Welcome to WW’s 2014 Volunteer Guide.
The idea here goes something like this: You were generous financially with our 2013 Give!Guide.
Now, as the new year begins, you may want to invest some of your valuable sweat equity in a local nonprofit, but you’re not sure where to start. If so, we’re here to help.
More than 60 worthy nonprofits have identified their needs in the pages of this guide. If you can fill one of them, terrific! If you know someone else who can, point that person in the right direction.
Thanks for giving this your attention.
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WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: As a CAT volunteer, make purr-fect matches as an adoption counselor, foster a litter of kittens, represent CAT at community events, provide daily care for shelter cats, greet and assist clients all while having a fantastic time getting paid in headbutts and purrs.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: If you love talking about cats, caring for cats and helping others fall in love with cats, we need you!
CONTACT: Nancy Puro, volunteer program manager
email@example.com, 503-925-8903, ext. 258
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Walk shelter dogs in need of additional exercise and training, foster a dog in need of a little extra TLC, help with event coordination, fundraising and working at outreach events.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are looking for reliable, compassionate and patient dog-loving individuals 18 and older with basic dog-handling skills.
CONTACT: FDNLS staff
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Be part of the solution to end cat overpopulation by volunteering with FCCO. We’re a spay/neuter program for community cats supported solely through donations. Our greatest need is for office volunteers who are comfortable with computers and speaking with the public, and are available business hours on weekdays. Visit feralcats.com for a full list of opportunities.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: If you believe spay/neuter saves lives, we want you! Our volunteers are dedicated team players who are calm under pressure and have positive attitudes. Experience caring for outdoor cats, fundraising, marketing and public relations is a plus.
CONTACT: Olivia Hinton
firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-797-2606, ext. 103
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: PAW Team provides free veterinarian care to the pets of people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty. We keep people and pets together during difficult times. We are a volunteer-based organization with wide support from the community. You can get involved at our monthly clinics as a vet, pharmacist, medical-records specialist or certified veterinary technician. You can help set up clinics, work with people and pets during clinics, assist in the office, perform data entry from home (training provided), or help with our social media, volunteer management, graphic design and special events.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers want to help people and animals. They know the value of the animal-human bond and want to make a difference to those who need it the most. We’re looking for people who work well with diverse groups and are able to take on a project and make it their own, who are creative and reliable.
CONTACT: Cindy Scheel, executive director
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers are the backbone of the Pixie Project. We need willing foster homes for our dogs and cats, volunteer veterinarian technicians and volunteer veterinarians.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those who are willing to open up their loving, animal-friendly homes to Pixie animals while they await adoption. This will open up a spot in our shelter for another animal awaiting intake. Veterinarian and veterinarian techs are also needed—the Pixie Project is looking for volunteers with clinical experience.
CONTACT: email@example.com, 971-322-5502
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Be a Project POOCH ambassador! Community ambassadors help to raise awareness of Project POOCH and the importance of re-homing shelter dogs. We are looking for animal-loving individuals who are interested in staffing Project POOCH tables at summer events, dog shows and adoption events at area pet stores.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The right person will be friendly, outgoing, comfortable speaking in public and knowledgeable of the Project POOCH program. You will need to be able to lift lightweight displays. If you love animals, have time to share and want to help homeless dogs in need, we’d love to hear from you.
CONTACT: DeVida Johnson
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: From being an open-hours staff person to contributing to creative projects in printing and publishing, the IPRC has many types of volunteer opportunities. We work with volunteers to match their skills set, interest and capacity in helping find the best position for them. Apply at iprc.org
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are always looking for volunteers whose skills and interests coincide with our mission to facilitate creative expression and identity by providing public access to the resources and tools needed to create independently published media and art.
CONTACT: Pollyanne Birge
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Live Wire is a radio variety show that records in front of a live audience. Our volunteers assist on show nights with ushering, audience and guest services, as well as other behind-the-scenes tasks such as mailings, data entry and vendor pickups.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers are a magnificent motley crew from all walks of life. We love to see an appreciation for the arts, reliability and an affinity for the fast-paced (show nights can get vivacious!). You must be able to enjoy fun. Marketing and experience with SalesForce doesn’t hurt.
CONTACT: Tori Zanzalari
Oregon Crusaders—Performance Art
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Oregon Crusaders provide students ages 15 to 21 with world-class performing-arts and touring experience. Between 50 and 75 volunteers are needed each year to support our programs, with cooking, driving, sewing and event-management support needed, especially in the spring and summer months. Join us!
