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 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!

► Additional Organizations to Support with In-Kind Donations:


Portland Children's Museum

Items Needed: Portland Children's Museum is collecting winter coats to donate to our community partner KairosPDX. We need new or gently used warm winter coats of all sizes for the elementary school students at Kairos.

About Portland Children's Museum: Portland Children's Museum: we collaborate to create transformative learning experiences through the arts and sciences.

KairosPDX: KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities.

When children and families do not have their basic needs met, it impacts their ability play and learn. Donations of warm winter coats will allow families to focus on supporting their children in accessing learning opportunities.

How to Donate: Donated items can be dropped off in the lobby of Portland Children's Museum anytime we are open, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. everyday (except for holidays: Thanksgiving Day 11/24, Christmas Eve 12/24 and Christmas Day 12/25).

The Museum is located at:
4015 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR 97221

We are in Washington Park on the South end of the parking lot by the Oregon Zoo. You do not need to pay admission if you are only dropping off donated coats, just check in with someone at the front desk to donate coats.


Oregon Food Bank

Items Needed: Non-perishable foo items. Really any labeled, sealed food items that we can provide to the community.

About Oregon Food Bank: To eliminate hunger and it's root causes, because nobody should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank gets food from many different sources but about 22%-27% of the food that is distributed in the greater Portland area comes from food drive donations.

This food is critical in allowing OFB to support our communities needs.

How to Donate: They can call the Oregon Food Bank and ask for a local donation site (503) 282-0555, they can email Oregon Food Bank or or they can stop by one of our two locations in the greater Portland area. Lastly they can always donate it directly to one of the 350+ pantries we work with.

Focus On Youth 

Items Needed: We need garden tools, garden gloves, a worm factory, small kitchen appliances and a garden cart.

About Focus On Youth: Focus on Youth empowers homeless youth by teaching them to grow their own food and cook healthful food. Our program "Seeds of Hope" takes place at Sunflower Farm in southwest Portland. These items would help to expand and enlarge our program to serve more homeless youth.

How to Donate: Please call the director at 503 341-6878. You are welcome to drop off the items at our farm located at 6001 SW Garden Home Rd. If you are unable to drop off something we can arrange to pick it up.
Thank you! Donna Lee Holmes


Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Items Needed: We are requesting 50 to 75 small, new, and preferably identical toys to give out to children at our annual resident holiday party. Last year we received a donation of McDonalds toys which worked well. These toys will be given as gifts to at-risk youth from low-income families that reside at our properties.

About Community Partners for Affordable Housing: CPAH's mission is to promote a healthy community through the development of permanent affordable housing, sustainable economic growth, and community-based partnerships. 

These items will help boost the self-esteem of our resident youth during a holiday season that can be difficult on many of the families we serve. By contributing to our holiday party, you will help us continue to build healthy communities through positive social activities.

How to Donate: Please contact Lisa Lesko, Resident Services Manager at or 503 293 4038 ext 305 to arrange your donation.



Items Needed: Brighten the life of a middle schooler this holiday season by donating toys for children aged 10-12.

Every December, we distribute gifts to low-income students. In the past, we have struggled with a shortage of age-appropriate presents for tweens.
Suggestions include: craft, science and activity kits, games, art supplies, sports equipment (especially soccer), fashion accessories and jewelry, Lego sets.

We are requesting 50 to 75 small, new, and preferably identical toys to give out to children at our annual resident holiday party. Last year we received a donation of McDonalds toys which worked well. These toys will be given as gifts to at-risk youth from low-income families that reside at our properties.

About Bienestar: Bienestar builds housing, hope and futures for the well-being of working families and seniors. By providing age-appropriate gifts for middle schoolers, we are able to give low-income families a happy and hopeful holiday season. We are specifically looking for games and toys that promote creativity, stimulate thoughtfulness, and encourage healthy activities. Your gifts will allow students to practice healthy, creative habits outside the classroom.

How to Donate: Drop off toys during business hours at our office:
220 SE 12th Ave, Suite A-100
Hillsboro, OR 97123

We may be able to pick up donations if you are unable to drop them off. Please contact Alyssa Vitale - or at 503.693.5937 ext. 102 with any questions.

Hillsboro School District

Items Needed: Six white noise machines

About Hillsboro School District: We engage and challenge all learners to ensure academic excellence. Six of our teen parents live in noisy households where it is increasingly difficult for their babies to remain sleeping and develop positive sleeping routines. This impacts our teen parents' sleep health, which directly impacts their ability to succeed at school.

How to Donate: Please drop off the item(s) at the reception desk of our administrative office to the attention of Coleen Garrett in Communications, 3083 NE 49th Pl., Hillsboro, OR 97124. Hours are 8AM - 5PM, weekdays (excluding holidays).

Chelsea Hicks Foundation

Items Needed: We are seeking NEW clothing for hospitalized families along with costumes we can distribute. We are also seeking toys and crafts to keep the patients and families occupied while in the hospital.

About Chelsea Hicks Foundation: When serious illness impacts a young person's childhood and a family's well-being, CHF's creative programs provide hope, support and opportunities to share special moments together and create memories to last a lifetime. 

Suppling costumes for our Chelsea's Closet program allows CHF to spread the silliness of pretend play to help with emotional support as well as the therapeutic benefits to occupational therapy of putting a costume on or standing to reach. The costumes and toys bring a sense of comfort to families that are isolated in the hospital and when dressed the laughing and memories help to carry them through the long hospital days.

How to Donate
Drop off location is
14865 SW 74th Ave, Suite 240
Tigard OR 97224
Hours are 9am to 4pm daily

Pick up can be arranged by calling 503.367.5747

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

Items Needed: The FCCO is gathering 2,000 pounds of dry, unopened cat food (any brand) to help feed hungry feral and stray cats. Feeding feral cat colonies can be expensive - the food gathered during the "Season's Feedings" drive goes to feral cat caregivers who bring in their cats for spay/neuter.

