foster-based rescue we do not house dogs at a facility at this time. Fostering is a great way to not only learn about pet care it can also provide potential adopters the opportunity to become acquainted with potential pets before making a lifelong commitment.
Volunteer Opportunity: As a non-profit organization, The Pit Bull Pen is completely run by volunteers. Our volunteers help with everyday operations: fundraising, social media, event setup, dog walking, and more. Sign up if you are interested in helping us!
The Richland Players - 608 The Parkway in Richland - (509) 943-1991
The Richland Players is committed to serving the Mid-Columbia region by entertaining, inspiring, and educating audiences and artists through the shared experience of live theatre.
Volunteer Opportunity: We are always on the lookout for people to clean, run hospitality, act, costume, find props, dress the set, build, run lights and sound, and do hair/makeup, or join a committee! Interested in helping out? Email [email protected] your name, best way of contact, and what you would be interested in doing. We'll get you on our email list for volunteer opportunities.
Therapeutic Innovation & Recovery - 2625 Brunea Pl #D in Kennewick - (509) 222-1030
Therapeutic Innovation & Recovery operates a day center to provide a safe place for the homeless and at risk homeless to hang out and utilize our resources for their benefit. The center utilizes a model of recovery by offering those in need a opportunity to gain referral infomation, counseling, hygiene products and other needs. The services are free and participants do not have to be part of a program to use our services.
Volunteer Opportunity: Helping is easy. You can come down and offer your time for general support and clerical duties or drop off donations even if it's a small one - donations of all sizes are helpful. We also ask people to help by simply getting our name out there and making sure all those who are in need get the help they need.
Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities - 6208 Argent Rd. in Pasco - (509) 430-2215
Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities (TROT) aspires to provide within our community, a center which promotes the physical, psychological and social well-being of persons with disabilities through their interaction with a therapeutic team consisting of a horse or dog, an instructor and/or therapist and volunteers.
Volunteer Opportunity: There are many ways you can join and help TROT: Riding lesson volunteer, Stable Maintenance, Horse Care and Training, Fundraising, Help providing general office assistance, answering phone calls, mailings, computer or social media marketing and manning booths at community functions are always needed.
Tri-Cities Animal Shelter & Control Services - 1312 S. 18th Ave. in Pasco - (509) 545-3740
The Tri-Cites Animal Shelter & Control Services is managed by a non profit organization (A2Z Animal Sheltering Services). We enforce the three cities' municipal codes and are allowed to keep the animals and put them up for adoption following their required 72 hour hold. Our funding is for the enforcement side of things not the adoption side. We graciously accept donations to help with the medical/spay & neuter and adoption of the wonderful homeless pets we receive on a daily basis.
Volunteer Opportunity: You can help cats, dogs, puppies and kittens feel like they are more at home and that people DO CARE! Here is a few ways you can help our shelter animals - Bring a leash (and a picture ID) and take a dog or puppy outside to play or for a walk, Pet the adult cats, Sit in the male or female kitten room and enjoy the little guys & gals, and/or Organize a fundraiser at your school, work, neighborhood or church.
Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation - 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Bldg A in Kennewick - (509) 737-3413
The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation supports the needs of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center which supports the needs of cancer patients and families of the Tri-Cities community. Donations made to the Foundation stay in our community and provide resources for patient-focused support services.
Volunteer Opportunity: Each year volunteers at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center provide nearly 5000 hours of service. There are a number of different volunteer opportunities including: Patient Greeter, Resource Center Attendant, Ralph R. Peterson Resource Library Aid, Office Assistant, Special Events, The Guild, and The Men's Club.
Tri-Cities Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby - email: [email protected]
The Tri-Cities Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby empowers everyday people to work together on climate change solutions such as the national carbon fee and dividend legislation. The Tri-Cities Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby builds and demonstrates political will for climate change solutions by organizing public events such as presentations and film showings, advocating solutions through the media, seeking endorsements from business and thought leaders, and meeting with our Congressional Representatives and their staff.
Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for help with outreach to Latinos, outreach to students, outreach to farmers, outreach to businesses, publicizing events, and MailChimp composing. Email [email protected]
Tri-Cities Food Bank - 420 W. Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 582-0411
The Tri-Cities Food Bank provides emergency food to the needy residents of Richland, West Richland, Kennewick, Finley, and Benton City. In 2014 we served more than 159,000 family members. On average more than 15 tons of food are distributed weekly and about 40% of the people served by the Tri-Cities Food Bank are children.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed in a number of capacities, including forklift operators and pickup truck drivers (critical need), the pantry/food assembly area, and up front with customers each day the food bank is open. Are you an electrician, plumber, carpenter, auto mechanic? We could use your help with our equipment and facilties when a vital resource breaks down!
