Volunteer Opportunities

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

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.


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.


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.  

Severe Weather Shelter volunteer trainings will restart in Fall 2018, please check back then for updated training dates.

NOTE: Transition Projects receives notice of severe weather on the day shelters open; volunteers will receive notice by 12pm the day a shelter needs staffing.


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

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 or guardian.


 Varies depending on role

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