Readers —

Welcome to our first-ever Volunteer Guide.

The idea here goes something like this: You were generous financially with WW's 2011 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.

Fifty or so worthy nonprofits have identified their needs in 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.


Animal Aid

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Caregivers to help create a clean and safe environment for cats living in the shelter. Adoption counselors to work with the public through the adoption process. Foster homes for dogs and cats as they wait for their "fur"-ever homes. See website for additional opportunities:

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Caregiver: age 16+, available for 9-11 am or 4-6 pm shifts, 3-month commitment. Adoption counselor: age 21+, available for Saturday noon-4 pm shifts, 6-month commitment. Foster home: all kinds! See website and application for details.

CONTACT: Volunteer coordinator,, 292-6628

Cat Adoption Team

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 a community event, cuddle with shelter cats, provide daily care, hand out food at the Cat Food Bank, take photos, write about cats, host a food drive, and greet and assist clients all while having a purr-tastic time and getting paid in head-butts 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 manager,, 925-8903, ext. 258

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We have a variety of volunteer positions; at a glance we need help with general office duties, outreach/education, phones, clinics and cleaning!

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is a volunteer-based animal welfare organization. We are looking for dedicated people with a desire to help make a difference. You must be able to work well with other people as well as animals. Must be able to commit to scheduled volunteer shifts. 

CONTACT: Caitlin Traxler,


Hollywood Theatre

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Hollywood Theatre is one of Portland's leading arts nonprofits whose mission is to entertain, inspire, educate and connect the community through the art of film while preserving a historic Portland landmark. To meet these ends, we are always on the lookout for talented and dedicated individuals to assist in all areas of operations including, but not limited to: office work (during daytime business hours), outreach and advocacy, event planning and fundraising, marketing/collateral design, building maintenance and, most important, theater operations.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Ideal volunteers are smart, creative lovers of story and film who aren't afraid to think big and question long-held assumptions. Special points for being a team player with a big heart and a great sense of humor.

CONTACT: Justen,

Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC)

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We are a resource for those interested in publishing their own artwork, zines, books, websites and comics. We need volunteers to staff our open hours, help out with creative projects around the Center, greet and orient new members and visitors to our space, and help represent us in the community through tabling at art and publication fairs and events.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is someone with a DIY spirit and a desire to assist others in achieving their printing and publishing needs. Individuals with experience in making their own zines or books is a plus.

CONTACT: Michael D'Alessandro, community resource coordinator,

PDX Pop Now!

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 or events. Specific positions include: festival event staff, compilation-selection listeners, grant-writers, fundraising & sponsorship coordinators, finance coordinators, merchandise coordinators

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: A self-motivated professional with a passion for music and learning who understands how to communicate thoughtfully while also managing his/her limited time efficiently. The desire to analyze any issue from a leadership prospective and personal commitment to proactively improving some aspect(s) of the organization.

CONTACT: Lisa Pfaffinger, volunteer coordinator,

Vibe of Portland

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Vibe is looking for interns to help in our programming and marketing departments. Interns would be responsible for various administrative tasks ranging from buying art supplies, to designing and distributing all marketing, to coordinating with teachers, school sites and director. Great experience to work with a small but growing nonprofit.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Strong writing ability, initiative to carry out projects, creative problem-solving ability, basic design skills, including experience with Photoshop and Illustrator, devotion to and belief in Vibe's mission and vision. Ideally intern has their own transportation to visit after-school sites and deliver supplies as needed.

CONTACT: Laura Streib,

Write Around Portland

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Leading creative writing workshops, producing our three annual books, staffing readings, running events and helping with myriad tasks from copy-editing to hosting house parties, from typing poems to sending mailings, from outreach activities to photography...everything that makes our writing workshops, community readings and professionally designed books possible. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers share our commitment to respect, writing and community. They are passionate about our mission to bring workshops to hospitals, schools, prisons, treatment centers and housing facilities. They love being part of an organization where everyone pitches in and every job, whether making copies or facilitating workshops, makes a difference.

