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Neighborhood House is always looking for great volunteers...
Whether you are an individual, part of a group, a senior or a teen, 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.

Volunteer opportunities range from visiting with a senior and helping distribute 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


Volunteers URGENTLY NEEDED to Help Feed Hungry Families in North Portland

Our Cesar Chavez SUN School seeks immediate help in the Food Pantry.
Check in visitors, restock shelves, and provide general assistance to community members in need of food, Wednesdays from about 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We encourage anyone who can help--either once or on an ongoing basis (every week, every other week, or periodically at the volunteer's discretion) to take part in this crucial community service. Please contact Kyrsten as soon as possible at 503-246-1663 x2117 or kjohnson@nhweb.org to discuss how you can help.


Put your GRAPHIC DESIGN skills to work for a great cause!

Want to create visually appealing designs that will educate, move, and inspire our community?
Want to gain hands-on experience designing strategic collateral to help support the work of Neighborhood House?
If you have graphic design and web skills, a professional work ethic, and a good sense of humor, we'd love to hear from you!
Send your resume, work samples, and availability to Mari Yerger at myerger@nhweb.org or 503-246-1663 ext. 2119 to find out more about the short and long-term projects we have coming up.

Become involved with the Portland Food Project and SUPPORT Neighborhood House!

Become a District Coordinator and recuit Neighborhood Coordinators, provide green bags for donations, information about the program, thank you cards, encourage volunteerism and promote tabling events. Coordinate communication between Neighborhood Coordinators and Neighborhood Hosue. Represent the disrtict at a montly Portland Food Project steering committee meeting. Network with churches and other community organizations. Please contact Kyrsten as soon as possible at 503-246-1663 x2117 or kjohnson@nhweb.org to discuss how you can help. for more information and visit http://www.southeastfoodproject.com.

Become a Neigborhood Coordinator and start your own route to pick up food donations from your neighbors, coordinate with the District Coordinator to attend local farmers markets, share community service with family and friends. Check out the Portland Food Project online at http://www.southeastfoodproject.com to see how you can make a difference in your community! Please contact Kyrsten as soon as possible at 503-246-1663 x2117 or kjohnson@nhweb.org to discuss how you can help.

Family Volunteer Nights at the Emergency Food Box Program!

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 March, April, May, 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 503-246-1663 ext. 2117 or volunteers@nhweb.org

Aging Services Boutique Assistants! 

The Aging Services boutique is in need of volunteers to help organize the boutique by sorting items and folding clothes. A few drivers are also needed to pick up donations for the boutique from Spanky's Consignment Shop on Hall Blvd and Scholls Ferry Road on Fridays.
Please contact 
503-246-1663 ext. 2117 or volunteers@nhweb.org for more information about this experience.

Volunteer to Set-Up Head Start Classrooms at Markham!

Our Head Start classroom at Markham Elementary is looking for help setting up their classroom. Teachers would like help setting up toys, moving little furniture, and unpacking boxes on Tuesday, Sept. 9 or Wednesday, Sept. 10 for a few hours between 8:30am-4:30pm. Please sign up to join us by contacting Kyrsten Johnson at 503-246-1663 ext. 2117 or volunteers@nhweb.org or Mackenzie Weintraub at mweintraub@nhweb.org.

Drivers Needed for Seniors!

We are looking for volunteer drivers to transport seniors to their medical appointments and shopping errands.  This is a great opportunity for volunteers looking for a highly flexible schedule!  Volunteers use their own vehicle, appointments are local, and driver and passenger safety training is provided by Ride Connection for free.
Please call our Senior Center for more details: 503-246-1663 ext. 6101. 

Pick Up Delicious Produce!

We are in need of a volunteer who can pick up Oregon Food Bank Produce on Wednesdays from about 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., depending on traffic and load times. A van will be provided for this opportunity. If you can commit to helping each Wednesday, please contact us at 503-246-1663 ext. 2117 or volunteers@nhweb.org.

Plant a Row to Feed a Family!

You can ensure that hungry children, families and seniors have access to fresh, healthy produce through our Emergency Food Box Program by planting an extra row of vegetables in your garden to share.  If you already have a community garden plot and would like to donate part of a bumper crop of vegetables, such as tomatoes or other prolific crops, please contact our Emergency Food Box Coordinator, at (503) 246-1663 x5118.

Volunteering in the Emergency Food Box Program? Sign up on the calendar here!


Meet Stephanie

Jennifer and Emma

A busy, 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. The best part, she says, is the expressions on students’ faces when the finally understand something they have been struggling with. 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.”