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The Oregon Crusaders require a variety of skills in support of our touring arts programs, including:
• Cooking healthy meals for our performers and staff in our mobile kitchen
• Driving (commercial driver’s license and non-CDL positions)
• Sewing of costumes and flags
• Event management
CONTACT: Colleen Bledsoe, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: An all-volunteer organization, PDX Pop Now! owes its success to the many individuals who have generously and enthusiastically donated their time. Areas for involvement include administration, development, finance, art, marketing and events. Specific positions include: festival event staff, compilation-selection listeners, grant writers, fundraising and sponsorship coordinators, finance and media coordinators.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: A self-motivated professional with a passion for music and learning who understands how to communicate thoughtfully while also efficiently managing his or her time. Volunteers must have the desire to analyze any issue from a leadership perspective, and have a personal commitment to proactively improving some aspect of the organization.
CONTACT: Beth Martin, email@example.com
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Vibe of Portland is looking for teaching assistants in our Vibe @ School classes in North and Southeast Portland. The commitment is one to three hours weekly for an eight-week session. Duties include helping teaching artists, encouraging and helping students with projects, and positively impacting a child’s life through the arts.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer has some background in either art or music (or both) and is excited about working with children and a local teaching artist to make our classes exciting and fun for all involved. Especially needed are volunteers with experience in ceramics.
CONTACT: Laura Streib
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers strengthen the work of the BTA every day. You can get involved by helping at events, assisting in the office, doing research, attending meetings, stuffing envelopes, leading community rides, fixing bikes for our youth classes, and more.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers are passionate about their communities. They have a desire to share the joy of biking with others, support the goals of creating safe and vibrant neighborhoods, and build a stronger local economy. Whether you want to take on a big project or just stop by for an afternoon, we’d love your help to keep Oregon rolling forward!
CONTACT: Nicole Davenport
firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-226-0676, ext. 24
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Community Alliance of Tenants is Oregon’s only grassroots renters’ rights organization. We invite volunteers to help with counseling callers on the renters’ rights hotline, along with assisting in translations and interpretations, outreach and organizing, office and technology support, campaigns, photography, communications, child care and other event/meeting support.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We hope CAT volunteers have a belief in social justice and are against oppression and discrimination. Volunteers who have experience dealing with rental issues are also needed. Additional helpful skills and interests include database entry, public speaking, Spanish-language proficiency, organizing, compassionate listening and articulate communication skills.
CONTACT: Nancy Swann
email@example.com, 503-460-9702, ext. 2
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Community Vision’s home ownership independence program supports individuals with disabilities living in their own homes. We have opportunities for volunteers to participate through work parties. These fun events include activities such as house painting, light yard work or repairing a fence.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: You must enjoy working with a small group of community volunteers, in three- to four-hour shifts. Visit cvision.org/get-involved/volunteer. Additionally, our annual Harvest Century cycling event utilizes more than 200 volunteers, and we would love your participation. Visit harvestcentury.org for more information.
CONTACT: Valerie Plummer
firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-292-4964, ext. 124
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Sort and redistribute donated home goods to low-income folks in our community who are transitioning into stable housing. Volunteers also sell higher-end items that are nonessential for setting up a home in our retail stores. Additionally, volunteers help with special events and community outreach. We are Portland’s only volunteer-driven, nonprofit furniture bank.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: If helping low-income folks find furniture and goods to outfit their homes and being the first to see the one-of-a-kind treasures before they go to our estate store sounds like your idea of the perfect day, then this is the volunteer gig for you. We need positive, friendly volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors-in-need.
CONTACT: Jessica Thompson
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Hands On connects volunteers with more than 300 nonprofit agencies in the metro area that are in need of volunteers. Visit our calendar at www.handsonportland.org to find volunteer opportunities, including walking dogs at Oregon Humane Society, sorting food at Oregon Food Bank, serving meals for men in transitional housing at the Clark Center, grocery shopping for seniors at Store to Door, or taking the family out volunteering at Tualatin Library.
