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Neighborhood House is always looking for great volunteers.

Whether you are an individual or part of a group, a senior or a teenager, there is a place for you at Neighborhood House. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is what Neighborhood House has been about for over a century. More than 500 committed and talented volunteers give their time each year, impacting the lives of thousands of children, families, and seniors.

Individual volunteer opportunities range from visiting with a senior to distributing emergency food boxes to weeding our community garden. Many volunteers serve as tutors in our afterschool Homework Clubs. Group projects include yard clean-up at a senior’s house or working to spruce up a child care facility through our Child Care Improvement Project.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

(Updated as of 4/10/2018)



Fete Locale: A Celebration of All Things Local

Our annual fundraiser, dinner, and auction is our largest event of the year, and it’s a great way for volunteers to support the work of Neighborhood House! All proceeds from the event support our programs, which serve low-income and vulnerable children, families, and seniors throughout Portland.  

Date & Time: Saturday, May 5; shifts available from 10:00 AM-11:30 PM

Roles: Silent Auction Set-up, Greeter, Registration/Banking, Silent Auction Monitor, Balloon Raffle, Pick-up Room Attendant, Raffle Ticket Seller, Clean-up Crew, Program Floor Manager, Photo Booth Assistant; contact Marc at mczornij@nhpdx.org or 503-246-1663 x2117 for more info!

Location: Multnomah Athletic Club (5037 SW Iowa St, Portland, OR 97221)


Hayhurst Connect Family Night Volunteers

Hayhurst Connect Family Night is coming up on May 3rd, and we’re looking for some extra hands to help out!

Volunteers are needed to help set up tables, serve food, and manage the Connect Cash prize table. Students earn Connect Cash by being good citizens of the program and on family night they exchange their Connect Cash balance for prizes ranging from pieces of candy to extra field trips. If you’re not familiar with Hayhurst Connect, it’s an awesome program, and you can learn more here!

Date & Time: May 9, 4:45-7:00

Location: Hayhurst Elementary School (5037 SW Iowa St, Portland, OR 97221).




Hayhurst Connect Volunteers

Do you have a knack for connecting with students? Want to help underserved youth succeed in school and build valuable leadership skills? If so, then consider joining the team at the Hayhurst Connect After-School Program! The program's curriculum focuses on engaging, student-centered, collaborative projects that help students develop teamwork and social/emotional skills. Learn more about this terrific program in our email newsletter! (http://nhpdx.org/WhoWeAre/newsroom_13_554827983.pdf)

Days & Times: Break time supervision, 2:15-3:00 on Tuesdays through Thursdays; Curriculum support, 3:00-4:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays; Family night support, February 22 and May 3

Location: 5037 SW Iowa St., Portland, OR 97221

**We also have classroom/activity assistant opportunities with pre-school-age and school-age children at Peninsula Children's Learning Center in N Portland as well our Head Start program at Stephen’s Creek Center in SW; feel free to inquire for more info!


Nature Exploration Assistant

Hayhurst Connect has a very special volunteer opportunity available! If you're adventurous, young at heart, and love the outdoors and working with children, then consider becoming a Nature Exploration Assistant!

The Assistant will aid a Hayhurst Elementary teacher in providing outdoor education opportunities on Tuesdays from 2:50-4:30.

Hayhurst Connect is an after-school program for 3rd-5th grade students who will benefit from additional opportunities to connect with academic and social opportunities at school. The program's curriculum focuses on engaging, student-centered, collaborative projects that help students develop teamwork and social/emotional skills.

Location: 5037 SW Iowa St., Portland, OR 97221



Front Desk Help

Neighborhood House’s Senior Center at the Multnomah Arts Center is looking for front desk help! If you’d like a low-key way to give back by taking calls, engaging visitors, and assisting with some light office tasks, then this is the volunteer role for you.

Days & Times: Tues-Fri, 12:30-3:30 PM

Location: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219


Short-Term File Clerk Volunteer at NH Admin Office

Our Finance Team is seeking a volunteer to help organize files at our Admin Office in Multnomah Village. This is a couple days’ worth of work, but may be best spread out a bit—we’re flexible! A nice low-key task for someone with availability during regular business hours.

Days & Times: Flexible (approx. 24-36 hours total); during normal business hours

Location: 7780 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219



Food Box Program Volunteers

Operating the largest community-supported food pantry on Portland’s West Side is no small task, so we’re always on the lookout for community-focused volunteers to help sort, stock, unload, and work with customers!

Days & Times: Mon-Thu, available shifts vary from 9 AM-8 PM, but we really need help on Mondays from 12:00-5:30 and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00.

Location: 3445 SW Moss St., Portland, OR 97219

Food Box Program Driver

We’re very grateful for the generosity of our community, and that includes big, weekly food donations from grocers like Trader Joes, Safeway, and Whole Foods. We’re looking for a driver to jump into this mix by helping with our weekly Bridgeport Whole Foods pickup. The volunteer would use their personal vehicle each week to pick-up the order and then help unload it at the Food Box. Ability to repeatedly lift at least 25+ pounds is required, and a pick-up truck or small SUV would be most suitable for this role.

Days & Times: Thursday mornings, 1.5-2.5 hours

Location: 3445 SW Moss St., Portland, OR 97219



Senior Services Driver

If you like to drive, meet new people, and want to help neighbors in your community, then this volunteer opportunity is for you! Access to transportation is a major challenge facing seniors and adults with disabilities in SW Portland. We urgently need your help to provide trips to medical appointments, supportive services, and more. Volunteers drivers provide rides using their own vehicles or an agency vehicle; do not need a special driver’s license; choose the times, days, and areas they wish to drive; do no heavy lifting or weight bearing; and receive free training in defensive driving and passenger assistance.

Days & Times: Flexible shifts (M-F, 8 AM-4 PM)

Location: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219


Family Volunteer Nights at the Emergency Food Box Program!

Every first Tuesday of the month (aside from Summer Break Months)! RSVP REQUIRED. 
Email mczornij@nhpdx.org to get your name on the list!

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors. Neighborhood House recognizes that many families would like to instill the value of community service in their children from an early age. Unfortunately, many non-profit agencies are unable to accommodate families with children in their volunteer programs. Neighborhood House would like to extend a warm welcome to families interested in volunteerism by offering an open house on the first Tuesday of January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, and December from 6:00-8:00pm. During this time, our Emergency Food Box Program will be open to families interested in stocking pantry shelves, repackaging bulk food items, and/or working in our community garden. This program is ideal for families with at least one child under 16 years of age.
Please sign up to join us on our next available date by contacting Marc Czornij at 503-246-1663 ext. 2117 or mczornij@nhpdx.org.

Language Translation Services Needed

Email mhaviland@nhpdx.org to learn more.

Multiple programs are in need of language translation assistance for our clients: 
The top language needs are:
- Chinese
- Mandarin
- Russian
- Farsi


More Volunteer Opportunities:

Meet Stephanie

Jennifer and Emma

A full-time student, Stephanie still finds time to volunteer four afternoons a week at one of our SUN School Homework Clubs. She loves working with the kids, and particularly enjoys the expressions on students’ faces when they finally understand something with which they have been struggling. Stephanie believes the SUN program makes a real difference in students’ lives: “When some children first arrive, they are very shy and quiet, and by the end of the school year, they are outgoing and confident. I love seeing that transformation," she says.