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!


► Organizations to Support with In-Kind Donations:


Blanchet House of Hospitality

Items Needed: Blanchet House offers 3 meaningful ways you can help people experiencing homelessness from home this holiday season.
1. Make Care Kits. Friends and family can bring hygiene items and pack kits together. 
2. Host a Clothing Drive. Select one or two items for people to bring like socks, sleeping bags, or underwear. 
3. Make Sack Lunches. Sign up to deliver 10 - 30 brown bag lunches to Blanchet House before or after Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. 

About Blanchet House: Blanchet House's mission is to offer food, shelter and aid to all those in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored. Donating care kits, clothing, or sack lunches is a great way to help bring relief to someone experiencing homelessness and trying to survive in tough conditions. These basic survival items meet some of the practical needs of the unhoused. They are also an act of kindness and generosity that can make someone’s day.

How to Donate: Donations can be dropped off Mon-Sat*, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m. *We are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Pull up to our entrance, knock on the door to get our attention, and a staff member will retrieve your donation from the car. If you’d like a donation receipt, we can provide one. You can also call us at 503-241-4340 or email


Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

Items Needed: New items only: Hygiene items, seasonal clothes for all ages/genders, bedding & linens, kitchen items. 

About IRCO: IRCO serves the holistic needs of Oregon's immigrants, refugees and mainstream community members. As a community-based organization, we empower children, youth, families and elders from around the world to build new lives and become self-sufficient by providing more than 200 culturally and linguistically specific social services. In-kind donations help us secure items not covered by our budget spending and allow us to support individuals and families with more to secure a new start. Plus we've expanded our list of needs to cover our new refugee resettlement program.

How to Donate: Please email to arrange a drop-off. Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5PM at 10301 NE Glisan St., Portland OR 97220. You can also purchase items from our Online Wish List (that will ship directly to us from (Please include your contact information in the “Note” section of the order or email for a tax receipt. Amazon does not provide purchaser’s details. For "Delivery Instructions:" Office accepts packages from Monday–Friday, 8:30AM–5:00PM.)


Volunteers of America Oregon

Items Needed: Our clients are in need of new or very gently used children's winter coats, sizes 12months-24 months, 2-3T, and 4T-6T. We are also looking for new socks for children and adults, all sizes. 

About Volunteers of America Oregon: At VOA Oregon, we specialize in family safety, substance use, behavioral health, and reentry from the criminal justice system. For 125 years, we have been empowering individuals, families, and communities in Oregon including the aging population, young people, men and women returning from prison, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.

These items will enable our clients and their children to focus on education, building relationships, and engage in pro-social activities instead of worrying how to keep warm this winter.

How to Donate: Please call 503-593-7185 to schedule a drop-off. Our address is 3910 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97214. 


Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Department (THPRD)

Items Needed: THPRD is asking patrons to donate gift cards exclusively (no toys or clothing will be accepted). Purchasing gift cards is a great way to support students. Gift cards give families the flexibility to buy personal items, necessities, or gifts during the holiday season. All donation amounts are being accepted. 

  • Any Amount is Helpful. Suggested gift card amounts of $5, $10, $20, $25, $50, or more. All amounts are welcome.   
  • Variety of Stores is Good. Organizers are asking for redeemable gift cards to grocery stores, local businesses, or large retailers. All are welcome and encouraged. 

About THPRD: The mission of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is to provide high-quality park and recreation facilities, programs, services, and natural areas that meet the needs of the diverse communities it serves. THPRD is partnering with the Beaverton School District for the THPRD’s annual Holiday Giving Drive. Our goal is to help create a warmer, brighter holiday season for Beaverton School District families and students in need. 

How to Donate: THPRD will be accepting gift cards through Wednesday, December 15, at all open district facilities. To find out which facilities are open and for hours of operation, please visit or call 503-439-9400.  


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?