Holiday Volunteering 

Get involved this holiday season!

As the clouds roll in and the skies darken earlier, nonprofits across the Greater Portland area are looking for volunteers like you to brighten the day by lending a hand!

► Have a few hours?

Check out our Project Calendar to find a variety of "done-in-a-day" volunteer opportunities.

  • Look for *Hands On* in the title to find projects managed by us. You can sign up in two clicks to join a group of volunteers on a 2-4 hour project, lead by a trained volunteer leader; no experience or ongoing commitment required!

  • Look for "Bulletin Board" listings to find projects managed directly by our many wonderful nonprofit partners. Contact information is provided for you to connect directly with the nonprofit volunteer coordinator.

► Deepen your impact...

Search all of our volunteer opportunities to find longer-term or skills-based opportunities with our 300+ non-profit partners. You can hone your search by keyword, zipcode, availability and more! In the search results, look for opportunities with the time listed as "Open" to find opportunities that could use your help for more than a single shift.

► Seeking assistance?

If you are seeking food or gift assistance during the holidays, please visit 211info to get connected with programs that can help.

► Have items to donate?

Here at Hands On, we have many amazing nonprofit partners with holiday programs that couldn’t happen without in-kind donations from generous individuals like you. From unwrapped gifts to books to hygiene kits to hats, take a look at the list below to find something you could give!


► Organizations to Support with In-Kind Donations:


Oswego Lake Watershed Council

Items Needed: We are looking for donations of hand tools in good working condition. Desired items include shovels, trowels, rakes, hand clippers, loppers, wheelbarrows, and more.

About Oswego Lake Watershed Council: The mission of the Oswego Lake Watershed Council is to foster stewardship, education, participation and financial support for the purpose of the conservation, restoration, enhancement and maintenance of watershed functions that achieve and sustain a healthy watershed. We steward 10 sites per year with the help of volunteers, and we need to upgrade our tool library to ensure that our volunteers have what they need to succeed!

How to Donate: To schedule a pickup or dropoff, please email Watershed Coordinator Jack Halsey at Jack will coordinate with you regarding donation items and pick up/drop off details.


Morrison Child and Family Services

Items Needed: We are in need of gift cards for our teen clients who prefer gift cards for their holiday gift. $25-50 range, from various places: Target, Ulta, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Old Navy etc.

About Morrison Child and Family Services: We are a large provider of mental health services for child and youth and their families for the Tri-County area. We have had donors over the years provide gifts for almost 1000 kids we serve, but we serve over 8000 kids per year. Having more gift cards would allow us to provide a few more gifts to some the teen clients that are most in need.

How to Donate: To schedule a pick up or drop off, please email Jennifer Wisher at Jennifer will coordinate with you to discuss drop off and pick up arrangements, depending on your need.


Ronald McDonald House Charities

Items Needed: We are seeking new and unwrapped gifts for kids ages 0-18, as well as new and unwrapped gifts for parents. They can be dropped off at either of the two Portland Houses any time before Monday, December 16th. There are three ways to support – 1) supporting our drive by bringing in toys and gifts, 2) shopping RMHC’s amazon wishlist, or 3) donating directly to the drive online.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Oregon & SW Washington provides access to medical care, a “home away from home,” and a community of support for seriously ill or injured children and their families. What began as one House with 17 guest rooms has evolved into four beautiful Houses with 79 rooms. For more than three decades, our dedicated staff and volunteers have offered comfort and support, a well-stocked kitchen, and a comfortable bed to more than 35,000 families, reminding everyone who enters our Houses that they are always at home and never alone, even during their time of crisis. Every year, the families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House will be far from home over the holiday season. With the stress and challenges of having a seriously ill or injured child, many families won’t be able to buy presents or celebrate the season in the way they normally do. RMHC opens the Holiday Store in their two Portland Houses to give parents an opportunity to pick out gifts for their children (and each other) to bring a little light back into the holidays.

How to Donate: Bring your new and unwrapped toys to either of our house locations:

Portland East House: 2620 N. Commercial Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (anytime between 7am and midnight)

Portland South Waterfront House: 3410 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239 (anytime between 7am and midnight).

You can also donate items via our Amazon Wishlist or donate directly online


Northwest Pilot Project

Items Needed: We are looking for sleeping bags, pillows, flashlights, Fred Meyer gift cards, can openers, pot holders, and sauce pans.

