“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha

We currently have several volunteer opportunities:

hummingbird studio

hummingbird studio is an inclusive community art studio where art is accessible to individuals of all abilities. We believe art belongs to everyone and is vital to a healthy, vibrant community. Kokua hosts hummingbird studio at 514 Adams Street, SE in Downtown Olympia twice weekly. Pre-registration is required. At hummingbird studio, student artists work independently or with as minimal support as necessary to express their unique creative visions.

Studio Assistants: we always need volunteers to assist adults with disabilities to fully express themselves. Duties: Assisting the instructor(s) with room set-up, clean-up and assisting the artists to participate as fully as possible. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, pass a background check and complete a volunteer orientation.

For more information about volunteering to help make the arts accessible for everyone or to pre-register to attend open studio, please contact:

Randi Miller, Community Programs Coordinator
(360) 705-4665 ext. 120


doreenLEAD (Literacy & Education for Adults with Disabilities) pairs volunteer tutors with adults with developmental disabilities to help them achieve their educational goals. Goals range from, but are definitely not limited to, academic subjects such as reading, math and science as well as life and career skills such as understanding a bus schedule, using a keyboard, and counting money. Subjects studied are learner-driven and tutors are not expected to be experts. Learners and tutors explore topics together and both learn and grow as a result.

LEAD was originally launched by Kokua and The Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) at The Evergreen State College in January 2011. Kokua expanded the program to include St. Martin’s University in 2015. Internship credit is also a possibility.

Tutors will commit to participate JanJune 2019:

Attend initial tutor training Mon, Jan 14th & Thurs, Jan 17th 5-7 PM & Back-to-School Meet-Up: Fri. Jan 18th 3-5 PM  at The Evergreen State College

First week of tutoring: Jan. 22nd 2019

Winter Tutor Roundtable Mon, Feb. 25th @Evergreen 5-7 PM

Spring Tutor Roundtable Mon, April 15th @Evergreen 5-7 PM

Attend LEAD Pizza Party Mon, June 3rd @ TBA

Attend the 2.5 hour graduation ceremony Mon, June 10, 2019 from 6:30-9 PM @ The Longhouse on the Evergreen Campus (mandatory)

For more information about becoming a LEAD tutor, please contact:
Randi Miller, Community Programs Coordinator
(360) 705-4665 ext. 120

Board Membership

Volunteer board membership is a great opportunity for individuals who are passionate about Kokua’s mission and who have a track record of business and community leadership. The Kokua Board of Directors is responsible for governance of the agency and has ultimate legal authority for it. We are grateful for our dedicated and vibrant board, and we’re always looking for fresh perspectives. Your accomplishments and experience can help lead Kokua into a bright and exciting future!

Ideal candidates will have many of the following qualifications:

  • Professional leadership experience with accomplishments in business, finance, government, the arts, philanthropy or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of persons with disabilities
  • Savvy diplomatic skills, willingness to fundraise and cultivate new donors, and a natural ability to build relationships in the community
  • Skills in facilitating and building consensus among diverse individuals are helpful
  • Personal qualities of integrity, reliability, credibility and a passion for improving the lives of individuals with disabilities

Board members are encouraged to attend Kokua community events as well as to help fundraise, strengthen existing partnerships and create new strategic community alliances. Board members act as ambassadors for Kokua in our community. There are opportunities for board continuing education and networking. The service commitment to Kokua’s board of directors is for a three year term, and the board meets monthly, typically on the first Tuesday of each month.

For a complete Board of Directors application, please contact:
Sean Bonneprise, Executive Director
(360)705-4665 ext. 105