Help Families Facing Hunger and Homelessness


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Neighborhood House’s Community Services Program helps families in crisis meet their immediate needs related to food and housing and gives them tools they need to gain long-term self-sufficiency. You can help families in need by joining our dedicated corps of Emergency Food Box Program volunteers.

Volunteering with the Emergency Food Box Program

The Emergency Food Box Program, a largely volunteer-driven program, provides emergency food assistance to more than 1,000 hungry neighbors every month. Volunteers help clients select their food from our shopping-style pantry, stock the shelves and, if able to lift 25-35 pounds, bring food up from our basement storeroom. Food Program users come from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and speak a variety of languages. Ability to work patiently and respectfully in a diverse setting is required. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. A background check is required.

The Emergency Food Box Program relies heavily on donations provided by community partners. In order to keep our shelves stocked we need volunteers to pick-up those donations and deliver them to Neighborhood House. Most pick-up drivers work one morning a week for a few hours. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. A background check and driving record check is required. 

The Emergency Food Box Program's gardens are in full swing, growing little seedlings. Fruits and vegetable grown in our gardens provide fresh produce for our clients during the Spring and Summer months. Neighborhood House needs volunteers to tend and water our gardens on a daily basis. This is a great opportunity for families to work together outside in the fresh air. 

We currently especially seek volunteers who can commit to watering and weeding our plots at West Portland United Methodist Church for only one hour per week (on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday). No experience required! 

If you can't commit to coming each week, we also need back-up gardening help for when our regulars aren't available. This is a great opportunity for a volunteer who lives near the corner of Taylor's Ferry Road and Capitol Highway--or for anyone who can donate just one hour a week to help feed the community and keep Portland green!

Please contact Neal Nyssen @ nnyssen@nhweb.org.