On-Going Positions

Join VOA's mission as an on-going volunteer and experience the sense of belonging and exhilaration that comes from connecting to others committed to making change in their lives and communities! Your commitment will enable you to:

  • build life-changing relationships with vulnerable community members
  • make a direct impact on crucial social issues
  • gain direct experience with a broad range of human services
  • learn from a diverse professional staff
  • invest in your future through receiving relevant experience, free trainings, and resources through Volunteer Bridge

Below is an overview of our current opportunities organized by the population being served. Most positions require a commitment to one 2-4 hour shift per week from 9am ā€“ 5pm for 3 months, and occur on Portland's eastside, unless otherwise noted.

Regardless of the program or position you choose, you can expect:

  • personalized placement services that consider your motivation and service goals
  • the resources and training you need to be successful in a position you enjoy
  • one-on-one coaching from skilled professionals
  • opportunities to connect with our wider community for on-going learning

To learn more about the programs hosting these positions, view the program services pages of this website. Access our Volunteer Spotlights below to see how service is changing the lives of our volunteers and view our Impact Report for more information about how volunteer engagement is helping us achieve our mission.

ā€œI was challenged through my volunteering and gained personal strength. Iā€™m interacting with friends and family differently, being more aware of opportunities to talk about oppression, and how to support friends who are going through difficult times.ā€

Contact Volunteer Services for more information!

Child & Family Programs

Help a Young Child Learn & Grow in the classroom, on the bus, and the in garden! 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 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. 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. 6+ month commitment.

Trauma-Informed Drop-In Child Interventionist (Gateway, Providence St. Vincent's, and Providence Portland): 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.

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. There are no current volunteer opportunities available.

Support Parents in Recovery from Substance Abuse Disorders: Provide resources to parents and families while they cope with the early stages of recovery. Provide childcare, assist clients in finding employment, prepare meals, welcome and engage with drop-in clients, and be a part of a dedicated team keeping families strong, healthy, and together.

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. One year commitment following the 40-hour advocate training

Senior Programs

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. Opportunities available!

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, opportunities are available!

Dishwasher: 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. Opportunities available!

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. Opportunities available!

Treatment & Public Safety

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.

Internships: Gain experience and supervision to fulfill requirements for the Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) or Master's in Social Work (MSW) programs.