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Walk in the Park

Volunteer time, skills & compassion to others!  

Time & Talents

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,

all of which have the potential to turn a life around."  --Leo Buscaglia

 

TALENTS - WE ALL HAVE THEM. LET'S USE THEM TO BENEFIT OTHERS!

Volunteering

COMPANIONS ANIMALS CENTER (formerly Kootenai Humane Society)

  • 10275 N. Atlas Rd., Hayden, ID  83835

  • 208-772-4019

  • Provide temporary foster home/care

  • Rescues & adopts more than 2,000 pets each year; adoptions by app't

  • "No-Kill Philosophy" means a time limit is never placed on how long cats, dogs & other pets can stay at center

  • 100% donation funded

  • Thrift store worker, customer service, maintenance & fund-raising

ELDERHELP OF NORTH IDAHO

  • 9420 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID  83835

  • 208-661-8870

  • Join a team - firewood, office or handyman (repairs, building ramps, handrails).

"FIT & FALL PROOF" EXERCISE PROGRAM

  • Panhandle Health District, 8500 N. Atlas Rd., Hayden, ID 83835

  • 208-415-5242 (Gary)

  • Free, 6-hour training

  • Volunteer 3-4 hours a week to teach exercise-based fall prevention classes.

  • Classes target ages 65+, however, are open to all ages.

THE FURRY FARM RESCUE

  • 208-755-0879 or email ffr@thefurryfarmrescue.org 

  • Provides enriching & nurturing foster homes for rescued animals

  • Cares for medical needs & gives training needed for success

  • Finds foster homes prior to "forever" homes

  • Holds adoption events

  • Liason between Owner Surrender animals & foster homes

  • Volunteer positions include: transport helpers, photographer in Rathdrum vicinity,  writers for grants & social media/website posts, graphic designer, & adoption event assistants

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

  • 600 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID  83815

  • 208-334-8416 (Cathy)

  • "Adopt a Highway" - litter pick-up

  • "Operation Wildflower" - wildflower planting

  • "Rest Area Activities Program" - dispense refreshments to motorists at rest areas (for non-profit groups).

  • "Safe Kids" - become a car seat safety technician.

  • "WHALE (We Have A Little Emergency) Program" - distribute child ID stickers for child care seats. Info - 208-334-4460.

KOOTENAI HEALTH

  • 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814

  • 208-625-4646

  • Mail pick-up/delivery, answer phones, transport patients, deliver flowers/mail/gifts, gift shop, pet therapy, teen volunteer program, "way-finding", injury prevention, special events, car seat technician,  nurse volunteer.

 

KOOTENAI ENVIRONMENTAL ALLLIANCE

  • 206 Indiana Ave., Suite 112, Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814​

  • 208-667-9093 (Audra)

  • Help with events/programs, office, research, writer, speaker, fundraising.

LEMONS OF LOVE

  • "When life gives you lemons, laugh out loud."

  • Purpose is to bring comfort & joy to those in our area undergoing chemotherapy

  • Fabric chemo bags filled with comforting items are lovingly stitched by volunteers at a rate of about 60 per month. 

  • Distributed to patients at cancer treatment centers in CdA, Post Falls, St. Maries, Sandpoint

  • To become a stitcher, or to help in other ways, call Cathy Kobs at 208-659-0223, or email lemonsoflovenw@gmail.com

LAKE CITY TRAIL ALLIANCE

  • Coordinates trail work by planning, building & maintaining mountain biking trails in North Idaho

  • Works with gov't agencies (City of CdA-Canfield Natural Area) as well as Bureau of Land Management & Forest Service

  • Volunteers welcome & needed

  • Contact - Dan Eyman at dan@lakecitytrailalliance.com 

THE LITERACY PROJECT OF NORTH IDAHO

  • Office location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, 875 W. Garden Ave., Room 256, CdA

  • 208-450-2669 or email info@theliteracyprojectni.org 

  • Offers classes in basic English speaking & conversation - ESL

  • "Literacy for Little Ones" for parents & preschoolers ages 2-5

  • Open to all in the community - FREE of charge!

  • Volunteers who can read & write English fluently are needed to help adults achieve goals in basic English reading, writing & speaking. Training provided. 

  • "It's never too late to learn."

NORTH IDAHO CASA (COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE)

  • 1417 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814

  • 208-667-9165 Coeur d'Alene  |  208-818-3916 Kellogg

  • Trained volunteer child advocates are appointed to represent the best interest of children who are abused & neglected, & are involved in active Child Protective Act cases. 

