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Did 45’s election send shock waves through your circles and leave you shook? There’s no better way to stick it to the administration than by supporting your community. Though picking a volunteer opportunity is daunting, we’re here to help. If you haven’t checked out “From Slacktivism to Activism” yet, it’s the Mercury’s weekly column that spreads the word about resistance events and provides a volunteer spotlight for different nonprofits and grassroots organizations in Portland. Get your shit together and read that every week to stay in the know about fun ways to participate and support a slew of causes. In the meantime, you can kick-start the year by picking a place to volunteer from this list.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing the type of volunteer work you want to do. Consider your strengths, tailor the opportunity to build up your résumé if you need to, and take into consideration the amount of time you can commit. One-time fundraisers and events are still excellent ways to raise awareness and money, but ongoing volunteering opportunities make sure that the groups we love can sustain the work they do—no matter how (un)glam—today and tomorrow.

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Live at Keller Auditorium March 4!
Jason Isbell has established himself as one of the most respected songwriters of his generation. Don’t miss Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, March 4th at Keller Auditorium!


Help high schoolers write and edit college essays with Literary Arts

Pen letters to incarcerated folks or send books with Critical Resistance PDX

Lead or assist a creative writing workshop through Write Around Portland

Write grants for nonprofits like Morpheus Youth Project


Play ambient music at Doernbecher Children's Hospital with Healing Through Music

Produce content and edit audio at KBOO, XRAY, and Freeform community radio stations

Be a summer band manager (camp counselor) at Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls


Assist with murals at Portland Street Art Alliance

Help out in the Maker Studio at the Portland Children's Museum

Be an usher for the NW Film Center and Artists Repertory Theatre


Become a youth mentor with Holla Mentors

Foster a pup through One Tail at a Time PDX

Advocate for older adults with Elders in Action


Serve a meal in the kitchen at New Avenues for Youth

Shop for groceries with Store to Door

Distribute emergency food boxes and accept donations at Neighborhood House

Professional services:

Offer hair stylist services at Ronald McDonald House Charities

Capture events through photography and videography at AIGA Portland

Design brochures and flyers for nonprofits like Kindred Hospice


Sort and clean kids' books with the Children's Book Bank

Stuff envelopes and take care of clerical duties at Mercy Corps

Proofread and partake in stapling parties for Street Roots

Organize craft supplies and tidy materials at SCRAP PDX


Table and spread the word about MRG Foundation

Organize or assist with Cascade AIDS Project's CAP Art Auction or AIDS Walk

Support The Portland Mercury

Throw parties for social justice with NXT LVL

Sports and Outdoors:

Support the Special Olympics Oregon as a coach or unified partner

Maintain hiking trails with Portland Parks & Recreation and Trailkeepers of Oregon

Lead a soccer team at Boys & Girl Clubs of Portland


Build tiny pod villages for houseless veterans with Catholic Charities

De-nail and grade lumber at the Rebuilding Center

Participate in garden and construction work parties with City Repair Project

Still need more options to choose from? Try searching on and use the keywords and filters to help find the perfect experience for you.

SLAY Film Fest
In person at the Clinton St. Theater 10/29 & 10/30