Service Learning and Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities for fulfilling diversity scholarship service learning requirement

Portland State of Mind Day of Services

Join Portland State University faculty, staff, students and community members for a day of services with a variety of engaging projects on and off campus. For more information and registration, please visit the Portland State of Mind Day of Service website.

Earth Day of Service

This is a day to back to the Earth by volunteering! You will work on gardening and community beautification projects on and off the P.S.U. campus. The day of service will run Saturday, April 21st, 2018 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and will include service with the community, lunch, and a presentation by a keynote speaker.

For additional information and registration, please visit the Earth Day of Service Website

MLK Jr. Day of Service 2019, Saturday, January 26th

Each year PSU Participates in the National Day of Services by collaborating with local college and universityies and Oregon Campus Compact, to organize a day of services honoring the commitment to community buildin, justice, and solidarity the Dr. Martin Luther King Junior displayed. This is part of a city-widecall to action that mobilizes thousands of students, community members, and organizations to address problems in our community.

For additional information and service dates, please visit the MLK Jr. Day of Services website

Serve Your City Days

For more information please visit the Serve Your City Day Website

Campus Service Experiences

  • Projects for Re-Use Room
  • Work on campus gardens
  • Projects for A.S.P.S.U. Food Pantry

 Off-campus service experiences

  • Classroom aids for a day in the Kindergarten
  • Classes P.S.U. sponsors at Alder Elementary School
  • Habitat for Humanity build day
  • Invasive species removal at Forest park

Hands On Greater Portland

For more information please visit the Hands On Greater Portland Website.

Hands On offers a range of volunteer programs designed to provide everyone with the opportunity to make a difference in our community. Please view the Hands On Calendar for opportunities that fit your schedule.

Oregon Food Bank

For more information and registration please visit the Oregon Food Bank Website.

Duties include repack bulk food, sort canned food, label packages, and complete mailing projects. For safety reasons you will be turned away for improper footwear. Shoes must have closed toes and heels, NO SANDALS, CLOGS, MULES, OR HIGH HEELS. Temperatures in volunteer areas may vary, dressing in layers is recommended. Bring your own lunch.

Address: 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland, OR

Community Warehouse

For more information and registration, please visit the Community Warehouse Website.

Collects and redistributes donated furniture and household goods to neighbors in need.

  • Retail Store Volunteer - Donation Processor and sales, help receive, sort, and shelve donated home goods. Shifts are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Warehouse Volunteer - Warehouse Ambassador, Help receive, sort, and shelve donated home goods. Shifts are Monday through Friday, 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Address: Two Locations

  • Community Warehouse Eastside, 3969 S.E Martin Luther King JR Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212
  • Community Warehouse Westside, 8380 S.W Nyburg Street, Tualatin, OR 97062

Potluck In The Park

Opportunities for up to 12 volunteers per date.

For more information and registration, please visit the Potluck in the Park Website

Potluck in the Park serves meals to children, youths, adults, and families every Sunday.

Address: Downtown Portland in O'Bryant Square, On Washington Street between SW Park and 9th Avenue.

Duties include outdoor food prep, set-up, serving, clean-up, special assistance to customers when needed.

Dress for the weather, if inclement weather, location changes to adjacent underground parking on Stark between SW Park & 9th Avenue.

Impact Northwest

Monday Night Drop-in for Young Adults with Disabilities.  Opportunities for two to four chaperon volunteers.

For more information and registration, please visit the Impact Northwest Website

Chaperone events and assist young adults with a wide range of physical and cognitive limitations socialize and enjoy an evening of fun, games, and snacks with their peers.

Address: Impact NW, SE Multicultural Community Center at 4610 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR, Bus #15 will drop you off in front of SE Center and return stop is just across the street from SE Center.

Friends of Trees

Opportunities for two to four volunteers per event. For more information, please visit the Friends of Trees Website.

No registration needed. Friends of trees works to improve the urban environment, neighborhood communities, and create green spaces for the future. Volunteers from all walks of life work together to distribute, plant, and educate property owners on tree care and benefits of green spaces to neighborhoods and the environment. Please view the Friends of Trees Calendar for opportunities that fit your schedule.

Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division 

For more information, please visit the Portland Police Sunshine Division Website.  

The Sunshine Division organizes several food and fundraising events in the community each year. These events include concerts, food drives, community partnership nights, and auctions. These events take place throughout the year.

Address: 687 N. Thompson Street, Portland, OR 97227, 503-823-2176

Cascade AIDS Project

For information and registration, please visit the Cascade AIDS Project Website.

Flexible volunteer opportunities vary and are listed on the C.A.P. Calendar.

Address: 208 SW 5th Avenue, 8th Floor, Portland, OR 97204, 503-223-5907

Urban Gleaners

For more information, please visit the Urban Gleaners Website.

Works to alleviate hunger by rescuing edible surplus foods and delivering it to agencies that feed the hungry.  We have two volunteer duties/needs. One is repackaging the foods for distribution and the other is picking-up and delivering the donated food.

Address: 15 SE 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214, 503-226-8061


Once you have completed your Service Learning Project, click on the following Service Learning Form link to let us know about your experience at this service learning site. Service Learning Form