Many of BMAC's programs gratefully accept the assistance of community members wishing to take an active part in their community.
In addition to the regular volunteer opportunities listed below, short-term volunteer opportunities arise occasionally. Please call our office at 509-529-4980 to speak with us about your volunteer interests.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
BMAC is 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. A certified Ombuds is a volunteer, observer, listener, detective, communicator, and problem-solver who advocates for residents in long-term care facilities. Each volunteer receives extensive free training and support. Our volunteers find that they enjoy knowing that their volunteer work makes a critical difference in the lives of vulnerable people. Volunteer Ombuds work to protect residents’ rights and dignity, ensure quality care, and prevent neglect, abuse, and other issues.
See the BMAC Ombudsman Page for more information.
Our AmeriCorps Team is seeking individuals that are highly motivated and willing to commit to a 10.5 month, 40+ hours per week term of National Service. The BMAC AmeriCorps service term runs from September through June each year. Our members strive to meet the needs of low-income individuals by expanding services provided to children and adults in our community, while working as a team to engage the community and provide support to a wide range of schools and nonprofits through volunteerism, health education and engaging U.S. veterans in community service throughout Walla Walla, Washington. Our 10-member team meets regularly for professional and personal development and training, as well as team-led service projects. In addition to incredible experience in community-building and service, AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend, health care, child care, and a Segal Education Award to help pay for tuition or student loans for continuing education.
See the BMAC AmeriCorps page for more information.
Help adults learn to read or improve basic skills, and/or to prepare for ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED (Graduation Equivalency Diploma) tests. The schedule is flexible; typically with 1 or 2 hours per week. Approximately 10 hours of training and orientation is provided for each tutor.
See the BMAC Adult Literacy page for more information.
Organize a food drive or help with food distribution. To organize a drive: contact the food warehouse about special needs, collection barrels, banners and pick-up. Volunteers also help with our monthly food distribution, preparing boxes and helping with carry-out and distribution, and are on call for food sorting after major food drives. Volunteers can also help in the Food Bank Garden, caring for the plants that will produce fresh, nutritious vegetables for those in need.
Help grow fresh produce for local food pantries. Garden space is available for individuals, families, club/group, or business to plant, water, weed, and harvest this garden space to grow fruits and vegetables for the BMAC Food Bank. Produce will be distributed to local food pantries through BMAC, where it will be accessible to those in need to take home. Volunteers will have support from BMAC throughout the season. Click here to learn more about this project.
Walla Walla Community Harvest is a gleaning program of Blue Mountain Action Council, partnered with the Whitman College Glean Team to support food assistance programs with fresh and local produce. Our goal is to increase the amount of fresh produce available by gleaning local farms, orchards, gardens, and backyard fruit trees. We believe everyone should have access to fresh and healthy foods.
See the BMAC Food Bank for more information.