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

Friendly Visitor for Senior Client: We have a Senior Program client who is having foot surgery on Feb 4, and she is looking for a short term friendly visitor. As a volunteer, you would check in each day by phone, and based on that conversation visit the client as requested and assist with dog walking. No more than one visit per day, for a period of perhaps a week. The dog is small and friendly, and they are located in the Pearl.

Friendly Visitors to Assist with Housework:  We have a Senior Program client who would like someone to assist her with household projects and chores as well as transportation to and from the grocery store.  As the weather gets nicer she is also hoping to have someone help with yard work. This opportunity is in the Skyline area of Portland. Requires approximately two days per week, two hours per day equaling 4 hours/week.

Dedicated Volunteer Needed in Preschool: Our preschool needs your help! Monday-Thursday 1:30-2:30.  Play with kids, assist with activities, help with clean-up. If you’d like to stay longer than one hour each day, we’re happy to have you.  Required to enroll in Oregon’s Criminal Background Registry. Please contact Children’s Programs Director, Ida Lombardozzi, if you’re or 503-935-5266.

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!

Gutter cleaning for Senior: We are looking for a volunteer to help a senior with a one-time project of cleaning gutters. This senior lives in NE Portland. If you are available, or would like more information please contact Lauren Fontanarosa at (503)224-2640 or\

Bridge Group Leader: SAGE Metro Portland is looking for a volunteer to lead a Bridge group for LGBT older adults to happen twice a month. Day and time can be flexible upon the volunteer’s schedule, but typically SAGE events are held during the days on Monday-Friday. We are looking for a volunteer knowledgeable about the game who is able to introduce new players to the game. If interested please email SAGE Program Coordinator, Lauren Fontanarosa at or call at (503)224-2640.  Volunteers must complete a volunteer application and complete a background check.

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.

Grocery Helper: A SAGE Senior who has had knee replacement surgery needs someone to do some grocery shopping once a week, maybe less, while she heals.  She lives out on NE 122nd and Davis st.  She would prefer a woman and her schedule is totally flexible.



Fundraiser Preparation Helper: The Friendly House Auction Committee is looking for 1 or 2 volunteers who will drive to various locations in the Portland Metro Area to pick up in-kind items donated for the Spring Auction. Ideally, we will have a volunteer who is willing to do this on a twice-monthly basis as items become available, through February. We have currently have 5 items to pick up, in NW, NE, and one in Tigard and would like to have them picked up by the end of this week.

Fundraiser, Help with Set-up and Clean-Up: Our annual fundraiser is on Friday, March 13, 2015.  Even if you only have a couple of hours, please consider this important opportunity! We will need a lot of help with set-up beginning Thursday, March 11 in the afternoon until 10 pm and again starting Friday morning until the afternoon, March 13.

On Saturday, the 14th, we will clean-up from 9-1 pm. If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please check out the sign-up sheets on VolunteerSpot or contact Nour directly at 503-228-4391.

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming signups. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Calling All Creative Types!: If you have a design/art/craft background and/or are less trained but eager to be a part of a creative group activity, please join our Ambiance Committee in creating a beautiful Spring Auction. In December, we will meet to come up with a theme and then begin working on our art pieces through the first week of March.

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.



Bingo Caller at Meal Site: We are looking for a committed person to be the bingo caller every week. This person will-

  • Commit for at least six months.
  •  Be available to call BINGO every Tuesday, 1-3pm, at the Irving Street meal site
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Loud voice
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Serve as a liaison between BINGO players, Friendly House and First Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Food Box Organizer: We are looking for a dedicated volunteer who is able to attend to the food box approximately once per month. This person will:

  • Organizing food
  • Disposing of expired food
  • Picking up food from Food Front (periodically)
  • Communicate with Community Services as needs arise.

Mandarin Speaker: We are in need of someone who can translate parts of our outreach into Mandarin, Chinese, and occasionally act as an interpreter.

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 contact Joy at 503-228-4391.

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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