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Community Volunteer Work


Many colleges like to see applicants that have been involved in community service and volunteer projects. First, check with your pastor and church members to find outreach ministries recommended by them. Then expand your search with the suggestions below.

Many community volunteer opportunities also transcribe into career development opportunities.

Audobon Society in West Portland provides paid internships and summer camp opportunities for youth 16-20.

Beaverton Volunteering by the Beaverton Police. In the past they had a youth volunteer peer court.

Bonneville Lock and Dam offers community volunteer opportunities from manning the visitor's centers, conducting interpretative tours of the power houses to park clean up.

Community Libraries always need people to help shelve books:

Clackamas County Library system
Washington County Library Teen
Multnomah County Library Volunteer


Guide Dogs for The Blind Puppy Raiser (search GBD's current list of Oregon clubs)

   Paws, Clackamas County and beyond
   Sightmasters Puppy Raisers, Washington County

Habitat for Humanity for the Portland metro, look into volunteering as an individual or teen group.

Meals on Wheels to Senior Citizens (various chapters available)

Oregon Food Bank, volunteer as individuals or families (children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent)

Providence Hospital volunteer options

SMART Reading Literature Program volunteer

Tryon State Park Youth Volunteers (from day camp counselors to grounds help)

Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation  volunteer (from summer camp to lifeguard opportunities)

Still don't see anything you like? Visit this volunteer opportunity finder:

Volunteer Match

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