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 email@example.com 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 Youth:
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, support groups for teens, outdoor field trips,
and family nights. 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!
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
Childcare Assistant (Gateway Drop-In):
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. This opportunity currently has an active waitlist.
Domestic Violence Advocate:
Activists and Social Changers:
Get involved in the movement to end violence
against women and children! Home Free, a program of Volunteers of
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! Contact Volunteer Services to get on the wait list for the
next 40-hour 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.
Be the one to engage a participant with dementia or traumatic brain injury at the Lambert House in outer southeast or the Marie Smith Center in north Portland. 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 afternoon Art Therapy and starting a Men's Group the Lambert House.
: Build relationships with the elderly and preserve their legacy. As you get to know them, use writing, drawing, and/or voice recording to document their stories and experiences. Gain a new friend, a fresh perspective, and a sense of deepening the meaning of another's life.
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!
: Develop and maintain a therapeutic garden space to enrich the lives of cognitively and physically impair adults and seniors at Lambert House. Work closely with our Activity Coordinator to forecast plantings, develop a curriculum to engage program participants, and work with volunteer groups on routine maintenance.
Take photos of participants at the Lambert House,
perform simple editing, create a slide show, and display them on our
photo board. Short-term project with flexible scheduling. Some weekday
availability needed to take the pictures.
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.
Retail Sales Associate: Perform merchandising and customer service during our holiday rush! Choose a 2-4 hour shift on Tuesdays from 3-7pm or Saturday from 10am - noon, beginning November 19th through the end of the year. Great job training opportunity. Weekly commitment preferred.
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.
Marketing Associate: Evaluate
our advertising strategy to increase donations and shoppers at our
Thrift It retail store. Project will include market research, branding,
and out-of-the-box brilliant ideas. Strong marketing skills and
familiarity with the Portland business community are essential.
Flexible scheduling, location, and the opportunity to use your expertise
to benefit the greater good.
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!
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.