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

Summer Camp Volunteer: Love working with kids? Looking to make a positive impact on your community while having a ton of fun this summer? Then look no further! Summer Camp participants will enjoy a wide variety of themes this summer, including Invention, Urban Adventures, Swim Sessions, Animate-a-thon, Cooking, and Gooey Sticky Messy Art weeks. Each theme week will include field trips, planned activities and free-choice time.  [Note: This is a great opportunity for High School aged young adults looking to stay actively involved during summer vacation!]

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.

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.

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.



**Speakeasy Event Volunteer**: All hands on deck! It’s time to  transform our building into a 1930s speakeasy for our upcoming auction by hanging art in gym and lobby ares, putting up decorations in auction rooms, and working to make sure everything is looking great for our spring fundraiser!

We are looking for volunteers to help out:

Friday 5/15 from 5:15-9pm for set-up

Saturday 5/16 from 10a-11:30p for set-up. helping work the event, light clean-up

Sunday 5/17 from 11a-1p for clean-up

To find out more information about specific volunteer jobs/shifts check out our VolunteerSpot sign-up page at:

Spring Appeal Letter Mailing: Help us get the word out about what’s going on at Friendly House to the community and help raise funds for our programs by folding and addressing letters to our community members for a few hours on April 30th!

Senior Furniture Shifting: A senior program client is looking for someone to help him move some furniture around in his living room so he can put down some nice new rugs in his NW home

Senior’s Home Organizing: A client in our senior program is looking for one time (or potentially a couple of times to get things all squared away) assistance with some cleaning and organizing tasks. She is a writer and poet, and is unable to reach low shelves in order to rearrange and dust around her book collection. She is located in Northwest Portland within a few blocks of a bus line.

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.

Summer Camp Fliering: In anticipation for our upcoming youth summer camp, we need 1-2 volunteers to help put up fliers around the neighborhood.

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].

Senior Window Washer:  A senior program client is looking for someone to wash interior windows in a one bedroom apartment, just two rooms. She has some memory challenges and a small, barky dog. If you are looking to brighten a senior’s spring, this is your chance! Located in NW Portland near a bus line.

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



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)

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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