Tri-Cities Soccer Association - 6160 Burden Bvld. in Pasco - (509) 544-0276
The Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association (T-CYSA) was organized to provide equal opportunities for boys and girls age 4 through 19 to learn and play the great game of soccer. We organize local games, coordinate league play, host regional tournaments, and field teams that participate in tournaments throughout the region.
Volunteer Opportunity: T-CYSA is looking for coaches! If you have coaching experience and/or want to give back to our youth please sign up to coach. You pick the practice days and times and we provide the rosters and schedule. There is a constant need for volunteers to be referees. It is true that referees do get paid AND you can get your volunteer hours completed while you get paid!
Tri-City Union Gospel Mission - 112 N. 2nd Ave. in Pasco - (509) 547-2112
Tri-City Union Gospel Mission serves homeless and impoverished people in southeast Washington and northeast Oregon communities. They offer 24 hour emergency shelter, meals, food boxes, clothing & furniture, and addiction recovery support services.
Volunteer Opportunity: Food Pantry Help (organizing & rotating food), Women's Clothing Room (sorting, sizing,organizing), Serving Meals (lunch or dinner), Community Food Box Assembly (Wednesday evenings), Fixing things around the mission (building repairs, painting, etc.), Clerical needs in the office, Janitorial services, and more. They also have a long list of immediate needs.
Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity - 303 Wellsian Way in Richland - (509) 943-5555
Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity is founded on the conviction that every person should have a simple, decent, affordable, home in which to live in dignity and safety. The Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs homes in partnership with volunteers. The Habitat Store is a unique thrift store that supports the work of Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds help us build and repair homes for qualified families in our community.
Volunteer Opportunity: Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers with a range of experience and talents to help build and repair homes, to help run the Habitat store, and to provide office support.
Trios Health - 900 S. Auburn St. in Kennewick - (509) 221-7000
Trios Health, formerly Kennewick General Hospital, is a multi-faceted public healthcare system that primarily serves the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland) and surrounding communities.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed for the following service areas: Information desk, Surgical waiting room assistant, Sunshine cart (reading materials, Gift shop, Escort, Fundraising, Auxiliary, Service projects, and Clerical support. Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of four hours per week for at least six months. Volunteers will be rewarded with some special benefits: Free meal with every 4-hour shift, Free use of a uniform jacket, Free annual tuberculosis tests and flu shots, Quality training and educational opportunities, and Recognition activities.
United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties - 401 N. Young St. in Kennewick - (509) 783-4102
United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties improves lives in our community through Community Solutions which is the name given to the way our work is prioritized. Based upon community collaboration, it was determined that the most pressing needs in Benton and Franklin Counties fall into four main areas: education, health, safety, and self-sufficiency. The work of United Way is directed by the needs within each of these areas.
Volunteer Opportunity: The United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties provides a list of volunteers needed for its partner agencies. So check out the list.
Walk to Defeat ALS® - Elizabeth Loomis - email:[email protected] - (208) 615-1458
More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year.
Volunteer Opportunity: The Walk to Defeat ALS® is only made possible by the passion and dedication of our wonderful volunteers. You can help by being a Walk Committee Volunteer, Pre-Walk Volunteer and/or Walk Day Volunteer.
Washington State STEM Education Foundation - (509) 420-9316
The Washington State STEM Education Foundation, a non-profit organization located in the Tri-Cities, is a national model for generating passionate support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in public education.
