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Neighborhood House - Cesar Chavez K-8

Visit the organization web site: http://www.nhpdx.org/SupportOurWork/volunteer.html

What We Do

SUN Community Schools are full-service neighborhood hubs where the school and partners from across the community come together to make sure kids and families have what they need to be successful in school and in life.

SUN Community Schools provide:


  • Educational support and skill development for youth and adults
  • Enrichment and recreation activities
  • Family involvement and support
  • Family and community events


Opportunities for service with us

Cesar Chavez K-8 will offer afterschool programming to students from 1st to 8th grade. We offer: homework clubs, literacy classes, Latino clubs, and distribute food at our in house food pantry.  Here are a few volunteer descriptions. If interested please contact SUN Coordinator, Maria Velez, to find the best fit for your volunteer needs.

Maria Velez





SUN Afterschool

Program Volunteer



Help children stay seated and eating during snack time

Safely take kids to recess and supervise their play

Work with the instructor to create small group instruction or one-on-one help for elementary school students in math or reading.


*Requires background check


SUN Afterschool

Program Volunteer



Work with the instructor to implement enrichment activities

Safely take kids to the cafeteria and make sure they go home with the correct person 

*Requires background check


Cesar Chavez Food Pantry Volunteer Descriptions:

                Every Wednesday from 5-6:30 PM (excluding holidays) is an Oregon Food Bank sponsored food pantry at Cesar Chavez K-8. At the Pantry, anyone can come and get a box or two of a variety of foods. While it is in this window of time that most people interact with the Pantry, there is a lot of work behind the scenes that make the Pantry possible. The more volunteers we have at the Pantry, the more services that can be provided to your North Portland neighbors. We hope that you will take up the call and volunteer at Cesar Chavez. Even an hour a week makes a difference. 

Looking for following roles:


A Set-up shift at the Chavez Pantry entails setting up tables and stocking said tables with aesthetically pleasing displays of food. Each food type is then labeled with amounts each family can take (depending on family size). Inventory levels, limited space and categorization must be taken into account when setting-up the pantry. The Pantry Coordinator will guide volunteers to take these factors into account. Shifts tend to be 1-2 hours.

Times Needed:                 Wed. 12:30-2:30

                                                Wed. 4-5


A Distribution shift at the Chavez Pantry entails guiding shoppers through the pantry with a shopping cart and boxes, making sure each shopper takes the appropriate amount of each item depending on their family size. As a volunteer begins to feel more comfortable at the Pantry, they will be asked to fulfil additional roles between rounds guiding shoppers. Additional roles may include distributing numbers for a lottery system, restocking food stations from inventory, retrieving shopping carts, and/or interpreting for shoppers. Spanish or Somali speaking is preferred, but NOT required. Shifts tend to be 2 hours, and 4-5 Set-up volunteers often stay for Distribution.

Times Needed:                 Wed. 4:45-6:45


Preferred way to contact:
Maria Velez
5103 N. Willis Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203 Directions
Bus Service
Routes 4, 35, and 75