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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Retired Broadcast Professional Seeks Friendly Visitor: SAGE Metro Portland is seeking a male friendly visitor for a community member. The visits would happen in his home due to his limited mobility. He would like a visitor about once a week to have conversation and coffee. His interests include his wide ranging career in broadcasting. He lives centrally in the Pearl and has a flexible schedule. Volunteers must have completed the SAGE Friendly Visiting Training and a background check.
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!
Yard Work Help: Friendly House is looking for one or two volunteers to do some minimal yard work for a senior living in NW Portland. The yard work would be mainly trimming ivy off of some trees, pulling weeds and trimming grass along a sidewalk. Volunteers would need to bring some tools to trim the ivy.
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.
*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.
*Back to Old School Dance: A fun, 80s themed fundraiser which needs all hands on deck setting up, hosting, floating, and breaking it down! Sign up by clicking here: http://vols.pt/Pea84S
*Gay & Grey Expo Volunteers Needed: It’s time to Sign On UP for our 6th annual Gay and Grey Expo, which provides resources and lots of fun and entertainment for LGBT Older Adults. Please click on our VolunteerSpot link to look at over 100 volunteer positions. http://vols.pt/14A1Wh
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, on Friday Sept 26th from Noon to 1 or 2 depending on the # of volunteers. 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.
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