Individuals

The majority of VOA volunteers choose to make a long-term commitment to relationship-building with vulnerable children, families, seniors, and adults in our community.  Initial commitments can range from 6 weeks to 6 months, and can be used towards personal, school, or court-mandated goals, but all focus on learning and building relationships with clients, staff, and other volunteers. 

Short- to Long-Term Volunteering 
Internships
Court-Mandated Service
Skilled Professionals


Learn about one-time projects here.
Learn about on-going individual opportunities
here.


How To Apply


SHORT- TO LONG- TERM

  • Child & Family:  Impact the lives of at-risk children and vulnerable families.
  • Public Safety:  Support those rebuilding their lives after addiction or incarceration.
  • Seniors:  Be a comfort, a companion, and an inspiration for seniors & adults with disabilities.
  • Business Enterprises:  Provide indirect service to our 22 programs through one of our three businesses or with our Administration office.
Click here to view a list of current entry-level & skilled positions.  Click here for more information about the application process.  All on-going opportunities require an initial commitment of 6 weeks to 6 months, depending on the program, and in most cases an agency orientation and background check.

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ONE-TIME

If you are only available for a one-time project or want to preview one of our programs before making a commitment, please consider joining us for a group project.  Come and meet our friendly staff and volunteers or bring a few friends or family members and enjoy a day of team work.

Click here to view our current group projects.  No advanced screening or application are required for one-time projects.

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INTERNSHIPS

The majority of our graduate-level internships, including social work, counseling, drug & alcohol (CADC), and nursing positions, are filled several terms in advance through our school partnerships.  If you are are a student at Portland State University, University of Portland, Pacific University, Lewis and Clark, or Portland Community College, please contact your department for application guidelines. If you are attending a different school and would like to be considered for placements as they arise, click here for more information about the application process.  The best way to obtain an internship requiring supervision is to apply to volunteer with the program of your choice.  Click here to view a list of current entry-level & skilled positions. 

Requirements for undergraduate internships and practicums in fields such as women's studies, social work, gerontology, and marketing can often be met by adjusting an existing volunteer opportunity.  If you are interested in whether a program can supervise your project, please contact Volunteer Services.  If you are able to confirm a placement, click here for an overview of our application process.

Internship commitments vary from 3 - 12 months, depending on the program and your school requirements. They all require agency orientation and background check.

Short-term service requirements for high school or undergraduate course work can often be filled through one of our one-time group projects.

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COURT-MANDATED SERVICE

If you have at least 30 hours of court-mandated community service, our resale outlet Thrift It and Catering for a Cause offer flexible opportunities 7 days a week.  Please drop by our Thrift It store at 2360 SE 182nd during normal business hours, ask for a volunteer application, and mark that your service is "court-mandated".  The store manager will then contact you for scheduling.

No agency orientation or background check is required for court-mandated service, and no volunteers accepted with theft or violent offenses.
 

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SKILLED PRO BONO PROFESSIONALS

Most of our positions are designed as entry-level opportunities, although we often post positions for skilled pro bono professionals under our short- to long-term opportunities here.  If you have professional expertise you would like to share beyond what our current opportunities offer, please contact Volunteer Services. 

Past positions have involved staff coaching, program development, construction project management, financial training, and counseling.  We have particular need for those with skills in business, fund raising, marketing, teaching, non-profit and/or volunteer management, and inter-cultural communications.

Click here for more information about the application process.  Flexible hours and commitments available for project proposals with a direct mission impact.

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    Volunteer Services

   (503) 595-2009
   volunteer@voaor.org