If you have community service hours to complete, here are the ways Hands On Greater Portland can assist you - we have found the following guidelines to be helpful:
If you have 50 or fewer hours to complete and at least two months before your submission date:
1. Use our Project Calendar
It's your responsibility to keep track of your volunteer hours on a form you create or were provided, and obtain the coordinator's signature for each project you attend. Choose projects that fit your schedule and be aware that our projects are usually 2-4 hours long. To sign up, create an account on our website and then sign up for projects through our Project Calendar.
Remember to track your hours. It's up to you to submit proof of your community service.
We do not provide any documentation of hours volunteered with a Hands On letterhead. If this is a requirement for you, you will need to obtain it directly from the nonprofit where you fulfill your hours.
If you have more than 50 hours to complete and/or a short timeframe (less than two months) before your submission date:
2. Contact Agencies Directly
If you have many hours to complete, or need to complete them within a short time, we recommend you work directly with an agency where you can work repeatedly, or for longer shifts. Check the list of organizations below and then contact them to see if they have available opportunities, or go out on the Multnomah County community service work crew, which goes out 7 days per week. For more information contact Mary Lewis at 503.988.3007. You may also browse all our nonprofit partners through our Partner Directory. Keep in mind: if you set up projects with an agency directly, they will be responsible for the final verification of your service.
If you're unsure of the best fit for you, please contact us.
Explain why you are Volunteering
Some agencies won't work with Court Ordered volunteers, or do so only on a limited basis. Be up front with them and explain why you are calling. Hands On Greater Portland volunteers must sign a waiver that they've never been convicted of or charged with a violent crime, child abuse or neglect, child pornography, child abduction, kidnapping, rape or any sexual offense, or ordered by a court to receive psychiatric or psychological treatment in connection to that crime. Unfortunately, if you have been convicted or charged with any of these crimes, you will not be able to use our Project Calendar. Instead, you should contact agencies or the county courts for volunteer opportunities.
Portland area suggestions:
The Rebuilding Center
Portland Parks & Recreation
Forest Park Conservancy
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Humane Society
503.285.7722, ext. 234
Oswego Lake Watershed Council
Washington County suggestions:
Habitat ReStore - Beaverton
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD)
Good Neighbor Center
Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Cedar Mill Library
Cat Adoption Team
Oregon Food Bank (Beaverton)
The Media Foundation