Volunteer Opportunity: Please join the talented and dedicated STEM professionals who volunteer to help young people experience STEM in action and prepare for high-demand, high paying STEM careers. If you share our vision for a brighter future through STEM education, please contact us at 509-420-9316 or email [email protected]
Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop - 218 West Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick, (509) 820-3047
Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop is a co-op that offers bicycle related services, products, and facilities to the community. The co-op's goals are to expand bicycle usage and knowledge by providing public access to educational materials, workspace, and tools/parts through a member owned and supported central location, and invite the community to Learn, Repair, and Ride.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to provide general help around the shop, greeting people during open shop, teaching classes, leading bike rides, utilizing your graphic design skills, art projects, and everything in between. Let us match your skills with our needs to make every moment you spend volunteering meaningful. Wheelhouse hosts a Volunteer Night on the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wine Country Bully Rescue - (509) 416-6093 - Kennewick
Wine Country Bully Rescue (WCBR) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit pit bull and bully breed rescue located in SE Washington State. We are an all-volunteer, foster-based organization. Our mission is to 1) rescue and re-home canines in need, with primary consideration being given to the pit bull and bully breeds, 2) provide safe harbor, proper medical attention and altering (spay/neuter) to dogs in our care, and 3) educate adopters about responsible pet ownership, specifically as it relates to the pit bull and bully breeds.
Volunteer Opportunity: Whether you are interested in working with the dogs in our program or working behind the scenes to support our rescue cause, we need you! We ask that you complete a WCBR Volunteer Application, available for electronic completion and submission. Due to insurance requirements, we do ask that all applicants be at least 18 years old to volunteer with WCBR.
Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities - 713 Jadwin Ave., Room 11, in Richland, (509) 713-6553
The mission of Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities (WHWF-TC) is to empower women and children to create healthy families and a vibrant community. Throughout Benton and Franklin counties, WHWF-TC will: raise awareness of the unmet needs of women and children, raise money that supports community programs that make a positive difference for women and children, and foster the growth of women philanthropists.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers take an active role in the WHWF-TC by helping to put on our annual fundraising luncheon, recruiting Table Captains, and educating community members about our mission.
World Relief Tri-Cities - 2600 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 206 in Richland - (509) 734-5477
For over 20 years, World Relief Tri-Cities and many churches, volunteers and organizations have been serving new refugees. We help new refugees with their basic needs upon arrival in the United States. We help refugees and other immigrants with employment and related services so that they can move toward self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. We guide refugees through the long process of reuniting with family members left behind and help refugees and other immigrants apply for U.S. Citizenship.
Volunteer Opportunity: Mentors get connected with the new refugee family as soon as possible after arrival. Each relationship is different, but the cornerstone is that you make a commitment to try to spend at least two hours a week with the refugee for 12 weeks. You may find yourself spending more time and helping with some of the following: English practice (World Relief has books you can use), Shopping – food, thrift stores for clothing and household needs, Helping World Relief with the numerous appointments during the first few weeks, Showing them how to use the bus, Looking for work with them, Helping them understand bills and letters, Sharing your life with them and learning about theirs – food, culture, history, and Accessing medical services as needed.
WSU Extension Master Gardener Program - 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102 in Kennewick - (509) 735-3551
The purpose of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners (MG's) provide information generated from research at WSU and other university systems.
Today's Master Gardener volunteers teach local community members to: manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection reduce the impact of invasive species and, increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening.
Volunteer Opportunity: The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community.
In Benton and Franklin Counties, training is held annually during the winter and early spring starting in mid-January. Classes are three hours in length and are usually on Tuesday afternoons from late January until the first week of May. Forty to fifty new volunteers typically apply to participate in the program each year.
YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities - 1234 Columbia Park Trail in Richland - (509) 374-1908
The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y nurtures the development of children and teens, equips and encourages people to improve their health and well-being and mobilizes volunteers and community partners to address critical social needs.
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers play an active role on the Board of Trustees, in committees and fundraising, as coaches, at family events and as program support. Volunteers are needed for youth sports, day camp, child care, office duties, and maintenance.
You Medical - 5040 W Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 491-1101 and 817 N 14th St. in Pasco - (509) 544-7820
You Medical (formerly the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network) offers compassionate and competent care to those who are pregnant and parenting. By offering medically accurate information in a caring, non-judgmental setting, clients are able to make well-informed decisions about pregnancy and sexual health. Our two locations offer free services including: pregnancy tests with ultrasound confirmation, options counseling, and prenatal/parenting education. Because we value life, we do not perform or refer for abortions.
Volunteer Opportunity: We have a growing base of Spanish-speaking clients. Please call us to find out how you can use your bilingual abilities to serve others. You Medical is seeking volunteers in all areas: Front Desk/Reception, Data Entry, Boutique Support, Peer Counselor, and Special Projects & Events.
Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Benton/Franklin County - Kristi Haynes, Program Coordinator - (509) 528-1108
Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Benton/Franklin County is a prevention education program that is focused on reducing suicidal behaviors among youth. We work towards that goal by raising public awareness, facilitating training and supporting communities in taking action. We do not provide counseling for depressed and/or suicidal youth or telephone crisis intervention.
Volunteer Opportunity: attend health fairs and distribute materials, package key chains and posters for school campaigns, and support fundraising events. We can provide unpaid internship placements in public health, marketing, and communications.
Thrift & Specialty Stores
Atomic City Thrift - 1420 Jadwin Ave. in Richland - (509) 946-1221
Atomic City Thrift is a locally owned and community focused second hand store that has partnered with local organizations Safe Harbor and Mirror Ministries in order to be an active partner in building a strong community and touching lives locally in the Tri-City area.
Beautiful Threads - 3616 West 27th Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 795-2540
Beautiful Threads clothing closet is here to help fostering families who take in a child or youth, when they are unprepared with clothing and hygiene items. It is very common that children or youth arrive at your home, and come with very little clothes and every day basic necessities. With the every day hardships of taking in a new placement, Beautiful Threads helps provide immediate clothing and basic needs for foster families.
Community Thrift - 303 Wellsian Way in Richland - (509) 315-1970
Community Thrift seeks to simplify the donation process for customers, and broaden the use of funds raised from resale of donations. We aim to generate funds for local community projects, and nonprofits. Simply download our free "Community Thrift" mobile application and schedule your donation pickup today.
Goodwill Industries of the Columbia - Several locations in the Tri-Cities
Goodwill Industries of the Columbia has provided education, training, and employment services, all geared to help individuals overcome disabilities and other social disadvantages and to obtain independence and self-sufficiency through the power of work. Your donations of merchandise and patronage at our stores help us to provide our services. There are three thrift stores operating in the Tri-Cities and several donation collection sites:
- Pasco: 3521 West Court Street - (509) 547-7717
- Kennewick: 2905 W Kennewick Ave - (509) 783-2449
- Richland: 201 Wellsian Way - (509) 946-4575
Hope Outfitters - 1341 George Washington Way, Unit E in Richland
Hope Outfitters is a mission minded company selling designed and branded clothing and decals. 100% of the profits from your purchase will go towards projects aimed at helping the less fortunate locally and around the world.
Hospice Benefit Shop (HoBS) - 612 5th St. in Prosser - (509) 786-7435
The Hospice Benefit Shop (HoBS) is a thrift store in Prosser that provides much needed financial support to the Pediatric Palliative Care Program offered by Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care. This thrift store is operated by volunteers.
Jenny's Thrift Store - 108 1/2 Vista Way in Kennewick
Jenny's Thrift Store opened with the goal to donate unsold clothes, warm winter gear and toiletries to homeless shelters in the Tri-Cities. The store accepts donations and thoroughly sanitizes the items up for sale.
New Beginnings Thrift Store - 1016 Lee Blvd. in Richland - (509) 946-7231
New Beginnings Thrift Store was started in 2007 to help support the Tri-cities Pregnancy Network. We are also a proud supporter of Domestic Violence Services.
Repeat Boutique - 5710 N Road 68, Suite 104 in Pasco - (509) 792-1457 and 1331 George Washington Way in Richland - (509) 940-5599
Repeat Boutique offers high quality, gently used furniture, housewares, decor, clothing and accessories. As a non-profit store, each purchase from Repeat Boutique will support Chaplaincy Hospice Care and the services provided to patients and families both in home and at the Hospice House.
Sails Outlet - 408 N Fruitland St. - (509) 586-8599
The Sails Outlet for Safe Harbor Support Center is an upscale thrift store that was established to offset the operating expenses of Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery. The store is run by a group of about 30 hardworking volunteers.
Seattle Children's Kennewick Bargain Boutique - 2810 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 783-0225
Seattle Children's operates a clinic in Richland. Your donations of merchandise and patronage at Seattle Children's Kennewick Bargain Boutique can help ensure that the best medical care will always be available to the children of our region.
Shop & Drop - 424 N Fruitland Ave. in Kennewick - (509) 396-7398
Shop & Drop has a little bit of everything. If you buy or donate items you are helping someone to be remembered because part of proceeds help purchase gravestones for people who cannot afford one.