We also connect volunteers with longer-term opportunities. And we have a variety of special events, including Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Comcast Cares Day, Family Volunteer Day and Make a Difference Day. We believe that everyone can volunteer. All you need is the belief that one person can make a difference. Most of our opportunities require no special skill or qualification, and we have volunteer opportunities across all interest and impact areas, from hunger to homelessness, education to literacy, animals to the arts.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: One special volunteer position we are always seeking is that of “volunteer leader.” These are trained volunteers who serve in a leadership capacity, taking responsibility for one of the projects on our calendar. Go out and volunteer for one of the projects on our calendar, and see if a leadership position might be right for you.
CONTACT: Dannon Raith
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers support our local community and help end the cycle of poverty through our programs in early childhood, youth and family, housing, seniors, adults with disabilities, and special events. Opportunities include tutoring, mentoring, transporting, meal service, and leading activities. Our short-term and ongoing opportunities are available year-round.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Anyone with trade and professional skills as well as those looking to gain experience and connect with our community of support can find an exciting, engaging opportunity with Impact NW. We welcome individuals and community/corporate volunteer groups, and can customize a meaningful, team-building experience. Visit impactnw.org/volunteer for more details.
CONTACT: Mari Tamiyasu
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers help us empower individuals and families to become more financially stable. As a financial coach, we will train you to work one-on-one with individuals developing realistic budgets, setting and achieving goals, and building credit. Other opportunities include writing articles for our client newsletter, and co-facilitating financial-education workshops and one-time projects.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Ideal volunteers are committed to the mission of Innovative Changes—assisting those lacking adequate access to capital and/or financial services to achieve and maintain household stability. Volunteers should possess a willingness to learn about financial education and resources, have strong intercultural communication skills and embrace working with diverse clientele.
CONTACT: Katie Dineen
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: They are often alone and hungry. Frail and disabled seniors in your neighborhood have done so much in their lives and now ask only for a hot meal and a friendly smile. Volunteers are needed at our 34 locations throughout the Portland-Vancouver metro area to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors, prepare food in our neighborhood center kitchens, serve lunch to seniors in our centers, lead a walking group, work special events, create artwork, or help with administrative tasks.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who want to make a difference in the life of a homebound senior.
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: NHA needs volunteers with a variety of talents, including teaching exercise, tai chi and yoga classes. Volunteers are also needed to provide educational opportunities such as tutoring for children, financial education for adults, and computer classes. We can always use help with marketing, fundraising and event support.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Someone who is responsible, reliable, compassionate and flexible. The majority of NHA’s housing is located in the Portland metro area, so we need volunteers who can work in their communities.
CONTACT: Tim Collier
email@example.com, 503-654-1007, ext. 113
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We would not exist without passionate and dedicated volunteers like you. For information about getting involved with our major community events like Race for the Animals and Portland VegFest, along with ongoing outreach projects, visit nwveg.org/volunteer. We welcome everyone and look forward to hearing from you soon.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are especially interested in volunteers who have experience in event planning, tabling, public relations, marketing, public speaking and graphic design. Whether you’re looking for a one-time project or a longer-term commitment, there’s a good chance we have a match for your interests, skills and goals.
CONTACT: Chelsea Davis
firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-746-8344, 503-866-7575
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteer as a reading tutor for adults with developmental disabilities. Tutors support diverse students who are working to improve independence through increased literacy skills. In a celebratory environment, form new relationships and discover the rewards of creating an inclusive community of Portlanders with and without disabilities.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is fun, flexible, compassionate and reliable, and believes that the contributions of all unique community members are valuable. Volunteers should be good readers and able to make a two-month commitment. We provide disability/diversity training and guidance on best practices in special education and community integration.
CONTACT: Molly Mayo
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers seeking a meaningful experience with a Jewish perspective can find exactly what they are looking for through the Portland Mitzvah Network. With a variety of short-term and ongoing volunteer opportunities and organizations seeking volunteers, PMN is your one-stop shop for doing good in the Jewish community and beyond. Visit portlandmitzvah.org.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Organizations can join the network to seek volunteers and volunteer opportunities for their constituents. Individuals and families can register to learn more about one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities. All users of the network can take advantage of the resources related to volunteering more generally, and in a Jewish context more specifically.
CONTACT: Caron Blau Rothstein, program coordinator
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Redirect donated building materials from the waste stream and turn them into a community asset. De-nail, sort and stock reclaimed old-growth lumber and tons of other used-building materials for reuse to benefit communities and our environment. Perform administrative tasks, hand out literature to the public at trade shows and events, write, translate, take video and much more!
