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 volunteer opportunities, many of which can be done from home.
 

► 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:

 

Trillium Family Services

Items Needed: We need holiday toys and gifts for kids/teens, the clients in our programs are ages 5-17yrs. We've created a Amazon Wish List for ideas of what they would like online where items can be shipped directly to our campus: https://a.co/gIIbtTd.

Therapeutic items like fuzzy blankets, squishies, and fidget toys are always welcome.

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 provide mental health care for kids and teens, the holidays can be a very hard time for them to manage their mental health, especially for those who need to away from home in one of our in-patient programs. Gifts around the holidays bring some normalcy and joy to them during a time it is really needed.

How to Donate: Dec. 11th 10am-3pm is Holiday Gift Drop off at our Parry Center Campus location 3415 SE Powell Blvd Portland, OR 97202 contact Shanin sengman@trilliumfamily.org to arrange a time. We also pick up items as well, and have an Amazon Wish List


 

Volunteers of America Oregon

Items Needed: We need a variety of items from craft supplies to household goods and diapers. Please see our wish list at https://www.voaor.org/get-involved/give-a-gift/wish-list/

About Volunteers of America Oregon: From at-risk youth to victims of domestic violence, recovering addicts and seniors, Volunteers of America Oregon provides a range of supportive and empowering services to our area's most vulnerable populations - and works with them to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

Today, through the dedication of more than 300 staff members and 600 volunteers, we help thousands of families in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas. We serve men, women, and children with a continuum of services, touching individuals from all walks of life, from the youngest to the oldest. We are passionate about finding innovative solutions to our community's most intractable social problems. Our comprehensive programs focus on three main areas: children and family, public safety/substance abuse treatment, and senior services.

Your donation helps those most vulnerable, the abused, and those in need of a second chance. Support families, seniors, those in recovery rebuild their lives.

How to Donate: Please call Adam in advance to arrange for drop off at 503-595-2027. We can only accept specific items listed on our wish list. (See https://www.voaor.org/get-involved/give-a-gift/wish-list/) Volunteers of America Oregon, 3910 SE Stark St., Portland OR 97214.

 

Catholic Charities of Oregon

Items Needed: New rice cookers, new brooms with dust pans, new comforters (twin or double)

About Catholic Charities of Oregon: Our mission is to assure that essential, life-saving services and supports are accessible to the most vulnerable Oregonians. The services we provide across the state of Oregon include affordable and supportive housing, financial empowerment, mental health & counseling, pregnancy and parenting support, legal services, intensive case management and more.

Our Refugee Services program helps newly arrived families and individuals settle into their new homes by furnishing them with basic household items.

How to Donate: Arrange drop-off time with me ahead of time to our office through emailing me, Lauren Welch - lwelch@ccoregon.org. Thanks!

 

Neighborhood House

Items Needed: We accept food donations anytime, and are also seeking gift card donations for the holidays. Small denominations of $5-$20 from grocery and department stores are appreciated. We also take new clothing.

About Neighborhood House: Neighborhood House is a leading Portland-non-profit social service provider, delivering innovative, life-changing programs for low-income people of all ages and backgrounds. Our programs strive to prepare children for success in school and life, help families move beyond poverty, and support seniors who wish to continue living independently.

During the winter, we aim to provide our program users with the ability to purchase food, clothing, and other items of their choice needed for the coming year. Gift cards allow us to provide this service safely in light of COVID.

How to Donate: Items or gift cards can be dropped off or mailed to 7780 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR 97219

 

Clackamas Women's Services

Items Needed: To continue providing our families with the opportunity to select holiday gifts, we are asking for donations of $25 gift cards from Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart, and Amazon.com, which we will distribute by mail to folks we serve. These retail and online stores are convenient places for survivors to shop for what their families want and need, while gift cards are convenient for donors to purchase. Of utmost importance, this contact-free Holiday Gift Card Drive keeps donors, survivors, and CWS staff physically-distanced for everyone’s health.

