We are in the process of building a more robust volunteer program — learn more about this in the blog below. If you just can’t wait to start making a difference, we have a few ways to get involved right now!
Make hygiene kits at home and drop them off at our pop-up tent locations or any ETS clinic. A hygiene kit can include:
- Body wash
- Wet wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Feminine Products
You can also bring other in-kind donations to pop-up tents and ETS clinics. We always need:
- Any hygiene kit items listed above
- Clothing of all types, especially socks, shoes, and boots
Contact Rachel at rmayhall[at]evergreentreatment[dot]org with questions and to coordinate drop-off.
At Evergreen Treatment Services, we are always looking for ways to engage the community more deeply in our work.
Now, with safety guidelines and activities moving toward a return to “pre-pandemic normal,” we are excited to be rolling out a new volunteer program! The program will offer volunteer opportunities at both REACH and Clinic Services sites, and aims to amplify all facets of operations, including extra assistance for patients and staff.
Heading up this new venture is our Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Rachel Mayhall. Rachel has worked at Evergreen Treatment Services for nearly four years. She started in Renton, performing a dual role of patient counseling and intake, before moving into other roles where she became involved with the intern program. Throughout her time, Rachel has seen the interest from the community in volunteering but until now, ETS did not have a system to organize volunteers and fully benefit from the increased capacity that they can provide.
“Our community is very generous and motivated to give back. It’s super exciting to match needs and commitment in this way. ETS can benefit from volunteers, and the community really wants to get involved in this life-changing work. It is a win for everyone,” she said.
As volunteer coordinator, Rachel’s new position will grow awareness and support for our mission through community outreach and engagement, leading to better outcomes for the people we serve.
One of Rachel’s main goals is to make it easy and fun for anyone who wants to participate. Volunteers of any skill level will be able to contribute and give their time; it doesn’t take special schooling or credentials to drop off donations, decorate for the holidays, or greet clients at the door.
“There are so many opportunities, everything from dropping off in-kind donations, to working at our free clothing closet to leading and sharing expertise in group classes. I’d love to establish opportunities at all levels and work with community members to determine what skills they can offer.”
Rachel confesses to be an ambitious go-getter and, within a year, she plans to have the volunteer program up and running. When fully developed, volunteers will improve quality of life for everyone in the ETS community—including staff.
Rachel is hard at work forming these volunteer systems and processes. If you have questions, suggestions, or requests regarding the new program or want to suggest a volunteer opportunity, contact Rachel at rmayhall[at]evergreentreatment[dot]org.
Thinking ahead? Here are some potential volunteer services:
- Lead a book club or art group
- Teach a yoga or meditation class
- Greet staff, patients, and visitors at the door of an ETS clinic
- Staff a REACH pop-up tent and hand out donated supplies
Stay tuned for more updates on the ETS Volunteer Program!