Short- to Long-Term

Below is a list of our current entry-level and skilled volunteer opportunities.  All opportunities are available on Portland's east side weekdays between 8am and 6pm, and ask for a minimum 3-month commitment, unless otherwise indicated. 

If the position you want mentions a wait list, don't be discouraged!  The number of volunteers we host means opportunities regularly become available.  If you attend a volunteer orientation, you'll be the first to be notified of openings!

All positions are currently wait listed due to staff transition, but please check back soon!  To learn more about the programs being served, select "About Our Services", click on the appropriate division title, and select the program name.

How To Apply

CHILD & FAMILY PROGRAMS


Serve Summer Lunch to Low-Income Children: Support our summer lunch program from 3-15 hours per week between June 15th and August 31st and help make nutritious meals and positive adult relationships available to kids during the summer break.  Tasks include connecting with the youth while supporting lunch set-up, serving, and clean-up with extended activity support available some days and locations.  Two sites in outer SE and NE Portland with shifts available Monday - Friday from about 11am - 2pm. Contact Erin Saltmarsh at esaltmarsh@voaor.org for more information.

Early Childhood Classroom Assistant:  Serving children from 6 weeks to 5 years old, there are many ways to bring your skills, talents, and life experiences.  Experience how just a few hours a week assisting in one of our therapeutic classrooms can change the life of a young child.  Or further enhance their lives by maintaining the garden for our Seed-to-Table program, which enables them to explore planting seeds, growing plants, and eating fresh veggies.  Receive on-going training in childhood development and crisis intervention.  And since children are served for 12-18 months, you can be that one adult outside their family who leaves a last impression for a lifetime.  Experience with young children and social work is preferred.  Contact Crystal Ross at cross@voaor.org for more information.

Family Advocate Intern:  If you are currently enrolled in an early childhood education or social work program, our Family Relief Nursery has a wonderful opportunity for you to implement intervention and prevention programs for children and families at risk of child abuse and neglect.  Plan and implement curriculum for therapeutic classrooms and home visits for families with children under the age of 5.  Carry a caseload of 2-3 families, facilitating parenting lessons, and assist clients with developing a healthy African-American identity.  Deep knowledge of and competency with African-American culture required.  Waitlisted.

Trauma-Informed Drop-In Child Interventionist (Gateway):  Enhance the safety and connection children experience while their families face medical, domestic violence, and/or legal crisis.  This may look like childcare - playtime, snack, and special crafts - but it is so much more.  It is the opportunity for you to be a sensitive, supportive, receptive adult who understands their trauma and can leave a lasting positive impact.  Gain valuable skills working with a variety of children, receive training in child development and crisis intervention, and share a special bond with a child. Waitlisted.

Domestic Violence Advocate: 
Activists and Social Changers: Get involved in the movement to end violence against women and children!  Home Free, a program for women and children surviving domestic violence, has openings for compassionate people to assist in various program areas.  Some exciting volunteer opportunities include:  working in our children’s program, restraining order advocacy or answering our hotline.  6+ month commitment.  Contact Volunteer Services to sign-up for the waitlist for next 40-hour advocate training.  One-year commitment preferred.

Volunteers with 3-6 months of experience are eligible to co-facilitate women's and children's support groups and/or accompany petitioners to restraining order hearings.


SENIOR PROGRAMS

Most opportunities available at both our Marie Smith Center on N Albina and our Lambert House off SE 170th.  Scheduling may vary.

Activity Assistant:
Be the one to engage a participant with dementia or traumatic brain injury at the Lambert House in outer southeast.  Break their social isolation by sharing laughter, movement, and conversation to keep their minds, hearts, and bodies active.  If you are excited to build relationships and are available weekdays between 10am and 3pm, this will be a very rewarding opportunity!  Commit to one activity for 1-2 hours a week or 3-4 hours a week to sample several.  Waitlisted.
    

Art, Music, and Women's Group Facilitators:  Create a community of expression, exploration, and supportive relationships at the Lambert House through facilitating the Memories in the Making art therapy group Wednesday afternoons, or leading Women's Group Tues/Thurs from 10:30am - 12:30pm .  If you have artistic ability, are skilled at engaging those with dementia, and enjoy creating spaces of loving reciprocity, we would love to meet you!  Waitlisted.

Dishwasher:
Join our team by creating a stack of sparkling clean dishes one weekday afternoon a week, and earn our endless gratitude and the knowledge that you are part of supporting healthy minds, hearts, and bodies for the elderly.  Come see why we love what we do!  Waitlisted.

Horticultural Therapist / Gardener
:  Develop and maintain a therapeutic garden space to enrich the lives of cognitively and physically impair adults and seniors.  Work closely with our Activity Coordinator to forecast plantings, develop a curriculum to engage program participants, and work with volunteer groups on routine maintenance.  Waitlisted.

Advisory Council Member
:  Improve services for frail elderly and adults with disabilities, many of whom are living in poverty, and advocate for high quality long-term care.  Make a commitment for one year to quarterly meetings as part of a diverse team.  Members with a background in marketing most welcome!  Contact Alison Bookman-Skidmore at abookman@voaor.org for more information.

 

TREATMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS

Residential Counselor:  Play a vital role in creating a safe, secure, and therapeutic environment for men and women in recovery at either our Men's or Women's Residential Centers through assisting the front desk with resident orientation, supervision, and support.  One 3-5 hour shift per week, flexible scheduling.  Waitlisted.

Internships:  Gain experience and supervision to fulfill requirements for the Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) or Master's in Social Work (MSW) programs.  Opportunities waitlisted with InAct, our re-entry and out-patient treatment program.  Waitlisted.


BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

Procurement Specialist (various locations):  Support our events and programs by soliciting local businesses for in-kind donations.  Set your own schedule and gain valuable coaching and experience with non-profit fundraising.  If you are assertive and charming, and up for the challenge of a “cold ask” you will have a profound impact!  Contact Jane Pesznecker at jpesznecker@voaor.org for more information.

Donor Prospect Researcher (virtual):  This short-term project can be completed on your own time from your home office, and will improve our fundraising capacity through on-line research on prospective donors.  Opportunities available for the right volunteer to step into a role conducting wealth screenings and other in-office development support. Ideal for someone with a natural curiosity about people and the creativity and persistence to find data on-line.  Project materials and on-going feedback available.  Initial commitment is approximately 4-6 hours to complete short reports and 10-20 prospects.  Contact Volunteer Services to request an email when a position opens!

Grant Researcher (virtual):  This short-term project can be completed on your own time from your home office, and will expand our capacity to apply for foundation grants.  Learn the FoundationSearch tool, identify new foundations, and provide short reports on their application process.  Opportunities available for the right volunteer to create a training manual and/or assist with preparing grant proposals in our office.  Ideal for someone who enjoys the patience and persistence required to sift through data.  Materials, training, and feedback provided.  Initial commitment is approximately 40 hours to identify three new foundations.  Contact Volunteer Services to request an email when a position opens!



Volunteer Services

(503) 595-2009
volunteer@voaor.org