About Clackamas Women's Services: The mission of Clackamas Women's Services is to break the isolation of domestic and sexual violence.

For many years CWS has coordinated a seasonal Holiday Store, where survivors could select gifts for their family. Thanks to generous community support we distributed holiday gifts to 120 families, including 297 children, in 2019. Due to COVID-19, we had to reconsider how to celebrate with our families during the holiday season. Instead of gathering in-person to select gifts, survivor families will now celebrate the holidays with a virtual community-building event.

Families will connect with each other online while decorating cookies, sharing this festive activity together. Generous donations to our Holiday Gift Card Drive will bring joy to survivors and their families, showing them there is a community that cares about them.

How to Donate: Gift cards can either be mailed directly to our offices: 256 Warner Milne Rd, Oregon City OR 97045, or a drop-off can be coordinated with donors. To learn more please contact Josie Greer, Administrative Coordinator, at josieg@cwsor.org or (503) 557-5830.

 

Imagine Possibilities

Items Needed: Art supplies including markers, crayons, colored pencils, and paints.

About Imagine Possibilities: Imagine Possibilities provides therapeutic and quality of life enhancing services to youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

One of the most loved quality of life enhancing activities at Imagine Possibilities is arts & crafts. Participants enjoy the creativity and self expression of making art. Small art kits would help us provide this activity safely as participants could have their own kit.

How to Donate: Imagine Possibilities is located at 4450 SW 184th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97007. Please call ahead (503) 649-6110 and drop off items by the front main doors. Thank you for your interest in supporting people with disabilities.

 

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization 

Items Needed: Our primary needs are cleaning supplies, hygiene items, and school supplies. We have a Amazon Wish List set up

About Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO):  Our mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society.

These items will help newly settled folks adjust to their new homes. Especially with the onset of COVID-19, they need to keep safe and healthy and these supplies will help them succeed with those goals. Immigrant and refugee families are also most likely not able to adapt to virtual learning at home with the closure of PPS.

How to Donate: Our office is receiving deliveries Monday through Friday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM. We are located at 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland OR 97220.

 

Trash for Peace

Items Needed: Warm blankets, socks, underwear, warm jackets, rain gear, shoes, boots, hand warmers.

About Trash for Peace:  Our mission is to provide hands-on experiences to encourage resilient communities.

Many of the communities we work with are houseless, and in need of these items. One of our programs, The People's Depot, is a pop up can and bottle redemption service, which since March has given out over $60,000 to members of our community who rely on this revenue to meet their needs and are particularly vulnerable during the winter months, even more so now due to COVID-19.

The staff that sorts and collects these bottles are also members of this community. As we are all working outdoors, these clothing items are particularly in need for our frontline workers and our patrons.

How to Donate: The best option is to contact Laura at 503-250-0997, or by email, at laura@trashforpeace.org, to arrange either a pick up or drop off!

 

Social Justice Action Center

Items Needed: Our hygiene station supporting people living outside include: Mens & Womens underwear/socks/hats/gloves/scarves, snacks, hand warmers, first aid items/prophylactic, PPE, hand sanitizer, hand washing soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, coffee, creamers, sugar, hot chocolate, tea, cups, non-reusable bowls and utensils.

About Social Justice Action Center (SJAC): The hygiene station at SJAC helps to provide much needed community hygiene resources, including an outdoor hand washing station, open hours for bathroom access , informational flyers and personal hygiene supplies. The program compensates unhoused and formerly unhoused community members for their time maintaining the space, providing a modest supplemental income during a time of economic crisis.

Social Justice Action Center is a community space that is a resource for the housed and unhoused community. In this urgent time of need we need to support the houselsses community by providing this service.

