Volunteer Opportunities for PHS Students

Brandon Campbell, Reporter

Volunteering while in school opens a world of possibilities beyond your teen years. It’s a good way to explore future job interest and to meet people in specific fields of work. Many colleges look for volunteer hours as a way of entry into their school and it can even lead to scholarships!

Opportunities in School

Key Club

The Key Club works with the Kiwanis Club located in Gig Harbor. They do community service through local projects. They meet every Wednesday at 2:10 in room 303.

Interact Club

Interact is a service club with a commitment to building stronger communities with the emphasis of service above self.  Students focus on bettering communities and furthering international understanding. They meet after school on Thursday in room 210.

Opportunities Outside of School


For students interested in working in the medical field and looking for experience Multicare is a great option. High school and college students are eligible to volunteer in a variety of areas. For more information call 253-403-1005 or visit http://www.multicare.org/high-school-students/

St. Anthony Hospital

They ask that you commit to four hours a week for at least six months or give them 100 hours of service prior to the six months being completed. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Their staff will work with you to best match your particular talents and interest with our needs, and you’ll receive training at the location where you choose to volunteer. For more information contact Krista Squance at 253-530-2146 or KristaSquance@fhshealth.org or go to http://www.chifranciscan.org/Support-Franciscan/Volunteer-Services/

CHEW Dog Rescue

For students who are dog lovers and enjoy helping those in need CHEW Dog Rescue is a perfect volunteer opportunity. The scheduling is very flexible and there are opportunities in a variety of areas including walking the dogs and helping with fundraisers. If interested you will need to fill out a volunteer application on the website.


Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Community Services

FISH community services are in need of volunteers for:

  • Transportation
  • Phone monitors in your home
  • Safeway food drives (1 to 3 hours)
  • Board Members
  • Picking up food from stores
  • Running your own Food/Clothing Drive in your neighborhood

If interested you will need to fill out a volunteer application on the website.


Communities in Schools of Tacoma

Help first and second graders achieve reading level. Tutors would meet with students one hour per week in Tacoma. The tutor must be at least 16 years of age. If interested, please call or email Trisha Tracy at 253-541-5471 or ttracy@tacoma.k12.wa.us.

Relay For Life

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Help take a stand. Create your own Relay For Life team or join an existing one and raise money and awareness. The Gig Harbor event is usually held in June but teams raise money year round. For more information visit http://www.relayforlife.org/getinvolved/signupvolunteer/sign-up-volunteer

Tom Taylor Family YMCA

Join a community of individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors. Every hour you contribute provides children and adults the support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure. If interested you will need to fill out a volunteer application on the website.


Tacoma Art Museum Studio Volunteer

The TAM Studio is a free and public space for youth and adults that bridges the American Western Art and Northwest Collection through hands on activities, interactive experiences, and engaging information. The space supports walk-in visitors and self-guided tours. There are opportunities for art making, and the interactive components encourage conversation and collaborative learning. The TAM Studio will help prepare museum visitors on how to read works of art, how to see and learn about how their personal stories and histories are reflected in art, and will encourage visitors to discuss and explore the collections and current exhibitions.Volunteers who are interested in this volunteer position will go through a 30 minute training process to learn about the art making opportunities and interactive components. These opportunities and activities will change throughout the year and require an updated training session every few months. Successful volunteers in the TAM Studio are people oriented and enjoy talking to others. Some type of art background or history is a plus, but it is not required. Volunteers in this space should have some organizational skills and be able to help tidy the space after visitors leave. Volunteers must be 16 years of age. For more information visit http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/support/volunteer-info/