Whether you are looking for clinical experience, work with animals, or opportunities to serve our Portland community, there is a place for you here. Check out the list of volunteer opportunities below and find one that fits you!
- OHSU Brain Institute, Think First: ThinkFirst Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing age-appropriate resources and education to our state’s youth to prevent brain and spinal cord injuries.
- We Can Do Better: Our mission is to create opportunities for nonpartisan civic education and engagement, bringing people together who share the values of better health care and health for all.
- Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic Student-run clinic, engaging vulnerable populations by providing low-barrier, participant centered care and services in the Portland Metro area.
- OHSU PRISM research team performs phase II-IV clinical trials in pulmonary clinics and hospital settings. We have multiple ongoing clinical trials in conditions like pulmonary artery hypertension, COPD, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. We accept highly disciplined volunteers to conduct chart reviews of study subjects/patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database and support research coordinators. https://www.ohsu.edu/school-of-medicine/pulmonary-critical-care-medicine/prism-volunteer
- Virginia Garcia The health center serves the members of Washington and Yamhill county through access to high quality, culturally appropriate health care and the Foundation works to provide the enduring support for the entire organization.
- Crisis Text Line Note: requires 30 hours of training.
- Lines for Life A regional nonprofit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. We offer help and hope to individuals and communities and promote mental health for all.
- The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
- Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) Provide immediate emotional and practical support to victims, survivors, family, and bystanders following a traumatic event.
See a list of food pantries in the Portland area at https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/or-portland
- Blanchet House of Hospitality in Portland is serving free hot meals in Northwest Portland to those in need. You can donate and sign up to volunteer here.
- Lift UP helps serve low-income residents in the Northwest/Downtown Portland area with their food needs. You can sign up to volunteer here.
- Neighborhood House is a local social service agency that’s providing meals, masks and distance learning to members of the Portland community, and is supporting homebound seniors amid the crisis. You can donate to their COVID-19 response fund here.
- Northeast Emergency Food Program: Meets the urgent food needs of Portland metro area neighbors, primarily people living in east Portland, many of whom live east of 82nd Ave. However, unlike many other food pantries in the region, we do not have a geographic boundary—meaning, people come to us from across the tri-county region of northwest Oregon, as well as southwest Washington. We are also able to help those who are experiencing houselessness and those who are undocumented.
- Meals on Wheels People is a nonprofit that helps buy, cook and deliver meals for homebound seniors.
- The PDX COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network has set up a volunteer form for those who can help deliver supplies and groceries in the Portland area. You can sign up here.
See a list of shelters in the Portland area at https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Portland&state=OR
- Portland Rescue Mission offers food, shelter and recovery programs for men, women and children. You can donate food, clothing and other needed items here.
- Transition Projects helps those experiencing homelessness secure low-income housing, among other development programs. You can donate here, or volunteer here.
- Oregon’s My Neighbor program helps connect goods and services from the community and gives foster families the essentials they need.
- Our House serves those living with HIV.
Community and Global Health is located in room 307 and 309 of JR Howard Hall on the Undergraduate Campus.
Carolyn L. Zook
Associate Director and Pre-Health Advisor
Community Engagement Coordinator
Community and Global Health
Lewis & Clark
615 S. Palatine Hill Road
Portland OR 97219