Individual Volunteering


The small actions of our volunteers create a huge impact inside Portland’s classrooms. Every pencil, notebook, and crayon that volunteers touch will wind up in the hands of a student who otherwise would not have had the tools needed to learn. Our volunteers don’t have to ask if they’re making a difference, they know they are.

Ways to Get Involved

School Supply Spectacular: Open Community Volunteer Event

Join us on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 1:30-4:30pm to sort, tally, prep & stock learning tools in our Free Store for Teachers. This is a great way to get a taste for volunteering with us with no minimum commitment, application or orientation. You must RSVP to attend.
Minimum age with an adult is 11. Minimum age without an adult is 16.

Free Store Front Desk Greeter

Friendly outgoing volunteers are needed to greet teacher-shoppers at the Free Store! Opportunities include: check-in, orientation, and check-out. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 12:45-3:45pm and 3:45-6:45pm during the school year.

Currently seeking a Front Desk Greeter on Tuesdays from 12:45-3:45pm. 

Free Store Warehouse Assistant

Donations arrive daily and we need your help to stock the shelves of the Free Store. Opportunities include: sorting, counting, organizing and stocking supplies. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 9:30am-12:30pm.

Pick Up Partners

Keep the shelves of the Free Store stocked by volunteering to pick up donations from businesses and organizations in your personal vehicle. Flexible schedule.

Books for Kids

Help get more books into our schools by sorting and stocking donated books. This opportunity is managed by Hands On Greater Portland. Third Saturday of the month; 9:30am-noon.

Data Entry

Help us better serve students and teachers by volunteering from your home or workplace. Internet connection and computer required. Flexible schedule.

Be Pencil Pete

Have you always wanted to try on an 8-foot mascot costume? Here’s your chance to play the part! Must be 5’10” or shorter. Varied schedule.

Committee work, internships, event & special projects

We sometimes work with volunteers on these special projects. If you have a specific skill to share, just talk to us about potential ways to engage.

Interested in volunteering?

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School Community Service Hours

Need to earn community service hours as part of your graduation requirements? We are happy to work with you. Check out the details.