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 Pantry 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. We’re looking for volunteers to help out in the food pantry, to prep large bulk deliveries, to deliver food boxes and pick up food donations.

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When we need you:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Limited need on Tuesday mornings


3445 SW Moss St., Portland, OR 97219

Food Pantry Garden & Scattered Gardens

The Garden is located next to the Food Pantry and each year we grow around 1,500 pounds of fresh, nutritious vegetables that are harvested and then distributed through the Food Pantry program. We’re looking for volunteers to help out in the garden, repair raised beds and irrigation, to work in flower and herb gardens and for people who can source plant starts.

The goal of the Scattered Garden programs is to provide fresh produce for the Food Pantry that is grown in local home and community gardens. We’re looking for volunteers who want to grow produce in their own gardens and donate it to the Food Pantry, have vegetable starts to give to this program, can deliver plant starts and pick up produce, and people who will invite their community and friends to participate in the program.

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Note: 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.