Portland Veterans Hiring Fair & Stand Down

Portland Veterans Stand Down

The Portland Veterans Stand Down – Oregon’s largest – honors and supports Veterans, many of whom are often either experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. People who have served in the military access essential supportive resources and services, employment, and connections to local, state, and federal support. This community-led partnership combines local nonprofits, government officials, corporations, and businesses to welcome more than 400 veterans annually.

2022 Portland Veterans Job Fair and Stand Down Logo

2022 Portland Veterans Hiring Fair & Stand Down

Join us on September 9th at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Plaza from 9 AM - 1 PM for a return to our in-person event. We are excited to offer a full range of resources at this year's Stand Down, including:

  • Employment Fair
  • Health and Wellness Services
  • Military Surplus
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Veteran Intake for Programs & Services
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Robust Program featuring 100+ Service Providers & Employers
  • Women & Gender Diverse Services and Lounge
  • Pet Care and Services
  • Haircuts
  • Legal Clinic

Masks are mandatory at this year's Stand Down and will be provided if needed.

Why Host a Stand Down?

Stand Downs honor and support veterans by helping them access essential supportive services, explore employment opportunities, and connect to local, state, and federal support systems. In 2019, more than 450 veterans attended the Portland Stand Down, one of Oregon’s largest veteran outreach events. Many who attend the event are connecting to services for the first time - a testament to the engagement potential the Stand Down offers. Led by Transition Projects, this critical community event is a success due to the combined efforts of community partners, corporations and businesses, providers, sponsors, and volunteers all coming together with the focus on connecting with veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

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Event Details & FAQs

Join us at 300 N Winning Way on September 9th at 9:00 AM (registration begins at 8 AM)! [ Map It ]

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Silver Star Sponsors
Kaiser Permanente Logo
Bronze Star Sponsors
Boeing Logo
CareOregon Logo
Cedar Hills Hospital Logo
Central City Concern Logo
Columbia Sportswear Logo
Comcast Logo
Graphic Packaging International Logo
Logo for Providence Health Services
Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield Logo
Starbucks Logo
ThermoFisher Scientific Logo
TriMet Logo with slogan "How life moves"
US Bank logo

Legion of Merit Sponsors

Amazon | Kirk L. Dobbins | Fred Meyer | Grand Canyon Education | G2 Secure Staff

Kate Lieber & Monique Matheson | Lines for Life | New Seasons Market

John & Brenda Osborn | PRO Truck Lines | Carter & Jennifer MacNichol 

Sherry Swackhamer | Returning Veterans Project

Get Involved
Stand Down Event Sponsors
Sponsor the Event

We rely on our steadfast individual, corporate, and community sponsors to make this event a reality. If you're interested in sponsoring this year's event, please review our sponsorship packages. Have questions? Reach out to our Director of Development.

Women and Dog at Table
Volunteer at the Event

Want to make an impact? Join us to volunteer at this important event supporting those who have served. From corporate groups to congregations to individuals, there's a role for everyone. If you have questions, please email our Volunteer Program Supervisor.

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Get Support

This year's event will serve 500 veterans based in the Portland metro area. If you're already working with us, please contact your Case Manager to ensure that you're registered to participate. If you're a Veteran seeking support, please visit the link below to get connected to support.

Two people sit at a table and talk to one person who is standing.
Register as a Job Fair Employer

We welcome all businesses and organizations interested in connecting with hundreds of veterans seeking employment in Portland. Once registered, you can pay your $250 table fee here.

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Register as a Service Provider

Join dozens of service providers in Portland offering resources to veterans and their families. Availability is limited and providers will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

2019 Portland Veterans Stand Down* by the Numbers:

480 veterans and their families accessed resources, services, and programs
250+ veterans met with employment recruiters at the Job Fair
162 veterans accessed health & wellness services and medical care
60 veterans connected with Transition Projects for the first time
62 female veterans explored services in the new Women’s Lounge


*Last in-person event at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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