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We need people of all skill levels. We thrive on positive energy and are committed to sustaining an environment that’s filled with respect, discovery, fun and making a meaningful difference. Commitment to safety and a sincere desire to make a positive difference for the community and environment is a must. To sign up, visit ouvvolunteers.org.
CONTACT: David Lowe
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Ride Connection seeks volunteers who like to drive, enjoy people and wish to make positive contributions to others. If providing reliable, accessible transportation to older adults and those with disabilities in our community interests you, then let us know. Last year, the Ride Connection network provided more than 401,000 rides, ensuring that every individual has access to reliable and accessible transportation within Portland and the tri-county area.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are looking for volunteers to drive during their lunch hour, for half a day or an entire day in locations they choose. If you are passionate about volunteering, possess a desire to support the mobility challenges of others, love interacting with a wide variety of people, seek true satisfaction and have a sincere dedication to the delivery of outstanding customer service, then please contact us for more information!
CONTACT: Trink Easterday
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteer areas include event, editorial, vendor program, resource guide and office. Our volunteers are an important asset and part of Street Roots. We need people for weekly help and one-time events. Opportunities range from copy editing to assisting with the vendor program to helping with fundraising events.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: People with experience working with the poor and working in copy editing, conflict resolution, secretarial or clerical, Microsoft Word or Excel, Adobe InDesign or Photoshop, data entry, website administration, and Mac OS X.
CONTACT: Grace Badik
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers can help in individual and group roles. We are always seeking meal providers, computer lab hosts, and skill- and interest-based class leaders. Seasonal volunteer roles exist as well, such as hosting coat and blanket drives, sorting donations and event/fundraising assistance.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those familiar with the barriers that cause homelessness, as well as have a desire to play a role in helping our clients overcome them. A minimum two-month commitment is required to help provide reliable support for our staff and clients.
CONTACT: Sam Haffey
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington has been advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities since 1955. We are pleased to announce the opportunity for volunteers to serve on our board of directors. Board service provides a unique opportunity to “give back” and use your professional expertise and personal experience to help shape the organization.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The following characteristics are desirable for our board: experience with committee work, comfort in communicating ideas in a group setting, a parent of a child experiencing developmental disabilities, and interest and dedication in working with persons with cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have particular interest in gaining members who are competent in the following areas: accounting, law, financial management, community organizing, development/fundraising, and public relations/marketing.
CONTACT: Ann Coffey
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Organizers and administrators, experienced gardeners, garden educators, chicken keepers, greenhouse managers, compost gurus, auto mechanics, carpenters, graphic designers and computer-savvy folks to help us manifest our vision of building community and improving food security through growing, bartering and sharing food.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Folks with skills in the following areas: organizing and web-based communications, marketing and outreach, graphic design and computer tech, event coordination, auto repair, carpentry, gardening, greenhouse management, irrigation installation, composting and chicken-keeping.
CONTACT: Janette Kaden
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: A volunteer visits our primary care or hospice patients from one to three hours a week, providing them with meaningful companionship and much-needed respite for their caregivers. You may read a favorite book, run errands or help tidy up their home. Perhaps you will simply offer quiet comfort by sitting with them or holding a hand.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: A person who has an infinity for the senior population, good listener, patient, caregiving skills helpful but not required. Availability one to three hours a week.
CONTACT: Todd Lawrence
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We attempt to match your talents, interests and time availability with a Dreamer student who would best benefit. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include spending one-on-one time tutoring students or aiding in the classroom. We also have some one-time events such as chaperoning field trips or speaking at Career Day.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: No special skills are needed— just be willing to jump in and help. One of the key factors of success for students is having a positive adult role model who gives their time. Your time and attention with students can make an enormous impact and difference in their lives.
CONTACT: Emily Gaither
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Architectural Heritage Center’s mission is to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the reuse of period homes and buildings. We need volunteers to help with our outreach efforts, education programs, walking tours, collections, reception desk and special events.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those who enjoy interacting with the public and have an appreciation for historic preservation and the historic architecture of Portland. A willingness to be flexible with volunteer tasks is greatly appreciated (as is a sense of humor).
CONTACT: Ita Lindquist
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Helping Donate Life NW helps saves lives. We are always looking for volunteer help, both in the office and out in the community. Outside: donor registration events, speaking to high-school classes, or presenting to community organizations. Inside: assisting with social-media campaigns, database management, or weekly office duties.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those with big hearts who want to help save lives. We’re growing our outreach programs and social-media campaigns in 2014, so individuals interested in outreach and being creative are ideal.
