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!
 

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► Organizations to Support with In-Kind Donations:

 

Volunteers of America

Items Needed: Our programs rely on in-kind donations such as hygiene products, gently used clothing for all ages, diapers, new socks and underwear, gardening supplies, home goods (small appliances, pots and pans, etc), and more. A complete list can be found at https://www.voaor.org/wish-list

About Volunteers of America: Our Mission: To change lives by promoting self-determination, building strong communities and standing for social justice.

How to Donate: Email or call the program listed on the wish list (https://www.voaor.org/wish-list) to arrange delivery. Alternatively, you may email volunteer@voaor.org or call 503-595-2009 to make arrangements or ask questions.

 

YWCA Clark County

Items Needed: Help us bring the joy of the holiday season to families in need around Clark County. Donations of new toys and gifts for children age birth to 18 years are currently being accepted. 

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

How to Donate: All donations can be dropped off at YWCA Clark County Community Office, located at 3609 Main Street in Vancouver, WA. Or, contact Philanthropy department at 360 696-0167 to arrange for pick-up.

 

Sexual Assault Resource Center​

Items Needed: Our agency is in need of hygiene items including; tampons, pantyliners, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, hair products and lip balm. Other hygiene items not listed may be considered as well.

About Sexual Assault Resource Center: Our mission is to promote social justice by eliminating sexual violence in our community through education, support, and advocacy.

How to Donate: Items may be dropped off at our office: 4900 SW Griffith Dr. Suite 100, Beaverton, OR 97005 Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. ** Please call our office line (503) 626-9100 prior to arriving to confirm drop off with staff!!***

Items may also be collected by staff as their schedule allows (larger donations only). Please contact Morgan Evans (503) 626-9100 x 226 to arrange.

 

Latino Network

Items Needed: Latino families in our family stability programs are in need of winter clothing, for adults and youth (all ages).

About Latino Network: Our mission - Positively transform the lives of Latino youth, families, and communities

How to Donate: Drop off at Portland office:
410 NE18th Ave
M-F, 9 am - 5 pm
Leave with receptionist

 

Union Gospel Mission Portland

Items Needed: We are planning on distributing about 800 fleece blankets to our guests in their gift bag on Christmas Day. So far we have about 300 and are looking for more. In addition we are always in need of new socks and underwear, sleeping bags. While we are feeding the hungry on Christmas Day, we'll be providing them with something that is both necessary as well as a demonstration of our love for them.     

About Union Gospel Mission Portland: Our mission statement: Feed the Hungry, Restore the Addict, Love Your Neighbor

How to Donate: We have a wish list on Amazon that makes it easier for people to give if that is helpful. By using this site the donation gets delivered directly to UGM. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?cid=A3M06K2QIIFITW&ie=UTF8&qid=1479323104&sr=8-1-acs

Or you can purchase the items at Fred Meyer, Target, etc. Our address for drop off is: 3 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR. Deliveries can be accepted from 9-5 M-F.

 

Portland Rescue Mission

Items Needed: We currently have a need for all of the following items for our guests and residents:

Clothing - underwear (all sizes, men and women), sports bras, gloves, rain jackets, xx large hoodies, socks, mens jeans

Other - towels, razors, toiletries of all kinds (travel size), warm blankets, hand warmers

About Portland Rescue Mission: For nearly 70 years Portland Rescue Mission has existed with one specific purpose; to bring hope and restore life to men, women and children in our community suffering from hunger, homelessness and addiction.

How to Donate: Donations can be dropped off at our Burnside Shelter (111 W. Burnside St., Portland), anytime. Our building is open 24/7 and there will always be a staff person or a volunteer that can help take a donation and provide a receipt.

Donations can also be dropped off at our Shepherd's Door location (13207 NE Halsey St., Portland) Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM -4:30 PM. Please pull to the back parking lot off of 132nd, and push the button on the door to request someone to help with your donation.

 

Schoolhouse Supplies

Items Needed: We accept new and gently used school, art & office supplies: any supplies that are in good condition and useful in a classroom setting.

About Schoolhouse Supplies Schoolhouse Supplies supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.We operate Oregon’s only Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community, the Tools for Schools backpack giveaway, and Schoolhouse Supplies Online programs.

How to Donate: Donations can be dropped off at Schoolhouse Supplies at the following times:

Mondays 9-5pm
Tuesdays - Thursdays 9-6pm
Fridays by appointment only

Please take a look at the donate tab on our website www.schoolhousesupplies.org for holiday hours, location information, and more details about what we do/don't accept.

 

SCRAP PDX

Items Needed: SCRAP is looking for donations of your leftover or gently used yarn, buttons, arts and craft supplies.

