Become A Volunteer Leader

Want to develop your leadership skills and get more people involved in building our community? All Hands On managed projects & TeamWorks teams are led by our amazing Volunteer Leaders.


With the help of our Volunteer Leaders, Hands On develops and manages every aspect of our projects, from agency contact and volunteer sign-ups to project management and follow-up. As our strongest link to the community, Volunteer Leaders ensure that every volunteer has a positive experience and that the real needs of the agencies are being met.

What's Great about Being a Volunteer Leader?

  • Free snacks at our group training sessions!
  • A chance to deepen your commitment to a social issue
  • An opportunity to develop new leadership skills
  • A special Volunteer Leader T-Shirt!
  • A chance to hone the leadership skills you already have
  • Fun perks like Chinook books, Thorns tickets, and appreciation events!
  • The ability to help other volunteers address community needs
  • A special Volunteer Leader Sweatshirt!

But don't take our word for it...

Here are some things our current VLs have to say about their role:

"It's a time for fellowship and service. Although the volunteers join a project for many different reasons, they all bring something valuable to the party. I feel like I get back more than I receive when I'm leading a project."

"Being a Hands On volunteer makes me feel connected to a really awesome organization that is helping my community in a very tangible way. This makes me feel more engaged with Portland and the needs of citizens less fortunate than me."

"Leading, coaching, and inspiring others to have the most rewarding, useful, and fulfilling volunteer experience while supporting the work/mission of many local agencies."

Join Us!

If you are interested in becoming a Hands On Volunteer Leader, please read the position description and complete the application:

To see a list of projects currently in need of a recurring Volunteer Leader, click here.

Are you ready to get started?

If you are unable to attend a "Become a Leader" session, but would still like to lead a project, we will try to set-up an individual meeting. We work hard to match your interests with available opportunities, so contact us and let us know how you would like to be more involved:

503.200.3355 or