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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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. Apply today to get ready to help for the whole summer!
Early Childhood Classroom Assistant:
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.
Trauma-Informed Drop-In Child Interventionist (Gateway):
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 for a 3+-month commitment!
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.
Most opportunities available at both our Marie Smith Center on N Albina and our Lambert House off SE 170th. Scheduling may vary.
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 for a 3+ month commitment.
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!
TREATMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS
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. Contact Volunteer Services to get on the waitlist!
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.
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 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!