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Get Involved / Volunteer

A Generous and Involved Community

The Yakima Valley’s many clubs and organizations bring people together for recreation, to share interests and learn from one another. Volunteer with one or several of these groups to connect socially, support the community and offer care to those in need.

Service Clubs and Volunteer Organizations Become part of a Yakima organization committed to improving the community and supporting the people who live here.

Preservation Groups The Yakima Valley is home to many groups dedicated to preserving the stunning beauty of the areas diverse, natural landscapes and wildlife.

Cultural and Arts Groups Yakima’s devotion to the arts is evidenced throPegasus - Get Involvedugh the dedication of groups that bring cultural experiences to the community.

Community Health and Wellness From local hospitals to groups that serve community members in need of care, find a way to make a difference in someone’s life.

Community and Family Resources An endless network of volunteers make a difference in the Yakima Valley, supporting local communities, building strong families and providing vital services to community members in crisis.

Interest Clubs Whether your passion is cycling or gardening, connect with others who share your interests.

Recreational Clubs Hit the trails, plan a bike trip or paddle whitewater rapids with new friends who share your love of the outdoors. Members of local clubs can guide you to all the best places, classes, and resources.

Service Clubs and Volunteer Organizations

Yakima Greenway Volunteers

Rotary Clubs From drives to support local food banks and warm coat collections for children in need, seven local Rotary clubs are dedicated to improving health, supporting education, and alleviating poverty in Yakima Valley communities. The City of Yakima has three clubs: Yakima Rotary ClubSouthwest Yakima Rotary ClubSunrise Rotary Club; Sunnyside has two clubs with Sunnyside Rotary Club and Daybreak Rotary ClubToppenish and Grandview host one each.

Chambers of Commerce Yakima Valley business and community leaders support their area chambers of commerce which provide valuable legislative support, and professional and workforce development programs and events.  Founded in 1893, the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce is the oldest chamber in partnership with these other community chambers: Central Washington Hispanic ChamberGrandview ChamberGranger ChamberNaches Valley ChamberSelah ChamberSunnyside ChamberToppenish ChamberWapato ChamberYakima Hispanic Chamber, and Zillah Chamber of Commerce.

The Junior League of YakimaKiwanis Volunteers - Tree Cutting (JLY) is a leader in the voluntarism community. The JLY supports the work of other local organizations and encourages community involvement through the effective action and leadership of their trained volunteers who improve the community through signature projects.

Zonta Club of Yakima Valley  One of 1,212 clubs in 65 countries, Zonta is a service organization of professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.  Zonta members volunteer their time, talents, and money to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at furthering women's education and leadership development.

Other Service Clubs and Organizations Work to make a difference and improve the Yakima Valley community through groups such as Yakima Kiwanis and Lions Clubs from Naches and Yakima to Zillah and Granger. Support the work of the United Way throughout Central Washington as they develop initiatives to build and improve community. Volunteer by completing projects for nonprofit agencies during the United Way Day of Caring.

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Preservation Groups

Dedicated to protecting and preserving the Yakima Valley’s diverse landscapes and wildlife, many of these groups create and maintain some of the area’s favorite outdoor spaces.

Cowiche Canyon ConservancyCowich Canyon ConservancyMembers of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy (CCC) are dedicated to preserving the Valley’s heritage of open spaces, stunning scenic vistas, shrub-steppe terrain, and riparian corridors for future generations. Volunteers have created a network of recreational trails winding through natural landscapes from Yakima to the Cascade foothills. Members are currently working with the William O. Douglas Trail Foundation to complete a trail envisioned to stretch from Yakima to Mount Rainier. Completely reliant on members, volunteers and partners to accomplish their goals, the CCC is looking for people who believe in their mission.

Yakima Area Aboretum The Arboretum’s members work together to maintain a living museum and botanical garden in Yakima. Dedicated to educating and inspiring the community with an appreciation of native and adapted non-native plants in the Arboretum’s beautiful setting, they encourage community participation in their programs. Members and volunteers maintain the Xeric Garden, assist with youth programs, help maintain plant records, maintain the grounds, work in the Tree House Museum Store, and participate in Arboretum events and sales.

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Yakima Greenway FoundationFormed in 1980 as a private, nonprofit land trust, the Greenway Foundation conserves, enhances, and maintains the Yakima Greenway as a continuing living resource for future generations. Become a member or volunteer to help maintain the Greenway’s trails, parks, and lakes.

Yakima Valley Audubon Society (YVAS) Dedicated to preserving the Yakima Valley’s natural landscapes for community enjoyment, the YVAS raises awareness about environmental protection and offers education and birding field trips for novice and experienced birders.

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Cultural and Arts Groups

Warehouse Theatre

Yakima’s dedication to the arts is evident through the work of the many organizations bringing art and culture to the community.

