Opportunity Details

Hunger & Homelessness
Homeless, Low-income Communities, Other
Cleaning,Food Preparation & Meal Services,Caring for People

Age Minimum (with Adult):12+, Minimum Age:16+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Potluck in the Park Dessert Service (age 12+) *Hands On*

 Hands On Managed projects offer you an opportunity to join a group of volunteers on a done-in-a-day project led by a Hands On Volunteer Leader

Potluck in the Park has been serving a free hot meal to anyone in need since 1991. Every Sunday, rain or shine, 52 weeks a year, we provide a hot meal in downtown Portland at Waterfront Park under the Hawthorne Bridge (effective Sunday 11/19/17). 400-800 Portlanders do not go hungry on Sunday because of Potluck in the Park. We are a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization and we accomplish our mission of providing nutritious food and an atmosphere of community to anyone in need, because of volunteers like you!

Potluck in the Park Details:

  • STARTING SUNDAY 11/19/17, Potluck in the Park will be held at Waterfront Park under the Hawthorne Bridge. Meal times and shift times remain the same. We will have protection from the rain, but only partial protection from any cold wind, so dress accordingly.

  • Volunteers should check in no earlier than 1:45pm and no later than 2:15pm. The actual meal service begins promptly at 3:00pm. We even provide limited cat and dog food for companion animals!

Dessert Service Activities Include:
  • Helping to unload food and supplies

  • Setting up and organizing in preparation for the dessert service

  • Portioning desserts as needed

  • Serving desserts to guests as they come through the line during meal service

Volunteer Requirements:

  • All volunteers must sign up below to reserve a spot.

  • Volunteer groups must also sign up below by first creating a Volunteer Team. You can then sign up your team for this project.

  • Teams of more than 12 people MUST email our Volunteer Coordinator, Norm Rice (norm@potluckinthepark.org) to request permission to bring a large group. It is only with the EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION of the Volunteer Coordinator that teams over 12 members will be accepted.

*You will receive an email from Hands On Greater Portland if you have successfully signed up your team. You can also check or update your team sign ups through your volunteer account. Need help creating or signing up a team or are you unsure if your team has the correct number of slots reserved? Email lizzie@handsonportland.org or call 503-200-3364.


NOTE: In order to better communicate with volunteers, Potluck in the Park regularly sends out mailers and newsletters. To facilitate this, Potluck in the Park would like to use the contact information you supply when signing up to participate at Potluck In The Park. Potluck in the Park does not release this information to any other third party. If you do NOT wish to share your contact info with Potluck in the Park, please let the registration staff know on the day and you will be excluded from our e-newsletter and other mailings.


Project Requirements:

  • We ask that volunteers are 12 years of age or older to attend this project. We do make exceptions on a case by case basis where a volunteer is younger than 12 years old, but we reserve the right to restrict them to areas appropriate to age and stature. Any volunteer under age 16 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

  • If you plan to bring your children or other guests to the event, you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team. You can then sign up your team for this project.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian, or - if attending with an adult - have them fill one out at the event. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project: Youth Volunteer Release Form. Remember to give this to the person running check-in!

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot! Need help signing up? Call Hands On at 503-200-3364.

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  • Choose an existing team you're already a member or captain of, or
  • Create a new team to sign up.

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