Community Extra: Opportunities

Listen: Concert benefits Oso Fire

Rhodes River Ranch, 22016 Entsminger Road in Oso, is to host a fundraising concert from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Bill Staines, a New England folk musician, is to perform. Donations for the concert start at $5 with all proceeds benefiting the Oso Fire Department.

More info: or 360-474-8313.

Volunteer: Hospital gift shops seek help

Providence General Children’s Association seeks volunteers for its hospital gift shops.

The gift shops at Providence Regional Medical Center’s Colby and Pacific campuses are staffed by volunteers and raise about $150,000 annually for the association.

Association grants have benefited low-income children in the area, nonprofit organizations serving youth, and children treated in neonatal intensive care units.

Prospective volunteers must fill out an application, which includes a background check, and attend an orientation session.

More info: Julie Dickson, 425-339-1398.

Tip: Cops serve Special Olympics

Snohomish Police and Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick are expected to serve as celebrity waiters starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at El Paraiso restaurant, 1431 Avenue D, Snohomish.

The popular Tip-a-Cop program, held at various restaurants in recent weeks, collects tips to support Special Olympics Washington.

Apply: Preservation group has vacancies

The Island County Board of Commissioners seeks applicants to serve on the Ebey’s Landing Historic Preservation Commission.

Members are appointed to three-year terms and work with Coupeville, Island County and Ebey’s Reserve Trust Board staff to process applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for properties located within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Send a letter of interest and statement of qualifications to Island County Board of Commissioners, attn: Pam Dill, Re: Historic Preservation Commission Vacancy, P.O. Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. Applications also can be sent by fax to 360-679-7381 or email to Deadline is 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

More info: 360-679-7353.

File: Income tax preparers needed

United Way of Snohomish County needs 150 volunteers to help with its IRS-approved free tax preparation program in 2013.

All volunteers receive training from United Way and will be certified by the IRS. In addition to tax preparers, United Way also is looking for volunteers who do not wish to prepare income taxes but could serve as greeters and intake specialists.

Tax sites will be located in Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville and Monroe from Jan. 22 to April 15. Volunteers who are multilingual are greatly needed. The program is designed to help working families prepare their income tax forms for free, raising awareness about the Earned Income Tax Credit, child care and other available tax credits while avoiding fees associated with for-profit tax preparers.

In 2012, 96 volunteers dedicated over 5,100 hours to the program, preparing 2,511 tax returns and helping families claim more than $4.28 million in federal refunds.

For more information and to volunteer, go to and click on “volunteer.” Deadline is Nov. 30. Trainings will take place in December and January. Each volunteer is asked to contribute three to six hours a week.

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