Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education, Civic & Community

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Teach children about the impact of addiction (age 18+) Referral

As a Speaker’s Bureau Facilitator, Bring current clients of residential treatment to Washington, Gresham-Barlow, and Multnomah county high schools to speak in health classes. Clients share their stories about how addiction has impacted them in their lives, while you, as the facilitator, explain the Men’s Residential Center, talk about addiction and how it relates to the criminal justice system in our country, assist clients when they get stuck, keep clients on track, and ask follow up questions.

Sample Activities:
1. Bring 2-3 clients to a high school and speak in 1 to 7 classes. Facilitator does an intro for about 10-15 minutes, then each client speaks for 15-20 minutes, and then time is left for questions from students. Facilitator actively listened the entire time to make sure clients are staying on track and are being supported with follow up questions.
2. Before going to a school preparing clients for what to expect, provide questions to help them prepare, and discuss rules of Speakers Bureau.

You will be helping educate students on addiction and providing a space for clients to give back to the community by utilizing their stories to help change students’ perspective on addiction.

Time Commitment:
Schedule varies depending on when schools schedule for us to come, but it always takes place any time between Monday-Friday, 6:30am-4:00pm from September to June. Depending on the month there could be 3-4 speakers bureaus a week. We are looking for a long term commitment.

* Comfortable with public speaking
* Strong skills with facilitating
* Empathetic and supportive of clients as they share their vulnerability
* Strong interpersonal skills
* Valid driver’s license

Men’s Residential Center: A one-year chemical dependency and cognitive restructuring program utilizing therapeutic community, evidence-based practices, and compassionate accountability to provide our clients with the opportunity to make the choices to engage in recovery both from their disease of chemical dependency and from their criminal lifestyle/harmful thinking patterns.

Our Mission: To change lives by promoting self-determination, building strong communities and standing for social justice.

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.

Opportunity Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this opportunity.

Click on "Express Interest" below if you are interested in helping out!

**This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.

**Please note, your hours may not be recorded in your Hands On Greater Portland account since this is a partner-managed opportunity.

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Volunteers needed through 6/17/2021

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