Yakima Valley Allied Arts Center of Yakima Since 1962, this nonprofit organization has been coordinating and promoting arts events throughout the Yakima Valley. They support the development of artistic skills and promote community enhancement and economic growth through the arts. With a full-time staff of only three, each year volunteers help Allied Arts hold more than 2 dozen art classes, put on the Fresh Hop Ale Festival, host nearly 100 ArtsVan events, distribute 1,000s of newsletters, host gallery openings and exhibits, offer a juried poetry contest, entertain community members through theatrical productions, and host outdoor movies.

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Capitol Theatre Through approximately 150 outreach projects and community partnerships, the Capitol Theatre Committee (CTC) helps improve quality of life in the Yakima Valley. Among other programs, the CTC brings Capitol Kids arts education to the children of the valley. Volunteers play an integral part in the work of this non-profit organization, whether lending a hand in the office or helping with various community programs and special events.

The Capitol Theatre’s Backstage group works “behind the scenes” to ensure the Capitol Theatre remains a vibrant part of the Yakima Valley. Working to provide a variety of art and entertainment for the community, Backstage raises funds, provides social and leadership opportunities for members, and works to promote community involvement and participation in the Theatre.

Art Gallery Volunteer

The Seasons Performance Hall Help support The Seasons Performance Hall enrich the cultural life of Yakima Valley community members. Members and volunteers share their love of exceptional music by ushering at shows, stuffing envelopes, and through many other opportunities.

Larson Gallery The Larson Gallery Guild promotes and assists with the gallery’s juried exhibitions, art events, artist lectures, and opening receptions. Through fundraising, they support school out-reach programs and guest lectures, provide salaries for the Gallery staff, and furnish office supplies and equipment.

Other Opportunities Find an array of volunteer opportunities supporting the arts and museums throughout the Yakima Valley or join the Yakima Valley Folklife Association.

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Community Health and Wellness

Members of Yakima’s health and wellness organizations help improve the lives of community members, bring comfort to those in need of extra care, and improve the future of healthcare in the Valley.

North Star Lodge Volunteer

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Memorial Hospital celebrated one million volunteer hours between 1950 and 2007. More than 300 active volunteers serve in 80 positions in 57 hospital departments. Hospital volunteers serve at the information desk and gift shop, assist with mailing and special projects, and offer messenger, chaplaincy, and patient room services. Event volunteers work with The Memorial Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network, sharing their time, talents, and energy assisting with a variety of fundraising events.  Memorial's Family of Services offer opportunities to volunteer with patients and staff at the hospital's many off-campus facilities such as North Star Lodge cancer care center, the 'Ohana mammography center, and Home Care Hospice.

Memorial Foundation YouthWorks The YouthWorks Council offers community service opportunities, empowering youth to make a difference through mentoring, volunteer activities, and philanthropy. Hospital volunteer opportunities are available for those older than 16. Several other opportunities, such as mentoring programs at Children’s Village, are open to children 13 and older.

Children's Village_kidsMemorial Hospital’s Children’s Village Children's Village serves children with special health care or developmental needs through clinical and professional services, programs, and the extensive work of volunteers. Parents of children with special needs can volunteer with Parent-to-Parent, offering information and support to other families. Community members are welcome to assist with fundraising efforts. Memorial Hospital’s YouthWorks Village Volunteers program allows kids to help other kids. Their One 2 One program trains volunteer mentors, 13 and older, to participate in recreational activities they may not experience otherwise. Mentors support kids during participation in activities such as swimming or tennis lessons, softball games, and teen club activities. Kids on the Block volunteers provide educational puppet presentations to educate children in the Yakima Valley about disability awareness, medical-educational differences, and social concerns.

Hospital Volunteer

Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center Yakima Regional’s volunteers are a vital part of their patient care team, helping staff deliver outstanding care to both patients and their families. Volunteers welcome visitors, escort patients and family members, deliver flowers, and work on our medical floors with staff. Volunteer opportunities are available for seniors, retirees, professionals, homemakers, students, and anyone else interested in helping others. The hospital requests that student volunteers commit a minimum of six months of service, with eight hours per month.

Sunnyside Community Hospital Volunteers ages 15 years and older assist in nearly every department at Sunnyside Community Hospital. Volunteers help sort and deliver mail, escort patients and offer other services.

Pegasus Volunteers

Pegasus Project Therapeutic Riding Program At the beautiful Tumbleweed Ranch, Pegasus Project volunteers help people living with physical, cognitive, social, and emotional disabilities improve their health and well being by assisting with quality therapeutic riding programs. Through the Pegasus Project’s highly motivational and enriching programs, participants learn horseback riding skills and basic horse care while receiving therapeutic benefits such as improved balance, mobility, muscle tone, coordination and posture, as well as enhanced independence and increased concentration and self-esteem. The Pegasus Project relies on volunteers to assist with each lesson.

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Community and Family Resources

An endless network of volunteers make a difference in the Yakima Valley, supporting local communities and providing vital services to community members in need.

