Volunteers make it possible for us to improve the lives of our most vulnerable children and youth. Help us make a positive difference in the lives of our children, by donating your time and experience. The following are the areas of need for volunteers.
Please contact volunteer@friendsofthechildren.org if you are interested in getting involved.


Spend one hour a week helping a child with their academic work. If you are interested, please email: your availability, contact information, grade level & subject interest to volunteer@friendsofthechildren.org.

Administrative Assistance
We need reliable help with administrative work. Helping for a few hours with various office tasks means we are able to save time and money that can go to our children.

Friends Outreach Team
Would you like to spread the word about Friends of the Children while developing your outreach skills? We are looking for passionate individuals to join our outreach team. Opportunities could include making presentations to corporate and civic groups or representing Friends of the Children at volunteer or nonprofit fairs. If you are interested, please contact volunteer@friendsofthechildren.org

Events Support
Friends of the Children hosts or participates in four major fundraising events annually. You can support an event by joining a committee to assist in the coordinating and planning, or volunteer the day of an event.

Annual Holiday Gift Drive
Assist Friends of the Children in doing all that we can to ensure that our families are provided for during the traditional holiday season and feel a sense of community support. You and your team of employees or family can get involved by leading a toy drive at the office, adopting a family or families for the holidays or helping us transport and sort toys.

Put together a team or teams for this fun fundraising event! Collect pledges to raise money and awareness for Friends of the Children and come out and bowl to see who can get the highest score.

Host a Friends of the Children Youth as a Summer Intern
Last year, Friends of the Children placed 23 of our adolescents with Portland-area companies for a 55-hour work experience over six weeks and provided 30 hours of job and life skills training workshops. Host one of our interns at your company this summer!

For further information, contact the Intern Coordinator at pdxinfo@friendsofthechildren.org or (503)-281-6633

Camp Friends – Summer 2014
Camp Friends affords our children an opportunity for summer enrichment activities and a focus on building academic skills during the summer. You can help our youth stay strong and healthy by preparing breakfast or lunch for a day of camp. You will prepare the meal, interact with the campers as you help serve, and assist with clean up during one day (or more!) of our educational summer camp.Breakfast helpers 8:30 – 10:00 AM, lunch helpers 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. If you or your team would like to help out, please contact Meagan Golec at mgolec@friendsofthechildren.org or 503-281-6633.

Book Buddies - Summer 2014
You or your team can help by reading one-on-one or with small groups of elementary-aged children. Volunteer one day or all week! Monday through Thursday during Camp Friends, 11:45am – 12:15pm.

School Supplies Drive
In partnership with KATU Channel 2, Friends runs a school supplies drive for its children. Employees can get involved by leading a school supplies drive at a particular corporate location or department, providing drop sites for the school drive or assisting with the school supply sorting process.

Other opportunities arise throughout the year! For general volunteer inquiries please contact volunteer@friendsofthechildren.org. or call 503.281.6633.


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