Be a Conversation Partner at Tea & Talk – Wednesdays @ 4

Volunteer Opportunity Overview

Every Wednesday 4-5pm

Concordia University Cafeteria

Conversation Parnters Needed!

Interested? contact Arainnia Brown at


Tea and Talk Perm Flyer(2)

Tea and Talk is a social activity where CU and ELS Students can socialize every Wednesday from 4pm-5pm.   This activity is normally  held in the cafeteria and Tea is provided. An ELS teacher leads this activity and  begins a conversation with the students. Sometimes a teacher brings a board game as well.  We encourage ELS students to interact with CU students to improve their English and to learn about the American culture but sometimes it can be difficult for them because CU students are often busy with their school and work load. In my Faith for Life course we were encouraged and received service hours to interact and host activities for the ELS students to make their study abroad experience memorable.

For more information, contact Arainnia Brown at

Intern with Portland Fruit Tree Project


Fall Program Internship

(September 15th – December 15th, 20-30 hrs per week)
The Fall Intern will assist in the coordination of Portland Fruit Tree Project’s harvesting events, co-lead harvesting events, and conduct site visits with registered tree owners.  The Fal Intern will also have the opportunity to assist in coordinating our Tree Scouting & Tree Registration program, and tree care activities through our Community Orchards/Fruit Tree Stewardship programs.

Community Harvest & Tree Care Internship
(October 1st – March 30th, 12-20 hrs per week)
During the first half of the internship, the Community Harvest & Tree Care Intern will assist in the coordination of Portland Fruit Tree Project’s harvesting events, co-lead harvesting events, and conduct site visits with registered tree owners.  During the second half of the internship, the intern will assist in the coordination of our Tree Care Workshop Series, Tree Care Teams program, and work with volunteers and staff to coordinate and maintain our Community Orchard sites.

Development Intern

(October 1st – March 30th, 12-20 hrs per week)
The Development Intern will assist with fundraising and resource development to support Portland Fruit Tree Project’s growing programs. The intern may also assist with outreach to spread the word about PFTP, and bring diverse participants into our programs. This will be an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in non-profit fundraising, while making a difference for PFTP and the communities we serve.

Click here for links to the full position descriptions & application instructions.  Application deadline is Thursday September 3rd

Devon Snyder

Outreach Assistant
Portland Fruit Tree Project

Coach w/Portland After-School Tennis & Education

Volunteer Opportunity Overview

September – June: Monday-Thursday 2-5/6pm

St. Johns – North Portland

Volunteer Tennis Coaches Needed

Interested? Contact Izzy Borris @

Learn more:

Portland After School Tennis

From PAST&E:

We are a non-profit after-school and summer program that serves K-8th at-risk youth in the North Portland Area, using tennis as a medium to focus on athletic development, academic success, and life skills. We are looking for volunteers to serve as Coach/Tutors in our After-School Tennis and Education program (tennis experience not needed, though it is helpful). As a non-profit, we rely heavily on the generous service of volunteers in the community and I am reaching out to colleges and high schools like Concordia University in the Portland metro area in search of volunteers as well as supervised interns.

Volunteer w/Squires – September 26th

Volunteer Opportunity Overview

Saturday September 26th 9am-3pm

4222 NE 12th Ave., Portland, OR

Volunteers Needed to assist with hosting film discussion small groups.

Interested? Contact Liz Holmes


Squires is dedicated to empowering, encouraging and supporting teen dads to provide long term emotional, physical and financial support for their children.

 We have partnered with a range of community organizations (including Impact Northwest, Man Up, Men’s Health Project, and the Black Parent Initiative) and individuals who are involved in working with men and fathers to pro​mote a community event based on the recently released film “The Mask You Live In”.

​T​he event will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Maranatha Church (4222 NE 12th Ave., Portland, OR).

We are looking for students who are interested to volunteer during the event as room hosts for two different break out sessions we will have during the event.  The room host is responsible for working with the facilitator to insure proper supplies are available and assist in answering questions youth may have about each sessions activity.

  • In the first sessions participants are encouraged to create a mask that shows both the inside and outside representations of the participant.
  • The second sessions will work on what a healthy man looks like.  We are also looking for volunteers for set up, tear down and general duties during the event.

