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.


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!


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:  Interview. Once you have applied, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. We currently onboard and interview volunteers on a quarterly basis.
Step 4:   Submit a background check. Our youth’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). Please complete the Volunteer Application to receive a link to our background check form. Please note that the background check is a multi-part process, with two checks and fingerprints.
Step 5: Training. Volunteers will receive some required readings and access to our online training platform to complete the online training. There are four courses to complete that take about 4 hours in total.
Step 6: Orientation. Once you have begun the onboarding process, you will be sent some dates and times to attend an orientation. There will be a few in-person options and one virtual option each quarter.
Step 7: First Day! After you have completed the onboarding process, we will schedule your first day. On our first day, you will receive your volunteer t-shirt, a club tour, and introductions to all of the staff.

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.

Mission Support

As a mission support volunteer, you’ll commit to weekly times to help empower youth in program areas as needed, including sports, arts, STEM activities, the games room, and more

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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

Specific Volunteer Opportunities

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

Lemonade Day Volunteers

This summer we are running Lemonade Day at all of our Clubs. This program is geared towards educating youth about financial literacy and giving them real-life entrepreneurial experiences in the form of creating and running a lemonade stand! Lemonade Day will end with youth taking their lemonade stand to market all around Portland, supported by their volunteer mentors. Detailed position descriptions will be available soon. This is a great way to get your organization involved with the community, whether it is for the program or the day of the event! We hope to see you there!

Lemonade Day Program Volunteer
Summer Months (June – August 2024)
Time: Once a week for 2-3 hours each
Need: 72 Volunteers

Lemonade Day Day-Of  Volunteer
August 2024
Time: Different shifts throughout the day
Need: 130 Volunteers

Inukai Urban Gleaners Volunteers

Inukai Club, located in Hillsboro, is looking for volunteers to support their resource closet and partnership with Urban Gleaners. Volunteers will set out produce for families and help them pick out what items they need. At the end, they will help to clean up.

Date:  Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 pm
Need:  1-3 Volunteers

Club Beautification

All of our clubs host Club Beautification regularly. This is a great team bonding opportunity for an organization that is looking to get involved in the community. Club Beautification takes place on weekdays from around 9 to noon. Volunteers will deep clean, organize program supplies and spaces, pick up trash or debris outside, and powerwash the entryways to the clubs.

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

Family Night Volunteers

Each quarter our clubs host at least one family night, where they invite the families of club members to spend an evening in community at the club. Volunteer support always makes these nights run so much smoother! Family Night Volunteers support the club by helping to set up before the event, greet guests, serve food, run activities, during the event, and clean up after the event. Typically Family Nights run for a couple of hours between the hours of 5 PM and 8 PM.

Program Volunteers

We are always looking for program volunteers! We require all volunteers to be at least 18 years old, complete an interview, background checks and fingerprints, online training, and attend an orientation. Volunteers must be able to commit to attending weekly for 8 to 10 weeks. Program volunteers support our club staff by supporting the programs being run or bringing their ideas for a program to run!

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