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Opportunity Details

Cook at Home for Youth Experiencing Homelessness (age 0+) *Hands On*

Volunteers and friends of p:ear, we’d love your help preparing and donating food! We are serving plated meals to youth during our open drop-in hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am - 2pm, and are seeking support to provide nourishment for the young people we serve.  We invite you to make a dish to serve 25+ youth.  

Some meals that p:ear youth have requested are as follows:

- Homemade mac-n-cheese

- Mashed potatoes and gravy with veggie side dishes

- Tacos, Enchilladas, Nachos

- Hamburgers and Hotdogs

- Stir Fry dishes

- Rice Curry dishes

- Pasta with various sauce options (spaghetti, alfredo, pesto, etc. )

... We try and provide vegan, veggie, and meat options for our young people.  Please connect with p:ear Program Director, Tony Camacho Martinez to coordinate!

Please read all of the following information carefully before expressing interest.

Visit to sign up to provide meals and/or baked goods for 25+ people on a day that works well for you. If you want to contribute in this way and are unable to provide the full 25 servings (50 servings for baked goods), get in touch with our Safe Space Coordinator, Tony.

Meals and baked good donations can be prepared at home, then dropped at our downtown location (338 NW 6th St).  Please use: to sign up for a drop off day between Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-2:00pm, that works best for you.

Note: The sign ups on the Hands On calendar ARE NOT necessarily the date you will bring your meal. You MUST use: to sign up for a day and confirm your donation and drop-off plan with p:ear Program Director: Tony Camacho Martinez, before arriving at p:ear.

Questions? You can “sign up” below to get connected with our Program Director Tony, or email him directly at Thank you for giving what you can to support Portland youth experiencing homelessness!

Additional needs
Folks can also donate the following in any quantity: Water Bottles, Single-serving bagged chips, Granola Bars, Bagged fruit / veggie packs, Fruit (pears, apples, tangerines, and bagged grapes tend to serve us well in this capacity), Juice Boxes, Cheese, Baked Goods, Chips.

Other Needs (non-food): Tarps, Tents, Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Backpacks, Gloves, Masks, Multivitamins (preferably gummies).

About p:ear:
p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth, ages 15-25, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful, healthy lives. Each year our programs serve more than 700 homeless and transitional young people. p:ear staff and volunteers serve as mentors, friends, and role models, while p:ear's unique programs create opportunities for young people to grow intellectually, express themselves constructively, communicate in positive ways and engage in meaningful interactions with the larger community of Portland.

The strength of the p:ear community is mighty and essential to many of our lives. We remain committed to doing our very best to ensure that p:ear continues to be a compassionate, safe and reliable resource to our community during this challenging time. In response to recommendations by Governor Kate Brown and the CDC, we have adjusted our programs over the next few weeks to support the wellbeing of the whole p:ear community. Until further notice, p:ear will be providing “out the door” sack lunches, essential resources, and services Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 1:00pm at our 338 NW 6th St location.

Opportunity Requirements:

  • Volunteers of any age may participate in this opportunity; any volunteer under age 18 must volunteer and coordinate the donation drop-off with a parent or adult chaperone.

**Click on "Sign Up" below if you are interested in helping out! This is a Calendar Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by our nonprofit partners at p:ear. Once you express interest, someone from p:ear will follow up with you to confirm your donations and drop-off time.

**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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Hunger & Homelessness

Age Minimum (with Adult): 10+, Minimum Age:18+

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