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:


Ronald McDonald House Charities

Items Needed:  We are collecting non-perishable foods as well as toys and gifts for children ages 0-21, as well as for parents who are staying with us over the holiday season. This food helps to make sure our pantry is stocked with necessities year round, and the gifts are offered not only during the winter holidays but are also used to celebrate birthdays, other holidays, treatment successes, or scary days throughout the rest of the year.  Our families, who are all traveling to receive medical care for seriously ill or injured children, are far from home and their support systems over the holiday season. Because of this, we are in extra need of food and gifts to help brighten the winter holidays, and to support our families during what is often the most difficult time in their lives.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington provides a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill children, and supports initiatives to improve pediatric health.

How to Donate Non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys/gifts can be delivered to our East House location at 2620 N Commercial Ave. Portland OR, 97227

Please call ahead if possible  (971-230-6700). Drop off anytime between 9 am and 5 pm



Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

Items Needed The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is hosting it's annual Season's Feedings Cat Food Drive! We hope to collect 2,000 pounds of dry, unopened cat food to hand out to caregivers in need through the month of December. 

Food is a powerful motivator. That's one reason the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is hosting the cat food drive and giving caregivers free food for spaying and neutering their feral and stray cats. You and your company will be supporting responsible caregivers who took the initiative to prevent more homeless kittens from being born on the street.

About Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon The mission of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is to improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats through spay/neuter programs and education.

Also known as FCCO, we are a non-profit spay/neuter program that was founded in 1995. We have helped more than 94,000 cats and remain the only organization in the area dedicated to providing the level of services that we do for feral and stray cats. For each feral or stray cat in our care we request a donation of just $30, but never turn a caregiver away even if they cannot contribute. This program is known as trap-neuter-return.

How to Donate You can help by picking up extra cat food next time you shop and donating to our Season's Feedings drive. Cat food donations can be dropped off at our clinic (4522 SW Water Ave, Portland) or purchased through our Wish List on (if you purchase food through Amazon, please tell us you sent it so we can thank you!).Visit for more information.

Food can be dropped off at our SW location and 7 other participating stores. Call 503-797-2606 for directions.



The Salvation Army Tualatin Valley Citadel

Items Needed  New and unwrapped toys for low income children ages 9-12. The toy collection will help us spread Christmas cheer to children who otherwise would not have a Christmas.

About The Salvation Army Tualatin Valley Citadel:  The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Every program we offer is rooted in our passion to serve God by serving the lost, the vulnerable, the needy, the poor, the hurting, the helpless, and the hopeless.

How to Donate You may drop of toys at our office location below. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30-12 & 12-5pm
351 SE Oak St.
Hillsboro OR 97123



Project Homeless Connect

Items Needed  Gift cards for gas and clothing for those living in their car and on the streets. Soft food items for those who have bad teeth or no teeth. Clothing like jeans, jackets, socks are much needed items for those outside. Life-saving items are for those who are homeless and at risk of being homeless. With some compassion and much needed items we can make an impact on those in need. As the weather turns, folks need warmer clothing like jeans, jackets, socks, etc. Many people are sleeping in their cars and need gas to get to work and kids to school.

About Project Homeless Connect:  The mission of Project Homeless Connect is to bring communities together to create and promote tangible solutions that remedy the homelessness of their neighbors.

Through this one-day, one-stop model which includes a key leaders briefing, we aim to achieve the following goals:

• To engage the community to be a part of the effort to end homelessness,
• To connect Washington County homeless to needed services in a “one-stop” model, and
• To demonstrate broad community support to those experiencing homelessness in Washington County and to provide human connections to people who feel and are typically alienated.

How to Donate We are happy to pick up items for you. Please contact Kim Marshall at



The Imagine Possibilities Center

Items Needed   Art supplies (paint, brushes, canvases, beads, yarn, ect), "magformers," Kinetic Sand, Ipads, and Connect 4. We could also use a locking file cabinet and VINYL furniture.

We run a variety of fun, group activities each day that allow our participants to explore their interests. Art is very popular! Toys/games that involve sensory experiences are, too. These items would make it possible for us to run new and exciting activities. A locking cabinet would be very useful to our administrative team. We are always in need of vinyl furniture (no cloth, cloth is too difficult to sanitize) for our program room so participants have options in places to sit while they engage in our programs and socialize.

About The Imagine Possibilities Center:  We are a day center serving children and adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to imagine possibilities, everyday!

How to Donate  Please call us at 503-649-6110 to discuss the donation. Ask for Karissa, the Program Director, or Hailey, the Development Director. We can also be emailed at or Drop offs can be made at our center located at 4450 SW 184th Ave, Aloha, OR 97007.
In some cases we are able to pick up a donation but we are extremely limited in this capacity.



Lift Urban Portland

Items Needed  We are collecting hats and scarves for the Annual Community Christmas Meal at Congregation Beth Israel. We sponsor the Christmas Meal and try to also distribute hats and scarves to residents that attend. Because we don't typically distribute these items, we rely on other to collect them.