About Northwest Pilot Project: We offer opportunities for a life of dignity and hope to very low-income seniors in Multnomah County by solving housing and transportation needs. We aim to give each of our low income senior clients support and hope when they come to our offices. For many of them, housing is not readily available and we want to help them stay warm and safe during the winter while they may be living outside. Sleeping bags are very effective for clients waiting for housing, but still living on the streets.

How to Donate: Please drop off Monday - Friday between 9 am - 4 pm at our main office, 1430 SW Broadway, Ste 200, Portland, OR 97217.


Clackamas Women's Services

Items Needed: We organize a Holiday Store where participants can come and pick out gifts. High-priority needs always include:
-Gifts for teens like sports balls, sports jerseys, board games, headphones, craft kits, etc.
-Gifts for moms like fuzzy socks, journals, personal hygiene kits (like lotion sets), slippers, etc.
-Gift cards from Fred Meyer, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. because we can give these to participants who aren't able to find a gift that matches their kids interests/personalities. We're also able to utilize them for mom gifts too.

About Clackamas Women's Services: Our mission is to break the isolation of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our Holiday Store is a free pop-up shop that provides new gifts for participants and their families in CWS services. We have this model set up for our participants as it allows for them to feel more empowered as gift-givers and providers for their children. CWS recognizes oppression as the primary cause of community violence and lack of power in society leaves people vulnerable to abuse. The only way to prevent domestic and sexual violence is through addressing the root causes and re-balancing societal power. One way we do this is ensuring access and equitable distribution of resources to survivors. The Holiday Store is one of the ways we help our participants this way during the holidays.

How to Donate: Donations can be dropped off at our office location in Oregon City. We're located at A Safe Place Family Justice Center on 256 Warner Milne, Oregon City OR 97045. We accept donations during our office hours and are open Monday-Thursday from 8am-4pm and Friday from 8am-1pm.

Feel free to contact Josie Greer, CWS Administrative Coordinator, at or 503-557-5830 if you have any questions about donating.


Vestal SUN Community School (Managed by IRCO)

Items Needed: Each holiday season, our school staff puts resources together to help families in our community. We have a few families who we have not yet been able to assist. We are looking for donations of unwrapped gifts, gift cards, and food assistance.

About Vestal SUN Community School: SUN Community schools mission is to make the school the hub of the neighborhood/community. This includes educational resources, hunger relief, and more.

How to Donate: Contact Ryan McMahon at to coordinate a family (or families!) for whom you can find gifts this holiday season.


Tualatin Valley Gleaners

Items Needed: We are helping 500 families with food for the holidays, and we are always in need of canned and dried staples and baking items. We also are sponsoring 750 children for gifts, and the most overlooked children are the 13+ children. We need age appropriate gifts for girls and boys age 13+. We are also seeking donations for personal hygiene items including feminine hygiene, and household supplies.

About Tualatin Valley Gleaners: We help people help themselves to meet the needs of their households by the following: To provide food, aid and other assistance to the low-income, disabled, children and elderly in the Tualatin Valley, Oregon area. We focus on dignity and compassion for all in need. By offering a variety of information and services, we are hoping to provide the members with stability and tools for self-sufficiency in their lives. Our Baskets of Joy program serves families in financial hardship with food, gifts and household supplies. Providing these items allows these already struggling families to focus on housing, utility, and employment stability. This is accomplished by helping these families stay on budget during the holidays, and still feel as they are able to participate in traditional activities.

How to Donate: Donations can be dropped off at our food distribution site at 9100 SW Wilshire St. Portland, OR 97225, every Saturday from 1-3pm.
Our organization can also schedule a pick up - you can contact the office at 503-808-0385 or email:
On-line monetary donations can be made on our website at:


Imagine Possibilities Center

Items Needed: New art supplies, scrapbooking supplies, iPads or tablets, new games, and gift cards to grocery stores, Costco, and gardening stores would all support programming at our center. We would also benefit from nonprofit group memberships to OMSI, the Oregon Zoo, World of Speed, and State Park membership passes.

About Imagine Possibilities Center: We provide progressive, recreational, and therapeutic daytime services to people in Washington County who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to "imagine possibilities... every day!" Our center provides numerous different group activities every day: arts & crafts, cooking club, yoga, games, horticultural therapy, music therapy, dance, Spanish group, empowerment club, etc. Art supplies, scrapbooking supplies, iPads/tablets, games, and gift cards to garden and grocery stores would all support these programs. Costco gift cards would provide us with the supplies we need to help our participants with toileting. Memberships to OMSI, the Zoo, World of Speed, and State Parks would allow us to facilitate community inclusion activities in unique educational and recreational locations in our community.

