Volunteer Spotlight

Last year, nearly 1,000 volunteers helped Volunteers of America Oregon's dedicated employees to serve over 17,000 people in the Portland metro area.  Here is the story of just one of the hundreds of individuals who give of their time, talents, and effort to help us make a difference in the lives of so many:

Like many volunteers, Stephanie Hedges found out about VOA through a friend who recommended our residential programs for her alcohol and drug counseling certification, but she was hesitant.

"I have a lot of mental health experience - I've seen it all.  But I put off volunteering at the Men's Residential Center (MRC) long-term because I had a preconceived idea, developed mainly by media, about what it might be like."  Then her perspective was transformed through a one-time project and she knew her daughters needed the same experience.

Read about how volunteering as a family has changed the way Stephanie, Allie, and Erin see themselves and their community.

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