YMCA Aspire Volunteers

YMCA of Yakima Dedicated to helping people of all ages maintain a healthy lifestyle and to supporting and strengthening Valley youth and families, the YMCA provides a range of outreach programs to build leadership and character and improve self-confidence among our youth. A membership organization, the YMCA is supported by the work of committed volunteers. The YMCA’s Aspire Program (Adult-Student Program to Inspire, Relate, and Enrich) matches youth in grades two through eight with a caring adult mentor from the community, creating a lasting, supportive mentoring relationship.

YWCA of Yakima Founded in 1909, the YWCA programs empower women and girls, build self-sufficient women and work toward eliminating family violence. Volunteer with the Family Crisis Program, help with upkeep for the Domestic Violence Shelter, become a domestic violence volunteer advocate or help in the administrative offices.

EPIC (Enterprise for Progress in the Community) Founded by community volunteers, EPIC works hand-in-hand with children, youth and families to enhance their quality of life and strengthen the community. Their programs offer support to families in crisis, children at risk, teens with nowhere to go, and parents under stress. The EPIC Crisis Nursery provides 24-hour respite childcare for families in crisis due to illness, homelessness, job loss or domestic violence. EPIC offers mentoring for mothers in need, mental health and day treatment for children at risk for abuse or neglect, and a variety of programs for youth between the ages of 12 and 17, helping build skills to become productive, healthy members of the community.

Senior volunteers

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) RSVP provides wide range of flexible volunteer opportunities for retired and or semi-retired persons age 55 and older to remain involved in the community and make a difference through meaningful volunteer service. RSVP volunteers use their skills, talents and life experience to help meet critical community needs by serving in schools, childcare centers, police departments, hospitals and other nonprofit and public organizations.

La Casa Hogar

La Casa Hogar “A refuge for women to grow and develop their full potential,” La Casa Hogar serves the diverse population of newly arrived Hispanic immigrant women and children in the Yakima Valley. Their programs help build a foundation for growth, foster a sense of community connection and help empower women and increase self-sufficiency through education and the development of leadership abilities, literacy, 

Camp Prime Time Volunteers

English as a second language, and computer skills. Early learning activities are offered in a children’s learning center. Volunteers teach classes in Spanish, English, GED preparation, computer skills, life skills, and early childhood learning. They assist with marketing, fundraising and event planning, and offer support with technology, grant writing, landscaping, and maintenance.

Camp Prime Time Founded as a way to help children with physical disabilities and serious illnesses experience the outdoors, Camp Prime Time enriches the lives of these children and their families. Camp Prime Time, near Clear Lake, provides an outdoor wilderness experience where families can reconnect. Offered at no expense to families often overburdened with expenses, support from individuals, corporations, and foundations helps meet physical and operational needs. Volunteers make a difference by working at camp and participating in special events and helping with work parties.

Other Community Opportunities From helping families in nee to supporting community revitalization, would-be volunteers can find an endless array of opportunities providing support to those in need and to improve the community.
Meals on Wheels | Yakima Union Gospel Mission |  Yakima Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross |Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity |  Youth Suicide Prevention Program |   YVCC Project Literacy

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Interest Clubs

Find a club for every purpose, from gardening and aviation to chess and horseshoes.

Master Gardeners of Yakima

Master Gardeners Become a Master Gardener and take intensive training courses covering botany, horticulture, entomology, soil management, plant pathology, and pest management. Then, give at least 50 hours to the Yakima Valley gardening community by working in the plant clinic, demonstration garden, and/or the greenhouse, or by volunteering at the Arboretum.

Garden Clubs The Yakima Area Aboretum can help you connect with one of many valley garden clubs that meet in their facilities. Call 509-248-7337 or e-mail for information about clubs such as the Yakima Valley Audobon Society, the Bonsai, Orchid or Iris Societies, or the Washington Native Plant Society.

Mid-Columbia Ninety_Nines Club

Aviation ClubsShare your love of flying with the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter or the Mid-Columbia Ninety-Nines, a group of women pilots who live in Eastern Washington and Oregon.

Yakima Chess Club Now affiliated with the United States Chess Federation, the club welcomes all levels of players to learn and play this strategic game.

Recreational Clubs

Share your passion for sports and outdoors with others.  Below are links to numerous outdoor recreational clubs from cycling to mountain climbing and horseback riding to snowmobiling.  Click on Sports or Outdoor Recreation linking you to more detailed information and links.

Resource Links to Yakima Valley Recreational Clubs
Back Country Horsemen of Washington - Wenas Valley Chapter |  Central Washington Dressage Society | Chinook Cycling Club | Mount Adams Cycling |  The Cascadians | The Yakima Kayak Club | Washington Climbers Coalition | Yakima Fly Fishers Association | Yakima Outdoors | Yakima Skibenders Snowmobile Club | Yakima Valley Boat Club |  Yakima Valley Ski Club Back Country Horsemen - Cowiche Chapter: 509.678.5013 |  Cascade Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club: 509.966.4375 or 930.1700 |  Yakima Climbing Club: 509-965-9262

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"We have more and more culture coming all the time; we have the Capitol Theatre and The Seasons for music and entertainment, great restaurants, it's just a beautiful place to live and raise your family." - Lisa Shields-Long, Shields Bag & Printing