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 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.

How To Apply


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.  Opportunities available select weekday mornings for life-changing 6+ month commitments.

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.  Up to three 4-hour shifts available per week, between the hours of 8am and 5pm, for at least 6-months.  

Clothing Closet Coordinator:  Inventory, organize, and maintain the Food and Clothing Pantry at our Family Relief Nursery and ensure parents and children have access to new clothes and fresh food.  If you love children, have retail and/or office experience, and are good with people and on the phone, this will be a wonderfully rewarding position for you!  Flexible scheduling available for up to 8 hours per week on weekdays between 9:30am and 3:30pm.  

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. Positions open select weekday mornings and afternoons!

Build Supportive Relationships with Youth
Children 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.  Assist with vital programming including after school activities and homework help for all ages, mentoring teens through the college selection and application process, outdoor programming, and youth support groups.  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.  Attend orientation to join the wait list for life-changing 6+ month commitments.

Intercultural Community Nights: Enhance our monthly Community Night by assisting with activities for children of all ages and engaging parent with your language and/or cultural expertise with Spanish-speaking and/or Pacific Island communities.  Monthly events on last Mondays from 4 - 6:30pm.  No advanced application required; project orientation provided the evening of the event.  Contact Volunteer Services to sign-up!

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 40-hour spring advocate training.

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.


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.  Positions currently available most weekdays between 10am and 3pm.  Mid-day Bingo at the Marie Smith Center currently needs support every weekday!  

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!  Positions available on select weekdays!

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!  Positions currently available most weekdays from 11:30am - 1:30pm.

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.  Positions available on select weekdays!

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!  Opportunities currently available!



Art Therapy Assistant:  Provide the opportunity for women in recovery and on probation or parole to connect with others in a relaxed, supportive, fun environment.  Team up with our art therapist to co-facilitate our weekly arts and crafts group for up to 20 women of all ages.  Assist them with completing current projects or developing new ones based on their skills, interests, or seasonal themes.  Share your love of painting, sculpting, sewing, paper-crafting, and more with women committed to changing their lives for the better.  Art group meets Fridays from 1:30 - 3pm.  6-month commitment preferred.  

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.  Attend orientation to join the wait list for life-changing 3+ month commitments with our Men's and Women's Residential Centers.

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.  Opportunities available for bi-lingual, bi-cultural applicants to our Adelante Latino program.


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!  Flexible scheduling and locations - 3-month commitment preferred.

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 for more information!

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!

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!  Contact Volunteer Services for more information!

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!  Contact Volunteer Services to sign-up for an orientation session or be connected directly with program staff.

Call Center Associate
:  Join our results-oriented team and gain valuable job skills.  Shifts available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 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.  Shifts available weekdays from 8am - noon!  Contact Volunteer Services to sign-up for an orientation session or be connected directly with program staff.

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.  Visit our store at 2360 SE 182nd to fill out an application!

Volunteer Services

(503) 595-2009