St. Vincent Center - 120 N Morain St. in Kennewick - (509) 783-7020
St. Vincent Centers provides assistance to thousands of families each year through its three thrift stores, emergency services programs and food bank. The assistance provided offers crisis relief to those facing hardship by providing clothing, household items, food and shelter. Donated items are sold in our thrift store to help fund assistance programs or given to families experiencing need at no charge.
Teen Challenge Resale & Donation Center - 1120 W Sylvester St. in Pasco - (509) 547-2341
The Teen Challenge Resale & Donation Center is one of several thrift stores operated by the Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge non-profit organization as part of our commitment to providing recovery services to men and women who struggle with life-controlling problems. Our stores not only provide an essential source of income for our centers, but also an important training component for our students.
The Habitat Store - 313 Wellsian Way in Richland - (509) 943-1330
The Habitat Store is a unique thrift store that supports the work of Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity. We receive donations of new and used (in good condition) items from individuals, businesses and other community members to be sold to the general public. Proceeds help us build and repair homes for qualified families in our community, keep waste from landfills, and supports reduce-reuse-recycle.
Tri-Cities Autism Thrift Store - 731 N Columbia Center Blvd. Suite 114 in Kennewick
Tri-Cities Autism Thrift Store isn't your typical second hand store. We will be providing quality up-cycled items plus an opportunity for those with Autism and other intellectual disabilities to obtain job skills training. In addition, our non-profit business will be using proceeds from our sales to help support other local Autism organizations.
Meet Our Team
Where to begin… Robin has always had a love for animals since she was just a little girl. Though challenged in the beginning by what she’d been exposed to in the rescue world, her love has grown in to a “passion” and she realized there was no longer a choice and her purpose is to save as many dogs as she can. The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan is her favorite show she recognized how critical it is to learn and share awareness of rehabilitating dogs and training people.
Robin had been saving dogs on her own and through other rescue groups for 5+ years when she finally decided to grow her own rescue and spread selflessness to these precious creatures who give and teach us so much as therapy dogs, military dogs and companion dogs. She believes in unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness, educating children on how to respect and be responsible, opening our hearts and so much more. Her experiences through the years have proved how special these animals are. She is a huge advocate against animal abuse or neglect, and stands for tough laws for the voiceless.
Kate has loved dogs all her life. She is one of those annoying people who can’t let a dog pass by without stopping you to ask what kind of dog it is, how old and if it can be pet — takes a long time to walk up Church Street!
Kate grew up with a Boarder Terrier named Ida who was her best friend. She graduated form UVM in 2003 and has been full time dental hygienist in Burlington since. Shortly after graduation she met her husband and together they got a dog. At 23 and 27 years old they had no idea what they were in for. He was a terrier mix and his name was Duncan. Through trial and error with Duncan they learned a lot about how to handle the unexpected. He was the center of their lives for 12 years. In 2014 he died suddenly and unexpectedly. They were at a loss. Unsure if they were ready for another dog yet or what type of dog they were looking for fostering seemed like a great idea.
On July 4, 2015 they meet there first foster at transport. His name was Brodie and 4 days later they officially adopted him. A few months later they were ready for another foster. Taco came off transport underweight and scared, but tail wagging. Taco was adopted by them 2 weeks later. Both Brodie and Taco were hours away from euthanasia when Passion 4 Paws stepped in and saved them. Taco needed expensive veterinary care to treat heartworm which the rescue covered. If it weren’t for Passion 4 Paws, Brodie and Taco would not be here. Kate and JP volunteer with Passion 4 Paws to help give other dogs a chance at finding there happily ever afters. Kate partners with Jeannine to organize and support our fosters and volunteers.
Tamara is an animal lover and a firm believer in second chances. She joined the rescue community back in 2012 when she began fostering rescued dogs in need via Potters Angels Rescue. Having grown up around animals, this came naturally and continued to be a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience as she went on to foster 60+ dogs over the years all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages with a soft spot for those bully breeds!
Tamara teamed up with Robin in 2013 and together they launched Passion 4 Paws, the newest and hippest of dog rescues here in Chittenden County. In addition to fostering, she heads up the planning and marketing of our fundraising and adoption events within our community supporting our efforts to find the best homes possible for each and every one of the dogs we save.
