Contributing your time is a powerful way to support the youth in your community. Just a few hours a week can have a tremendous impact on a child’s life. We count on volunteers to help us carry out our mission by offering quality programs, creating meaningful relationships, and inspiring young people to reach their full potential. Our Clubs offer opportunities for adults to work directly with youth as homework helpers and tutors, activities assistants, and mentors.

There are many ways to get involved at every level of our organization.  We are flexible and strive to match you with an opportunity that fits your skills, interests, and availability.

Volunteer Hours

Depending on location, our Clubs are open from 2:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday through Friday. All individual volunteer opportunities listed below are available within that time frame.

Requirements

To volunteer directly with youth, you MUST:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Commit to a regular schedule of at least 1 day per week for a minimum of 10 weeks

These commitments are very important to us. We need volunteers who will be with us for at least 10 weeks to give the youth the stability and familiarity that is essential to making an impact. We do not currently have “drop-in” volunteer opportunities working with youth.

If you feel you can commit to this, then we would love to have you join our volunteer team!

Process

Step 1:  Check out our available volunteer opportunities.
Step 2:  Submit a volunteer application online or in person at one of our Clubs.
Step 3:  Submit a background check. Our children’s safety is our number one priority. For the safety of our youth, all volunteers are required to submit a background check (criminal history and sex offender registry) with a $12 fee before being approved. Please complete the Volunteer Application to receive a link to our background check form.
Step 4:  Get matched. Once approved, our Volunteer Coordinator will connect you with your preferred site’s Youth and Family Services Coordinator, who will lead you through the orientation process. Generally, volunteers are approved in 1-2 weeks, depending on background check and orientation schedule.

Volunteer Spotlight

Sandra Atuegbu

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandra Atuegbu

Why do you volunteer with us/ what made you want to volunteer with us?
Mostly to provide and be a mentor  to the members here in this community because it is being gentrified. Also be an outlet for the members so they can see someone like them.

What do you find meaningful about volunteering at the club?
Interacting with the kids and seeing them warm up to you.

What have you found to be the most fun?

Talking and listening to the kids!

Choose the type of volunteer opportunity you’re interested in.

Individual Volunteers

We are looking for individual volunteers, at least 18 years old, to make an ongoing commitment to help out in the Clubs at least one day every week for a minimum for 10 weeks.

Homework Help

Nurturing a positive and supportive learning environment is extremely important to us. Power Hour, our after-school homework help program for 1st-5th graders, is always in need of volunteers to help members with their homework. For those members in need of extra or more personalized educational assistance, one-on one tutoring opportunities exist.

Kids Café

We provide nutritious meals and snack each day, at no cost to our members, providing a basic need and equipping youth with the tools to develop lifelong healthy habits. We are looking for volunteers to help serve meals, keep count of the number of youth served, and help in cafeteria clean up.

Clothing Closet & Food Pantry

Our Inukai Family Club, located in Hillsboro, has a robust program to provide the families we serve with the resources they need. We are looking for volunteers to run our pantry twice a week and track the number of families served.

Activity Aid

Support our staff in running fun and engaging programs in our gym, art room, and computer lab. Activity Aids enable us to facilitate small group exploration, empowering our youth to get the most out of each activity.

Ready to apply? Click here
to get the ball rolling!

Team Opportunities

We love to host corporate, school, and community groups – the impact we can make with your help is astounding!  Learn about our current team opportunities and submit an application for your group today!

Day in the Club

Can your team help us offer a horizon-broadening experience to our members?  Facilitate a project in the Art Room, get active with a field day in the Gym, coordinate a tournament in the Games Room, or enhance one of our targeted programs with another special activity!

When:  Weekdays between 2:30pm and 6:30pm
Group Size:  5 to 20 people

Club Beautification

Take on a project to ensure that the Club environment is clean, current, and inviting to all.  Opportunities at each site might include painting walls, decorating classrooms, updating bulletin boards, cleaning high-traffic areas, fixing equipment, landscaping, and so much more!

When:  Weekdays between 9:00am and 2:30pm, limited weekends
Group Size:  5 to 30 people

Community Events

Our Clubs host monthly events to strengthen our connections with Club families and celebrate youth successes.  Help us make these events a success by joining in set-up and clean-up, welcoming guests, serving meals, facilitating activities, and organizing giveaways.  Check out our Events Calendar below to find an opportunity near you!

When:  Weekdays between 4:00pm and 7:30pm, limited weekends
Group Size:  5 to 20 people

Schoolhouse Supplies

Support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland through Schoolhouse Supplies, a nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.  When your team visits their Free Store for Teachers to sort and tally donated supplies, the Clubs earn vouchers to shop for new materials for programs, activities, decorations, and prizes for kids!

When:  Tuesdays or Thursdays; 3-hour shift between 2:00pm and 6:00pm
Group Size:  5 to 15 people