About Lift Urban Portland  Lift Urban Portland aims to reduce hunger and improves the lives of low-income residents in Northwest and Downtown Portland.

How to Donate  They can be brought to our main office at 2701 NW Vaughn Street, Suite 102. Call if you would like directions: (503) 221-1224.



Street Roots

Items Needed With the cold and rainy winters approaching, our vendors are in crucial need of gloves, socks, hand warmers, and ponchos to keep them warm and dry while selling papers and in their daily lives.

Street Roots not only creates income opportunities for our vendors but also provides them with their basic needs. In order to successfully and safely sell papers, as well as comfortably sleep, our vendors needs these several items.

About Street Roots Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by publishing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change. Vendors buy the papers from us for 25 cents, sell them for $1, and keep all the profit as their own disposable income. Over the course of the year, we serve more than 700 individuals, with nearly 170 Street Roots vendors selling our paper at any given time.

How to Donate Donors can drop off their donations at our location (211 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209) or they can send items to us directly via our Amazon Wish List 



Catholic Charities Refugee Services

Items Needed   Our clients could benefit from soccer balls, coloring books, adult bikes, used laptops and Tvs, new pots and pans, and winter jackets (only clothing we can accept).

These items help our newly arrived clients become self sufficient and successful members of society.

About Catholic Charities Refugee Services  Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love, Catholic Charities — the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon — partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

How to Donate   Contact Stephanie Coleman to coordinate drop off times at



Cascadia Wild

Items Needed   3 point and shoot digital cameras or portable SD card viewers; ski poles, up to 15 pairs.

We run a community science project that gets volunteers outside collecting data on carnivores on Mt Hood. We have snowshoes for volunteers to use, but many people who have never been on snowshoes before are nervous about it and would feel more comfortable having poles for balance, so we would like some donations of ski poles to be able to be able to loan these out as well, so that more people will feel comfortable coming out. One of our methods for monitoring wildlife is to set up wildlife camera stations in the forest. The point and shoot cameras/card viewers are needed to properly aim the more expensive trailcameras, which have no picture viewer to see what they are taking a picture of.

About Cascadia Wild:   We inspire personal connection to nature and community. By providing individuals with a greater understanding of the natural world, Cascadia Wild seeks to instill in people a sense of place in nature and to transform how they perceive their role in the cycle of life. It is our hope that by renewing our relationship with nature, we can inspire better stewardship of the environment and our communities for future generations.

How to Donate:  Contact Teri Lysak: to set up a time to drop it off or have me pick it up. Or leave it by our office door at the Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland; the building is open days and early evenings.



YWCA Clark County

Items Needed  YWCA Holiday Shop needs new, unwrapped toys and clothing items to help fill our annual Holiday Shop. Anyone that has received services from YWCA in the past year can come and shop for their children for holiday gifts (no cost). This year the Holiday Shop will be held on December 19th and all items are requested by December 17th.

All new items received to the Holiday Shop are available to program participants at no cost. The shop is set up so participants are able to shop and select items for their children, which is an empowering way to support people in their holiday needs. YWCA programs support people who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or are part of the foster care/dependency court system. These experiences can have especially difficult impacts around the holiday season and Holiday Shop aims to ensure families in our community experience joy this season.

About YWCA Clark County:   The mission of YWCA Clark County is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

How to Donate  All new, unwrapped items can be donated at YWCA Community offices located at 3609 Main Street in Vancouver. Emily Navarro can arrange pick ups at The YWCA Holiday wishlist can be found at



Rose Haven

Items Needed  We need warm clothing such as coats, gloves, blankets and hand/foot warmers. We also are collecting brand new gifts for teenagers including headphones, gift cards and branded clothing.

About Rose Haven:    Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming folks experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges. Rose Haven’s mission is to maintain a safe, respectful community while providing our guests with support and services to assist them in regaining stability in their lives.

We provide a safe place where folks can get meals, clothing, showers advocacy support and supplies. Our holiday programs provide gifts for more than 300 children. We get toys from the KGW and FIX 12 toy drives but teens are often left with little.

How to Donate:  Drop off items Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm or by appointment (call 503.248.6364) at 627 NW 18th Ave Portland OR 97209


The Children's Book Bank

Items Needed  Children's books that feature characters of color. You can find some of our favorites here:

About The Children's Book Bank:  The mission of The Children's Book Bank is to increase the chances for children to succeed as future readers, learners, and citizens by filling their homes and lives with quality books.

The Children's Book Bank believes it is important for all children to see themselves and their limitless possibilities reflected in the stories they read. Culturally diverse books can increase a child’s interest in reading and help them find a sustained connection to books.

How to Donate:  Drop off books at 1915 NE 7th Ave. Our open hours vary by day so please call ahead to schedule your donation: 503 616 398



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?