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City of Boise Parks and Recreation

Ongoing
208-608-7617

In the days of shrinking budgets, public parks need a little extra help from the public. The Department of Parks and Recreation already depends on the more than 60,000 hours of volunteer labor donated by city residents, labor that fills the work load of 26 full-time employees.

If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty, Parks and Rec is all about the physical labor with projects that range from weeding and painting to building picnic tables and planting trees. There are also a couple of big community projects each year, including clean-up days along the Boise River and in the Foothills, as well as the Rake Our Parks event in the fall.

Volunteers are always needed to help with youth programs at the city’s neighborhood centers, as well as with the Adventure Program, which helps disabled youth get involved in outdoor recreation. Check the website for specific volunteer opportunities.

International Rescue Committee

Ongoing
208-344-1792 ext. 20

When refugees arrive in Boise after fleeing their home countries they often face an alien world. But the folks at the IRC are there to help with the transition, supporting refugees and their families for the first eight months in the United States with things like job placement, housing, English classes and various programs.

IRC is always in need of volunteers to help the nonprofit help others. Volunteers are needed to do everything from basic clerical duties to working as family mentors directly with refugees as they settle into their new lives. Volunteers are also needed to work one-on-one with refugees in jobs classes, helping with resumes and interviewing skills and working in the IRC’s women’s program that works on life skills with high-risk women.

Anyone interested in working with the group should start by filling out an application. A background check is required, but IRC staff will work with volunteers to find a position that works for their time restraints and skills.

International Rescue Committee 7188 W. Potomac Drive, Boise West Boise (map)
International Rescue Committee

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Idaho State Capitol Tours

Ongoing
208-332-1012

History buffs can get in on the action as a volunteer tour guide at the recently restored and expanded Idaho State Capitol. Volunteers are needed to lead hour-long tours-—don’t worry, training and a script are included—throughout the year, not just during the legislative session.
Idaho State Capitol Tours

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Idaho Humane Society

Ongoing
208-331-8553

The Idaho Humane Society is often the last stop for animals that need new homes, and the nonprofit organization’s resources always seems to be being stretched further. Volunteers are a key part of keeping the doors open and pets going to new homes.

Volunteers are needed to help in a wide variety of ways, from walking, bathing and grooming dogs, to playing with the cats. Volunteers are also needed to serve as adoption assistants, answering questions and helping to match people with prospective pets.

If you’re willing to do a little digging, people are also needed to help maintain the grounds of the facility, making sure the animals have as nice of a home as possible until they are adopted. Visit the website to fill out a volunteer application before signing up for an orientation.

Idaho Humane Society 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise Bench (map)
Idaho Humane Society

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Idaho Historical Society

Ongoing
208-334-2120

History is a living, breathing thing, and to keep it vital, the Idaho Historical Society is always looking for some history-loving volunteers to help at any of the society’s facilities.

If you don’t mind the slightly creepy, you can lead tours at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. If you love a traditional museum, help with collections at the historical museum. If you prefer some dirt under your nails, you can work in the native garden in the Pioneer Village area of the museum. Those who prefer their history bound can work at the historical library and archives collection. Check the website for a volunteer application.

Idaho State Historical Museum 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise Boise Downtown and Fringe (map)
Idaho Historical Society

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Create Common Good

Ongoing
208-991-3799

From growing food to getting a job, Create Common Good helps refugees get on their feet once those feet hit Boise. The nonprofit offers job skills classes and training that is vocationally focused, including culinary training, classes on filling out applications and interviewing, as well as opportunities to work on a small local farm growing vegetables that are sold to support the organization.

Volunteers are needed to help with one-on-one tutoring, as well as working in the classroom, manning the group’s farm stand and even working on the farm.

Create Common Good

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Boise Public Library

Ongoing
208-384-4076

For the people, by the people could well be the motto of the public library system. While libraries serve as hubs of the community, tight budgets means that wrangling all those books, videos, computers and public programs require some serious volunteer hours. Public libraries across the Treasure Valley need people to help prepare and shelve books, prepare donations for annual book sales, organize public events and help with summer reading programs.

The Boise Public Library has even more need for volunteers at each of its branch libraries across the city. The library bases its volunteer effort around its website, which posts volunteer opportunities as they become available. Would-be volunteers are asked to fill out an online form and be ready to undergo a background check. Volunteers are also needed with Friends of the Boise Library, which puts on used book sale fundraisers for the library and runs the book store.

Boise Public Library 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise Boise Downtown and Fringe (map)
Boise Public Library

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Agency For New Americans

Ongoing
208-338-0033

New arrivals in the United States need a little help learning the culture and getting settled, and that’s where the Agency for New Americans comes in. The nonprofit works to support refugees as they transition, and it takes a lot of volunteers to pull it off.

Volunteers are needed to help with job coaching, English language classes, working directly with families, monitoring refugees on the culture, traditions and daily life in Boise, as well as doing office work, fundraising and helping with transportation.

Contact Yasmin Aguilar at yaguilar@mtnstatesgroup.org, call 208-338-0033 or visit the Agency for New Americans' website for more info.

Anyone interested can start by filling out a volunteer application that is available online and attending an orientation. There is additional training for some positions.

Agency for New Americans 1614 W. Jefferson St., Boise Boise Downtown and Fringe (map)
 

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