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, 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.
Be the one to engage a participant with dementia or traumatic brain injury at the Lambert House. 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. Located in outer SE Portland.
The guys would especially love a support group just for them!
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!
CHILD & FAMILY PROGRAMS
High School Summer Internship!
Summer is a great time to give the young children we serve a fun outdoor experience, so we will be creating small teams of youth and adult volunteers to organize short trips for the kids.
This is a great opportunity for youth to experience high-impact service, develop leadership, explore careers with children, and gain experience (& references) for resumes or college applications.
Program requires a commitment of 4-6 hours per week for at least 8 weeks from June 24th - August 30th, and attendance at an orientation session Tuesday June 18th.
Help a Young Child Learn & Grow:
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. Shifts available select
weekday mornings and afternoons in inner SE Portland. The children are
Build Community at Low-Income Housing sites:
Children and families living in low-income housing need strong relationships to keep their communities safe and healthy.
- Work with staff and residents as a Community Night Event Planner to plan, promote, and gather resources to bring neighbors together. Facilitate connections between youth and nature by leading nature trips and activities through Kids at Home in the Wild! We are currently holding a waitlist for summer openings.
- Apply now for our Fall waitlist to support children's success as an After School Facilitator or Academic Tutor assisting with homework and reading one afternoon a week from 3-6pduring the school year.
Contact Volunteer Services for available days and locations.
Sewing and Woodworking for Children:
Share your skills and love
for woodworking and/or sewing by adopting a special project including
making aprons, scarves, table clothes, easels, balance beams, wooden
boxes, puppet theater, and more! Get to know the children and staff at
the Family Relief Nursery and complete the project at your own
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 America
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.
TREATMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS
All current positions have been filled. Check back soon - or attend an orientation session to be at the top of the wait list!
Marketing Associate: Evaluate current marketing and advertising practices of our Thrift It store. Assist with creating new methods for increasing brand awareness. Marketing experience required, and business experience preferred. Flexible time and location, and a great opportunity to exercise "out of the box" brilliant ideas!
Thrift Associates: 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! Store is located on SE 182nd and warehouse off NE 122nd. We are maintaining an active wait list for all other volunteers interested in serving in our store, warehouse, and call center.
Culinary Assistant: Expand the capacity of quality food service to VOA's programs, partner agencies, and business clients through meal planning, preparation, and delivery. 4-6 hour shifts available 7 days a week starting at 6am or noon at our industrial kitchen near Lloyd Center. Training provided and minimum 6-week commitment requested. Contact Volunteer Services for our wait list.