NORTH IDAHO SENIOR COMPANIONS

  • Panhandle Health District, 8500 N. Atlas Rd., Hayden, ID 83835

  • 208-415-5177

  • Provides companionship & respite care to elderly & disabled persons in Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai & Shoshone counties.

  • Low income seniors (ages 55+) assist those who need minor help to continue living independently. Sponsored by Panhandle Health District, it serves the five northern counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone.

  • Senior Companions visit clients in their homes.

  • A non-taxable stipend is paid. Also transportation reimbursement, paid time off, ongoing training & accident/liability insurance while volunteering.

OPEN ARMS PREGNANCY & REAL CHOICES CLINIC

  • 8056 N. Wayne Dr., Hayden, ID  83835

  • 208-667-5433

  • 1-800-712-HELP (emergency 24/7)

  • FREE compassion, support & information to anyone facing the challenge of unintended pregnancy.

  • Provides parenting education, adoption support, community referrals, guidance for young fathers & post-abortion support group

  • Volunteer orientation sessions offered monthly

  • Be a mentor to young fathers, client advocate, church liaison, knit baby blankets, administer pregnancy/ultrasound tests (nurses/medical personnel), educate peers, become board member

  • Pray for staff, volunteers & clients

 

SAFE PASSAGE

  • 1850 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814

  • 208-664-9300 (Adm)

  • 24/7 contacts: Voice: (208) 664-9303; Text: (208) 449-7228; Email: safety@safepassageid.org or scoleman@safepassageid.org 

  • Helps all survivors of domestic abuse/sexual violence, including children. Offers a safe shelter, counseling, court advocacy & more. Services are FREE & confidential. A person does not have to leave the abuser or home to obtain help.

  • Trained advocates offer support with no fees, judgment or pressure

  • Opportunities to help range from providing crisis counseling & court advocacy to serving on a committee, or board.

  • Internships may be available​​

SHIBA (SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS ADVISORS)

  • Idaho Department of Insurance - SHIBA

  • Help Line - 1-800-247-4422

  • 2005 Ironwood Parkway, CdA

  • Offers unbiased Medicare presentations, workshops & individual counseling in communities - FREE of charge!

  • Interested in being a SHIBA Volunteer Counselor? Contact 208-666-6131 (Stephanie Wood, Volunteer Services Coordinator) or stephanie.wood@doi.idaho.gov 

SILVER VALLEY SEARCH & RESCUE

  • Committed to bringing home those lost & stranded in the Silver Valley mountains & forests

  • Team Members attend regular training & may be called out any time of year, as needed.

  • Need volunteers experienced in riding snowmobiles, ATVs, hiking &/or navigating; base camp cooks & traffic control.

  • 208-661-8833 or email r.wheelock@svsar.org

ADVANCED HOME CARE & HOSPICE OF NORTHERN IDAHO

  • 1578 W. Riverstone Dr., CdA

  • Hospice volunteers are welcome; training available

  • Patient/family companionship, emotional & bereavement support

  • Assisting w/patient needs in home or care facility

  • Clerical help

  • More info - 208-769-0500 or 208-301-8868 (Amanda Atkinson-Bereavement & Volunteer coordinator) or email aatkinson@ahcfacilities.com

CUP OF GRACE

  • "Building a better community one cup at a time"

  • 31848 N. Fourth Ave., Spirit Lake, ID 83869

  • PO Box 744, Spirit Lake, ID  83869

  • 817-228-5018 or email amy@cupofgrace.life

  • Programs include - FREE weekly meals for Spirit Lake community, school clothing closets, summer weekend lunches/weekend bags, first responder "buddy bags" for children in traumatic situations, family assistance

CANCER CAN'T

  • "Be a light in the fight."

  • 509-731-3076 (Emily Grankowski - Director of Outreach); email emily@cancercant.com 

  • Provides transportation for cancer patients in the Inland NW who need to get to medical app'ts, who cannot drive themselves (in WA & ID locations)

  • Drivers receive training/orientation. Must be age 21+, provide own vehicle & have proof of insurance.

  • Drivers make their own schedule, choosing times/days convenient for them.

  • There is no charge for the oncology patients receiving rides.

HOSPICE OF NORTH IDAHO

  • 2290 West Prairie Ave., CdA, ID 83815

  • 208-772-7994

  • Orientation is offered every 4th Wednesday, 6-7:30 pm.

  • Find a niche - become a companion/caregiver, offer bereavement support, spiritual care, pet therapy, fundaising, office help, music therapy, or work at thrift store.

  • Thrift store location - 503 E. Seltice Way, #5, Post Falls, 208-773-5076.

