Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Transition Projects!
To begin volunteering, please sign up to attend our mandatory Volunteer Orientation. At this orientation you'll have the opportunity to meet staff, learn more about homelessness in Portland, 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.
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 Day Center in the Bud Clark Commons building, licensed stylists can volunteer their services and create a meaningful self-care
experience for our Day Center visitors.
Weekly shift of 3-6 hours; ongoing, minimum commitment of 3 months
Volunteers are needed at the Hansen Shelter (12240 NE Glisan Street) for a variety of opportunities, including: meal provision,
resource organizing, tending the garden, volunteering in the computer lab, and leading workshop or activity groups.
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.
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 for 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.
We're happy to have you serve meals whenever you're able! Some groups choose to do this annually, while others choose to serve more 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:On-call shifts: When you sign up for this position, we'll add you to an email list of volunteers who 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: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 8 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!
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 2017-18 Severe Weather Shelter volunteers will be held on:
- October 17th – 11:30am - 1:00pm @ the Bud Clark Commons (665 NW Hoyt Street), 3rd Floor Board Room
- October 22nd – 8:30am - 10:00am @ the Bud Clark Commons (665 NW Hoyt Street), 3rd Floor Board Room
- October 25th – 5:30am-7:00pm @ Montavilla Office (8028 E Burnside Street), Conference Room
- October 26th – 1:00pm-2:30pm @ the Bud Clark Commons (665 NW Hoyt Street), 3rd Floor Board Room
- October 28th – 11:00am-12:30pm @ Montavilla Office (8028 E Burnside Street), Conference Room
- October 30th – 6:00-7:30pm @ the Bud Clark Commons (665 NW Hoyt Street), 3rd Floor Board Room
- October 31st – 8:30am-10:00am @ Montavilla Office (8028 E Burnside Street), Conference Room
Please contact Tamara Chacon at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for an upcoming training.
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.
One time or ongoing
Volunteers are needed at the Willamette Center (5120 SE Milwaukie Ave) for a variety of opportunities, including: meal provision, resource organizing, volunteering in the computer lab, and leading workshop or activity groups.
Varies depending on role
Create an opportunity for our participants to practice a skill or learn something new! 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. All potential
workshop, class, or activity leaders must have professional or proven experience in the activity they'd like to lead.
Weekly or monthly; one-time or ongoing with a minimum commitment of 6 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 with school or youth groups or with their families as Resource Organizers or Meal Providers. PLEASE NOTE THAT TRANSITION PROJECTS NEEDS AT LEAST 2-3 WEEKS NOTICE IF YOU PLAN TO BRING A MINOR WITH YOU TO ANY VOLUNTEER EVENT OR SHIFT. For youth volunteers aged 12-17, we require a ratio of 1 adult chaperone for every 4 minors present. For group volunteers aged 8-11, we require a ratio of 1 adult chaperone 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
Varies depending on role