CONTACT:,, 796-9224


American Red Cross

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: American Red Cross volunteers save and rebuild lives by providing assistance to disaster victims, supporting blood drives and delivering community education. If you are looking for a fast-paced, challenging volunteer position, we need your help in the Portland area. Join us and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Red Cross volunteers have a passion to serve the people in their communities by giving time, blood and money. They are self-motivated, collaborative, compassionate and committed to delivering our mission of saving and rebuilding lives in Oregon.

CONTACT:,, 284-1234

Community Vision Inc.

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Community Vision provides individualized support for men and women with developmental disabilities. Volunteers work one-on-one with participants around town, or just in their homes and neighborhoods; support home remodeling and gardening to improve participants' access and quality of life; and kick our annual Harvest Century ride into gear.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are looking for folks who are excited to see beyond diagnoses and disabilities, and eager to build a more inclusive community. While individualized support is most effective through long-term partnerships, there are plenty of drop-in opportunities—alone or with a community group- at gardening and remodeling projects and events. 

CONTACT: Emily Saxton,

Harper's Playground

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We need help writing grant proposals, designing event posters, hosting bake sales and generally anything anyone is willing to do to help us. We are an all-volunteer organization, so you let us know what you are good at or interested in doing, and we'll find a place for you.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is smart, funny and rich beyond their wildest dreams. A passion for play and equality are also very nice.

CONTACT: Cody Goldberg,

Impact NW

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Helping low-income families transition into self-sufficiency: mentoring at-risk youth, leading activities at our transitional housing facility, or visiting home-bound seniors.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Connected to our mission; interested in working with diverse groups of people; excited to share their unique skills with us.

CONTACT: Stephanie Bolson, or 988-6000

In Other Words Feminist Community Center

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: In Other Words is a volunteer-run feminist community center that supports, enriches, and empowers communities through educational and cultural events, art and literature. We need help with zine and library coordination, artist/craft consignment, volunteer coordination, IT, community engagement, events programming, communications, fundraising, art curation, personnel/HR, inventory/store coordination, front desk shifts, and board of directors.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The ideal In Other Words volunteer has a glass-half-full attitude, is flexible, proactive, friendly, passionate, creative, motivated, consistent, has an interest in social justice, is a self-starter and/or has an interest in developing leadership skills, enjoys teamwork, and values a space that embraces a diversity of feminist perspectives.


Macdonald Center

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers help us foster the sacredness and dignity of all individuals and build community by breaking down social isolation. In our Visiting Program, teams of two go out to visit residents in low-income housing in Old Town Portland. By visiting the same individuals each week, trusting relationships are formed.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is someone who is open-minded and engaging, interested in meeting people from diverse backgrounds, and compassionate toward individuals struggling with addiction issues, disabilities, mental illness and poverty. We ask our volunteers for a weekly, 6 month minimum commitment. All ages and backgrounds welcome.

CONTACT: Sarah Knuth,, 222-5720, ext. 4

Neighborhood House

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Stock shelves and distribute food in our emergency food pantry; help by playing with and reading to kids in one of our Head Start preschool classrooms; tutor kids in our afterschool programs; help recent immigrants learn English in one of our Adult ESL classes; answer phones at our senior center. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is passionate about helping vulnerable community members. Must pass a criminal background check for all programs, except the Emergency Food Box Program. Some programs require health screenings. Minimum time commitment varies by program. 

CONTACT: Kyrsten Johnson,

Potluck in the Park 

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: PiP is an all-volunteer organization that has served a free hot meal to anyone in need since 1991. Most important, each volunteer strives to treat everyone at the meal with dignity, respect, friendliness and kindness. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers and guests come from all walks of life. Diverse groups who do not meet in day-to-day life share a community project and a meal every Sunday. Potluck volunteers are kind, focused, high-energy people who enjoy serving others. 

CONTACT: Mary Hunger,, 255-7611

Sisters Of The Road

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Work to end poverty and homelessness through community-building, nonviolence and organizing for economic human rights! We especially need consistent volunteers to help our office at the reception desk, and help with the Cafe (where folks buy and barter for affordable meals on weekdays) is always needed.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: YOU! Anyone who is willing to learn and practice nonviolence, antioppression and community-building; folks from every walk of life are welcome; must agree to help create a safer space and hospitable environment for our community. Two-hour training is provided monthly and scheduling is sometimes flexible. Not open on weekends.