JUVENILE JUSTICE OUTREACH

  • Kootenai Co. Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program

  • 205 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

  • Coordinator Amelia Kirk; 208-659-6161 or email jpmentor@kcgov.us

  • Help improve the lives of at-risk youth - guide, support, listen, motivate, nurture, inspire, influence, encourage, share hobbies, be a role model. Help them become productive, responsible adults.

KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

  • 5500 N. Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID  83815

  • 208-446-1300

  • "Citizens on Patrol" - do security checks, traffic control, VIN/HIN inspections, home safety inspections, & assist at special events in the community (parades, firework displays, school functions). Free training is provided.

  • Search & Rescue, COPS & Chaplain Corps 

 

MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS OF NORTH IDAHO

  • ​Panhandle Health District, 8500 N. Atlas Rd., Hayden, ID  83835

  • 208-415-5185 (Tami Martin, Unit Coordinator)

  • Be part of a well-trained team of medical & non-medical volunteers who contribute skills/expertise to our community in public health or other emergency situations. 

  • May participate in health fairs, shot clinics, health screenings & trainings/exercises.

MUSEUM OF NORTH IDAHO

  • 115 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d'Alene, ID  8314

  • 208-664-3448

  • Store attendant, cataloguing, displays, web design, marketing, fundraising, student internships & board member

  • Open April 1 - Oct 31

  • Museum collects, preserves & interprets history of the area to foster appreciation of heritage.

OFFICE MOMS & DADS

  • Serve foster children who have recently been removed from their homes

  • First to be called to stay with child waiting in CPS office for foster placement by social worker

  • OMD feed children, assist with new clothing choices, play with children, provide loving support

  • Volunteers are trained & background checked

  • Contact Alisha Kinerson, CdA OMD Coordinator, 509-540-6285 or email cda@officemomsanddads.com 

OUT OF THE SHADOWS THEATER

  • "Art is for Everybody"

  • A theater group made up of community members who share the goal of spotlighting individuals who have intellectual, developmental & physical disabilities so they may explore, experience & excel in performing & visual arts

  • Provides one musical production per year; also art workshops for music, movement, acting & art skills

  • Volunteers needed for productions (actors, shadow actors, set builders, stage crew, hair/makeup, costumes, auditions, rehearsals, house crew), marketing, fundraising, workshops, cast parties & more

  • admin@outoftheshadowstheater.com or call 208-889-2783

PB&J HAYDENERS

  • Mobile distribution non-profit w/purpose to provide fresh produce to those in need

  • In 2022, distributed 6,000 pounds of produce in 17 locations to 2,000 recipients

  • Volunteers can help w/planting, weeding & events

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

  • "Together, We Are Keeping Families Close"

  • 2300 Ironwood Place, Coeur d'Aene, ID  83814

  • Contact Kristie Vermillion, Family Service Supervisor, 208-769-3700

  • Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide provide families with critically ill or injured children a temporary place to stay FREE of charge, along with social & emotional support.

  • Volunteers help at RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) to allow families more time to spend with their children.

  • Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside the family services team in completing tasks such as providing a clean & comfortable environment in all guest rooms, kitchens & common areas. Also organizing supplies, assisting in answering incoming calls, & accepting/distributing donations.

  • Volunteers are also needed for front desk duties, meal program, & "wish list" drive. Find fill-in form HERE.

SILVER ANGELS FOR THE ELDERLY

  • Organization provides awareness & support to residents of eldercare facilities & their family members in Kootenai County thru various activities including an annual "Classic Car Poker Run"

  • Goal is to make sure elderly are not forgotten on birthdays, holidays, Mother’s & Father’s days, & more HERE.

  • If interested in donating items, consider team sports items, veteran items, CDs & DVDs, toiletries & women’s makeup.

  • Founded by Diane Zell; 208-906-0040; or email silverangel@silverangelsfortheelderly.com 

VILLAGE OF HOPE CDA

  • "Learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression, bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widows cause."  --Isaiah 1:17

  • 208-755-5248 or email villageofhopecda@gmail.com

  • Village of Hope offers tangible ways to help support foster children & those caring for them.
  • For children in crisis arriving at foster homes with nothing but the clothes they have on, "Journey Bags" provide tangible items such as pajamas, soft blanket, toys, ​activity books, Jesus Storybook Bible, new clothing...age appropriate supplies.

  • "Foster Parent Night Out" and "Social Worker Support"

Need more ideas?

LIBRARIES  |  FOOD BANKS  |  THRIFT STORES  |  volunteer firefighter

 

ADULT EDUCATION TUTOR  |  organization board member 

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