We have three types of volunteers: Office, Event, and On-call.
We generally have one or two volunteers come into the office per day between 1-5pm (our open hours). Volunteers will usually spend 2-5 hours in the center per shift, depending on other volunteers and office needs. Office tasks include data entry, organizing materials, preparing for events, helping with crafts, interacting with community members, etc. If the volunteer has a specific interest or skill, we ask you to let us know. If applicable we will work to focus your time at the Center around your talents.
For our biggest events, we need a high volume of volunteer help. The Black & White Gayla (beginning of November) and Tacoma Pride/Out in the Park (beginning of July) require many helping hands. We will advertise separately for these events, so if you are interested in being involved, check the box on your volunteer application and stay tuned for more information.
On-call volunteers may not have the time to volunteer with us every week, but they are committed and dedicated to the Rainbow Center. When office volunteers are low for the day or an event is happening in the space, we may call our on-call volunteers.
If you have a specific interest in one position, please indicate this in your volunteer application.
Due to the high volume of people expressing interest in volunteering with us, we are NOT able to respond to all applicants right away. Our volunteer needs also depend on how many volunteers we have currently. If there is not adequate space for you to volunteer now, there’s always possibility in the future. If you haven’t heard from us after three weeks of applying, or you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at [email protected].