CONTACT: Marisa Espinoza, volunteer coordinator,, 222-5694. ext. 43

Street Roots 

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Street Roots needs volunteers to help open our office and run our front desk several times a week. We also need volunteers to help update and deliver our Rose City Resource biannually; volunteers to obtain donations for silent auction items; detail-oriented writers and copy editors. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: As a small organization that produces a lot of information in a fast-paced atmosphere, we love volunteers who are independently motivated, detail-oriented, professional and unique. Our best volunteers go with the flow, completing regular tasks and adapting to others as needed. A proclivity toward compassion and social justice is desired. 

CONTACT: Israel Bayer,

The Library Foundation

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Believe that our public library is a "pillar of democracy"? We believe it's that, and a heck of a lot more. The Library Foundation provides support for many of Multnomah County Library's most treasured programs, from summer reading to early literacy. If you love your library, we'd love to meet you.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Detail-oriented, personable folks who are in possession of basic computer skills, the ability to make a call or two when necessary, and are happy to handle project-based work would be an ideal fit.

CONTACT: Kristin Wallace,, 223-4009

Volunteers of America Oregon

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Be a friend to young children as a Bus Buddy. Comfort seniors by assisting with meals and activities. Break the cycle of poverty by designing a project for at-risk youth. Learn job skills in retail or food service. Apply your professional expertise to staff development, marketing, and more!

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: If you are passionate about changing lives, starting with yours, our team can support you in learning new skills and making an impact among the most vulnerable in our community. We host a variety of opportunities to fit your interests and availability. 

CONTACT:, Nancy Loso,, 595-2009


"I Have a Dream" Foundation - Oregon

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: There are many ways you can help "I Have a Dream" change the lives of our Dreamers. Get involved in the classroom, outside the classroom, with kids and with the adults who are working so passionately to make a college degree possible for hundreds of low-income students. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers work to create opportunities for Dreamers. Perhaps bringing professional skills, education experience, or just time, volunteers provide reliable relationships with Dreamers. Whether it's a love of sports, math or reading, our Dreamers will benefit from your passion and commitment. There are also administrative opportunities to help advance the organization. 

CONTACT: Kelsey Pine,, 287-7203

Architectural Heritage Center

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The AHC's mission is to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the re-use of period homes and buildings. We need volunteers throughout the year to help with our outreach efforts, education programs, tours, collections, reception desk and library. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The ideal volunteer will enjoy interacting with the public and will have an appreciation for historic preservation and the historic architecture of Portland. A willingness to be flexible with volunteer tasks is greatly appreciated.

CONTACT: Ita Lindquist,

Classroom Law Project

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We need volunteers to help with office tasks, graphic design, fundraising, and preparing and running events. We also need law-related volunteers (i.e. attorney, paralegal, etc.) to act as judges and coaches during mock trials and similar activities.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We welcome all volunteers who have a desire to help our organization continue to provide hands-on civic education for teachers and students in Oregon. Introverts, chatty Cathys—come one, come all! Whether you are a teacher, lawyer, banker or simply a caring citizen, we have a volunteer job that will fit your skill. 

CONTACT: Shanti McCarter,

Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO)

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO) is looking for volunteers to help our organization grow. Since 2005, we've been bringing hands-on science enrichment programs to elementary schools in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. We need assistance in multiple areas, including grant management, bookkeeping, networking and marketing our program.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is an independent, motivated person. We need individuals who are enthusiastic and experienced. Our volunteers are people who recognize the opportunity to make a big impact in the growth and success of ECO. ECO volunteers are dedicated, hard workers who genuinely contribute to the accomplishments of the organization. 

CONTACT: Bethany Thomas,, 367-8920

Friends of Zenger Farm

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Help us teach youth about food, farming and environmental stewardship as a farm field trip educator; teach healthy-eating-on-a-budget cooking classes as a food educator; or, volunteer as land steward, egg co-op or bee group member and tend the crops and livestock at our beautiful educational farm.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We seek individuals who are enthusiastic about food, farming and environmental stewardship; enjoy working as a team; and are able to volunteer on a regular basis for a period of three months or more. We also welcome one-time volunteers to our regular work parties.

