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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.


Contact Marc at mczornij@nhpdx.org or 503-246-1663 ext 2117 if you're interested or have any questions!

Need one of our forms to get started? The adult volunteer application (18+), youth volunteer application (under 18), county background check, and volunteer manual are all online!



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 clients!

Volunteers needed: 

Mondays: Between 11 AM-5:30 PM (High need 2-5 and 3-5 PM!)

Tuesday: Loaders/lifters/stockers between 9 AM-12 PM; Driver to pick-up donations from appox. 9 AM-11 AM

Wednesday: 9 AM-5:30 PM

Thursday: Loaders/lifters between 10 AM-2 PM; Stockers between 10-2; Shoppers between 3-8:30 PM (High need 5-8:30 PM!)

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 (or an agency vehicle with appropriate experience) 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 vehicle as small as a Honda Fit should do the trick!

Days & Times: Thursday mornings, 1.5-2.5 hours



Senior Services Drivers & Assistants

If you like to drive, meet new people, and/or want to help neighbors in your community, then these volunteer opportunities are for you! Access to transportation is a major challenge facing seniors and adults with disabilities in SW Portland. Help us address this critical issue by providing trips and/or assistance to medical appointments, supportive services, and more.

Volunteer 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.

Volunteer assistants ride along on group trips, help passengers board and exit vehicles, and assist passengers with bags.

Volunteers needed: M-F, between 8 AM-4 PM (flexible shifts)

Location: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219



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.

Days & Times: Begins September 25th; Tues-Thurs, 2:00-4:30 PM

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

We also have classroom/activity assistant opportunities with pre-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!


Email mhaviland@nhpdx.org to learn more. Multiple programs are in need of language translation assistance for our clients, including Chinese, Mandarin, Russian, and 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.