Learn English in the Real World

  • 1st Learn About Volunteer and Social Opportunities and Preview them at Project Pear

    Address: Various sites Portland,OR 97209

    Contact: http://projectpear.org/


    With ProjectPear, you can preview the group before you go.

    Choose either volunteer or social above.
    Then, play the conversation video. After each video, choose your response.
    Join any group you like.
    They will love to meet you.

  • 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: Dennis Arnold at 503-226-3911 or email him at darnold@blanchethouse.org.


    Food Services Volunteer Opportunities
    We serve 3 meals per day Monday thru Saturday (Closed Sunday). Breakfast is from 6:30 am to 7:30 am(arrive by 6:00 am) Lunch is from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (arrive by 11:00 am) and Dinner service is from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (arrive by 4:30 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).
    We have over 5000 volunteers; schedule fills up quickly. Call Dennis Arnold at 503-226-3911 once you have picked your specific dates and which meal service you would like to volunteer for (breakfast, lunch or dinner).
    12 volunteers maximum per meal service. More info: http://www.blanchethouse.org/volunteer-opportunities/
    Children 12 years and older welcome to volunteer.

  • Central City Concern

    Address: 232 NW 6th Avenue Portland,OR 97209

    Contact: Peter Russell


    Portland homeless charity & volunteering opportunities.
    You can serve as:
    Living Room Volunteer at the Old Town Recovery Center
    On-Call Events Volunteer - Public Affairs
    Music Therapy Volunteer at Old Town Clinic or the Letty Owings Center.
    On-Call Administrator Volunteer - Administration
    Please go to webpage to 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 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. 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: Marc Czornij. (503) 246-1663, ext. 2117 mczornij@nhpdx.org


    Front Desk Help is needed. The Oregon Senior Center is a vibrant resource for SW seniors. Also, Food Box Program Volunteers. Monday through Thursday: available shifts from 9 am to 8 pm. Extra help, on Mondays and Wednesdays: 2 to 5:30 pm. Thursdays: 3 to 8 pm. The location for the Food Box Program is 3445 SW Moss Street. 97219.

  • 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


    Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm
    "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


    Serving persons in need for Portland metro area.