Opportunity Details

Civic & Community

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

Make it Count! Become a Census 2020 Help Volunteer (age 18+) Referral

Volunteer to assist Multnomah County Library patrons with completing their Census 2020 form. Every 10 years, the United States government counts communities to determine how much money to give for services and resources. This is the first time people are being asked to complete the Census mostly online. Key changes to the 2020 Census will disproportionately affect communities that are the hardest to count and who rely on that funding. As a volunteer, you will provide assistance during 1-on-1 Census help appointments and help to make sure that everyone gets counted.

Volunteers will answer questions and help library patrons complete their census forms online. We have a strong need for bilingual volunteers in the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Somali and Arabic.


-Provide assistance for patrons needing additional help completing their census forms.
-Share resources and answer questions about the Census.
-Guide patrons through the completion of their form and potentially assist with form input if the patron is unable to do it.


-North Portland: North Portland Library & St Johns Library
-Westside: Capitol Hill Library (Somali speaking volunteers) & Central Library
-Southeast Portland and East County: Fairview Library, Gregory Heights Library, Gresham Library, Holgate Library, Midland Library, Rockwood Library and Troutdale Library.

Time Commitment:

1.5 hr training, then 1, 2-hour shift per week or every other week, in April & May 2020

Available Shifts:

vary by library location


-18 years or older
-Ability to work independently.
-Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and economic backgrounds.
-Strong commitment to patron confidentiality.
-Excellent customer service skills.
-Be familiar and comfortable with computers.
-Must successfully pass a criminal record check (paid for by the library)
-Must attend Census 2020 volunteer training (provided by the library)

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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