Opportunity Details

Serve a Meal at Blanchet House (age 14+)*Impact Week*

Blanchet House of Hospitality serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to anyone in need of a free meal at their Old Town Portland location. When you volunteer at Blanchet House you will help prepare, plate, and serve meals and drinks in addition to other tasks related to the meal service. Volunteers arrive half an hour before the meal begins to get oriented to Blanchet House and be assigned tasks. Meal service lasts approximately one hour, after which volunteers are invited to stay and eat with the rest of the volunteers, staff, and residents who live at Blanchet House.The majority of Blanchet’s guests are experiencing homelessness but many do have housing. Blanchet House welcomes everyone without question. Every meal is served with kindness and respect. Since 1952, Blanchet House of Hospitality has offered food and clothing to all, as well as transitional housing programs. The men living at Blanchet House perform work alongside volunteers during all meal services. Please respect the privacy of our meal and housing guests while volunteering. Learn more about our programs including Blanchet Farm at www.BlanchetHouse.org.


How to sign up 
- You must have a Hands On account and be logged in to sign up below, be sure to select your preferred date.

- Before your volunteer session visit the Blanchet House Volunteer Handbook webpage. Make sure to sign their Waiver and Code of Conduct, watch the volunteer videos and review the Do's and Don't. 

Handbook and videos: https://blanchethouse.org/volunteer-handbook/
Application: https://blanchethouseofhospitality.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=58639
- Note: Hands On volunteers only need to complete the application and do not need to sign up for a shift. Once you have completed the application and receive the confirmation email, you’re all set!

-If you have any questions please reach out to our Blanchet House Volunteer Leader, Sean, at vl.sean.33@gmail.com . Thank you!

Health and Safety - COVID Requirements
While we seek to promote safety and health in our facility, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We cannot serve food from a distance of six feet, although there are tasks volunteers can do that promote greater spacing than others. Volunteers can choose how they serve. If you choose to volunteer, please do so with full awareness of the risks involved. Volunteers with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (especially cough and fever) or who have had symptoms within the previous 72 hours may not volunteer. We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE volunteers age 60 and over or people with high-risk health conditions to stay home and stay safe. All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Waiver acknowledging our COVID-19 guidelines and the risks involved with not staying at home during this pandemic.

With the rise of COVID infections and hospitalizations in Multnomah County and throughout Oregon, we have decided to institute a vaccine mandate for all volunteers beginning September 1, 2021. All volunteers will have to submit proof that they are fully vaccinated before serving on-site starting Sept. 1. Fully vaccinated means being 14 days past your second Moderna or Pfizer dose or your single Johnson & Johnson shot. We will not grant exemptions from this policy.

Please verify your vaccination status prior to your next scheduled volunteer shift in September or thereafter.

  • Volunteers who have confirmed exposure to a COVID positive person should NOT come to volunteer. Volunteers should wait 10 days from the time of exposure before coming back to volunteer.

  • Volunteers with cold, flu, or other symptoms associated with COVID should not volunteer, EVEN with a negative COVID test. Volunteers can return to service once they are symptom free.

  • Please do not volunteer for at least 10 days if you have traveled outside of Oregon/SW WA or have been in a large, unmasked, indoor gathering. We ask that volunteers exercise caution with any gatherings that present a risk of exposure.

There is free parking for volunteers in the lot adjacent to our building. Do not park in the lot across the street on 3rd Avenue. Please park your car and come to the entrance on NW Glisan St. for a parking pass to put on your dashboard. If you bike to Blanchet House, we can store your bike safely inside our facility.

Please note: Anyone with hair below the shoulders must have it back in a hair tie. No open-toed shoes, and no shirts with exposed armpits. Short-sleeved shirts are fine.

*This project is closed to all volunteers seeking to fulfill court-ordered community service hours. Click here for opportunities that are appropriate for court-ordered service.

Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older to attend this project.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project: Youth Volunteer Release Form

  • If you plan to bring family or friends you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project. In the spirit of creating an atmosphere where people from all parts of our community are coming together to volunteer,

    **IMPORTANT NOTE: All volunteers will need to register for the Hands On meal service team through the Blanchet House's online volunteer registration system before the project. The Volunteer Leader will send out specific information to all registered volunteers a couple days before the project.

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot! Need help signing up? Call 503-200-3355.

Hunger & Homelessness
Families, Homeless, Low-income Communities, People with Disabilities, Immigrants, Refugees or Ethnic Groups, LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender), Military/Veterans, Offenders/Ex-offenders

Age Minimum (with Adult): 14+, Minimum Age:14+

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