How to Donate: New items bought online can be shipped to the PO box 5778, Aloha, OR 97007. Donations can also be dropped off at our center at 4450 SW 184th Ave, Aloha, OR 97007 Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5:30 PM. For questions regarding suitability of donations, call (503)649-6110 or email


Project Homeless Connect

Items Needed: At the only 90 day severe weather shelter for adults in Washington County , we will provide a full Christmas dinner and need the food to make and the people to make it. We would also love to give our new socks, gift cards to Winco or the Dollar Store . Something to make it feel special for our homeless guests.

About Project Homeless Connect: Our mission is to bring communities together to create and promote tangible solutions that remedy the homelessness of our neighbors. By donating items during the holidays, you can get engaged in the important conversation about homelessness and have opportunity to give back at a time when it's especially hard for those in need.

How to Donate: Contact Kim Marshall, PHC Director, at to coordinate donation drop-off or pick-up, if needed.


Clackamas Service Center

Items Needed: We are seeking hand warmers, blankets, sleeping bags and gloves; new kids toys, books, and art supplies for children of all ages; canned fruit, canned green beans, stuffing kits, gravy packets/cans, canned tuna, canned pork, small bags sugar(1-5lbs), spices (rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, thyme, garlic, sage), and butter; and hot chocolate packets, cider packets, and individually wrapped tea bags to be available to everyone accessing services at our facility.

About Clackamas Service Center: Clackamas Service Center is an inclusive "one-stop" community center for individuals and families seeking food relief and resources for improved health, dignity, and stability. While we are a secular organization serving people with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, we recognize the comfort and nourishment that holiday gatherings and foods can have for many of our clients. Your support will help us give them and their families the ability to celebrate their favorite holidays with dignity. Other items on the list will give our houseless clients the resources to survive cold weather and feel welcomed and included while visiting our facility.

How to Donate: Our regular donation hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-2pm. Our address is 8800 SE 80th Ave, Portland, OR 97206. If those times don't work for you, or if you have questions about donations, please call Krista at (503) 927-0582. Please note we are closed weekends and Thanksgiving Day, November 29th, and December 24th-January 1. Need for cold weather items will continue into the new year. Donation receipts available upon request.


Trillium Family Services

Items Needed: Fidget toys, squishes, Sports MP3 Players and earbuds (no internet, no camera), and games for holiday gifts for our kids and teens. We also need a variety of sizes kids to adult in leggings, sweats, and PJ's.

About Trillium Family Services: We are guided by the simple yet crucial mission of building brighter futures with children and families. Our vision is to create safe communities where children are healthy and every family has the opportunity for success. Families get the support they need – when and where they need it. There is a focus on prevention and health; organizations and systems are connected in a synergistic sanctuary community that generates: Non –violence, Growth and Change, Democracy, Emotional intelligence, Social learning, Open communication, and Social Responsibility. Our investment in the future of each child means that the next generation of Oregonians will have the skills to contribute meaningfully through employment, community service, and raising their own healthy families.

We have a lot of kids and teens that need to be at one of our in-patient programs over the holidays. It is a very difficult time of year to be away from family and friends. We seek out therapeutic items and gifts to help brighten their time with us and encourage them in their progress towards health and healing.

How to Donate: Holiday Gift/Donation drop off is on Dec. 13th 10am-3pm at 3415 SE Powell Blvd Portland or you may contact Shanin at


Christmas Family Adoption Foundation

Items Needed: Wrapped gifts, clearly labeling each package.

Please purchase a gift card for the family’s Christmas meal. They recommend $25 per family member (a family of 4 would receive a gift card for $100.00, a family of 5 would receive one for $125.00).

About Christmas Family Adoption Foundation: Christmas Family Adoption Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization serving the greater Portland Metro area. Our Adopting Angels help us provide toys, clothing, household essentials and more to families in need. We work with recognized agencies and caseworkers to connect with families in the area. Join us in making this Christmas a time of real celebration for families.

How to Donate:  Read about available families.

Contact them with any questions.

Decide how involved you want to be with that family.

  • Do you want contact with the family or stay anonymous?

  • Would you like to deliver the gifts yourself or have the foundation do it?