Become a Volunteer


Join our volunteer team! 

Help us live out our values of compassion and human connectedness by volunteering your time. You'll be helping to support families experiencing homelessness transform their lives for the better. We are always seeking additional volunteers to join our efforts and there are a variety of ways you can plug in on a daily basis! 

Volunteer Requirements

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

·    Because PHFS relies heavily on our strong volunteer base, we ask for a monthly volunteer commitment of at least 1 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 volunteer yet. 

I think there is a deeply human reality that each of us is completely in need, and that volunteering - helping people whose need is more visible - is a way of becoming more aware of that. It’s also a way of giving and experiencing love in a tangible way.
— Patrick, PHFS Volunteer

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

All listed opportunities are needed every day, 365 days a year. You can volunteer at our day shelter Thirteen Salmon or our evening shelter Goose Hollow.

Opening Host, Thirteen Salmon | 8:00-11:00am | Sun/Mon/Wed/Sat

Help our families start the day off right by helping with breakfast, socializing with families, and assisting the Shelter Coordinator with any special projects like cleaning and organizing.

Lunch Host, Thirteen Salmon | 11:00am-1:00pm | Every Day

Get creative in the kitchen and help prepare a nutritious lunch for the families, usually around 10-15 people. 

Afternoon Host, Thirteen Salmon | 3:00-6:00pm | Sun/Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat

Spend time socializing with families, playing with kids, and working with students who may need help with homework after school. Also serve up an after-school snack. 

Helping Hand, Goose Hollow | 6:30-9:30pm | Every Evening

Help ensure a smooth operating shelter with a variety of tasks such as organizing donations, doing laundry, and setting up the sleeping areas for our families. 

Kid Time Host, Goose Hollow | 6:30-9:30pm | Every Evening
This position is also available at Thirteen Salmon | Time varies

Use our games, crafts, toys, and books to engage our littlest guests in enriching, positive play activities! 

Meal Provider, Goose Hollow | 6:30-8:00pm | Every Evening

Prepare and bring in dinner for up to 8 families with children. While eating family-style, build community and get to know families over dinner!

Overnight Host, Goose Hollow | 7:30pm-7:30am | Every Evening *highest need

Support our families with their end of the day routine, sleep overnight with our families with the company of an overnight staff member, and help our families start their day the next morning! 

Incredible Years Meal Provider (off site) | 11:15am | Tues *highest need

PHFS teaches the Incredible Years Parenting Curriculum. Deliver lunch to the participating parents and their kids!  

Group & Family Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteer groups from corporations, organizations, and faith communities. We also encourage families to volunteer together! 

Adopt-A-Night at Goose Hollow

Gather 8-10 individuals to take over all of the shifts at Goose Hollow, including Kid Time Host, Helping Hands, Meal Provider, and Overnight Host!

Meal Provider, Goose Hollow | 6:30-8:00pm | Every Evening

Prepare and host dinner for up to 8 families with children. While eating family-style, build community and get to know families over dinner! 

To volunteer as a family, all adults who are 18 or older must go through our on-boarding process. Any children who are 17 or younger may join you to volunteer, and must accompany you at all times during your volunteer shift.

Get Started

The first step to volunteering with PHFS is to attend a volunteer orientation. See below for upcoming dates and to RSVP! Don’t see a date you can attend?  Please contact the Volunteer Manager, Bethany Rocci at or at 503-915-8307.

If you are interested in being cross-trained at both shelter sites, please attend an orientation at both Thirteen Salmon and Goose Hollow.

Thirteen Salmon Family Center Orientation

By attending this orientation, you will be eligible to volunteer at the Thirteen Salmon Family Center. This shelter site is best for individuals who want to volunteer.

Monday, January 8th | 6:15-7:15pm

Goose Hollow Family Shelter Orientation

By attending this orientation, you will be eligible to volunteer at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter. This shelter site is best for individuals, or groups and families who want to volunteer together. This site is not ADA accessible.

Monday, December 11th | 5:00-6:00pm