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Making a Difference in Your Community

Join REACH in our efforts to build community and create opportunities to help our residents realize personal success.  Volunteers get hands-on experience by working one-on-one with our residents and homeowners, leading workshops in buildings, executing events, completing office projects, and performing home repairs for senior citizens.  Take a look at our opportunities below - then we hope you’ll Get Involved!


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Need more info?  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 503.231.0682 x7067

Resume Writing Workshop Leaders

Educational activities are important for the personal development of residents and help build community. A project-based class gives residents a chance to foster relationships with neighbors and build confidence by learning new skills. Resume writing in particular provides opportunities for reflection, expression, and personal growth.

- What is a resume and what is it used for
- Resume writings do’s and don’ts
- How to write a good objective statement
- Different types of resume styles and approaches
- Choosing which style of resume is right for you
- Understanding and choosing the right words to describe your job skills and experiences
- The importance of formatting and understanding how to format your resume to stand out


Home Health & Safety Aid Instructors

Residents in affordable housing face barriers to keeping their home healthy and safe. Many live with disabilities and have difficulty keeping their space clean or moving heavy objects. A responsible and compassionate volunteer is sought to help our residents complete these and similar basic tasks to ensure their health and safety. REACH will introduce volunteer and resident, train volunteer, and provide all necessary materials. Supervision is off-site and available by phone during business hours.

Computer Instructors

Be the solution by helping low-income individuals gain computer skills which are indispensible in a rapidly modernizing economy. Too often, people with less access to technology are left behind their more privileged peers, creating a digital divide. Learning simple skills like, “How to open a file”, “How to write an e-mail”, or “How to perform an online search” can provide a vital link to resources, jobs, and social connections. You can make a real difference by sharing your practical and powerful knowledge about technology with others.

Arts & Crafts Workshops

Educational activities are important for the personal development of residents and help build community. A project-based class gives residents a chance to foster relationships with neighbors and build confidence by learning new skills.

Cooking Instructor

Cooking classes are a great way to share skills about nutrition, budgeting, and cooking while building community in REACH buildings.

The cook teaches residents how to prepare tasty and healthy meals on a limited budget (utilizing food boxes, community harvests, etc.), shares tricks of the trade, and involves participants in meal preparation. Each workshop ends with a mealtime so everyone can enjoy the fruit of their labor! The groups are small (5-15 people) and the workshops generally last 2 hours. This workshop uses hands-on teaching techniques and is also a valuable opportunity for participants to socialize.

Russian ESL Tutor

Russian speaking residents need English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor to help increase their English speaking and comprehension abilities and English speaking residents want to increase their knowledge of the Russian language to be able to communicate more openly and freely with non-English speaking residents.  Practice basic English and Russian conversation and assist with basic English speaking and writing skills (Beginner’s vocabulary, grammar, etc.) as well as assistance completing various simple document applications.

REACH Clothes Closet

The REACH Closet is meant to be a vehicle whereby residents acquire clothing as well as daily and seasonal needs of food and other items. A volunteer is needed to host the REACH office food and clothing closet. REACH residents can access the closet for a bag of emergency food 1x a month and 4x a month for other items.

Calling all Photographers

Summer will be upon us soon and with it a host of events that need to be documented and made memorable. Show off your artistic talent by shooting an event. Events include Community Builders Workdays, building openings, and fundraising events.  Photographers are also needed to document smaller activities like yoga classes and financial education.

Volunteer in the REACH office

Gain valuable office experience and support REACH’s work “behind the scenes” by assisting with mailings, photo cataloguing, data entry, and phone outreach.

Help Out at a REACH Event

REACH hosts a number of events of varying sizes throughout the year which depend on the support of volunteers for planning and execution.  Event volunteers help set-up, register guests, and clean-up, among other activities.

Put Your Home Repair Skills to Good Use

The Community Builders Program provide important safety repairs for senior and disabled homeowners year-round.  Donate your highly-needed trade skills to your community today! Licensed electricians, carpenters, roofers and plumbers are especially valuable.  And scheduling is flexible.  The annual REACH Paint & Repair-a-thon is the biggest volunteer opportunity we have throughout the year.  On the first Saturday in August, teams of dedicated volunteers repair homes throughout Portland for our senior and disabled neighbors in need.  Many of our corporate sponsors send teams of employees, joining hundreds of volunteers for a fun, “hands on” day of community service like painting, carpentry, plumbing, and yard clean up.  To support the event, we raise cash, in-kind labor, and donated materials.  It’s not only fun for your company, but a wonderful opportunity to give something back to our community and receive great publicity.  REACH coordinates everything - you just need to show up ready to wield a paintbrush or hammer!  Volunteers perform a variety to safety repairs (including hand-rail installation, security lighting, building wheelchair ramps, painting and yard clean ups).  Read more about volunteering with the Community Builders Program.

Lead a Workshop

Lead a Workshop
Build community and spread ideas by leading a workshop.  In the past, workshops have been held on Cooking Healthy on a Budget, Yoga, Basic Computer Skills, Scrapbooking, Green Living, and more!  Your ideas are welcome.  Our cooking classes are particularly popular.  Volunteers teach cooking classes in many of our buildings. Each class is different, and suited to the residents and the instructor. Many focus on budget and nutrition, but also feel like a family dinner. Regardless of your style, the class is a fun, educational way to bring people together to enjoy good food.  REACH buildings are located centrally, and classes generally involve 8-12 students. Minimum commitment is 3-6 hours once a month for 6 months

Job Team Workshop Leaders - Educational activities are important for the personal development of residents and help build community. A project-based class gives residents a chance to foster relationships with neighbors and build confidence by learning new skills.  Our workshop leaders should be able to give advice about what guides entry-level hiring decisions; participate in mock interviews with participants to improve and sharpen their interview skills; and assist with advice on developing resumes, cover letters, online applications, interviewing skills.