CONTACT: Prairie Hale,

Sauvie Island Center

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Sauvie Island Center offers field trips to elementary school students on the Sauvie Island Organics farm in the spring and fall. As a volunteer, you'll lead small groups of students through hands-on, farm-based lessons on pollination, healthy soil, plant parts, the food web and planting and harvesting in the Grow Lunch Garden.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers should enjoy gardening, interacting with children, and being outdoors in all types of weather. You'll need to attend a training day and should be able to commit to at least 4 field trips per season (spring or fall). Field trips occur on weekdays from 8:45 am-2:30 pm.

CONTACT: Jennifer James,, 341-8627

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

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 PreK-3rd grade children become confident readers by providing one-on-one literacy support, valuable adult mentorship, and books to take home and keep.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers with an enthusiastic love of books, who enjoy working with young children. They will need to be available to read for one hour per week during public school hours through mid-May.

CONTACT: Staci Sutton,


Audubon Society of Portland

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Audubon Society of Portland is one of the Northwest's leading conservation organizations, offering a wide range of natural history and environmental activities to members, the community, and especially volunteers. Whatever your interest or talents, there is a volunteer position for you. These include many regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities, as well as special projects and events.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Help answer the community's appetite for natural history information, care for and feed injured wildlife in the Wildlife Care Center, help restore habitat in our wildlife sanctuary, join a citizen science team, lead school groups as they explore our Nature Sanctuary, be a voice for conservation, and help make Audubon's special events successful.

CONTACT: Deanna Sawtelle, volunteer coordinator,


WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Help Bark monitor logging in Mt. Hood National Forest and spread the word about threats to our public land! Volunteer for our groundtruthing crew to learn skills that help us stop timber sales on Mt. Hood, or join our events committee to generate awesome ways for Portlanders to get involved.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: If you care about Mt. Hood National Forest and think the public should have a say in public land management, then you should connect with Bark! Our groundtruthing crew and events committee are looking for self-motivated volunteers with time to commit and a passion for protecting our natural resources.

CONTACT: Olivia Schmidt,, 331-0374,

Friends of the Columbia Gorge

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Protecting the Columbia Gorge. Volunteer activities include signing a petition, testifying at a hearing, or other opportunities. Visit and sign up for email updates. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Someone who is passionate, willing to roll up their sleeves and take action, and believes in protecting this treasured landscape. 

CONTACT: Samantha Lockhart,, 241-3762, ext. 110

Friends of Trees

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We need help planting trees! We plant every Saturday from 9 am-1 pm between November and April around the Portland metro region. Simply show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes. We provide gloves, tools and trained volunteer guidance, as well as breakfast treats and hot coffee. Rain or shine. Events calendar:

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 welcome. Family friendly. Can't wait to work with ya'!

CONTACT: Andy Meeks,, 595-0213

Solar Oregon

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Tabling events (i.e. workshops & expos), educational workshops, curriculum development, office administration & data entry, marketing/fund-raising, graphic design, language translation at events and for publishing.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Individuals 18 years of age or older who are passionate about renewable energy. Volunteers will engage with diverse communities across Oregon to educate about the positive benefits of choosing solar energy. We are seeking on-going and short term volunteers in every region of Oregon. 

CONTACT: Emily Krafft,, 231-5662

Willamette Riverkeeper

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Yes! We LOVE volunteers! Willamette Riverkeeper has multiple volunteer opportunities, including monthly water quality monitoring, restoration work parties, and cleanup projects, as well as intermittent special event support. Best of all, we can pretty much guarantee FUN (many of these opportunities are outside, and are on or near the river), great company, and—of course—an excellent cause! 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Someone who is friendly and is interested in connecting with their river and community.

CONTACT: Kate Ross, 

Health & Wellness

Farmers Ending Hunger

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Farmers Ending Hunger does outreach at several local farmers markets throughout the year. Volunteers staff tables for FEH at the markets. Activities include making Mr. Potato Heads with real potatoes, answering questions and handing out informational postcards about our mission to get farmer-donated food crops to Oregon Food Bank. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Passionate about hunger issues in our community, knowledgeable about farming and/or willing to learn, likes to have fun, and good with people, especially kids.