CONTACT: Matt Webber
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Our Marathon partners are volunteers who spend one to three hours a month creating and nurturing a mentoring relationship with a Marathon scholar. Volunteer mentors make a four-year commitment to a child and typically work with that child between fifth and eighth grades. Continuation of the relationship beyond the initial commitment is possible and encouraged if mutually beneficial for the adult and the child. Marathon is a program that helps remove the obstacles for low-income children striving for a college education by providing relationships with caring adults who serve as role models, coaches and cheerleaders to expand our scholar’s view of the possible. Our volunteers change lives!
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Marathon partners must pass a federal fingerprint background check, and have a valid driver’s license to be able to drive their scholar to events. Partners should ideally feel passion for educational access and a desire to work directly with children. Marathon partners should expect to remain in the Portland metro area for at least four years and have time to connect with their scholar either in person or via email/phone at least monthly. Comfort with diverse cultures and backgrounds is a plus.
CONTACT: AJ Crocker
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Portland After-School Tennis and Education needs volunteers who are willing to be trained to tutor, coach and mentor at-risk children from low-income families in North Portland. Our goal is to create scholar-athletes—children who are healthy, excel in athletics and love to learn!
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: All of our volunteers play a dual role as coach and tutor. In their role as coach, they assist our core coaches in tennis and fitness activities. And as tutor, they help our scholar-athletes stay focused on completing their homework. No tennis experience is needed.
CONTACT: Trenton Corvino
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: SE Works is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. ESL volunteers tutor adults learning English, GED tutors help at-risk youth study to complete a high-school education, youth mentors give ongoing guidance to youth, and transition coaches provide re-entry support to adults exiting the corrections system.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Successful volunteers have the ability to explain difficult concepts with patience and empathy. They also have respect for diversity, cross-cultural competence and the ability to work well with others. All volunteers are provided with training and materials, as well as ongoing support from SE Works staff.
CONTACT: Blair Orfall
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteer with SMART and help children discover the joy of reading! We are an early-literacy nonprofit that engages community volunteers to help pre-kindergarten to third-grade children become confident readers by providing one-on-one literacy support, adult mentorship, and books to take home and keep.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those with an enthusiastic love of books, who enjoy working with young children. They need to be available to read for one hour per week during public-school hours through mid-May.
CONTACT: Staci Sutton
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Locally, volunteers would be great to assist with fundraising and helping to create an English teaching curriculum. Also, guidance from psychologists, case workers and people working with child trauma. In Uganda, we welcome volunteers with various skills for an amazing life-changing experience with some wonderful children!
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers visiting Uganda should be willing to live a less-comfortable life and be open to a new culture. They should enjoy children and have patience and a playful spirit. Local volunteers should be reliable, organized and knowledgable in the area they wish to give expertise.
CONTACT: Brandi Eslinger
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Teach youth about food, farming and environmental stewardship during farm field trips; assist with healthy-eating-on-a-budget workshops; promote healthy living and sell produce at Lents International Farmers Market; tend crops and livestock during work parties; or help out around the office. View all opportunities at zengerfarm.org/volunteer.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Individuals who are enthusiastic about food, farming and environmental stewardship; enjoy working as a team; and who are committed to volunteering on a regular basis for at least three months. We also welcome one-time volunteers to our farmers market and work parties.
CONTACT: Prairie Hale
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Audubon Society of Portland is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading conservation organizations offering a wide range of volunteer opportunities. You can lead groups through Audubon’s nature sanctuary, care for injured wildlife in the care center, be a nature store assistant, or explore other volunteer opportunities. There’s something for every interest and schedule.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Audubon volunteers want to become engaged and make a difference. Some opportunities require weekly shifts while others are less frequent. New volunteer orientation is Thursday, Feb. 6. For more information, visit audubonportland.org and complete a volunteer application.
CONTACT: Deanna Sawtelle, volunteer manager
email@example.com, 503-292-6855, ext. 108
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Forest Park Conservancy volunteers preserve and enhance Forest Park’s trail network and native habitat. Stewardship projects include trail maintenance and repair, removal of invasive plant species, and planting native trees and shrubs.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Individuals who are passionate about the environment and interested in getting to know Forest Park more intimately. A willingness to get dirty working and hiking in the great outdoors is a must. Forest Park Conservancy provides all necessary training and welcomes family participation.
