Volunteer

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

View our upcoming orientation dates here.

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

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.

AVAILABILITY:

Flexible; One-time or ongoing

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 volunteer help with special projects and events. From helping us deliver donations to assisting with the opening of a new shelter or providing extra hands at an event, there are many opportunities to get involved at Transition Projects for those who need a flexible schedule.

AVAILABILITY:

Flexible; One-time or ongoing

When you sign up for this position, we'll add you to an email list of volunteers who receive our calls for help when events or project needs arise.   

It takes lots of volunteer help to get life-saving donation items to people in need quickly and efficiently. Resource Organizers volunteer in our donation room sorting items to ensure our Resource Center clothing closet is stocked throughout the day. These volunteers also work alongside staff to distribute items to programs that have requested them. This role requires a weekly commitment from volunteers.

AVAILABILITY:

Ongoing; 4-6 month minimum commitment, weekly shifts

Transition Projects operates Severe Weather Shelters for people in our community during episodes of extremely cold weather, providing a safe, warm space for as many people as possible to be inside. Volunteer support is key in this all-hands-on-deck opportunity. You will greet shelter guests, assist with the distribution of blankets and information, monitor the space, and help with 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. All volunteers signing up for severe weather shifts should have reliable transportation during severe weather events.


AVAILABILITY:

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

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.

AVAILABILITY:

Ongoing; 4-6 month minimum commitment, weekly shifts

Join us as a one-time or ongoing event volunteer! Annual events include: Homeward: Transition Projects Impact Gala (in mid-March), the Portland Veteran Stand Down (on September 11), our winter clothing collection event (in November/December), and other community outreach events or fundraisers. Volunteers help with registration, greeting and assisting guests, set-up and take-down, and many other event specific tasks.

AVAILABILITY:

Flexible; One time or ongoing

We are very happy to provide several opportunities for youth volunteers to engage in 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 Resource Organizers 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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