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Neighborhood House is always looking for great volunteers!

Whether you are an individual or part of a group, a senior or a teenager, there is a place for you at Neighborhood House. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is what Neighborhood House has been about for over a century. More than 500 committed and talented volunteers give their time each year, impacting the lives of thousands of children, families, and seniors.


Contact Marc at mczornij@nhpdx.org or 503-246-1663 ext 2117 if you're interested or have any questions!

Need one of our forms to get started? The adult volunteer application (18+), youth volunteer application (under 18), county background check, and volunteer manual are all online!


Summer Connect Volunteers

Heard of Hayhurst Connect? Well, we have a summer version, too! Summer Connect serves students in grades 3 to 5 with academic curricula in math and literacy with summer camp-like water activities, games, and weekly field trips. This year our field trips will include a visit to Multnomah Falls, a guided expedition into a wetland, a scavenger hunt at Multnomah Village, and a visit to Oaks Park. Get in touch today to join in on the fun!

Volunteers needed: Monday-Friday, 9:45 AM-2:30 PM, July 9-August 3

Location: Neighborhood House's Head Start facility, 6650 SW Capitol Highway.

Note: Volunteer training will take place on July 6 at 12:30 PM.



Food Box Program Volunteers

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

Volunteers needed: 

Mon 10 AM-5:30 PM (high need 2 PM-5:30 PM)

Tue   9-12 (low need for volunteers)

Wed 11-5:30 (high need all day)

Thu   9:00 AM-8:30 PM (high need 10 AM-8 PM)

Location: 3445 SW Moss St., Portland, OR 97219


Food Box Program Driver

We’re very grateful for the generosity of our community, and that includes big, weekly food donations from grocers like Trader Joes, Safeway, and Whole Foods. We’re looking for a driver to jump into this mix by helping with our weekly Bridgeport Whole Foods pickup. The volunteer would use their personal vehicle each week to pick-up the order and then help unload it at the Food Box. Ability to repeatedly lift at least 25+ pounds is required, and a pick-up truck or small SUV would be most suitable for this role.

Days & Times: Thursday mornings, 1.5-2.5 hours


Food Box Garden Volunteers

Each year, we grow fruit and vegetables to donate to clients of our Food Box Program, the largest food pantry on Portland's west side. Tasks include weeding, mulching, planting, and other duties. No experience necessary!

Volunteers needed: Flexible—contact Marc to get on our Garden Volunteers list!

Location: 3445 SW Moss St., Portland, OR 97219



Senior Services Drivers & Assistants

If you like to drive, meet new people, and/or want to help neighbors in your community, then these volunteer opportunities are for you! Access to transportation is a major challenge facing seniors and adults with disabilities in SW Portland. Help us address this critical issue by providing trips and/or assistance to medical appointments, supportive services, and more.

Volunteer drivers provide rides using their own vehicles or an agency vehicle; do not need a special driver’s license; choose the times, days, and areas they wish to drive; do no heavy lifting or weight bearing; and receive free training in defensive driving and passenger assistance.

Volunteer assistants ride along on group trips, help passengers board and exit vehicles, and assist passengers with bags.

Volunteers needed: M-F, between 8 AM-4 PM (flexible shifts)

Location: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219


Front Desk Assistants

Neighborhood House’s Senior Center at the Multnomah Arts Center is looking for front desk help! Our Senior Center is a vibrant resource for SW seniors, featuring activities, health screenings, a second-hand shop, ESL classes, and more. If you’d like to engage local seniors interested in staying active and connected, then reach out to us today about this opportunity!

Volunteers needed: Tues-Fri, 12:30-3:30 PM

Location: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219


Short-term File Clerk

Are you an organized individual looking for a quick way to lend a hand in your community? If so, then consider this opportunity! Our Head Start programming has wrapped up for the 2017-2018 school year, and we’re looking for someone to help us get a few of our files in order. Students on summer break—junior high, high school, and beyond—encouraged to apply!

Commitment: Approx. 3-6 hours total, flexible scheduling M-F during normal business hours

Location: Neighborhood House's Head Start facility, 6650 SW Capitol Highway

Family Volunteer Nights at the Emergency Food Box Program!

Every first Tuesday of the month (aside from Summer Break Months)! RSVP REQUIRED. 
Email mczornij@nhpdx.org to get your name on the list!

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors. Neighborhood House recognizes that many families would like to instill the value of community service in their children from an early age. Unfortunately, many non-profit agencies are unable to accommodate families with children in their volunteer programs. Neighborhood House would like to extend a warm welcome to families interested in volunteerism by offering an open house on the first Tuesday of January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, and December from 6:00-8:00pm. During this time, our Emergency Food Box Program will be open to families interested in stocking pantry shelves, repackaging bulk food items, and/or working in our community garden. This program is ideal for families with at least one child under 16 years of age.
Please sign up to join us on our next available date by contacting Marc Czornij at 503-246-1663 ext. 2117 or mczornij@nhpdx.org.

Language Translation Services Needed

Email mhaviland@nhpdx.org to learn more.

Multiple programs are in need of language translation assistance for our clients: 
The top language needs are:
- Chinese
- Mandarin
- Russian
- Farsi


More Volunteer Opportunities:

Meet Stephanie

Jennifer and Emma

A full-time student, Stephanie still finds time to volunteer four afternoons a week at one of our SUN School Homework Clubs. She loves working with the kids, and particularly enjoys the expressions on students’ faces when they finally understand something with which they have been struggling. Stephanie believes the SUN program makes a real difference in students’ lives: “When some children first arrive, they are very shy and quiet, and by the end of the school year, they are outgoing and confident. I love seeing that transformation," she says.