Volunteer

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Transition Projects!

To begin volunteering, please attend our mandatory Volunteer Orientation. Meet staff, ask questions, take a tour, engage with others interested in volunteering, and complete a volunteer application.

Orientation takes place at the Bud Clark Commons building:
665 NW Hoyt St,
Portland OR 97209

Please take a look at our upcoming orientations here. For those interested in assisting at our emergency overnight Severe Weather Shelters, please note the mandatory training dates listed in the Severe Weather Shelter opportunity below.

We currently have the following opportunities for you to choose from:

Do you have good computer skills and an interest in working directly with participants in the Day Center or one of our three Short-term Residential Programs? This volunteer position monitors and guides participants in one of our four computer labs and assists them with various tasks, such as creating a resume or applying for housing.

AVAILABILITY:

Weekly shift of 2-4 hours; ongoing, minimum commitment of 6 months

Being unable to receive a nice hair cut may be the only thing keeping someone from a successful job interview or, higher self-esteem and self-worth. At the Hair Shop located in our one-of-a-kind Day Center in the Bud Clark Commons building, licensed stylists can volunteer their services and make a huge difference in the lives of our participants!

AVAILABILITY:

Weekly shift of 3-6 hours; ongoing, minimum commitment of 3 months

To learn about our volunteer needs at the Hansen Shelter (12240 NE Glisan Street), please take a look at our wishlist. We also offer the opportunity for groups to volunteer as Meal Providers.

AVAILABILITY:

Varies depending on role

Are you comfortable leading a small workshop? If you have experience speaking to and instructing a small group, or would like to have that experience, this may be the position for you. You will learn how to facilitate a Subsidized Housing Workshop, distribute materials and relay information in an accessible, applicable manner at one of Transition Projects’ program sites. This role may also assist with research and data entry.

AVAILABILITY:

1.5 – 3 hours per week; ongoing, minimum commitment of 6 months

There is a huge need for volunteer-provided meals in our shelters. Visit the Meal Provider Program page to learn details about this opportunity. Please note that the leader of each group is required to attend one of our monthly orientations before the group can serve.

AVAILABILITY:

We're happy to have you serve meals whenever you're able! Some groups choose to do this sporadically as they are able, while others choose to serve regularly (once a month or once a week).

Throughout the year, our team often needs help with various special projects. These might include helping us build/assemble furniture, assisting with the opening of a new shelter, or providing extra hands for an urgent need that arises.

AVAILABILITY:

ADULTS

On-call shifts: When you sign up for this position, we'll add you to an email list of volunteers that receive our calls for help when project needs arise.  

 

During the winter, many of our community partners help collect clothing and other donation items for us using donation bins. Although we greatly need these items, our one delivery van often needs to be used for other important trips - such as runs to the food bank or picking up emergency supplies - for our many shelters. Winter Delivery Volunteers help us get these important donation items (winter coats, hygiene items, etc.) to people who need them quickly by picking up donations for us and dropping them off at our main building, the Bud Clark Commons at 665 NW Hoyt St.

AVAILABILITY:

ADULTS

On-call shifts: When you sign up for this position, we'll add you to an email list of volunteers we contact in the winter (or other busy times) when we need help picking up an important delivery. If you're in the area where the pick up is needed and able to make a delivery for us, just respond letting us know!

Note: You will need a car for this position!

 


Individuals or groups of up to 15 people assist the Transition Projects Resource Coordinator with various on-site projects. Typically this involves sorting, organizing and placing the hundreds of donations received each month from donors and through seasonal clothing drives. Volunteers who can commit regularly (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) to maintaining the organization of the Clothing Closet in the Day Center or the Retention Closet are particularly needed at this time. Community Service Opportunity!

AVAILABILITY:

Flexible; one-time or ongoing

Transition Projects operates the Severe Weather Shelters for the unsheltered people in our community during episodes of extremely cold weather, providing a safe, warm space for as many people as possible. Volunteer support is key in this all-hands-on-deck opportunity. You will greet shelter guests, assist with blankets and information, monitoring the space, as well as set-up, take-down and light cleaning. Basic training dates for the 2017-18 Severe Weather Shelter volunteers will be posted soon!

NOTE: Transition Projects receives notice of severe weather on the day shelters open; volunteers unfortunately receive little advanced warning.

AVAILABILITY:

Late-night, overnight, or early morning shifts; on-call during severe weather as declared by the City of Portland

Join us as a one-time or an on-going event volunteer for the annual fundraiser (March), Veterans Stand Down resource fair (September 11), winter clothing collection event (November/December), community outreach events, and more. Volunteers help with registration, greeting and assisting guests, set-up and take-down, and many other event specific tasks.


AVAILABILITY:

One time or ongoing. The next event we are recruiting volunteers for is the Veteran Stand Down, taking place on Monday, September 11th.

 

Join us at the Veterans Stand Down resource fair on Monday, September 11, 2017. Volunteers at this event help with registration, greeting and assisting guests, set-up and take-down, and other tasks, ensuring that hundreds of veterans in Portland have access to services they need to escape homelessness. Learn more and sign up here!

 


AVAILABILITY:

  • Monday, September 11, 2017
  • Shift times TBD

Volunteers are needed at the Willamette Center in Sellwood for a variety of opportunities including sorting donations, leading productive activities such as games or light exercise, and providing meals.

AVAILABILITY:

Varies depending on role

Create an opportunity for our participants! If you have a particular skill or interest that you want to share with our clients, we’d love to hear about it. These can range from art classes to knitting groups to special computer lessons, and more.

AVAILABILITY:

Weekly or monthly; one-time or ongoing with a minimum commitment of 3 months

We are very happy to provide several opportunities for youth volunteers to engage in the fight against homelessness and learn about community service. Minors may volunteer in school or youth groups or with their families as Resource Organizers or Meal Providers. Please note that for group volunteers aged 12-17, we require a ratio of 1 adult for every 4 minors present; and for group volunteers aged 8-11, we require a ratio of 1 adult for every 3 minors present.

High school students at the sophomore level or higher may volunteer individually as Donation Ambassadors on the weekend. These volunteers are required to attend one of our monthly Volunteer Orientations before beginning their service. Their volunteer application will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.


AVAILABILITY:

 Varies depending on role

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