CONTACT: John Burt,

Living Yoga

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Living Yoga needs experienced yogis to share their yoga practice with youth and adults in prison and drug and alcohol recovery. Opportunities for service also include: committees, office work, and marketing and special event planning—including our annual city-wide Yogathon event. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: An ideal volunteer is experienced with yoga and is passionate about wellness, health, and social justice. They are committed to helping our community by making sure tools to help with stress and anxiety are in place for community members who are working to change and restart their lives.

CONTACT: Amy Eaton,, 546-1269

Loaves & Fishes Centers, The Meals-On-Wheels People

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Meals-On-Wheels drivers to deliver hot, noon meals and a friendly smile to homebound seniors. Routes available daily in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. Routes take about 90 minutes to complete. Have your business or service organization "adopt" a route and share the fun!

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license, insurance and your own car. Should like senior citizens and be willing to visit briefly with the seniors on the meal route.

CONTACT: Stacey Myhrvold, or 953-8137

North by Northeast Community Health Center

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We rely entirely on volunteers to staff our weekly clinics and to help maintain and grow our vegetable garden. While none of us alone can fix the problems with our healthcare system, our volunteers each make a real difference in people's lives. We couldn't do our work without them!

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Clinicians—MDs, NPs or DOs—with experience managing common chronic health conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Gardeners of all levels of experience and ability, from master gardeners to those of you who can't tell a weed from a vegetable. 

CONTACT: Sharetta Butcher,, 287-4932

The Wallace Medical Concern

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We provide urgent medical services for more than 4,000 uninsured patients in East Multnomah County through care given by volunteers like you. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Professionals from healthcare providers to public health or administrative personnel with a passion for helping those who need care most.

CONTACT: Anna Lynch,, 489-1760. ext. 13

Social Action

Elders in Action

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Portland metro area is seeing a dramatic growth in the population that is age 60+. Elders in Action has trained volunteers who provide problem-solving assistance to older adults. We need individuals who will work to solve problems and tackle important issues to help our communities better serve an aging population.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Has an older adult been important part of your life? In return, are you willing to provide a listening ear and become a problem-solver who can help older adults when their lives get a little complicated? Interested individuals should be 21+, some volunteer options require a background check.

CONTACT: Mark Noonan,, 235-5474

Exceed Enterprises 

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Our nonprofit organization is committed to helping lower the 80% unemployment rate facing adults with disabilities through vocational and personal development services. Volunteer positions range from activity aides and choir instructors to office assistants and field trip helpers. We also need professionals to join our specialty advisory committees. 

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is caring, has a sense of humor and is experienced working with people with disabilities, or has the disposition to successfully interact with individuals with special needs. You must pass a background check and drug screening, as well as volunteer a minimum of 1.5 hours a week. 

CONTACT: Shelley Engelgau,, 652-9036

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Habitat for Humanity builds year round throughout Multnomah County and Northern Clackamas County. Volunteers help with all aspects of construction. All skill levels are welcome but must have a willingness to learn and be at least 16 years old. Our construction days are Wednesday-Saturday 8:30 am-3:30 pm.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Habitat staff has known for years that our volunteers are so sweet they could be made of sugar! Perhaps they are made of a special weather resistant, anti-dissolving sugar that only the Portland Metro area can produce. Habitat has many construction and non-construction volunteer opportunities available right now to help keep our momentum going on each of our homes.

CONTACT: Marianne McClure,

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: In 2012 NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon will be working hard to elect pro-choice candidates to office in Oregon, and to protect women against restrictions on access to their full range of reproductive rights—including healthy pregnancy and safe, legal abortion. In order to do this, we will need volunteers for phoning voters, voter education, house parties, fundraising events, office assistance, and outreach at street fairs and events around the state!

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer is someone who is looking to make a difference in order to enact social change. If you are pro-choice and believe in a woman's right to health care without political interference, we want you on our team! All skill sets and availabilities are welcome, we will find a way to get you involved!

