Winter volunteer training will be held between Monday, January 26th and Monday, February 9, 2015. Various roles are available for sign up. Register to volunteer on our website or call the volunteer recruiter, Aslan Meade at 360-789-8843.
Submitted by Phil Owen on Sun, 11/24/2013 - 4:58pm
Bad news: We had a little crisis with our web server. The kind that deletes all of the website data. And the backups...
Good news: We had an opportunity to redesign our website! We hope you enjoy the new look.
We managed to rescue some of the blog content using Google cache, but there's quite a lot that's missing. At any rate, every good website can use a little housecleaning from time to time, and we'll have lots of cool new stuff to share with you via the blog in the coming weeks and months.
Submitted by Phil Owen on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 3:14pm
The next round of volunteer training is coming soon - if you are interested in volunteering, now is the time to sign up!
Basic training (6 hours plus video tutorials) is required for all SideWalk volunteers and is a prerequisite for advanced training. Advanced training (18 hours plus video tutorials and job shadowing) is required of SideWalk advocates, intake specialists, and post-housing support volunteers.
Submitted by Emma Margraf on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 10:09pm
Outside of my work at SideWalk, I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Another volunteer driven program, CASAs represent children in the dependency system who have been taken from their homes as a result of abuse and/or neglect. We go to court and advocate in the child's best interest, after having talked to the child, their family, friends, neighbors, teachers, etc. I am currently representing a young person who is getting to the age where he can really have strong opinions about a lot of things, and understand what's happening to him.
Submitted by Emma Margraf on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00am
One might wonder: what does an agency that is working to end homelessness want with gratitude? We are working to end something that most people agree shouldn't exist. What is there to be grateful for?
Last week our director was out, our managing director threw her back out, and the greeter on duty for the day had emergency dental surgery. I said I'd cover for her. As the advocates came in for their day of work I told them about all of the absences they said, "what are we going to do?!" I said, "we're going to do it!"
Submitted by Emma Margraf on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 11:00am
This Saturday's volunteer appreciation party was reflective of every aspect of SideWalk: there were serious conversations about resources and obstacles, there was a lot of laughter, and there was a dance party. When the three staff spoke to the group we were reflective of ourselves -- Jill thanked the band and everyone for coming, Phil had statistics at the ready to recognize volunteer impact, and I told stories.