How to Donate: They can drop off any of those items during the Hygiene Station's current operating hours of Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. They can also contact our organization via email: hygienestationpdx@gmail.com socialjusticeactioncenter@gmail.com

 

Cat Adoption Team

Items Needed: We need heated beds for our senior cats and enrichment items to reduce stress including (little furry mice, feather wand toys, peacock feathers, catnip toys and bubble guns (we can't blow bubbles because of COVID)

About Cat Adoption Team: Our mission is to save the lives of homeless, unwanted, sick, and injured cats and to work with our community to provide feline expertise and quality programs and services for people and cats.

These items help reduce stress and provide comfort for the animals in our care.

How to Donate: Items can be dropped off at the shelter anytime between 9am and 5pm Monday through Sunday 14175 SW Galbreath Drive, Sherwood, OR 97140. There is a donation bin on the front porch that is checked regularly throughout the day. Please put a note on them to my attention (Nancy Puro). Thank you so much for your support.

 

The Shadow Project 

Items Needed: We would like to receive LEGO donations. These are always very popular with the students we serve! We also have an Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2FHABZ93E7QLW?ref_=wl_share

About The Shadow Project: The Shadow Project’s mission is to make school more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges, so they can achieve their full potential. By equipping classrooms with innovative tools and strategies tailored to diverse learning needs, The Shadow Project has teamed with schools to foster success for more than 12,000 students who typically read one- to three-years below grade level and have challenges like dyslexia, ADHD and autism.

These items help us to meet our mission by providing high quality incentives that inspire and motivate the students we serve. Through our Goal Setting Program, children learn to identify, set, work toward, and achieve educational goals that can sometimes be challenging for students with learning challenges. Incentives these students earn help children to become excited about the learning process, as well as help them develop confidence and the feeling of empowerment.

How to Donate: People can drop off items at the Shadow Project warehouse. Please clearly mark the items "For Shadow Project", as we share warehouse space. Address: 4916 NE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230. Or, we can coordinate a pick up of items. Please contact Caitlyn Malik at caitlyn@shadow-project.org, or text/call 503-987-0209, to schedule pick up arrangements. Thank you!

 

Street Roots

Items Needed: 

  • Hand Warmers and ponchos to help keep our vendors warm and dry while they’re selling

  • Warm hats, gloves and socks

  • Here's a list of other items that our vendors would appreciate on our Amazon wishlist

About Street Roots: Founded in 1999, Street Roots is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Portland, Oregon, that publishes a weekly alternative newspaper sold by people experiencing homelessness and poverty to earn an income. Streets Roots advocates for systemic change by drawing from the expertise of vendors who experience homelessness and poverty, and the investigations of the editorial department. Most recently, we introduced the Portland Street Response plan in our newspaper and then campaigned for its implementation.

How to Donate: Donations can be dropped off at the Street Roots office: 211 NW Davis St. Portland, OR 97209. Our hours right now are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:30am until 12:30pm. Contact Vendor Liaison Tina Drake at tina@streetroots.org with any questions or for more information about donating supplies to Street Roots.

 

Boys & Girls Aid

Items Needed: 

  • Crayons, Coloring books, Acrylic paints, Bus tickets, Canvases, Gift cards, Women’s underwear, Headphones, Men's underwear, Fidget spinner, Duffle bags              
    *bolded items are most needed

About Boys & Girls Aid: Boys & Girls Aid is a 130+ year old nonprofit that is devoted to ensuring dollars spent go directly to the children in our care. We are partially funded through public support and partner with Oregon's Department of Human Services on a number of short and long-term projects. Many of the services we provide are covered through this partnership, but we experience a gap in funding where we must raise money to cover the rest. This level of support has ensured Boys & Girls Aid provides high quality care to the children who need it the most. As a result, Boys & Girls Aid is able to not only serve an important public and community good, but look ahead to the ways we can help innovate and improve the services we offer. 

How to Donate: Please contact Megan Bos to arrange for delivery of items. Megan can be reached at mbos@boysandgirlsaid.org. Thank you!

 

 

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?