Opportunity Details

Volunteers Needed
Children & Youth Education, Hunger & Homelessness
Families, Homeless, Low-income Communities

Age Minimum (with Adult):16+, Minimum Age:16+, Minor Waiver on File Required

Projects In Need of a Lead! Lead a Regular Project with Hands On (age 16+)

Volunteer Leader, these projects need YOU!

Our Volunteer Leaders (or VLs) are essential to our team and help us to ensure that all aspects of our volunteer projects run smoothly. As the face of Hands On Greater Portland at the project, our VLs serve as a liaison between our organization and the host agency, and make sure that volunteers have a positive and rewarding experience.

Are you excited to step up as a leader but not sure about the time commitment? Let us know! We can often split project leadership between VLs and we are always looking for back up leaders to jump in if one of our regular leaders can't make it to the project. 

All Volunteers Leaders must be at least 16 years old and are required to have gone on at least one or two *Hands On* managed projects (look for *Hands On* listed in the project titles on our Project Calendar) prior to signing up for our Volunteer Leader Training. 

Please read through the Volunteer Leader Position Description to learn more about the role and tasks of a VL and then submit an application to get started. We look forward to hearing from you!

Below are a list of the specific projects that need Volunteers Leaders.

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Lone Fir Cemetery Groundwork & Tour (age 14+)

Dates: One Saturday per month, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: Lone Fir Cemetary, SE 26th Ave & Stark Street

Description: Lone Fir Cemetery's first burial took place in 1846 and since then this has become a historic treasure, an arboretum, as well as a treasured historic resource with an extraordinary, multicultural past. The lovely grounds, filled with trees that belie the cemetery’s name, sustains the memory of military veterans, firefighters, and mental hospital patients, and is a final resting place for people of diverse ethnicities and nationalities, including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and African-American.

We'll be volunteering to do activities such as pruning trees and clearing growth away from headstones. A volunteer from Friends of Lone Fir will lead us on a tour of the cemetery's history, cultural and artistic significance of headstones, as well as preservation and restoration efforts.

Upcoming occurrences will be scheduled soon

Salvage Building Materials & Build Community (age 14+)

Dates: One Tuesday per month, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: The ReBuilding Center, 3625 N Mississippi Ave

Description: Reduce, recycle, reuse! Help reduce the flow of useable building materials into the waste stream by volunteering at the Rebuilding Center's non-profit resource center for used building materials. We will be working with the various building materials that are donated to The ReBuilding Center on a daily basis. Tasks may include: sorting materials such as trim, lighting, tile, and miscellaneous materials, pulling nails, sweeping, measuring doors and more. Join in after the project for a happy hour at StormBreaker Brewing for 25% off your tab and to chat with fellow volunteers and ReBuilding Center staff about your exiting experience!

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Get Your Hands Dirty at Zenger Farm (age 8+)

Dates: One Friday per month, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: 11741 SE Foster Rd. Portland 97266

Description: Come out and get your hands dirty at a non-profit, urban farm! Zenger Farm is promotes sustainable food practices, youth education, environmental stewardship, and community and economic development. Our Farm Friday Work Parties are a great way to connect with other community members, spend some time outside, and get your hands dirty. We will be completing an assortment of tasks that will contribute to the maintenance of a working urban farm and youth garden. Zenger Farm currently brings over 6,000 people a year to the farm, including international visitors, community members and students of all ages. We would be thrilled to have you join us!

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Health and Wellness

We're frequently adding new and exciting volunteer opportunities! Check back for projects in need of leadership with Health and Wellness.


Hunger and Homelessness


Home Improvement at Human Solutions Family Shelter (age 12+)

Dates: Last Saturdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Location: SE Portland, 97233

Description: Help us get the Shelter into tip-top shape by stopping by for "Home Improvement Saturdays"! Projects will include things like: painting, building shelves, organizing, cleaning, sweeping, assisting in organizational projects in the office & kitchen, and making our space more livable for everyone! No special skills are required; everyone is welcome.

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Serve a Meal and Play Bingo at Jean's Place (age 6+)

Dates: 2nd Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Inner NE Portland, 97232

Description: Volunteers bring ingredients to contribute to the meal and the group prepares dinner on-site to serve to the ladies living at Jean's Place. One volunteer also get's to call Bingo while the rest of the group get's to prepare the meal. The volunteer leader coorinates the menu, assigning items to the volunteers, and the kitchen activity for this rewarding direct service project.

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Stock the Cupboard: Oregon Food Bank and Oregon Food Bank - Beaverton (age 6+)

Dates: Varies, see Project Calendar

Location: 7900 NE 33rd Dr., Portland 97211 (East); 1870 NW 173rd Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006 (West)

Description: Join Oregon Food Bank and help them in their mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Jump in to pack and sort donated food in the perishable, temperature controlled re-pack room or get a little dirty by helping us to unpack and sort donated food destined for agencies that directly serve low income individuals and families in Oregon. Your presence makes a huge difference, and, it's a lot of fun!

