Current Volunteer Opportunities


Thanks for visiting our Current Opportunities page. Please see below for short-term, long-term, and one-time volunteer opportunities.

Please click on this Volunteer Application link, and fill it out to get started with a short or long-term volunteering opportunity at Friendly House!

Send an email if you would like to volunteer with a one-time event or project. Email

If you would like to volunteer as a group, please fill out our  Group Volunteer Application, linked here.  When viewing current volunteering opportunities, an asterisk (*) indicates a potential group project.

Short-term & Long-term

Archivist and/or Historical Enthusiast: In preparation for our 85th anniversary, and an upcoming slideshow about our history,  we are searching for someone who will review Friendly House historic photos and articles and also utilize the Oregonian newspaper archive website, First Presbyterian Church archives and those involved in Friendly House in the past to pull together and log information about these documents in preparation for the show.  Improving the way in which archive materials are organized and stored is also needed. 

A Companion for Errands: A male senior needs a volunteer that can take him around town to run errands including going to the bank, taking him to the grocery store, helping him fix small things wrong with his computer or at least taking him to get it repaired.  He lives right on W Burnside and 17th. He also happens to be a very sweet individual and very funny.

Post-surgery Senior Needs Help with Household Tasks: We have a female senior EXTREMELY independent and is very upset with herself for needing to ask for help, but she just had surgery and would like someone to come into her home to help clean up a bit.  She needs someone to help her do some laundry, vacuuming, and mopping.  She is available any time of day.   She lives on 22nd and Overton.

Friendly Visitor: We have a male senior looking for a volunteer to help him with errands every so often and some light housework.  Errands will include things like picking up prescriptions and groceries and housework being helping with dishes.  He lives near  SW 17th and Yamhill, and he has Parkinson’s.

Gay & Grey Expo Planning: The next LGBT conference is in October; we’re planning now and can use your help with program content, logistics, marketing, fundraising. Experience is helpful, but enthusiasm, commitment and desire to help LGBT seniors is just as important. Click here to see a more detailed description of this project.

Gay & Grey Expo Volunteers Needed: We are looking for 1-3 people who can post the Gay & Grey Expo poster around town during the dates of September 2-10. There are several targeted locations, mostly cafes and community spaces, where we would like the poster to be distributed. Volunteers may choose which part of PDX they prefer-NW, SE or NE.

Back to Old School Dance Artists: No talent necessary! We are looking for a few great people to paint in outlines of 1980′s images for our upcoming dance. Saturday, Sept 6 and/or September 13.

Back to Old School Dance Procurement: Are you good at asking for things like movie tickets, gift certificates and other fun items? If so, consider putting your skills to use at Friendly House. We are looking for unique auction and raffle items for our upcoming dance. This dance will raise money for our programs.


*Slabtown Festival: September 20th. Night before and early AM setup; during the event, sell raffle tickets and staff the Friendly House booth. It’s a fun event, kind of like a neighborhood block party. There will be cleanup afterwards.

SAGE Volunteer to set up a computer: One of our SAGE participants is in need of a volunteer to set up a new computer, connecting it to the monitor, internet, etc…This opportunity is in the participants’ home and requires a DHS registration (aka background check).

Computer help for a Senior: A woman in our senior program is seeking assistance with a computer problem. This can be a one time event. She lives in NW Portland, on the streetcar line. Need more information about the type of computer problem before you can commit? Just let us know!



*Monthly Flyering: We’re looking for volunteers who can commit to posting flyers and newsletters at designated places around town on a monthly basis–grocery stores, community bulletin boards, etc. Some in NW but many others maybe in your neighborhood. Usually the first week each month. (4-8 volunteers)

*House Chores: We’re always looking for volunteers who can help seniors with one-time house chores and/or errands. Vacuuming, cleaning a kitchen or bathroom, organizing, taking items to Goodwill, grocery shopping. Sometimes these are on short notice. Please let us know if we can contact you when these projects pop up.

Friendly Visitor and Help around the House: A woman in our senior program is seeking an ongoing friendly visitor for light housekeeping (mainly vacuuming, changing linens, etc), companionship and occasional errand running. She lives in NW Portland on the streetcar line. Someone with a car for the occasional errands would be ideal, but not imperative. 

Internships: We often have internship opportunities for students & others wishing to develop relevant professional skills & gain experience in a social services setting. Internships may include seniors, children, families, administration, events and more.

Senior Program/SAGE Volunteer Orientations: The last Wednesday each month, 6-7pm, you can learn about the latest and ongoing opportunities to work with seniors. RSVP required.volunteer-tutor

 Contact our Volunteer Coordinator with questions.

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