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. 

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. 

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.

Friendly Driver: A woman in our senior program is looking for a volunteer to drive her to Vancouver (a one way trip) for a once a week visit to her mother. Our client can use public transit for the return trip, but finds the travel both ways to be more than she can manage with her own health challenges. Our client lives in Northwest Portland. Possibly interested, but want more details about where in Vancouver, time of day, or anything else? Give us a call and we’ll get you more information!

Senior Yoga Teacher Seeks Household Help:  Looking for a volunteer for a client who lives off of NW Johnson and 19th.  This client is looking for a volunteer who can help her with household tasks such as vacuuming and dishes and organizing.  She is looking for someone to come around once a week.  She would prefer a woman.  This volunteer works as a yoga instructor so someone who could visit in the early evenings might be best, but her schedule is relatively flexible.

Post-Operation Senior Requests Assistance and Company:  We have a SAGE client who is requesting a Friendly Visitor.  She is going to be having knee replacement surgery relatively soon (she’s not entirely sure when) and would like some assistance as well as company after the surgery.  She lives in the Hazelwood Retirement Community with her partner near NE Glisan and 122nd.  She thought it would be wise to get started before the surgery so as to try and speed the process in finding someone.  We are looking for a female volunteer for her.


*Harvest Festival & Apple Tasting: This is a neighborhood event hosted by Food Front Cooperative who are donating benefits to us. It’s an autumn harvest festival. We need people to help out with children painting pumpkins, using the cider press, making caramel apples, etc..

*Donor Appreciation: Help us thank our donors! We will be hosting a small party and will need help with setting up, hosting, and breaking-down. Held the early evening of November 21st.

*Holiday Gift Drive: We will need A LOT of volunteers to help us deliver and organize gifts for dozens of families and seniors throughout the month of December. Just email if you would like to be included in emails as we begin organizing this always rewarding opportunity.

*Holiday Appeal Mailing: Date to be announced, but should be in the last week of November or the first week of December. We’ll need help stuffing, stamping, and sealing with love our Holiday Appeal letter, when we send our holiday greetings out and appeal for funds to bring holiday cheer to people in need.

*Holiday Parties: We will be hosting a Community Party and Caroling, a Holiday Party for Seniors, and a SAGE Holiday Party for LGBT Seniors, and will need some help setting-up, hosting, and breaking-down these events! Come get involved in spreading good cheer. Community Party: 12/10 , Senior Holiday Party: 12/5 , and SAGE Party 12/12

*Holiday Wishlist Decorating: A fun job for arts & crafty volunteers. Every year we make a display in our lobby reminiscent of a “giving tree”, covered in gift tags with wishlist requests on them for people to pull off and take with them and return with a gift they’d like to donate. Email if you’d like to get involved starting in the last weeks of November.

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!

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.



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.

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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