Community Extra: Spotlight

Bag produce for VOA food bank clients

The Volunteer Chore Program at Catholic Community Services is looking for volunteers to assist with packaging and bagging fresh produce for clients.

Volunteers work 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Volunteers of America food bank on Broadway in Everett.

Comfortable clothes and shoes are necessary, as the job requires time on one’s feet.

To volunteer or obtain more information, call Patty Crum at 425-257-2111.

Providence offers caregiver groups

Providence Hospice &Home Care of Snohomish County runs caregiver support groups for families and friends of those who are ill.

Two groups are offered to the public free of charge.

Group meetings are scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Monday of each month in Everett and 2 to 3:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month in Lake Stevens.

For locations and details, call 425-261-4808.

Literacy program needs volunteers

Everett Community College Literacy Center needs volunteers who can give two or more hours a week to help adults improve basic math, reading, writing and English-speaking skills.

Volunteers must be older than 18 and have literacy skills, patience and sensitivity to a variety of learning styles and diversity.

Work hours can be flexible. Training classes begin Sept. 10 at Everett Community College.

For more information, call 425-388-9524 or e-mail

Golf tourney helps children’s aid group

The fourth annual URS Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Healing the Children is set for 8 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Harbour Pointe Golf Course in Mukilteo.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Founded in 1985, the Oregon and Western Washington Chapter of Healing the Children is based in Everett. The organization has provided medical care to nearly 5,000 children.

For more information, call Healing the Children at 425-252-4505.

Clothes for Kids needs volunteers

Clothes for Kids seeks teenagers and adults who are interested in helping the nonprofit organization improve the lives of low-income families.

Clothes for Kids provides clothing to young people in the Edmonds School District area.

Volunteers work three to four hours per shift, with one or two shifts a week. Shifts are open on weekdays and evenings.

Work parties for church groups, work colleagues or clubs who want to participate in a community service project can be arranged.

For information, call 425-431-7285 or e-mail

Exchange students need host families

High school exchange students from around the world need host homes in south Snohomish County.

AFS, a 60-year-old nonprofit agency that used to be called American Field Service, is looking for volunteer host families. Host families welcome exchange students into their homes and lives, provide a bed and meals, and give guidance and support. AFS volunteers arrange for students to attend local high schools, and they participate in orientations in preparation for the arrival of their students. A liaison supports the family, student and school to ensure that all will gain the most from the experience.

The students arrive in August, live with a family while attending the local high school, and return home in late June or early July.

To obtain more information, e-mail Damian Pisanelli, a local AFS volunteer, at

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