One-Time Projects

We host nearly 50 one-time projects each year to broaden your perspective and benefit our programs for children, seniors, and people in recovery. We specialize in creating fun, direct-service experiences for small corporate groups that help you meet your goals, build team spirit, and leave a lasting impression on our community.

These projects receive rave reviews from volunteers for being fun and organized, from staff for introducing them to generous and enthusiastic community members, and from clients who are invigorated by new adventures and touched by knowing their neighbors care for them.

Projects are available every month for both individuals and groups, and can include direct-service or program support activities. You can expect:

  • The tools, training, and support you need for a sense of accomplishment
  • Knowledge about VOA's mission, how the program you are serving is changing lives, and how your involvement benefits our community
  • Tangible ways to continue to make a difference after your project is complete

View a list of available projects below and links to details about on-going corporate partners who deserve special mention for their spirit and generosity! For more information about how volunteer engagement is helping us achieve our mission, view our Impact Report.

"We have probably done a dozen or so volunteer events in the last couple of years but I don’t think I have ever received so much positive feedback from the participants. They all had a fabulous time and definitely feel it was for a very worthy cause."

Contact Volunteer Services for more information!

For Individuals:

  • Intergenerational Activities: Support intergenerational activities when the preschoolers from our Family Relief Nursery visit elders at our Lambert House Adult Day Center on the third Tuesdays of the month from 10am – 1pm. If you are interested in attending (or would like more information), please email You must RSVP in advance.
  • Community Nights: We host monthly community nights at 6 low-income housing sites around Portland and Gresham. Join us as we build community, share a meal, and do fun games and arts and crafts. To learn about dates and events, please email
  • Brightening Birthdays:Help children celebrate their birthdays in style. Join us for fun, games, cake, and presents as we throw six parties each quarter. Email to learn more.

For Groups of up to 20:

  • Honoring Elders: Adopt a full- or half-day project with elders at our Lambert House Adult Day Center and work with our staff to select and/or plan activities. Email for more information.
  • Field Trips (less than 10 volunteers): Join our preschoolers on a field trip to OMSI, The Oregon Zoo, parks, and more! We often have passes that can cover your participation, as well.

For Groups of All Sizes:

  • Memory Books & Birthday Bags for Kids: Papercraft Memory Books teachers can personalize with photos as a keepsake for families when they leave services or create Birthday Bags with all the supplies families need to throw a birthday party. Contact for more information.
  • Gift Drive: Anyone can adopt one of our programs and gather & deliver items needed to provide support and comfort the people we serve. Visit the VOA Wishlist to get started!
  • Grounds Maintenance: Seasonal needs vary for garden, painting, and grounds work at our programs. Check for availability.