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; afidler@pps.net)

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.