COVID-19 Volunteer Needs

Amidst growing concerns about COVID-19, Neighborhood House needs more community support than ever to provide essential services to those who need it in Portland. We are currently seeking volunteers for the following opportunities:

  • We are currently seeking volunteers to assist in various ways in our Food Pantry.
  • We need food box delivery drivers to deliver food to peoples’ homes in a personal vehicle once a week.
  • We need on-call volunteers who can be contacted in case of last-minute cancellations.
  • Our Youth Programs are seeking volunteers to assist students one-on-one with academic assignments. Extensive background check required; reach out for more details

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, fill out our online volunteer application (see links further down on this web page) or email us by clicking the button below.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

For more than a century, Neighborhood House volunteers have contributed to our mission of bringing neighbors together and strengthening communities by providing resources to support self-reliance, economic independence, and dignity in people of all ages and backgrounds.

Whether as an individual or part of a group, a senior or a teenager, volunteers can leverage their skills, experience, and interests to help reduce hunger and homelessness and to educate neighbors both young and old in the greater Portland area.

Events and Campaigns

We have many events and campaigns throughout the year whose success relies upon the kindness of our community volunteers. Our annual auction, SW HOPE: Feed the Hungry Campaign, holiday gift drive, and other events would not work without your help.

Food Box Program

Operating the largest community-supported food pantry on Portland’s West Side is no small task! We always need community-focused volunteers to help sort, stock, unload, and work with clients.

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When we need you:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Limited need on Tuesday mornings


3445 SW Moss St., Portland, OR 97219

Market Gleaners

Our friends at the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market donate their unused produce to our pantry, and we need volunteers to help us with the weekly pickup! Volunteers fill boxes at participating vendors and drop them off at the Food Pantry for distribution.

Dates: Every Sunday beginning in April.

Time: Approximately 1-3pm

Requirements: Must be able to repeatedly lift at least 25 pounds. Volunteer-provided vehicle as small as a Honda Fit would be appropriate.


Fill out the appropriate form for you or your group below!





*Each program requires some type of background check for volunteers. We will not run a background check until you have been placed in a program. Please reach out for more information.

Senior Center

A home away from home for area seniors, Neighborhood House needs volunteers to assist Senior Center staff by interacting with seniors, providing transportation, and pitching in during special events throughout the year such as the Holiday Craft Bazaar.


Our pivotal volunteers escort seniors and disabled persons to medical and personal appointments, recreational trips and errands, and help with shopping. This vital service requires drivers who are willing to use their own vehicle.

Childhood Education and Development

Do you have a knack for connecting with students and preschool age children? Want to help underserved youth succeed in school and build valuable leadership skills? Our childhood education programs throughout the city seek special volunteers to work as receptionists and classroom assistants.



Suzie, a retired elementary school teacher, always loved teaching children how to read. For the past five years, she has been a regular volunteer classroom assistant in our Head Start program. Every week, she spends a morning at our Children’s Center at Stephens Creek Crossing, helping preschoolers with reading and other learning activities, such as important school-readiness skills like taking turns and being a good friend to others.

Suzie enjoys her time with her 3- to 5-year-old “cutie pies” so much that she convinced her husband, Peter, to join her in the classroom. Together, the Thompsons feel enriched by the opportunity to serve and make a difference in the lives of others by being Neighborhood House volunteers.

Help Around the ‘House’

Like any other home, Neighborhood House has many chores with which we can always use a helping hand. Whether it’s painting a classroom, helping in the community garden, or stuffing envelopes for a mailing, opportunities to help abound.

Language Translation

Volunteers assist with translation services in Chinese, Mandarin, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, and other languages.