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

Older Adult for an Older Adult: A Senior client is looking for a Friendly Visitor for companionship.  This Senior is looking for a volunteer who is also an older adult, is active, and enjoys the outdoors as well as attends community events.

Food for Families “Open Pantry” Volunteer: Friday June 19th, July 10th and 24th, August 7th and 21st from 5-6:15 PM.  Volunteers from Lift Urban Portland will be delivering the food and setting up the “open pantry” space in the Garden Room before Community Night on Friedays. We are then looking for 2-3 Friendly House volunteers to help run the stand. This includes checking in families as they pick up their food, help families pick produce and dry goods based on our distribution guidelines. At 6p volunteers will be responsible for packing up the staples and returning them to the cage storage space. Any leftover produce will be distributed during their community night.

A Friend: A gentleman living off of NW Northrup and NW 20th would like someone to stop by once a week or so for companionship.  His last volunteer used to come over and play games with him.  He loves doing crossword puzzles and has a very infectious laugh.  He doesn’t get out too much because he has some issues with his feet.  He has no gender preference or time restrictions that we know of.

NW SAGE Friendly Visitor: One of our SAGE clients is interested in having a Friendly Visitor. He would like a male volunteer for companionship and an activity partner. He lives in the NW close to the river.

Escort- One of our Senior Program clients is looking for a reliable ride home (in the Pearl District) from ECT sessions at OHSU 2x per week for 6-8 weeks starting in June. This could also be a volunteer who does not have a vehicle but who could meet and travel home with the client. May be one volunteer for all dates, or several people who are willing to commit to some of the dates needed. Case manager will provide more information to any interested volunteer.

SAGE Companionship- A SAGE client is looking for a friend and someone to take them to SAGE events and help them get out into the community.



Preschool and After School Classroom Deep Clean: With the end of the school year right around the corner we are desperately looking for people to help clean out our preschool and after school rooms in the few days between school year programming and summer camp. This would include sanitizing toys, mending ripped books or broken games, and helping give the preschool kitchen a good scrubbing. Help us keep our classrooms a safe and sanitary environment for our kids!
Jam Making: One of our biggest fundraising efforts of the year comes from our “Friendly Fruit” Jam! This year we have an exciting partnership with New Seasons market where all our jam will be on display and for sale, so we are really looking to up our jam-game this year! We are looking for help picking berries at Columbia Farms, bringing the berries back to Friendly House, processing the fruit, and helping to make the jam the weekend of July 9th (and more dates TBD!). This is an especially great opportunity for people with their food handler’s license (or people waiting for a good excuse to get a food handling card) to come help out!
Light Housecleaning- A SAGE client is looking for some light housecleaning help for her home in SE near Mt. Tabor
Yard Work, Light Plumbing, Attic Clearing- A Senior Program client is looking for some hep with yardwork, some light plumbing (replacing leaky faucets) and help cleaning out their attic

Newsletter Folding: We need some volunteers to help us fold our Gay & Grey newsletter for news and resources for LGBT Older Adults once a season.  It would be great to have 2 or 3 people.

Spring Cleaning/Yard Work: It’s that time of year again! We’re looking for some volunteers to help clean out some of the homes of our senior clients [may entail light lifting, organizing, and yard work].

Light Housekeeping- One of our SAGE clients is searching for some light housekeeping help located near PSU

Yard Work & Attic Cleaning- A SAGE client is looking for some assistance with yard work and helping to clear out their attic

SAGE Client Housekeeping/Errand Running: One of our SAGE program clients is looking for some light housekeeping and someone who can take them on outtings to help run odds and ends errands

Yard Work in far NE- This is a great opportunity for a group of volunteers who are able to do some yard work and ideally help transport the debris from the house.



Friendly Visitor Volunteer Needed for LGBT Older Adult: SAGE Metro Portland is working with a community partner to find a friendly visitor volunteers for one of their residents. This gentleman lives in NE Portland and would like a person to visit and chat with him. He is a world traveler with hobbies in art, music and African art. He would prefer a gay male visitor, but is also open to other options. Ideal volunteer would have experience/knowledge with dementia and be sensitive to the generational differences in the LGBT community and the unique life experience of LGBT elders. Volunteer will need to complete a background check. If you are interested or would like more information contact us at (503)224-2640 or

Book Group Facilitator: Love to read? Interested in facilitating conversations in a small group setting? Then this is just the opportunity for you! We are looking for someone to facilitate a book group for people of all ages, hosted here at Friendly House. Email for more information (6 mo. commitment)

Rotating Office & Rec Volunteer: Assists with art projects, class prep, office work overflow and/or larger development projects. Position is once a week on Thursday (2-5pm), but volunteers can choose to schedule themselves for any available Thursday of their choice. Great for getting some longer non-profit work experience, or filling that one-time volunteer requirement!

Monthly Current Events Discussion Group: We are looking to start up a monthly discussion group that will be an open forum for the community to discuss current events both local and abroad. (6 mo. commitment).

Saturday Open Arts Studio Facilitator: Every Saturday here at Friendly House we host an open arts and crafts studio for individuals and families to come and create! We are looking for someone to facilitate this open craft time. Someone with arts/craft ideas is a plus (6 mo. commitment)

SAGE Event Planner: SAGE Metro Portland, a program of Friendly House, creates community and enhances the lives of LGBT older adults through advocacy, education and support. We are currently in need of volunteers with interest in fundraising and event planning. We have several exciting events planned for this year that will raise funds to support this vital program. Volunteers will work with SAGE Metro Portland Advisory Committee members and Friendly House staff to plan and implement these events.

Interested volunteers will need to complete an online volunteer application found here and send a brief email to SAGE Metro Portland Program Coordinator, Lauren Fontanarosa, outlining your interest and experience with fundraising. Lauren can be reached at or (503)224-2640.

Mailing Volunteers: Help get news from Friendly House out into our community! We need a solid group of individuals to help with our monthly distribution of newsletters, invitations, and fliers on a semi-regular basis.

Graphic Designer: We are in search of someone who is able to help us with multiple project; creating flyers, posters, postcards, etc… If you are interested in using your skills and getting a great non-profit on your resume, please apply.

Afterschool Helpers:  Come help out in our afterschool program. We need people to help kids with homework, and assist teachers during activities. Work with Chapman School kids and our Project Return program, which provides the same afterschool care for children experiencing Homelessness. Your help is appreciated.

*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.

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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