CONTACT: Mikala Soroka
firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-223-5449, ext. 106
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Many varied opportunities are available for volunteers to learn new skills or to strengthen current ones. There is year-round habitat restoration, planting and maintaining native trees and shrubs, and removal of invasive species.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those with a love for habitat restoration, the environment, birds and mammals. No skills are necessary, as you will be taught everything you need to know.
CONTACT: Josie Finley
Josie_Finley@fws.gov, 360-887-4106, 360-887-3279
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteer to help with our two biggest events each year—our native plant sale and our naturescaped yard tour. In February, volunteers help package and sort thousands of native plants for our annual plant sale. And in late spring (May/June), volunteers help welcome guests to the homes on the tour.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers are enthusiastic and passionate about gardening and native plants, but no plant expertise or technical skill is necessary. Be prepared to get a little dirty, but you are sure to have fun!
CONTACT: Candace Stoughton
email@example.com, 503-222-7645, 503-560-3592
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We welcome volunteers in dozens of ways, but our biggest need is planting trees. We plant every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm from October to May across the metro region. Simply show up dressed for the weather. We provide gloves, tools and guidance, as well as snacks and coffee. We’re family and group friendly—rain or shine.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer likes being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest’s finest winter weather, meeting new friends and neighbors and laughing a lot, as well as learning about trees, how to plant them and why they’re awesome. All ages are welcome. We can’t wait to work with you!
CONTACT: Jenny Bedell-Stiles
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We have short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities for those 16 and over. Most volunteer work in our warehouse entails assisting with donation intake, and running our store involves stocking and pricing items and keeping the shelves organized and clean. We also have an extensive recycling program that is managed by volunteers. They operate our cash registers and drive our box trucks to pick up materials from homes and businesses. We also work with volunteers in various marketing and outreach activities, and with our small deconstruction operation. If a volunteer has a specific skill (accounting, writing, design, research, public speaking), we are happy to find or create a project that will benefit our organization.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: No previous experience required. We are happy to train anyone who is willing to learn. The warehouse environment is ever-changing, so volunteers who are flexible and have a positive attitude tend to have a more successful experience. One-time volunteers are great, but we are looking for those who are willing and able to serve on a more regular basis. We also have on-call opportunities for individuals who are interested in our deconstruction and outreach programs.
CONTACT: Janell Watt
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Love Oregon? Join 35,000 SOLVE volunteers who feel the same! From the coast to the eastern deserts, volunteer projects include cleaning up litter, removal of invasive species, planting native plants, and more. Be part of SOLVE’s 45th anniversary and help improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: SOLVE volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, in groups or on your own. From one-day events to leadership roles, SOLVE has a spot for you. The only qualification is a passion for Oregon and the environment. Get in touch today to learn more.
CONTACT: Kaleen Boyle
firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-844-9571, ext. 332
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Basic Rights Oregon is the state’s chief advocacy and political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Volunteers work for equality by talking to Oregonians about the freedom to marry, assisting with office projects, or taking leadership roles on one of our teams.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We look for volunteers with passion for our programs: racial justice, transgender justice, and the freedom to marry. Join us in working for marriage equality in Oregon, inclusive health care and prison safety for transgender people, and raising the visibility and experiences of LGBTQ people of color.
CONTACT: Kyle White
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Idealist.org is the world’s largest network for social good, connecting people and organizations interested in making the world a better place. There are lots of ways to get involved. Visit us online to see how to turn your intentions into action in Portland and around the world.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are looking for people in Portland and beyond who want to work together to inspire and catalyze action and collaboration. If you like new ideas and connecting dots and people, join us for a new project we are launching at idealist.org/march11.
CONTACT: Megan O’Leary
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Returning Veterans Project asks licensed and insured mental-health practitioners, massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and naturopaths to open a pro bono slot in their practice to provide free, confidential services for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families across Oregon and southwest Washington.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We welcome providers who want to work with us to help support and heal our veterans and their families. You must be insured, licensed and have a professional office space. Supervised interns working toward their licenses may be eligible. For more information and to apply, visit returningveterans.org/for-providers.
CONTACT: Mike McCarrel
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers assist in many areas, including the annual AIDS Walk and Art Auction fundraisers; prevention/education and outreach programs; client housing and support services; development; Camp KC, a camp for HIV-infected and HIV-affected children; and Positive Force, a social and community-service group run by and for people living with HIV.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: HIV positive or negative. We’re looking for volunteers for a weekly commitment or a one-time event; students to retirees and everyone in between. There isn’t one type of “ideal volunteer” at CAP. We only ask that our volunteers make a commitment to their assignments and to have a connection to CAP’s mission.
