Make a difference in your community – volunteer!
Rural Resources depends upon volunteers to work directly with our programs and clients. Scroll down to learn about a few ways you can make a difference in our community:
Help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and all crimes: Volunteers are an integral part of Rural Resources’ Family Support Center and Kids First Children’s Advocacy Center, helping adults who are victims of crime as well as children who suffer abuse. We ask our volunteers to commit to working with us for at least one year after completing a 40-hour pre-service training program. To learn more, email or call the volunteer coordinator at 509-684-3796, or click here to download a volunteer application. Here are a few of the responsibilities our volunteers take on:
- 24-Hour Help Line volunteers provide crisis intervention, information and referrals to callers from their own home on the dates and times they choose during evenings, weekends and holidays.
- Office and Court Advocates work directly with victims who come to the Family Support Center
- SafeHome Providers accept domestic violence victims into their homes for an average stay of one to three nights. The SafeHome is an accepting, comfortable place where the client is safe and can be given emotional and physical support until other housing or legal needs can be met.
- Office/Clerical Support provides office front desk coverage and help with a variety of clerical projects.
- Transporters take clients to SafeHomes, court dates, doctor’s appointments, etc.
- Crisis Day Care Providers work in Rural Resources Family Support Center kids room to care for the children of our clients.
- Medical Advocates work in collaboration with the hospital staff to act as a liaison and advocate for victims.
Be a Head Start classroom or office volunteer: Work in one of our six Head Start classrooms in Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties or volunteer in one of our Head Start offices. You’ll play a role in helping to give low-income preschoolers a real head start on academic success. Email us to learn more.
Give the gift of literacy: Our Adult Literacy Program recruits and trains basic math and reading tutors to assist adult learners in improving basic skills, and/or completing their GED. We will work around tutor and student schedules to provide a learning atmosphere that is beneficial to you both. Potential tutors can email or call Jim Carney at 509-685-6134 to set up an appointment to discuss the requirements of the program and to complete necessary paperwork.
Help make sure no senior goes hungry: Our Senior Nutrition & Meals on Wheels Program needs your help to deliver meals to home bound seniors throughout the Tri-County area. We also need help with a variety of Nutrition Program office functions. If you would like to make a difference in a vulnerable senior’s life please email or call Darlene Visgar at 509-685-6071.
Help your neighbors get to their appointments by providing transportation. Many members of our community are unable to drive due to age, disability or income. If you have a reliable vehicle, insurance, clean driving record and want to help people that need transportation, please email or call Connie Mahugh at 509-685-6113 for an application packet. We reimburse mileage and meal expenses.