United Way of Thurston County Announces New Director of Volunteer Programs


Submitted by United Way of Thurston County

The United Way of Thurston County welcomes Paul Larsen.
The United Way of Thurston County welcomes Paul Larsen.

United Way of Thurston County is pleased to announce Paul Larsen will be joining the agency as Director of Volunteer Programs. Paul’s main focus will be to lead his team in inspiring community engagement through volunteerism.

Paul will oversee several volunteer programs at United Way. His principal role will be to direct the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). RSVP, funded by federal and state contracts, provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for people age 55 and older through community-based volunteer placements. Another program he’ll direct is Volunteer Connection, an online matching system supporting the volunteer needs in the County and the lead resource for the Annual Day of Caring. He will also oversee United Way’s new role as the VISTA/AmeriCorps regional administrator. United Way’s volunteer recruitment resources are particularly focused on improving conditions for low-income and vulnerable children and adults, supporting community programs such as elementary reading, senior meals and nutrition and food banks.

Paul Larsen comments, “I have a passion for public service and I am very excited to join the United Way team. I look forward to engaging the community in volunteer service and continuing to be a nonprofit leader in Thurston County.”

Paul Knox, Executive Director adds, “I am so excited and pleased to have a community leader of Paul’s background and caliber join our team at United Way. I look forward to seeing the community impact and value of our volunteerism services grow even more in the coming years.”

Paul is known in the community as a leader in volunteerism. He has worked the last five years at Operations Manager at The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties and serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Information Network 2-1-1 and is Chair of the Thurston County Disaster Assistance Council.

Prior to his work in non-profits, Paul served ten years in the Air Force as a crew chief on the B-52 Bomber and five years as a Logistics/Supply Contractor for the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the spring of 2016, he will complete his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at The Evergreen State College.

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