CONTACT: Judith Rizzio
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Founders Clinic is an all-volunteer free clinic for Clackamas County residents without health insurance or access to medical care. Volunteers empower patients to get healthy and stay healthy. Active and retired doctors, nurses, NPs, medical/nursing students, lab techs and administrators donate quality care, education, lifestyle/medication management and support.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those who are passionate about building healthy communities from the inside-out; who find meaning in serving those who have slipped through the cracks of our health-care system by providing compassion, resources, quality medical care, and support for lifestyle changes and managing chronic conditions. Licensed, active or retired medical providers are needed.
CONTACT: Karen Shimada
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers to help stock the shelves of our food pantry and assist fellow Portland residents in obtaining healthy and nutritious foods at no cost. We welcome volunteers Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There is a morning shift from 9 am to 1 pm for stocking, and an afternoon shift from 1 to 4 pm for shopping.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Interest in food and economic justice is needed, along with the belief that access to adequate food and clothing is a human right. We help many Portlanders from a variety of cultural backgrounds, so knowing a foreign language is a plus, with an emphasis on Chinese, Russian, Somali and Spanish. But everyone is welcome!
CONTACT: Travis Niemann
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Project Access NOW connects low-income, uninsured people to donated health care across the Portland metro area. We are looking for volunteers with various backgrounds, skills and levels of experience to assist staff with our Pharmacy Bridge program, client care coordination, resource development, and general operations.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Individuals who are interested in positively impacting our community’s health. Health-care professionals, college students and community health advocates are encouraged to apply. In addition, we are looking for candidates who are highly motivated, enthusiastic and work well with others. To learn more, visit projectaccessnow.org/volunteer.
CONTACT: Shannon Kelley
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers are the heart of our organization. The Lotus Seed’s volunteers teach classes, run reception and work events, clean, and help with public relations. Volunteers put up fliers and help with social media and graphic/Web design. They are ideal ways to aid the Lotus Seed’s mission: to bring yoga, movement and art to underserved populations through outreach programs and continuing education. All volunteers have access to the daily yoga classes offered by donation.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The most important qualification of a volunteer at the Lotus Seed is an attitude of inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Various groups use the community space, which explains the importance of volunteers displaying compassion and understanding. In addition, we are always on the lookout for multimedia specialists who can help us achieve our print, website, video and audio goals. Grant-writing skills are always a plus.
CONTACT: Wren deVous
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Help us create an Oregon without hunger by repacking food for folks in need. Last year, volunteers donated over 148,000 hours to help end hunger in our state. Ideal for families, individuals and groups, we run fun, energetic two-to-three-hour shifts throughout the week in Portland and Beaverton.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: OFB is an inclusive environment for volunteers. No special skills are required, and training occurs on-site. Many shifts are available for ages 6 and up, and we’re able to accommodate large groups of up to 110. Passion, enthusiasm and a willingness to sweat is preferred! Visit oregonfoodbank.org to learn more and sign up.
CONTACT: email@example.com, 503-972-2993, 503-849-2192
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: At SWCHC, volunteers play an integral role providing clinical care as well as non-clinical support, including intake, data entry, office assistance, interpretation, meal preparation and help with projects. The skills and generosity of spirit of our volunteers make it possible for SWCHC to provide quality health services to the uninsured.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Licensed professional volunteers (MDs, RNs, LPNs and NPs) as well as certified medical assistants are needed to provide care to uninsured patients. Additionally, volunteers are needed to perform intake and data entry, serve as interpreters and participate in meal preparation and special office projects, helping support the mission of the organization and the people we serve.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-977-0733, 503-449-3553
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We are looking for volunteers to teach and assist yoga classes, take care of the studio, help spread the word about our programs and support the administrative functions of the studio. DAYA delivers accessible yoga alternatives helping all people to receive the benefits of doing yoga.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: For our yoga programs, basic knowledge of yoga principles and ability to assist students practicing yoga or choosing the right class to attend. For administrative support, skills in social media, websites, sales, marketing and PR.
CONTACT: Kate Conwell
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We do our fundraising, petition and outreach with friendliness, transparency and credibility.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: A volunteer would have to learn about our mission and vision and really want to work to make it happen. Love of youth sports is a must.
