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!

To view a full position description or to sign up for a volunteer orientation, please contact Volunteer Services at volunteer@voaor.org or 503-595-2009.  To learn more about the programs being served, select "About Our Services", click on the appropriate division title, and select the program name.


CHILD & FAMILY PROGRAMS

Build Supportive Relationships with YouthChildren and families living in low-income housing need strong relationships to keep themselves and their communities safe and healthy, and create a space for growth and exploration.  Our programming includes after school activities and homework help for all ages, and outdoor field trips, and family nights.  Openings for teen support group facilitators currently open at 4 locations on Tues, Wed, and Thursday afternoons!  This community is ideal for volunteers interested in counseling and social work, and excited to build relationships with youth that help them discover the world around them and build confidence in their own potential.  On-going training provides with opportunities for leadership and special projects. 

Help a Young Child Learn & Grow - in the classroom and the garden! 
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 or riding our bus to pick up / drop off kids 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.  Shifts available select weekday mornings and afternoons in inner SE Portland.  The children are expecting you!

Family Food & Clothing Pantry Coordinator:  Help keep families together and strong by reducing stressors facing parents.  Develop and implement a plan for an expanded pantry making food and clothing available to parents accessible respite and parenting support.  Track and maintain inventory, and work with team to insure continuous improvements.  Flexible 6-8 hour commitment, M-F, 9:30am - 3:30pm.  Program orientation and on-going retail / merchandising support provided.

Childcare Assistant (Gateway Drop-In): 
Enhance the safety and connection children experience while their parents access crisis intervention resources.  These children are eager to connect!  Gain valuable skills working with a variety of children, get training in crisis intervention, and become eligible for an interview for a paid on-call staff position after 3 months of service. 

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.  Interviews being held now through April 21st for the 40-hour advocate training scheduled in May!

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.  Special need for assistance with Wednesday morning Art Therapy and with creating a music playlist!

Art, Music, and Women's Group Facilitator:  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! 

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!

Horticultural Therapist
:  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.

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!

 

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.  This opportunity currently has an active waitlist.


BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

Interior Designer:  Exercise your spark for using color and texture to create soothing, welcoming spaces, and know you are facilitating healing for those transitioning to new lives free of addiction and crime.  Work with leadership at our InAct program to understand their vision for bringing grounding warmth to our facility.  Flexible commitment based on your interest and availability.

Videographer: 
Put your eye for telling a visual story to work on this exciting short-term project.  Capture powerful moments during volunteer orientation and one-time volunteer projects that can be used to generate further on-line enthusiasm for volunteering to support the vulnerable populations we serve.  If you have experience and your own equipment, we would love for you to get creative!

Graphic Designer:  Have a knack for creating moving digital graphics and looking for a short-term project you can do from home?  Get creative by designing a variety of birthday and thank you cards to personalize our messages to those who support our work.  Flexible commitment based on your vision!

Procurement Specialist
Work with our successful development team to secure a variety of in-kind donations to meet rotating program needs.  Gain terrific training and support, and direct experience working with a variety of social service programs.  Flexible schedule and location!

Culinary Assistant: 
Join our fast-paced, action-oriented catering team by supporting menu planning, meal prep, and delivery, and play a vital role in the 20,000 meals we provide each month to support vulnerable populations and generate funding for our services.  Morning and afternoon shifts available 7 days a week.  If you enjoy simple tasks, clear direction, and getting job training, this is for you!

Call Center Associate
:  Join our results-orientation team and gain valuable job skills.  Shifts available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings to call those who have donated items to our Thrift It resale store in the past, and schedule pick-ups.  All training provided.  Located in our warehouse off NE 122nd.  This position is currently waitlisted.

Thrift Associates (court-mandated)Do you need to build skills for your resume?  Do you love the challenge of learning and meeting clear individual and shared goals?  If you have at least 30 hours of court-mandated service to complete, drop by the store and fill out an application.  Opportunities available weekdays, evenings, and weekends!  Opportunities at our store off SE 182nd and warehouse off NE 122nd.



Volunteer Services

(503) 595-2009
volunteer@voaor.org