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.
When we need you:
Mondays: 11am-5:30pm (highest need from 2-5pm)
Tuesdays: Loaders/lifters/stockers between 9am-noon
Thursdays: Loaders/lifters between 10am-2pm; Stockers between 10am-2pm; Staffing the pantry between 3-8:30pm (highest need from 5-8:30pm)
3445 SW Moss St., Portland, OR 97219
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.
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.
MEET A VOLUNTEER
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.
Volunteers assist with translation services in Chinese, Mandarin, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, and other languages.
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