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  • Birch Community Services

    Address: 17780 NE San Rafael Street Portland,OR 97230

    Contact: 503.251.5431


    Food Sorting, Preparing for classes. Birch can use individual volunteers on M/W/F from 9 am to 5 pm without prior scheduling. Please volunteer for at least two hours so that we can make the most out of your travel and time commitments. Scheduling is required at all other times by contacting the office at 503.251.5431. For groups of 3 or more: https://www.birchcommunityservices.org/participate/volunteer/group-guidelines/

  • Blanchet House

    Address: 310 NW Glisan Street Portland,OR 97209

    Contact: volunteer@blanchethouse.org


    Food Service Volunteer Opportunities
    We serve 3 meals per day Monday through Saturday (Closed Sunday).
    Breakfast service is from 6:00 am to 7:30 am
    Lunch service is from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
    Dinner service is from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    The job assignments we have available to our volunteers are as follows:
    -Cook’s Helper (plating the food)
    -Food Server (bringing the food out to the guests)
    -Busser (clearing the tables of dirty plates and cups)
    -Beverages (keeping the coffee, water and/or juice filled)

    Clothing Volunteer Opportunies
    -Blanchet house also needs volunteers to help sort clothing donations

    Children 14 years and older welcome to volunteer.

  • Central City Concern

    Address: 232 NW 6th Avenue Portland,OR 97209

    Contact: volunteer@ccconcern.org


    Portland homeless charity & volunteering opportunities.
    -Help front desk staff, welcome guests and patients
    -Community room volunteer, serve meals, play games, lead activities
    Please go to webpage to fill out an interest form and apply as a volunteer.

  • Free Geek

    Address: 1731 SE 10th Ave Portland,OR 97214

    Contact: 503.232.9350 | info@freegeek.org


    Free Geek is a Portland-based nonprofit offering free computers, technology and education powered by reuse & recycling.
    Free Geek also offers a wide range of classes free to our volunteers and the general public, unless otherwise specified. Classes range from basic introductions to computers, to starting your first website and learning how to program. https://www.freegeek.org/community-programs/education
    They are constantly adding new classes and looking for volunteer instructors. There is volunteerism available in Spanish and English.

  • Hands On Greater Portland

    Address: 619 SW 11th Avenue, Suite 300 Portland,OR 97205

    Contact: 503.200.3355 | info@handsonportland.org


    Everyone can do something for the community. At Hands On Greater Portland, we develop this potential in volunteers. We connect them with opportunities to feed the hungry, teach our children, house the homeless, restore our environment and meet other important community needs. Many of the volunteering projects can be done in a day or over a longer period of time.

  • Neighborhood House

    Address: 7780 SW Capitol Hwy Portland,OR 97219

    Contact: volunteers@nhpdx.org


    -Regular volunteer opportunities
    -Temporary opportuniites to help with events and programs such as the Food Box program, holiday gift drive and Feed the Hungry Campaign.
    Fill out the volunteer application form on the site.

  • Portland Parks & Recreation

    Address: 1001 SW 5th Avenue,Suite 2200 Portland,OR 97204

    Contact: Steven Pixley | steve.pixley@portlandoregon.gov


    Portland Parks & Recreation offers a variety of fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at sites across the city! Annually, Portlanders volunteer over 450,000 hours with us to help make our parks great! Volunteer coaches, teacher aides, and mentors are always needed in our youth programs - and the parks, gardens, and natural areas welcome extra hands.
    Ongoing and one-day projects are available and no experience is necessary!
    Required: Name, states where you have lived for several years and date of birth. Application information does not require a social security number.
    We serve as employers and as volunteer recruiters.

  • Rosewood Initiative

    Address: 16126 SE Stark St Portland,OR 97233

    Contact: 503.208.2562


    "Rosewood is a neighborhood space where you can help the community as you improve yourself. Neighbors come here to interact with one another, work on projects and feel safe. Rosewood builds capacity in the neighborhood by helping people learn useful skills and by connecting friends, partners and resources."

    -Engage with emerging community leaders at the Rosewood center and in the community
    -Build community pride and cohesion through planning and participating in meetings, activities and events
    -Connect with neighbors, businesses and partner organizations to increase our collective impact
    and much more: -event set-up, management, clean-up, projects and more. There is always a need for bilingual volunteers.

  • Volunteers of America

    Address: 3910 SE Stark Street Portland,OR 97214

    Contact: Camille McDaniel | 503.595.2009


    Serving persons in need for Portland metro area.
    There are many opportunities available. Fill out an application on their website.

  • Write Around Portland

    Address: 133 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 304 Portland,OR 97204

    Contact: 503.796.9224 | volunteer@writearound.org


    1) Complete a Volunteer Application (online)

    2) Attend a Group Orientation: our Program Coordinator will contact you to schedule your orientation date.

    3) Start Volunteering!
    • Community readings volunteers help with set up, clean up, registration, hospitality, giving directions, photography, snacks, book sales

    • Evening shifts at our office, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We will notify volunteers of these shifts via email. Volunteers may help with: mailings, book production, or prepare for events

    • Mailing parties: Work on mailing in small teams: fold, write, stuff, seal and stamp news and mailings

    • Office shift volunteers: 2 hour shifts during office hours helping staff with various tasks