Volunteer Roles

All volunteers must be able to pass a criminal a background check.

Meal Preparation

Overview: Prepare and serve a meal per month for up to 10 youth living at one of our shelter programs: Seneca House, Safe Place for Youth or the Nest. A home cooked meal goes a long way to creating comfort and safety for teens who are experiencing very little stability in their lives. Volunteers will provide ingredients, make the meal (they can make it in advance and bring it to one of the shelters or use the kitchen at the facility) and sit at the table for family style dinner, if they choose to. Volunteers will help clean up after dinner. 

Or you can prepare a meal for a foster family to give them a much deserved night off from cooking. 

Commitment: At least one meal per month, six month commitment is preferred 

Shift Hours: 5pm-7pm

Application Deadline: Open  



Skill Building

Overview: Have a special talent, skill or interest? Come share your passion with children in the foster care system or young adults who are transitioning out of homelessness and into stable housing. You will bring supplies needed for activities and will engage 5-10 youth in hour long activity circles. Each circle will end with the creation of something the youth can hold on to. Also volunteers can work with the youth on a large project over the course of several weeks or months.  

A few examples include:

  • Writing Circles: You can provide journals to each youth and provide writing prompts. Each youth spends a few minutes writing and then if they choose to, can share their masterpieces with the group. The kids love this one!

  • Financial Independence and Responsibility: This is an excellent opportunity for the young adults in the transitional living program who are working towards supporting themselves. Volunteers share information on budgeting, employment tips, and resume building.

  • Craft Time: You can come up with a craft project for the youth and provide art supplies and lesson on how to use the supplies to create something special.

Commitment: You can lead an activity often as once per week and as infrequently as once per month

Shift Hours: Depending on your availability and program schedule 

Application Deadline: Open 



Transportation for Transformation

Overview: Missing school is the number one indicator of whether a child will graduate form high school. Kids in foster care already have the odds stacked against them, and need the community's support to make it to and from school every day. Directly contribute to their educational success by being a volunteer school transporter, either driving them to school in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon. Volunteers are not just drivers, they are also forming a meaningful relationship with the kids they are helping. The more adults who can demonstrate consistency and care to youth in foster care, the better! 

Commitment: 1-5 mornings or afternoons per week, 6 month commitment is preferred

Shift Hours: Morning shift is 7am-9:30am, afternoon shift is 2pm-4:30pm

Application Deadline: Open  

For this volunteer opportunity you must be able to pass a criminal background check, Oregon driving record check, and have reliable transportation with proof of insurance. Mileage reimbursement provided. 



Child Care

Overview: Boys & Girls Aid’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) is seeking childcare volunteers! The TLP supports youth ages 16-23 who are transitioning out of homelessness by providing housing, independent living support, and life skill building. Youth attend bimonthly skill building groups at the TLP office, where they learn everything they need to know to live on their own and take care of their families. Many of the young women in the program are parenting young children. The TLP program needs volunteers who can take care of up to four toddlers while their mothers participate in skill building group in the adjoining room.

Tasks include playing with toys and games, providing snacks, and reading stories. Groups take place on the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 4:45 to 6:15.

This is an exciting program with a positive, supportive culture. The childcare volunteer opportunity is perfect for anyone who wants to spend a few hours a month taking care of toddlers in a low-pressure environment while also contributing to the success of the vulnerable young adults in our community who are focused on improving their lives.   

Commitment: 3 hours per month, 6 month commitment is preferred

Shift Hours: First and third Wednesday of each month, from 4:45pm-6:15pm

Application Deadline: Open  




Overview: Some of the most important tasks done at Boys & Girls Aid are the ones behind the scenes. Documentation and filing is a critical part of serving youth in the foster care system. have an interest in supporting children, and a passion in organization and project oriented tasks? This is the position for you! Provide a huge help to the youth served by Boys & Girls Aid by ensuting that their case files are organized and complete. This volunteer role is so critical to ensurimng that no part of a child's case falls through the cracks.

Commitment: Depending on your availability, but at least a few hours per month is preferred 

Shift Hours: Flexible, depending on your availability

Application Deadline: Open  



Recreation Volunteer

Do you love fun? Physical activity? Board Games? Playing musical instruments? Having dance parties? Karaoke? Then this is the volunteer role for you. Come share your passion for fun with youth in foster care. Volunteers come lead a group of 5 to 10 youth in a fun activity the volunteer is passionate about. Or the volunteer can be a chaperone for offsite outings to museums, wildlife areas, or theme parks.

A few examples include:

  • Sing-along/karaoke parties

  • Teaching/practicing/performing dance routines

  • Running/jogging with the youth

Commitment: Volunteer can lead a recreational activity often as once per week and is infrequently as once per month

Shift hours: Depending on your availability and program schedule

Application Deadline: Open



Foster Home Helper

Foster parents give so much of themselves every hour of every day. As a foster home helper, you give foster parents a chance to take a break, and do something for themselves. Foster home helpers will go to foster parents’ home and spend time with the youth living there so that the foster parent can go out and do something for themselves. See a movie, go out to lunch, go see a friend, have a date night. Foster home helpers spend 1-4 hours in foster homes or out in the community with foster youth, depending on volunteer availability and circumstances of the youth being supervised. This allows the youth to have another safe and stable adult to connect to, while also supports retaining Boys & Girls Aid’s amazing foster parents.

Commitment: 4 hours per month, 6 month commitment is preferred

Shift hours: TBD - Depending on your availability and foster home needs

Application Deadline: Open



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