CONTACT: Caitlin Campbell,, 223-4510, ext. 13

Raphael House of Portland

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Answering calls on our 24/7 domestic violence crisis line, serving as a liaison to families in our shelter, assisting with youth activities, leading interest groups for all ages (art, cooking, music, etc.), shelter upkeep and maintenance, "behind the scenes" administrative support and much more.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The ideal Raphael House volunteer is compassionate, dedicated and able to offer unbiased support. This individual always arrives with an open mind and a positive, "go with the flow" attitude. He or she is willing to help wherever needed and can dedicate about 12 hours each month to volunteering.

CONTACT: Amanda Grebner,, 222-6507, ext. 315

Sexual Assault Resource Center

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Reach out to survivors of sexual assault by volunteering as a Support Line Advocate. Volunteers on the Support Line provide crisis intervention, peer support, information and referral over the phone and in-person at hospitals and police stations primarily in Washington County and some response in Multnomah County.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Are you compassionate, a good listener and supportive? If you are a woman with these qualities and have access to a car, you already have what it takes to be a support line advocate with SARC. Required training offered four times a year.

CONTACT: Mariel Alvarado, 626-9100,

The Bus Project

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We engage young folks and new folks (like you) to save democracy. We help people register to vote, teach about cutting-edge issues and get out that vote. This generation (the biggest and most diverse generation ever) can rewrite the history of Oregon. But first we need you to engage 'em.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are on the hunt for dedicated people who feel a burning desire for a better democracy. People who wanna help regular people take power and are ready to get down and dirty to do it. People who've got the energy and passion to inspire new folks to get engaged.

CONTACT: Leslie Wright,


Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Start something positive this year by becoming a Big Brother or Sister for a child. As a volunteer, you provide friendship by simply spending a few hours a month enjoying the activities you already like to do. And the best part is, it's actually a lot of fun. There are children out there ready to get started. Are you?

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: A caring adult willing to establish a positive relationship with a child facing adversity.

CONTACT: Al Sigala,

Ethos Music Center

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We need volunteer teaching assistants to help us out at the 50+ classes we offer in schools throughout the Portland metro. Guitar, rock band, piano, hip-hop production, band, world rhythms, emceeing, breakdancing, choir, and marimba to name a few! For music lovers (without music skills), office assistants and general laborers are always welcome!

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Your passion for music and building community are stronger assets than a music degree! While we love volunteers with experience teaching and playing music, more importantly we need dedicated volunteers who can make a long-term commitment. Most classes meet weekly for one hour. 

CONTACT: Nick Kelso,, 283-8467 ext. 112

Friends of Outdoor School

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Special events; fundraising; marketing; outreach events; special-needs mentor; expert speaker; high school student leader; office support

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Deeply passionate about Outdoor School and environmental education. Hard working, upbeat, and flexible with a great sense of humor. 

CONTACT: Kate Scheaffer,

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Help build strong girl leaders! Girl Scouts has fantastic short- and long-term volunteer opportunities and we can match you based on your skills, interests, time availability and goals. Lead a troop. Work an event. Share a skill. You can make a different in a girl's life today!

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers are passionate about girl development. They believe in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Moms, dads, college students, retirees, single adults, and grandparents have a place in Girl Scouts. Volunteering is fun and easy, and training is provided.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Lorenzo,, 977-6822, 

Morrison Child and Family Services

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Morrison Child and Family Services provides a comprehensive continuum of mental health, substance abuse and prevention services for children from birth through age 21. Programs and services vary in intensity and length of treatment. We work with families and communities to make a positive difference in each child's life. We are always looking for volunteers to provide a variety of services including mentoring, special events, childcare and group projects.

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers play an integral role in helping Morrison achieve its mission of serving Oregon's most vulnerable children. The civic participation of these caring individuals enriches the lives of the children we serve and contributes to the leadership of the organization. Our ideal volunteer would involve someone who is patient, kind, flexible and above all has the desire to provide support for a child in need of guidance. 

CONTACT: Rebecca Frinell,

Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls


looking for responsible volunteers age 18+ to help with our 2012 Summer Camps. Help girls get empowered by making noise at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls! Volunteer at one session, or all three!  

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Female mentor volunteer positions include band manager, band coach, instrument instructor, and workshop leaders. Positions open for musicians and non-musicians alike, as well as male volunteers. 

CONTACT: Molly Gray,