Volunteer

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. Currently, Neighborhood House is seeking volunteer assistance for the following roles:

  • Food Pantry Volunteers
    • We need volunteers to deliver food boxes to clients’ homes
    • We need volunteers going around to area stores and other places to scrounge empty boxes we can use for food delivery
  • Senior Center Volunteers 
    • We need volunteers to conduct welfare checks on seniors via phone
    • We need volunteers who are available to run errands for seniors (pick up medication, groceries, etc.)
    • Note – both volunteer positions are on an as-needed basis. There might not be a consistent schedule for these roles.
  • Other essential ways to help out
    • Donate – Neighborhood House needs cash donations now more than ever to ensure that we can provide our services to those in need during these difficult times. Please click here to make a donation today. Whether you are able to volunteer or not, your dollar is an excellent way to support your community right now.
    • Share – Help Neighborhood House get the word out about how we are modifying services to meet the needs of the community. Follow us on Facebook and post on your own social media accounts about how you have supported Neighborhood House through this crisis.

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. Click here for a list of current volunteer opportunities!

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: 11am-5:30pm (highest need from 2-5pm)
Tuesdays: Loaders/lifters/stockers between 9am-noon
Wednesdays: 9am-5:30pm
Thursdays: Loaders/lifters between 10am-2pm; Stockers between 10am-2pm; Staffing the pantry between 3-8:00 pm (highest need from 5-8:00pm)

Location:

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.

VOLUNTEER SIGNUP FORMS

Email, mail, or drop off your application today to get started!

ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

YOUTH (UNDER 18) VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE VOLUNTEER MANUAL

If you are planning on volunteering with our Food Pantry, please complete this form in addition to the appropriate volunteer application.

*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.

Drivers

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.

MEET A VOLUNTEER

SUZIE THOMPSON

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. 

QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUNTEERING?