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October 25, 2013


1. SOS Outreach

Special Events Volunteers Needed!

Do you love to meet new people? Do you want to help a great cause? The goal of SOS Outreach's programs is to increase resiliency in at-risk youth. Each of the SOS programs offers a value-based leadership curriculum that enhances the experiences for students by promoting self-respect, positive relationships, social skills, and positive values all while participating in an outdoor adventure sport.

Throughout the year SOS hosts or is involved in a variety of events that require volunteer assistance, including movie premieres and fundraising events. Please contact Regional Program Director, Malee Lucas, at if you are interested. See our website at Thanks!

2. Maranatha Church Mentoring Program

Become a Youth Mentor!

MC / Heat Year-round Academy is seeking volunteers for a work for school credit part-time position in our tutoring and mentoring program. The program, which operates throughout the September 9, 2012 – June 13, 2014 school year, matches adults to work one-on-one with girls and boys 8-13 years of age.

If you would like more information on volunteering at MC / Heat’s Year-round Academy, please call Program Director Jeffrey Fields at 503.421.6030, or the Church Office at 503-288-7241. You can also email us at

3. Friends of Trees

One-day Training (free!) to become a Friends of Trees Crew Leader!

Friends of Trees is seeking new Crew Leaders for the upcoming October-April planting season! Being a Crew Leader is a great way to meet people, develop valuable leadership skills and, of course, learn how to plant trees the right way. You'll also get to wear a Friends of Trees vest at weekend plantings and receive the respect and admiration of the volunteers on your crew, as well as receive a coveted Tree Team t-shirt and great food (a hallmark of all of our planting events).

Crew Leaders are one of our most important volunteer roles as they help teach our volunteers how to plant trees and work together as a team. During our planting season, each Crew Leader commits to guiding small groups of planters at four Saturday morning plantings. We have almost 70 public planting events scheduled this season.

Join this fun and energetic team by signing up for a required one-day training. We have two planting programs for you to choose from. Our Green Space Initiative (training Oct 26th) plants small native trees and shrubs in natural areas and green spaces in areas throughout Washington and Clackamas counties, as well as along the I-205 Multi-Use Path. Our Neighborhood Trees program (training Nov 2nd and 9th) plants large (8- 12') street and yard trees with homeowners and planting volunteers in eastside Portland neighborhoods, as well as in Vancouver and Beaverton. These trainings are popular and space fills quickly, so register soon!

Green Space Initiative Training -- *** Register at  ***
Saturday, Oct. 26 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) - NW Portland

Neighborhood Trees Trainings -- *** Register at  ***
Saturday, Nov. 2 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) - SE Portland
Saturday, Nov. 9 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) - SE Vancouver, WA

If you have any questions, please visit or call us at 503.595.0213.
Friends of Trees' mission is to bring people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield metro areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces. We've been doing so for more than 24 years!

4. Scott SUN School

Travel the world through books and art!

Excellent volunteer opportunity working with children through Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) and Impact NW. Explore the world through books with K-2nd graders!

Multicultural Story Scouts
Each class, we'll travel to a new country as we read stories from many places. Afterwards, step into a new culture by doing a craft or game that goes along with the story.

Scott SUN School
Address: 6700 NE Prescott St. in NE Portland
Grade level: K-2nd
Dates: Sept. 30 – Dec. 5.
Class Day/Time: Wednesday, 2:35-4:00pm. Also Mondays from 3:30-4:00, if available.
# of Class Sessions: 9
This class will be based on curriculum and books on loan from Multnomah County Library System.

The class leader: --Must be able to supervise 10-12 children, ages 5-8. --Must be able to communicate effectively and respectfully with colleagues, parents, children and supervisors.
--Must be able to complete and pass an Oregon Background check prior to start date.
--Educational experience preferred, but not required.

Annie Olson Caparoso, Scott SUN Site Manager, Scott K8 School, Impact NW, Tel: 503.916.5418, Email:

5. Volunteers of America Oregon

Combat Poverty & Uphold Social Justice

Pair up with an elder slipping into dementia and document their life story, help young children learn and grow in our garden and therapeutic classroom, tutor children in low-income housing, support residents in a women’s addiction recovery program, or assist with marketing and procurement projects.

Visit for a full list of current opportunities, overview of our application process, and list of upcoming orientation sessions. Contact for more information.

6. Portland After School Tennis and Education (PAST&E)

Be a Game Changer in an At-Risk Child’s Life! Weekday Afternoons.

Portland After-School Tennis and Education (PAST&E) needs volunteers who are willing to be trained to Tutor, Coach and Mentor to at risk children from low income families in North Portland. Our goal is to create Scholar Athletes…children who are healthy, excel in athletics and love to learn!

All of our volunteers play a dual role as a Coach and a Tutor. In their role as a Coach, they assist our core coaches in tennis and fitness activities with our scholar athletes. And as a Tutor, they help our scholar athletes stay focused on completing their homework.

