Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Transition Projects. Founded nearly 50 years ago by volunteers, we continue today to rely on individuals and groups in our community who are donating their time and services to serve our participants.

Transition Projects offers a full range of volunteer opportunities. Our Meal Provider Program is one of our most popular and meaningful volunteer activities. We also offer roles for individuals and groups, including both one-time and ongoing opportunities.

How To Volunteer

To begin volunteering, we ask that you attend a Volunteer Orientation. You will have the opportunity to meet staff, ask questions, take a tour, and complete your volunteer application. Orientations take place at the Bud Clark Commons building at 665 NW Hoyt Street.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Program Supervisor.

Get Started
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Meal Provider Program

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

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On-Call Volunteers

Throughout the year, our team often needs volunteer help with special projects and events. From helping us deliver donations to working at a severe weather shelter or providing extra hands at an event, there are many opportunities to get involved at Transition Projects for those with a flexible schedule.

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Ongoing Individual Roles

Volunteers who can commit to a weekly or bi-weekly schedule have many options! Volunteers distribute mail to resource center clients, lead activities with shelter residents, process income donations and route them to programs in need, work as receptionists, and many other roles based on your unique interests and skills.

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Group Volunteers

With 11 program sites across the city, we have many opportunities for groups to help! Your team can provide a meal, deep clean a shelter, organize donations, help at an event, and more. Our sites are ideal for groups of 20 people or fewer, but we can accommodate larger groups as need and timing allow.

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Youth Volunteers

We welcome youth volunteers! Minors 8+ may volunteer with school or youth groups or with their families as Resource Organizers or Meal Providers. High school students at the sophomore level or higher may volunteer individually as Resource Organizers with parental consent after attending orientation.

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Unpaid internships are available in our Development, Housing, and Human Resources teams. Interns commit to a minimum of 10 hours of weekday service for a minimum of 3 – 6 months. To apply, send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in working with us to our Volunteer Program Supervisor.



In 2019, over 42,000 service hours were completed by our outstanding volunteers, with over 108,000 meals served at our shelters.