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:
Contact Agencies Directly
We recommend you work directly with an agency where you can work repeatedly, or for longer shifts depending on the hours you need to complete. 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.
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.
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.
We have a few community partners who may be able to support your need for community service hours:
Portland area suggestions:
The Rebuilding Center
Portland Columbia Symphony
Portland Parks & Recreation
Forest Park Conservancy
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Humane Society
503.285.7722, ext. 234
My New Red Shoes
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area
Washington County suggestions:
Habitat ReStore - Beaverton
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD)
Good Neighbor Center
Cedar Mill Library
Cat Adoption Team
Oregon Food Bank (Beaverton)
The Media Foundation
Rebuilding Together Washington County
Sexual Assault Resource Center
Clackamas County suggestions:
Oswego Lake Watershed Council