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Individual Volunteers

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: 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:

We are looking for experienced photographers skilled at event photography. This is a great opportunity to build your portfolio while supporting the mission of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East.

Volunteer photographers are needed to shoot home dedication events, indoor, low-lighting fundraising events, and portraits. Your subjects may be families in our homeownership program, volunteers, donors, keynote speakers, and Habitat staff.

Volunteers must have their own camera, experience with event photography, and ability to submit photos in a timely manner following an event.

This volunteer position will be working directly with the Director of Communications and Communications Coordinator on an on-call basis.

Required:

  • Great event photography skills with the ability to take photos in various light settings.
  • Own your own camera and photography equipment/software.
  • Ability to submit photos in a timely manner following an event.

Position Details

Length of commitment: Ongoing, on-call basis. Events are usually in the evenings or early mornings.
Estimated total hours: This is not a time-intensive position. We can work with your schedule to determine the number of events.
Schedule:  The schedule varies based on event times, but photography editing time can be done at your home with a flexible schedule.
Location: Work on the scene at events.

To apply, submit a statement regarding why you are interested in volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, a link to your event photography portfolio, and your resume to: Cassie@habitatportlandmetro.org with “Non-construction Volunteer” in the subject by Friday, November 30, 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

Supervisor: Volunteer and Business Engagement Coordinator

The Playhouse Experience invites corporate partners and community groups to build, design and decorate a children’s playhouse, which Habitat then donates to a local family via a partner nonprofit. The group’s associated financial donation to Habitat not only gives children a safe space to play, dream, and imagine—it goes directly toward providing affordable homeownership opportunities in Portland.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead volunteers on assembling and decorating children’s playhouses during Playhouse Experience events
  • Lead volunteers in playhouse prep and cut-out
  • Ability to communicate construction techniques in an empowering and accessible way
  • Maintain compliance with Habitat safety protocols during volunteer event
  • Help to create a work environment that is cheerful, productive and inclusive
  • Effectively communicate Habitat’s mission and guiding principles
  • Set up and break down supplies

Required:

  • Six-month commitment to volunteer position; approximately 16 hours a month
  • Weekday availabilty during office hours with occassional weekends
  • Knowledgable in construction and comfortable with power tools, or ability to learn
  • Transportation to and from events within Multnomah County
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to work outside in various weather conditions
  • Ability to stand for period of approximately 5 hours
  • Occasional heavy lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Age 18 or older

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.

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable homes and empowers families through successful homeownership. People in our community and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life.

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

Resource Team Assistant

Supervisor: Development Manager

Responsibilities:

• Call and write donors to thank them
• Enter data into Raiser’s Edge database
• Other duties as necessary

Required:

• Able to volunteer 4 hours per week between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
• Commitment to maintaining donor confidentiality
• Database management skills (Raisers Edge experience is a plus!)
• MS Word, Excel and general computer proficiency
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Detailed orientated
• Commitment to Habitat for Humanity’s mission
• Ability to be seated at a computer for extended periods of time

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.

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.

ReStore Volunteers

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

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