 Here is an overview of the movie’s theme:

 “In her new film The Mask You Live In, (Jennifer Siebel) Newsom is turning her focus to boys, and how a very narrow definition of what it means to be a man, is hurting them. The film is powerful, exploring how common phrases like be a man, be tough, don’t be a pussy, a win-at-all-costs sports culture, violent video games, and lack of emotional vocabulary, is encouraging boys to repress their emotions. Newsom examines the frightening results of those messages. Boys are more likely to be prescribed prescription medications, commit suicide, drop out of school, or commit a violent crime. The movie aspires to change the way we raise boys, and change the messages we send them.”

We hope that students will be able to join us and add to the richness of the event.  Students interested in volunteering can contact Liz Holmes

Volunteer with Volunteers of America to Assist the Elderly


As always, the Hands On Portland Community Project Calendar has MANY opportunities, but not all opportunities meet the Concordia University Service Learning guidelines requiring direct work with individuals and directness in addressing community needs.  Any re-posted opportunities to this blog meet the Concordia Guidelines.


Below is a re-posted opportunity from Portland Community Gardens  that’s coming up and is available for registration through Hands On Portland’s Community Project Calendar.

Volunteers of America Oregon


Volunteers of America Oregon is an organization that is committed to changing lives by promoting self-determination, building strong communities, standing for social just and empowering people by providing tools, education, and opportunities.

The following volunteer opportunity will allow you to assist elders with their daily activities. Many seniors and adults with disabilities prefer to stay in their own homes, but still need new company every now and then. The volunteer will be able to visit a specific elder at their home and socialize, and break their isolation by sharing laughter, movement, and conversation. Not only will you be changing the life of the elder, but you will also be helping their caregivers by letting them re-energize.

This opportunity is sponsored by Volunteers of America Oregon, as mentioned above. Volunteers of America Oregon’s Adult Day Services are a structured, comprehensive program designed to meet the needs of functionally and/or cognitively-impaired adults.

This organization provides individually-planned service, supervision, social and related support services, as well as health monitoring in a protective setting during any part of a day.

The volunteer must be at least 16 years of age, and requires no training. The organization provides orientation and coaching. This opportunity is available Mondays – Fridays between 10am and 3pm., and located in Portland. Commitment can me 1-2 hours a week for one activity, or 3-4 hours a week to do several activities.

To sign up for this opportunity, go to the Hands on Portland website, and scroll down to the bottom of the webpage.


**Concordia University’s Service Opportunity Blog often reposts opportunities from our community partners that have limited volunteer capacity.  Always check directly with the community partner or referring agency to register, as Concordia’s Office of Service Leadership does NOT guarantee availability at community partner opportunities**

Volunteer with Madison High School SUN Program






Volunteer with Madison High School’s SUN Program

Students will learn about the barriers students face in academic success and accessing higher education. Students are likely to learn how to engage and effectively communicate with students from a variety of backgrounds with histories of immigration, refugee, ESL, low-income, first generation college track, etc.

SUN’s mission is to provide a system of care providing social and support services to youth, individuals and families that lead to educational success and self-sufficiency. Within the SUN Service System, SUN Community Schools are the school-based service delivery site for a comprehensive set of services including educational, enrichment, recreational, social and health services.

SUN Community Schools transform schools into community learning centers.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is the lead agency at Madison SUN. IRCO’s mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society.

Types of Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Tutor high school students in subjects of tutor’s strengths, ranging from academic subjects to college applications.
  • Provide a positive relationship with a college student
  • Increase student’s research, self-advocacy, and study skills to become autonomous and empowered students.

3-4 Volunteers are needed each Monday-Thursday 3:15-5pm throughout the Academic Year from September-June

To Volunteer:

Contact: Katie Lauderdale – Madison SUN Site Manager (Ph: 503-998-5426;

Volunteer with Friends of Trees

friendsoftrees1Volunteer with Friends of Trees!

Neighborhood plantings and natural area restoration projects are a fun way for students to earn volunteer service hours, learn about planting trees, and participate in an activity that complements their studies.

The Basics:

Friends of Trees provides breakfast pastries, coffee and hot chocolate, gloves, tools and trained volunteer guidance. Please arrive by 8:45am dressed appropriately for the weather and ready to have some fun! Our plantings occur on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm.

Please note our procedures for service learning hours, as well as our youth waiver requirements HERE.

How to connect with Friends of Trees:

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact  Jenny Bedell-Stiles in the Volunteer & Outreach Program, (503) 595-0213.