Volunteer for Nonprofit Partners

You can give forward to the next generation by volunteering for causes and programs that strengthen education, protect the environment, and promote economic security for younger and future generations.

To get started, consider volunteering with one of these great nonprofit organizations that are building a brighter future. For more long-term initiatives, you can lead a unique project with one of our partners (click here for current project opportunities).


Education

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SMART—Working to ensure every child in Oregon can read and is empowered to succeed. You can read with a child for one hour a week at their school or program. Contact Staci Sutton, 971-634-1616.

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I Have A Dream—Helps low income children succeed in school, college and career. You can inspire middle and high school students to pursue a career he/she may not have considered by hosting a small group at your office, or tutor students in math, reading, or writing. Call Emily Gaither, 503-287-7203 or 804-513-6586.

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Open School (OS)—College-prep program for the kids who have fallen the furthest behind, surrounding these students with what they need to graduate and get ahead – advocacy to be their best, equity to spark learning, and rigorous academics to succeed in the modern economy. 75% of Open School students are living in poverty, and 78% are youth of color. Volunteers can become involved in helping students begin to explore post-secondary options as they pertain to college access, financial literacy, and career exposure & opportunities, helping connect what students learn in the classroom to potential career pathways. Call 503-488-5187 or email volunteer@openschoolnw.org.

 

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Friends of the Children—Mentoring program that selects the most at risk youth in our community and pairs them with a paid, professional “Friend” from kindergarten through high school graduation. You can help by connecting with youth as a career advocate or by supporting Friends during their weekly programs. Call Meagan Golec, 503-281-6633.

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KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities. Through innovative pedagogy, community collaboration and family partnership we are closing Portland’s persistent achievement and opportunity gaps in measurable, sustainable ways. Our mission is to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating, confident, creative, compassionate, leaders. We do this through an organizational approach that includes: Kairos Learning Academy, Family Connections Programming, Professional Development and Policy. We offer several short and long-term volunteer opportunities in our programs. Call 503.567.9820 or email volunteer@kairospdx.org.

Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion—Provides innovative programs to thousands of Oregon students and families to ensure access to postsecondary education. You can help OSAC open up the doors to higher education by mentoring a high school student around academic preparation in their ASPIRE program, or by participating on an OSAC scholarship selection committee. Call Tina Wilson  541-687-7352.

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Metropolitan Family Service, AARP Experience Corps – Mentoring program that matches volunteers age 50+ with young students in our schools who need a little extra help to become great readers and develop the skills and self confidence that will help them succeed.  Mentors become actively engaged in their schools, working one-on-one or in small groups with K-3rd graders, 4-10 hours per week.   Excellent training and support are provided. Email volunteer@metfamily.org or call 503-232-0007 x217.

Minds Matter of Portland—All Volunteer academic mentoring program that transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. You can mentor an underprivileged high school student to gain acceptance to a four-year university and navigate the financial aid process. Email  infoportland@MindsMatter.org.

Stand for Children—Oregon advocacy group to ensure that all children graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. Get involved in campaigns run by your local chapter. Sign up at stand.org/Oregon.

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Environment

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Columbia Land Trust  conserves and cares for the Northwest places you love—the places that provide all of us well-being and an unrivaled quality of life. You can volunteer with Columbia Land Trust as an extra field hand, an office helper, a photographer, a junior board member, or other roles. Click here to learn more about all the volunteer opportunities.

Forest Park Conservancy—Enhances and protects over 5,000 acres of public and private land within the Greater Forest Park ecosystem. You can help remove invasive plants or repair trails by joining a stewardship work party. Call 503-223-5449.

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Northwest Earth Institute—Discover change together and inspire people to take responsibility for Earth. You can lead one of NWEI’s discussion courses with friends, church members or co-workers on a variety of subjects such as actions to reduce your carbon footprint, or challenge yourself to adopt a new behavior through the EcoChallenge. Call Liz Zavodsky, 503-227-2807.

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Center for Earth Leadership—Trains and motivates Northwest citizens to become agents of local change in forging a sustainable culture. Take advantage of one or more of the Center’s programs such as participating in their Agent of Change course to learn to implement sustainable practices and influence others in your neighborhood, workplace, or other locales. Call 503-227-2315 or email info@earthleaders.org.

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Climate Solutions—Accelerates practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides. Stay informed and take action in support of regional climate solutions campaigns to reduce global warming pollution and transition Oregon to a clean and energy-efficient economy. Sign up for action alerts or join their Business Leaders for Climate Solutions.

 

Natural Resources Defense Council—National advocacy group to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. Take action on numerous advocacy campaigns.

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Economic Security

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MercyCorps Northwest—Assists low-income populations throughout Oregon by increasing their economic self-sufficiency and community integration through microenterprise development and self-employment.  If you have broad knowledge with small business, you can become a small business counselor and help a start-up succeed. Call 503-896-5070.

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Albina Opportunities Corporation—Inspires business opportunities and creates jobs and wealth by lending funds to Portland’s underserved small businesses and distressed neighborhoods. You can provide key business advice through one-on-one consulting with borrowers. Call Aliza Kuperstock, 503-227-3653.

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Financial Beginnings – Provides no-cost financial education programs to youth and adults to provide individuals the foundation needed to make informed financial decisions. Volunteers attend a specialized training and visit classrooms and community groups to teach students the basics of personal finance. Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Innovative Changes (IC$)—Provides comprehensive and in-depth financial education as a means of empowering individuals and families in responsible economic decision-making for healthy households.  As a volunteer coach, you can help guide individuals and households by equipping them with the tools, skills, and confidence necessary to meet their immediate financial needs and achieve their short- and long-term financial goals. Call IC$, 503-249-5205.

 

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CASH Oregon—Provides low income families and individuals with tools and resources to build solid financial futures. You can help by providing free tax services – free training provided. Call 503-243-7765.

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National Skills Coalition—National advocacy organization that organizes broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America’s workers across a range of industries. Get involved by signing up for email and the take action page.

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