CONTACT: Carrie Cool
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We run the 50/50 raffle at all the Portland Timbers, Thorns and Blazers games. We need volunteers who are willing to engage and sell tickets. In exchange for volunteering, you get to attend the remainder of the game. Other opportunities include coaching and working directly with our program.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers are outgoing, passionate people who are willing to engage others on behalf of our mission, and care about helping children reach their full potential. If you have a unique skill you are willing to lend (graphic design, photography, video or anything else), please let us know!
CONTACT: Ben Dudley
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Oregon has the fourth-worst high-school graduation rate in the nation. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a solution. Children succeed when they feel loved, safe and connected. To close the achievement gap, we must close the relationship gap. Join our movement and help move the needle on our local graduation rate.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Great big brothers and sisters are reliable, flexible folks who know that consistent time spent doing awesome things like hiking, playing video games or simply playing catch can make a huge difference to a child. Volunteering just a few hours a month has an impact on a child and our graduation rate.
CONTACT: Chabre Vickers
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Our trained and empowered advocates are a voice for each child. Our tireless volunteers advocate for the health, safety, stability and well-being of children who have been abused or neglected and are under protection of the court. They contact those involved in the case and report their findings to the court to ensure necessary safety, care and permanence for the children.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers work to ensure that each child’s need for a safe, permanent home is met. Our advocates need to be conscientious, thorough and reliable and have the ability to maintain perspective and objectivity. They need time to devote to training sessions and follow-up for their child. We have volunteers from all walks of life. No special professional background is needed, but volunteers do need to be 21 or older.
CONTACT: Elaine Underwood
email@example.com, 503-992-6728, ext. 105
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Children’s Book Bank is dedicated to providing books to kids in low-income households who may not otherwise have books at home. Whether by hosting book drives, repairing well-loved books, sorting books by levels and categories, delivering books to schools, or representing CBB at community events, your efforts will support a new generation of readers.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers share our belief that all kids should grow up surrounded by books. They are self-motivated book lovers who are detail-oriented, can commit to regular volunteer shifts, and enjoy participating behind the scenes. A library or bookstore background is a plus, but not necessary.
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We look for enthusiastic female volunteers to facilitate our after-school empowerment groups for girls ages 6 to 18 that take place once a week for eight to 10 weeks across the Portland metro area. We provide training, curriculum and supplies—you make the magic happen!
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteer guides are passionate about empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold. They are dynamic and diverse individuals who enjoy working with and making a difference in the lives of Portland’s girls. Our guides play a pivotal role in the impact of our programming.
CONTACT: Grace Dyer
firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-230-0054, ext. 4
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Develop a lifetime love for learning! Young people learn what is modeled. Volunteers can help inspire a passion for learning by supporting groups of two to three youths for two hours a week. Volunteers assist with homework, support supplementary literacy and math skill-building, and help young people discover their interests. Many of the youths are English-language learners who would benefit from additional time spent practicing their English skills.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our program is looking for volunteers interested in sharing a diverse array of skills that may spark an interest for youth sports, cooking, gardening, language, art, etc. An ideal volunteer would have a willingness to listen, encourage, motivate and to share their own story and stories of others that might help a youth navigate his or her path. Ongoing training and support are provided.
CONTACT: Tonya Parson
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Join Rock Camp in our mission to build girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Folks interested in fundraising, gear repair, events and more are welcome year-round. We are also looking for instrument instructors, counselors, workshop leaders and mentors to help at our 2014 summer camps.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: No musical experience is necessary for many volunteer positions. Our volunteers are energetic, prompt, passionate about the Rock Camp mission, and put our campers’ physical and emotional safety above all else. Opportunities exist for responsible adults of all gender identities. Learn more and apply at girlsrockcamp.org/volunteer.
CONTACT: Molly Gray
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: A foster child’s access to a public education is something we can’t take for granted. We help them stay in school and succeed. We need volunteers to help with our special events. This is an opportunity to “give back,” have fun, use your savvy, and help Oregon’s vulnerable kids.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is comfortable talking with members of the community about YRJ (once trained, of course), and enjoys meeting and working with a broad range of community leaders, from attorneys to chocolatiers, and from winemakers to CEOs. No prior experience is required.
CONTACT: Janeen Olsen
Janeen.O@youthrightsjustice.org, 503-232-2540, ext. 231