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Individual Volunteers

We continue to hold the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, supporters, and partner families as our number one priority. In compliance with Governor Brown’s stay-at-home order and out of public safety concern, all volunteer shifts are temporarily suspended until further notice, including on the build sites, at the office, and at our ReStores. We continue to evaluate and navigate this developing situation and comply with all guidelines from Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control. We will post updates as needed.

The construction of our projects will continue. If you have questions about this situation, please reach out to Cassie Punnett, Volunteer and Business Engagement Manager, at tor@habitatportlandmetro.org. Thank you for understanding and we appreciate your support. Take care and be well.

Building dreams takes lots of behind-the-scenes work from dedicated volunteers. Sign up to volunteer on the construction site to build homes in partnership with local hardworking families!

We open new volunteer slots at the beginning of each month. If your preferred volunteer date is unavailable, take a look at volunteer opportunities at the ReStore.

When do we build?

The construction sites are open Wednesday through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and we ask that volunteers commit a full work day. It is important to arrive on time so that you do not miss sign-in, safety instruction, and work crew assignments.

Non-Construction Opportunities

Building dreams takes lots of behind-the-scenes work from dedicated volunteers. We have a variety of ways that community members can get engaged with us, no tool belt needed.

Available Opportunities

Supervisor: Loretta Kelly, Lending and Compliance Manager

Timeframe: Ongoing volunteer commitment, infrequent hours as needed

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is moving to a permanently affordable homeownership model for all its homes starting in 2019. All Habitat homes will be affordable not only to the first homebuyer, but to subsequent buyers in the future. An Affordability Covenant is recorded against each home to assure permanent affordability. Our partner, Proud Ground will manage the resale of the homes.

Habitat believes that it is important for homebuyers to review the affordability documents with a “disinterested third party” who is able to answer questions about the documents. Habitat is looking for attorneys who will review the Affordability Covenant, along with the Warranty Deed and the Trust Deed with the homebuyers.

Generally, this meeting will last approximately 90 minutes. Some Habitat homebuyers do not speak English. Habitat/Proud Ground will provide an interpreter for those homebuyers that request one. Interpretation services may add 15 minutes to this timeframe.

Habitat and Proud Ground staff will provide an overview of the documents and answer any questions for the attorneys before any meetings with homebuyers.

Responsibilities:

  • Review permanent affordability documents, typically an affordability covenant, warranty deed and trust deed, with homebuyers
  • Answer homebuyer questions about the affordability documents
  • Sign review document stating that you reviewed the documents with the homebuyers

Required:

  • Familiarity with Oregon Real Estate and Condominium law
  • Willingness to work with first time homebuyers
  • Willingness to work with homebuyers needing interpreters
  • Ongoing volunteer commitment, partnership of one year or more

Please submit a statement regarding why you are interested in volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and your resume with related experience to Loretta Kelly at loretta@habitatportlandmetro.org with “Volunteer Attorney” in the subject, or call 503.287.9529 x 34 with questions.


About Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East believes that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable homeownership, everyone can help people achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. Learn more at habitatportlandmetro.org

Supervisor: Communications Coordinator

Responsibilities:
We are looking for experienced storytellers skilled in interviewing, researching, collecting quotes, and writing compelling content. Telling stories about our work is the foundation of our fundraising and friend-raising strategies. This position will allow you to get a behind-the-scenes view of our homeownership and construction departments, while interviewing current and future homeowners, home repair participants, volunteers, staff and various members of our community. Your stories will be featured on our blog and social media. This volunteer position will be working directly with the Communications Coordinator on an on-call basis.

Required:

  • Exceptional writing skills and a firm grasp of the English language, spelling, and punctuation
  • Excellent oral communication skills and experience with interviewing.
  • Comfortable working with people of all backgrounds and languages. Interpretor and translation support is provided when needed.
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm for storytelling
  • Basic photography skills – able to take photos to accompany blog posts
  • Experience with Microsoft Word
  • Self starter, motivated, and creative
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Passion for the Habitat for Humanity mission

Position Details

Length of commitment: Ongoing. We request a 3-month minimum commitment.
Estimated total hours: This is not a time-intensive position. We can work with your schedule to determine the number of hours. Our editorial calendar is determined one month in advance.

Schedule:  Flexible, with an emphasis on daytime availability. May need to meet with families in the evening hours.
Location: Work on the scene at build sites, family homes or at events. Write at your home. Meet occasionally at our office for meetings.

To apply, please submit your resume and two writing samples to:cassie@habitatportlandmetro.org with “Volunteer” in the subject by December 31, 2019.


About Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East believes that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable homeownership, everyone can help people achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. Learn more at habitatportlandmetro.org

Supervisor: Director of Communications

Responsibilities:

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is looking for translators to help us interview homeowner families who are not fluent in English. Sharing stories about homeowners helps us spread the word about the success of Habitat’s programs. This position will allow you to get a behind-the-scenes view of our homeownership program, while interviewing current and future homeowners. Habitat will provide the interview questions and we need the HabiCorps Translator to help facilitate the interview alongside a Habitat staff member or volunteer.

This volunteer position will be working directly with the Communications Department on an on-call basis.

Required:

  • Fluent in English and at least one of these languages:
    • Spanish
    • Vietnamese
    • Burmese
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Passion for Habitat for Humanity’s mission

To apply, submit a statement regarding why you are interested in volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and your resume to: Cassie@habitatportlandmetro.org with “Non-construction Volunteer” in the subject by Friday, December 20th, 2019.


Our Mission
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. To learn more, visit habitatportlandmetro.org

ReStore Volunteers

Did you know that our Habitat for Humanity ReStore diverts tons of building materials and usable goods from landfills by reselling them at discount prices at our four locations in Portland, Gresham, Beaverton and Vancouver? Or that when you shop at the ReStore, all the proceeds benefit three local Habitat affiliates?

The ReStore depends on volunteers to do a variety of jobs that keep the stores running smoothly. They need receiving assistants, customer service assistants, sorters, stockers, cashiers, truck drivers, office assistants and cleaners.

Immediate ReStore Need:
We have plenty of opportunities at any of our four ReStore locations, open 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week. Visit the ReStore website to register at https://pdxrestore.org/volunteer or 503.517.0720.

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