Jeannine and Robin have known each other for years and when she unexpectedly lost her beloved boxer mix rescue, she noticed Robin posting dogs in need of foster or adoption. Within a short time, one caught her eye and the connection was undeniable. She adopted Doug (aka Fox) in 2014 at their meet and greet (on her birthday!!). In July of 2015, she wanted to give back to this remarkable rescue and began volunteering at adoption events and fundraisers. Along came a pup in need of a foster home that pulled at her heart strings, so with the help of her husband Joe, daughter Keller, son Cameron and her two beloved dogs Benni and Doug, they have since fostered several of our success stories. With Jeannine and her family’s love and passion for dogs, they have opened their home and hearts to these very special pups.
Jeannine went on to accept the VIP role of our Foster Team Leader. She is the “go to” person that oversees all foster dogs and their families, provides assistance with resources/materials, coordinating emails, RSVP’s for adoption/fundraising events and general fostering questions/concerns. If you would like more information on our Foster Program or help with your foster write-up’s, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Steph started volunteering at a local dog rescue walking dogs and taking them out on hikes with her. The more time she spent with these dogs, the more she realized how misunderstood they were. Their stories inspired her to do more and to become more involved – so she began fostering dogs with Passion 4 Paws. Stepheni joined Passion 4 Paws in July of 2015 and has taken on many different roles.
“I have laughed, I have cried, I have learned A LOT, but most of all I can’t imagine my life not being part of rescue. I value any role I play in helping a dog find their way… home”
And after over a year of fostering, she “ foster failed” with Abe, a young pup who came along who Steph couldn’t imagine her life without. After adopting Abe, and what this “shelter dog” has brought to her life, rescue work only became more important to her. Her favorite days are spent out on the trail with rescue pups!
Please contact Steph if you are looking for an update on your adoption application!
Lauren grew up in Connecticut and moved to Vermont in the Summer of 2016. Soon after, she got a very goofy, sweet, and outgoing chocolate lab, Ryder that helped her gain more experience working with dogs (they’ve completed 5 obedience classes with various trainers and hope to become a therapy dog team in the next couple years), and developed a deeper passion for working with dogs. To save money to buy a home, she started her own dog walking/sitting business on the weekends outside of her full-time job, where she worked with 35 different dogs in one year throughout Chittenden County. After gaining more experience working with various dogs and researching rescues in the Chittenden County area and hearing so many wonderful things about the attention given to every pup and their placement through Passion 4 Paws, Lauren knew she wanted to get involved.
After becoming a volunteer in the Summer of 2018, Lauren and her boyfriend bought a home and started fostering with P4P to provide a safe, loving environment that would provide pups the opportunity to learn, and knew their pup Ryder, was ready to welcome foster pups into their home. In the Spring of 2019, she learned of the Volunteer Team Leader opening and immediately knew that would be something she would love to do. Outside of her full-time job at a local tech company, Lauren loves spending time outdoors with dog, Ryder, and spending weekends helping the rescue with events, transport, and foster dogs in need of a quiet, loving, learning environment.
Jacki strongly believes that all living beings are deserving of a happy life and has spent a lifetime protecting those who lack the strength and or the ability to protect themselves. Whether it be the kitten that was dumped in the woods or the victim of a bully.
In High School, Jacki was known as the friend of the friendless. She has a degree in buying and merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology and was the Vice President of a children’s outerwear company in NYC prior to moving to Vermont. Jacki moved to Vermont in 1990 and bought a family farm where she raised her three children. She also had an equestrian center.
Jacki was a youth and community leader for twenty years. Including 4H, Girl Scouts, Camp Director, Foundation for Excellent Schools liaison, Community Event planner, Author of the grade school Anti Bullying Policy. She now manages the mail center at Middlebury College where she employs and mentors 30 college students. Doing exactly what she loves! Jacki has been rescuing animals all my life. To name a few. As an adult I rescued a parrot whose owner’s abuse caused him so much stress, he plucked all his feathers. A mare and her new born foal who was born in the mud. The mare would only drink water from a puddle when I first got her. She had never been given basic care. She has four dogs. Three of them are rescues from the south.
“My first experience with P4P’s was at the 2017 “More Love Adoption Event” That is where I met Wilson. He was the shy dog, cowering in the corner, who snapped at me when I went to pet him, my fault. I didn’t properly introduce myself. I immediately knew he was the one who needed me most and home we went. He is the sweetest, most loving dog. He just needed a person to take the time to show him he was deserving of love and help him build his confidence.”
Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever. Jacki believes in the work P4P does and is very proud to be a part of this great organization!