Become a Volunteer!

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  • Volunteers must be 18 or older. If you are under 18 and would like to volunteer, you may do so with your parent. We encourage families to volunteer together!

  • PHFS encourages an ongoing, monthly commitment of at least one shift per month.

  • If you are a former PHFS client, you are welcome to volunteer! Please wait until six months have passed since you have received services. Current PHFS clients are not eligible to volunteer yet.


Support families experiencing homelessness transform their lives for the better and help us live out our values of compassion and human connectedness by volunteering! There are a variety of ways you can be involved on a daily basis, from playing with kids, to preparing meals, to supporting the daily operations of the shelter. As PHFS expands at our new headquarters we will be adding additional volunteer opportunities!

Attending an orientation is the first step in our on-boarding process. RSVP below if you can join us for our orientation on Thursday, March 21st, 5-6pm.

Ready to get started? Contact:
Volunteer Coordinator, Therese "TC" Schumacher | | 971-865-1351

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Family Winter Shelter (NW Portland) - Evening shifts
This winter, support 75 moms, dads, and kids at our Family Winter Shelter. Provide dinners, play with kids, and support the evening routine by sorting donations, folding laundry, or floating to wherever you are needed most!

Thirteen Salmon Family Center (SW Portland) - Day shifts
Host breakfast, lunch, and snack for families who access the PHFS day center! In between kitchen duties, hang out with parents, care for little kids, and work with the big kids on their homework.

Lents Family Shelter (SE Portland) - Day & Evening shifts
Provide brunch and dinner for 30 parents and their kids who are staying at the Lents Family Shelter. Engage kids in positive play activities or tackle a project, such as sorting donations, doing laundry, or preparing for a new incoming family. Additional volunteer positions to come!

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one-time Opportunities


PHFS families moved to our new shelter space in the Lents neighborhood! With the help and time of many skilled volunteers, we prepared five of the eight apartment units!

If you are a corporate team interested in helping PHFS set up our new shelter, there is more work to be done! We still need to mud, sand, and texture ceilings, prime and paint, install laminate flooring, install updated fixtures, and assemble furniture. Contact if you are interested in organizing a corporate volunteer group!