Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer

Free Food Market volunteers getting instructions

We all benefit from volunteering. Check out some of the local organizations and community partners that could use your help. Get your hands dirty and "Let knowledge serve the city!"

On-Campus Volunteer Opportunities

  • PSU Food Pantry - The PSU Student Food Pantry has seen a tremendous increase in patronage and needs more volunteer assistance. Please consider giving of your time.
  • Free Food Market at PSU  - Help set up, staff, and/or tear down the monthly food distribution in front of Shattack Hall. A  truly great volunteer experience right on the PSU campus.

Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities

  • Lift Urban Portland - ​Lift Urban Portland (LUP) aims to reduce hunger and improve the lives of low-income residents of northwest and downtown Portland. LUP will collect and distribute food, provide educational programs that encourage healthy life choices, and build community programs that strengthen social connections.
  • Neighborhood House -  Neighborhood House has been bringing the community together to help neighbors in need since 1905. They are here for families facing hunger and homelessness, vulnerable seniors and children who need help in school.
  • Oregon Food Bank - Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington.
  • p:ear - p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people ages 15 to 24. A variety of volunteer activities are available.
  • Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon - Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon envision an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. To bring that vision into reality, they raise awareness about hunger, connect people to nutrition programs, and advocate for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins.
  • Meals on Wheels - Meels on Wheels volunteers help prepare and serve meals to seniors in 30 different meal centers throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties, as well as deliver nearly 3,000 Meals on Wheels to homebound elderly.
  • Southeast Community Food Pantry & Clothes Closet - SECC provides food and clothing to a community in need. They need volunteers to drive, interview clients, answer phones, pack food boxes, stock food, and perform critical office work.
  • Clackamas Service Center - CSC relies on a robust team of volunteers to make and serve meals, pick up donated goods, assemble food boxes, and provide administrative support. Over 300 people volunteer at CSC in any year, and serve over 5000 people in need each year.