Volunteers play a vital role in the success of WACOSA’s clients. From assisting in ThriftWorks! to providing one-to-one attention to an individual, our volunteers truly make WACOSA work!
Volunteer Application

Ways You Can Volunteer

Please share your passion with us – for helping, teaching, mentoring and making a difference to others.   Our team of WACOSA volunteers positively affect the clients we serve in many different ways. Our volunteer program is flexible; you can work with us to find the perfect match of interest or activity for you and our clients. We welcome single event group projects to individualized schedules. Consider some of these volunteer positions or propose your own idea by contacting Lynn Welle.

Janet & Herb Gross

It’s not every day you meet a power team like Janet and Herb Gross. The couple started their relationship with WACOSA by donating to WACOSA’s thrift store, ThriftWorks! “Our interactions with the clients while making donations was something we really enjoyed so we thought why don’t we see if we can volunteer and really be able to get to know the people here,” Herb shares. Janet adds, “Volunteering here at WACOSA, or any of the places we volunteer, it just gives us a good feeling in our heart and soul.”

When not volunteering Herb and Janet enjoy time spent with their four children and nine-grandchildren, as well as quilting and spreading the word of God through their work in their church.

Mary Skalsky

WACOSA Volunteer Mary Skalsky has been volunteering with WACOSA ThriftWorks! since 2014. After retirement, Mary was eager to move on to volunteerism as a way to keep active and engaged. “I really enjoy the opportunity to meet so many people, it keeps my brain and body active.” Mary Shares, “ThriftWorks! is a great fit because every day is different and I have a wide variety of tasks.”

“Mary has been with us almost as long as the store has been open; her dedication to ThriftWorks! is remarkable. She is an important part of what makes ThriftWorks! the great store that it is. We can’t thank her enough for everything she does here,” boasts Lisa Anderson, ThriftWorks! Team Lead.

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Coffee Buddy

You can provide one-to-one social time with our clients. We will introduce you to clients that share your common interests and hobbies. 

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Client Services Assistant

You can assist staff in presenting creative and stimulating curriculum activities while at WACOSA. You can also assist staff and clients when participating in community activities.

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Class Instructor

Use your skills, talents, and interests to teach or assist clients’ creative, stimulating and varied skills. 

Musical Therapy Provider

Musical Therapy Provider

You can provide musical entertainment to clients and encourage their participation in musical activities. Previous musical acts have included acoustic guitar, accordion, piano, and electric organ. 

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Curriculum Assistant

Use your basic computer skills to assist in the development of new, and maintenance of existing, task boxes, individual sensory bins and curriculum activities. You can help prepare materials needed for client classes such as sewing, gardening, musical therapy, creative movements, etc. 

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Photography and/or Videography Specialist

Utilize photography and/or videography skills to assist the Development Manager, as well as the Marketing & Sales Director, in updating photos and videos on our website, social media sites, pamphlets, and handouts. This may include photographing client classes, recording videos of client testimonials, and editing photos and videos. Specialist must be able to provide their own camera or camcorder. WACOSA will provide a computer with editing software.


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Retail Assistant

Provide upbeat, positive customer service to all who enter WACOSA’s ThriftWorks! store.  Manage donation drop-off, including assisting customers with accepting donations, and providing receipts as directed by staff members.  Sort and/or price donations.  May include operating cash register and/or merchandising items on the store floor.

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Environmental Projects Assistant

Assist in projects to enhance the quality of the environment for the benefit of clients, such as painting, landscaping, gardening, patio design and care. Assist with vehicle checks and care to ensure safe and comfortable transportation for staff members and clients.  Assist with the development of adaptations for clients to increase their ability to complete paid work and interact in non-paid projects and activities.  Assist with accessible equipment adjustments and minor repairs. Must have experience with basic shop procedures, yard equipment and tools.



If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the application and return it to Stephanie Schaefer.

The volunteer coordinator will contact you to further discuss your interest in volunteering for WACOSA.