About SCRAP: Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. By accepting donations of leftover and gently used materials, SCRAP is able to divert tons of usable items from the waste stream and provide it's community with affordable material to make gifts and art this holiday season and all year round.

How to Donate: SCRAP accepts donations at 1736 SW Alder St 11am - 6pm Tuesday - Saturday. PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept donations on Sundays and Mondays.

Donations are taken at the garage to the left of the SCRAP entrance. Please ring the doorbell next to the door by the garage.

Please check the "Donations" tab on our website, www.scrappdx.org, to find a list materials we are currently accepting.

Due to limited warehouse space, we now require an appointment to donate 4 banker boxes or more. Please call 503-294-0769 x102 to schedule a drop-off. Thank you!

 

Community Action

Items Needed: The food pantry at our Hillsboro Family Shelter is nearly bare. You can help restock the shelves by donating any of the following shelf-stable items: Sugar, Coffee,Boxed foods (Hamburger Helper, macaroni & cheese, etc.) Canned Foods (fruits, vegetables, soups, juice, peanut butter, etc.)
 

About Community Action: Community Action leads the way to eliminate conditions of poverty and create opportunities for people and communities to thrive.

Did you know that Community Action – Hillsboro Family Shelter has an emergency food box program for income eligible households that live in Washington County? Families can access the food pantry once a month for a 3 day supply of food. Our community’s health is important to us, so we try to offer a well balanced nutritional box. In addition to helping out with food, we can provide other resource information as needed to help eliminate conditions of poverty and create opportunities for people to thrive.

Last year we helped feed 339 people affected by hunger living in Washington County; including young children, disabled, and elderly. We believe that no one in our community should go hungry. All food donations are gladly accepted to help us feed those affected in our community.

How to Donate: Food Items can be brought to our main office in Hillsboro 8:30-5, M-F

1001 SW Baseline St.
Hillsboro, OR 97123

There is also a need for dairy products and fresh produce. If you plan to donate these items, please contact Corie Jensen cjensen@caowash.org or 503-640-3263) in advance and she will provide instructions on where
to make your delivery.



Impact NW

Items Needed: This holiday season we are hoping to support our clients in need by hosting our annual Holiday Hope Drive once again. We are looking for new, unwrapped gifts Go to our website for more information -holidayhopedrive.org

We are also looking for non-perishable food. The individuals and families we are helping may not have access to a safe place to cook in so it helps if the food is microwavable and easy to open. Often those seeking help are in need of very substantial foods, like peanut butter or tuna. Single serve and easy open containers are ideal.

While most of us prepare for a joyful holiday season, many families are struggling to secure food, warm clothing, a safe place to live. The Holiday Hope Drive is an opportunity for you to support people experiencing poverty in the Portland metro area by providing a blanket for a baby, warm coat for a child, food for a senior or other necessities.

About Impact NW: Impact NW 's mission is to help people prosper through a community of support. The items on our Holiday Hope Drive ornament list will help our clients feel the warmth of the holidays and help them on their path to gain independence. Non-perishable food donations go to our emergency food pantry for individuals, families, and veterans that are in immediate need of food.

How to Donate:
Gift/Cash Donations:
Go to our Holiday Hope Drive website (holidayhopedrive.org) to find out one of the many ways to get involved as a team, individual or family. You can also download an ornament with a wish or find a list of locations near you that are hosting giving garlands where you can pick up an ornament or drop off a new, unwrapped gift! There are 25 locations across the Portland Metro, find one near you!

Non-Perishable Food Donations:
Drop Food donations off at our Dancing Tree Family Center (10055 East Burnside). Donations can be dropped off anytime during our normal business hours M-Th 9am to 6pm. Feel free to call in advance to confirm we're open 503-294-7400.

 

Human Solutions

Items Needed: We desperately need size 5, 6, 7 diapers, new socks & underwear (all genders, all sizes), new/like new coats & winter shoes, pantry items like rice, pasta, spices*, boxed dinners, canned goods. The Gresham Women's Shelter is also doing a Pajama Drive for Christmas and needs ALL SIZES of new women's pajamas that will be given to our 70 women!

About Human Solutions: The mission of Human Solutions is to help low-income and homeless families and individuals gain self-sufficiency by providing affordable housing, family support services, job readiness training and economic development opportunities.

At Human Solutions, our vision is to foster a prosperous and healthy community free of homelessness and poverty.

Human Solutions has been helping homeless and low-income families build pathways out of poverty for more than 27 years. Our 245-mile service area in outer East Portland and East Multnomah County includes some of the highest poverty neighborhoods in Multnomah County.