Click to See Upcoming Occurrences - Stock the Cupboard 
Click to See Upcoming Occurrences - Perishable Repack (Beaverton)
Click to See Upcoming Occurrences - Fresh Food Sorting 
Click to See Upcoming Occurrences - Stock the Cupboard (Beaverton)

Sports & Recreation

We're frequently adding new and exciting volunteer opportunities! Check back for projects in need of leadership with Sports and Recreation.


Senior Services

Grocery Shop for Seniors (all ages)

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:15am-12:00pm (VL does not have to commit to both days per week)

Location: Hollywood Fred Meyer - NE 30th and Broadway, Portland

Description: Store to Door is a nonprofit agency that facilitates independent living for Portland-area seniors and people with disabilities by providing a personalized, low-cost grocery shopping and delivery service. Without the support of dedicated volunteers, this service would not be available and many seniors would go without nutritious and necessary food. Join our Hands On volunteer team as we zoom around the store loading up our carts and checking off items on their shopping lists!

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Keep the Portland Memory Garden Beautiful (age 0+)

Dates: Third Saturdays, Monthly 9:30am - 11:30am

Location: SE Portland - In Lents, right off of Powell at 104th

Description: Portland Memory Garden, a non-profit organization started in 2001, is dedicated to sharing the beauty of nature with those coping with memory disorders as well as with their care-givers. It is a free, secure, community resource for respite, recreation, and inspiration, maintained predominately with assistance from about 30 volunteers. Lend a hand in the garden with planting, clean-up and maintenance projects that help us to preserve the consistency of the flora. This helps to trigger happy memories for our visitors during all four seasons.

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Arts and Culture

Kids! Love Letters For Seniors (age 1+)

Dates: TBD, based on VL's schedule

Location: Library in Portland and/or in Beaverton

Description: Bring the family out to volunteer for a fun and playful arts project. This is a great way to spend a little time giving back together!

Create greeting cards to be given to seniors who receive Meals On Wheels through local Meals On Wheels centers. We'll use markers, construction paper, glue, stickers, and other fun craft items to create cards that will brighten a senior’s day! Supplies will be provided. (We will have some pre-made cards for the very young kids to color in if they aren't ready to make cards from scratch).

Upcoming occurrences will be scheduled soon


Get Artsy with Multicultural Kids @ McCoy Village (age 16+)

Dates: 1 Tuesday per month based on VL's schedule, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: NE Portland, off of MLK and Prescott

Description: Wake up your inner artist and join us for an evening of fun! We organize an art class for 20 of our kids. They work on individual and collective art projects like drawing, cut outs, and collages. We need some awesome volunteers to come and add your creativity and assistance to the class. 

McCoy Village is an affordable housing community, located in NE Portland. In more than half of our apartments, the residents are low-income families of color. Many of the children don't have access to fun activities in their home, so we do our best to provide an artistic and community building outlet for them whenever possible. By engaging kids in positive activities at a young age, we hope to connect them with each other and with their schoolwork - with the ultimate goal of increasing high school graduation rates.

Upcoming occurrences will be scheduled soon

Children and Youth


Clean Kids Playrooms & Create Safe Space for Therapy (age 8+)

Dates: One Saturday a month 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Kinship House, NE Portland

Description: Help transform unfortunate beginnings into successful futures! In the state of Oregon today, there are about 13,000 children in foster care awaiting a permanent home, many of whom have experienced multiple losses and severe trauma. Kinship House provides therapy for these children and their families to help heal and adjust to their new lives. Part of this therapy involves our therapeutic playrooms and yard; Art, doll houses, dress up, and make believe allow these child the chance to express their feelings. Our group will help spruce up these roomes -- cleaning surfaces, sterilizing toys, inventoring game pieces, discarding dried up markers and making sure all toys are operational in our therapeutic playrooms. This project is in search of a new Volunteer Leader!

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Get Books to Children at the Children's Book Bank (age varies)

Dates: Typically Tuesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm and Wednesdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm (We are looking for someone to lead once or twice a month)

Location: The Children's Book Bank, 1728 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97232

Description: Come lend a hand as we spruce-up community donated books which will later be distributed to low-income preschool children in the Portland area! Every gently-used donated book is inspected and cleaned by volunteers. Tasks include wiping covers, taping torn pages, erasing scribbles, covering inscriptions, and reinforcing worn spines.

Click to see an example of one CBB project's Upcoming Occurences 

Make Meals from the Heart at Ronald McDonald House - East (age 13+)

Dates: 2 days a month

Location: East - 2620 N. Commercial Ave.

Description: Get creative in the kitchen with the preparation and cooking of a delicious dinner at Ronald McDonald House! Volunteers will be making the meal with ingredients they bring, setting the table, filling up water pitchers, re-setting the table as needed, and packaging up meals for families that aren't able to join us for the dinner. You're also welcome to stay and eat with the families and your fellow volunteers.

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