No tennis experience needed, but all of our volunteers come prepared every day to be active on the court, such as playing tennis, participating in fitness activities and dancing!

Our programming runs Monday through Friday 2pm-6pm every week.

Apply to be a Volunteer at

For more information please email our Program Director, Trenton Corvino, at


7. SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

Help Children Discover the Joy of Reading!

Support children’s literacy in your community and inspire a love of books and reading. SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) is an early literacy nonprofit that envisions an Oregon in which every child can read and is empowered to succeed. We engage community volunteers to help PreK-third grade children become confident readers by providing one-on-one literacy support, valuable adult mentorship, and books to take home and keep. As a SMART Reader, you'll read one-on-one with children for 1 hour per week from October to May. If you're not able to commit to a weekly session, apply to be a substitute reader. The Metro SMART program has volunteer reading opportunities at elementary schools in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

For more information and to apply go towww.getsmartoregon.orgor callStaci Sutton, SMART Metro Assistant Manager at 971-634-1616.

Applications will be accepted year-round.

SMART has a new website! Check it out at

P.S. We’re looking for volunteer Site Coordinators and Readers for the 2013-14 program year! Please check out our website for local volunteer opportunities:

8. Hillsboro Public Library

Hillsboro Public Library Book Sale: We have a volunteer job for you!

The Hillsboro Public Library semi-annual book sale is coming up in less than a month, and we need YOUR help to make it happen! The sale raises money for new Library books and materials, and this fall's sale will be huge! Help us set up, get organized, and keep the shelves stocked. You'll get a sneak preview of the sale and a chance to work with a great team of book-loving volunteers.

We'll be setting up on October 19 & 26: 9am-noon and 1-4pm, and October 20 & 27: 1-4pm. Tear down is November 11, 9-noon & 1-4pm (pizza included!). Or if you'd prefer to volunteer during the week, we have flexible shifts available between October 21 and November 10.

To sign up, call or email Molly: or 503.615.3457.

9. Rigler SUN, an IRCO Organization

Volunteer with K-5 Extended Day School

Rigler SUN Community School, located inside Rigler K-5 Dual Language Immersion School, is seeking volunteers to help students in its extended day Homework Club and enrichment classes one or two days per week, Monday through Thursday. Extended day enrichment classes this term include Capoeira, Gardening & Cooking, Comics & Graphic Novels, Soccer Stars, and Lego Robotics.

Commitment is flexible and varies with volunteers’ availability. We do ask that volunteers commit to at least one hour per week.

Start: Now!
End: December 19th, 2013
Requested Hours: 2:15-5pm

Contact: Gabe Espinal, 503.916.6451

10. Aloha high school

Share your skills!  Make a difference!  Help a student!  Have some fun!

WHAT: At Aloha high school there are almost as many volunteer opportunities as there are students.
•Curriculum - help students one on one in any subject area, especially & science.
•Chaperone - during special events (testing, scheduling, dances, field trips, etc.).

•High school students are really fun to work with.
•It’s incredibly rewarding.
•You could be the reason a student passes a class he or she might otherwise fail.
•These kids need your help.
•You’ll gain valuable experience.
•You want the future of tomorrow to successfully complete high school.
•Why not?

WHERE: Aloha high school 18550 SW Kinnaman Rd. Beaverton OR 97007

WHEN: Opportunities are ongoing, hours are flexible but generally occur during the school day Monday-Friday between 7:45-2:30 with some exceptions.

HOW: Contact Serafina Warner AHS Equity Resource counselor - 503 259-4754

11. Friends of Tryon Creek

Calling all Saturday morning forest people!

Stewardship Saturdays in Tryon Creek State Natural Area:
9am to 12:30pm

**Light breakfast provided

The Friends of Tryon Creek’s mission is to connect people to this important natural area, share our passion for the wonders of nature and inspire environmental stewardship in all.

Most Saturdays are Ivy pulls and 4th Saturdays may be trail maintenance in the winter
Pull together to remove invasive English ivy and to protect our forest. Ivy out competes our native plants, covers tree canopy stopping photosynthesis, takes over the forest floor and ruins precious habitat. We choose to remove this ivy manually without chemicals in order to minimize damage to the ecosystem, so help from the greater community is very much appreciated. Come hang out with fellow nature enthusiasts and give back to your community.

• Registration is not required but please call ahead with groups of 5 or more
• Come to 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. 97219
• Parking space is limited so carpooling is recommended if possible
• All minors must be checked in at the Nature Center with their minor’s insurance form signed by a parent/guardian (can be found on our website at
• Anyone under 14 MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian
• Gloves and a light snack provided
• Please bring your own water bottle
• Please dress for the weather, to get dirty, and to be off trail (sturdy shoes and long pants are strongly suggested)
• We usually need to hike at least 15-20 minutes to get to the spot where we will be working

Contact for more info...

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