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

Since our founding in 1995, we have helped over 83,000 cats and remain the only organization in the area dedicated to providing the level of services that we do for feral and stray cats.

The cat food gathered during this holiday drive goes to feral cat caregivers who bring in their cats for spay/neuter. Free food encourages caregivers to bring their cats in for spay/neuter, and it also alleviates some of the cost of feeding a colony.

How to Donate: Please call 505-797-2606 for our clinic address in SW Portland. Donations should be dropped off there. Thank you!

Animal Aid

Items Needed: We need items for our shelter and office, including any items on the Animal Aid Amazon Wishlist. Top needs are grain-free canned cat food, postage stamps, various sized Kongs (for dogs), wand toys for cats, bleach, paper towels, gift certificates for pet supply stores, Fred Meyers, Office Depot, Staples.

About Animal Aid: To prevent and reduce animal suffering by providing assistance to abused, homeless, injured and sick animals.

To actively promote and encourage altering of all pets to reduce and prevent overpopulation.

To find loving, dependable and nurturing forever homes for animals in our care at the shelter and in foster homes.

To educate the public by teaching and promoting the ethic of compassion, respect for all animals, and the need to be kind and responsible stewards.
We are true no-kill facility, and never euthanize animals for any reason other than to reduce suffering due to terminal illness.

We house most of our rescued cats in a shelter in Southwest Portland, and are in constant need of supplies to keep the shelter clean, the cats fed with high quality food. We also need items to help us maintain our outreach programs, including mailing out hundreds of informational packets each year to people seeking information about animal care and resources for re-homing pets. While our rescued dogs live in foster homes, we are still responsible for providing the foster parents with food, toys, and other supplies to keep the dogs healthy and happy while they wait for their forever homes.

How to Donate: The Animal Aid shelter is staffed from 9:00 am - 6:00 Monday - Friday, and we are open to visitors from 12 - 4 on Saturdays. Items can be dropped off at any of these times. Other arrangements can be made if necessary - best bet is to email me at to schedule a special time.


Central City Concern

Items Needed: We have over 200 children in our family housing that we would like to get gifts for the holidays. This time of year we always are in need of warm coats, gloves, hats, scarves and socks. An ongoing need for us are hygiene kits.

About Central City Concern: Central City Concern (CCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. Founded in 1979, the agency has developed a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including healthcare, recovery and employment.

We are able to offer these items to our community members that need them. We don't just give someone a home, we give them the wrap around services that help them achieve their highest potential. Some of the people we serve are still living outside and so being able to offer them something as simple as a pair of gloves shows them that we care and the great community cares about them. This makes a difference in peoples lives.

How to Donate:  If you would like to take part in the Adopt-a-Child program please call or email Catharine Hunter 503-200-3903 or

For drop off please contact me or drop off at 232 NW 6th Avenue.


Portland Community ToolBank

Items Needed: Trash grabbers
Pressure Washer
A/V equipment (mic, speaker)
6 foot tables

About Portland Community ToolBank: The ToolBank stewards an inventory of tools for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. These items will allow our charitable partners to borrow these items to minimize their valuable mission monies versus purchasing, maintaining, and storing.

How to Donate: Please contact Zoya Kumar for drop off times and dates:


Kinship House

Items Needed: Here is a link to our list of art supplies, furniture and general household items:

About Kinship House: Kinship House provides outpatient mental health services to children and their families. We specialize in championing children and families with target interventions during all stages of foster care, reunification and adoption. Founded in 1996, we are a local accessible facility.

The art supplies are used in our art therapy treatment sessions. The other materials will help staff do their work more effectively.

How to Donate: Contact Dennise at or 503-460-2796 ext. 205


Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement

Items Needed: Lamps, Pot/Pan sets, Knife sets, Cutting boards, tea kettles, can openers, new sheet sets (twin and queen), coffee tables, dining tables and chairs.

About Catholic Charities: "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"

Refugee Resettlement supports recently arrived refugees with access to services, case management, housing, and home goods.

These household goods will go into client's homes. It is Catholic Charities responsibility to ensure each arriving family have a safe place to live. We secure housing for these families and depend on the generosity of our community to help us furnish them.

How to Donate: For small household items, they may be dropped off at our office at 2740 SE Powell Blvd, Portland OR 97202.

Furniture donations may be picked up by our agency. Please call 503-688-2687

Open School

Items Needed

  • Clothing

  •  Food: Non-perishable

  •  Food: Perishable

  •  Gifts or Toys

  •  Other -  Shoes: Women’s size 5 to 10 and Men’s size 8 to 12

About Open School: Open School’s mission is to develop connection, capability, and confidence in disconnected youth through relationship-based, quality learning experiences that result in academic, personal, and community success.

How to Donate: Donations may be brought to our Administrative Office:
Open School – Administrative Office
7633 N. Wabash Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
Phone: (503) 978-1935


Sunshine Pantry

Items Needed: Toys and hygiene products, as well as new coats for our Wishes and Gifts event. 

About Sunshine Pantry: Sunshine Pantry is a family-run nonprofit food pantry in Beaverton, Oregon. For more than 25 years the Sunshine Pantry has gathered food, clothing, household items, toys and toiletries to distribute to families in need in the community. Today we supply food, clothing, toys and toiletries to 500 families per month.

The Sunshine Pantry is here to help those in need make it through horrible times. The most important thing to us is that "no child should go to bed hungry."

How to Donate: Call us at 971-506-7827 to arrange for pick-up or delivery of your donation.