Due to the housing crisis in Portland, most of our material resources like funding are spent providing shelter and advocacy to our most vulnerable participants. Many of our Women and Families come to us with only the clothes on their back and little to no access to additional items like clothing, diapers, coats, or food. Therefore, to order to bridge the gap between in-crisis and housed & safe, in-kind donations play an essential role. Please help us make a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals by donating to our Shelters this winter.

How to Donate: Bedding & Coats can be brought to our Family Center (16015 SE Stark St., Portland, OR) on Mondays from 10am-4pm

Food can be dropped off at the Family Center on Tuesdays from 10am-4pm.

All other donations are appointment only or pick up, please contact the Donation & Volunteer Coordinator at EFriedman@humansolutions.org or by calling or texting 503.278.1637.

Thank you so much!

 

Clackamas Service Center

Items Needed: We are always in need of non-perishable food, especially peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned fish, and other easy to eat food. We also can take bulk meat for use in our kitchen. Our clothing room accepts all kinds of clothes, with a special emphasis on adult men's clothes.

About Clackamas Service Center: Clackamas Service Center (CSC) improves the safety, stability and health of Clackamas and Multnomah county residents by offering food and other supportive resources to reduce hunger and increase self-sufficiency.

We estimate the value of our in-kind donations at twice of our yearly budget. Items donated directly support the health and wellness of people living outside or in poverty.

How to Donate: 

Items could be directly donated to CSC during the following hours:
M-TH 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
F 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Our donation window is a half door at the SW side of the building. Please ring bell for entry.

 

Fighting Pretty

Items Needed: Unused lipstick or nail polish

About Fighting Pretty: Our mission is to help women battling cancer feel strong and beautiful. We will put these items into our care packages that we send to women battling cancer in an effort to help them build their confidence and feel beautiful.

How to Donate: Email info@fightingpretty.org to arrange delivery

 


Ronald McDonald House

Items Needed: Clothing: Winter jackets and basics (i.e. socks, underwear)

Other: Arts and crafts

About Ronald McDonald House: Our mission is to provide a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill children. 

Supplies for arts and crafts will help stock our craft room where we do all of our children programming; food and clothing to help families coming from far away with very little access to resources; toys for our Holiday Store.

How to Donate: Drop off at 2620 N Commercial Ave, Portland, OR 97227. Email Leah to schedule a time: leah.sobieck@rmhcoregon.org
 


Family Promise Washington County

Items Needed: We would appreciate supplies for our Shelter Day Center: toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, sanitary wipes, bath towels, wash cloths, bath-size bars of soap, liquid hand soap, full size bottles of shampoo, deodorant and DIAPERS.

About Family Promise of Washington County: Our mission is to strengthen lives, build community and end homelessness for families with children. 

We provide a safe place (overnight shelter) for families with children to care for their children. At our Shelter Day House Families have access to onsite case management and referrals for resources. We help them locate employment, assist with transportation and housing. We rely on donations from the community to support our budget.

How to Donate: Donations can be brought to the Shelter. However we ask that you call in advance to make sure that staff or volunteers are at the shelter to receive donations and give the donor a tax deductible receipt.
Please visit our website:
www.familypromisewashingtoncountyoregon.org



Maya Angelou Community Center

Items Needed: I serve a large community of families where toys, clothes and food will be needed during the holidays. I would like to help just two of our families with children with all the above listed.

About Maya Angelou Community Center: My organization is all about affordable housing, with the gentrification that has occurred in the North and Northeast Portland, so many families have been displaced and pushed out of the areas that they have known all of their lives, my organization is constantly working to provide affordable housing for those families and placing them back into the communities.

Being able to help families during the holiday season is what PCRI is all about. We know that times are hard for everyone and being able to take the pressure off of families who are already facing difficult times to me speaks to our mission.

How to Donate: Items can either be picked up or dropped off here at our office located at 4012 N. Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR 97227.

I can personally be reached at 971-344-7707.
Adrena Christmas
Resident Services Coordinator

 

Catholic Charities

Items Needed: Diapers (size newborn, 2, & 3), new infant clothes, pack-n-plays, new under 5 lb car seats, new infant toys, Baby Bottles, Baby Wash, Shampoo, Lotions, Diaper Cream, Baby Towels & Wash Cloths, Baby Wipes, Baby Pacifiers, Baby Formula (Similac, no soy), maternity clothes

About Catholic Charities: We work with parents who are looking for support during their pregnancy and after the baby’s birth as they adjust their newest family member.

We offer:
● Counseling during and after pregnancy
● Help in finding resources the family
● Pregnancy and parenting classes

How to Donate: Please call Heather Zarrilli and we can coordinate a time for drop off at the Catholic Charities main office.

2740 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
503-688-2614

 

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