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Volunteer Opportunities


 

Want to get involved in building a sustainable food system here in Multnomah County? Below you'll find a list of organizations that regularly host volunteer opportunities with brief descriptions of the types of work each organization offers so you'll know what to expect!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Adelante Mujeres: Adelante Mujeres offers volunteers both one-day opportunities and long-term commitments, from participating in on-farm work parties to helping out at the Forest Grove Farmers Market to teaching agriculture classes to Latino farmers.

C.R.O.P.S.: Multnomah County's very own urban farm C.R.O.P.S. (Community Reaps Our Produce and Shares), an initiative led by Chair Jeff Cogen, welcomes volunteers to help with planting and harvesting! All of our produce is donated to the Oregon Food Bank.

Depave: Help clear the city of unnecessary concrete to provide spaces for urban gardens! Depave offers both short- and long-term commitments, from work parties to project management.

Growing Gardens:  Growing Gardens gets at the root of hunger. They organize hundreds of volunteers to build organic, raised bed vegetable gardens in backyards, front yards, side yards, and even on balconies --anywhere a seed can be planted!

Hands on Greater Portland:  Hands On offers a range of volunteer programs designed to provide everyone with the opportunity to make a difference in our community. Their search engine allows you to seek out one-time projects, on-going opportunities, volunteer days for your workplace, opportunities for children and teens to get involved, and more!

Oregon Food Bank:  OFB currently has more volunteer projects than people to complete them, and they can accomodate volunteer groups of all sizes, from corporations to schools to other community groups. Volunteers are vital to the work OFB does, including repackaging food donations, leading nutrition education classes and gardening workshops, lending a hand at food and fundraising events, and much more. 

Plant a Row: An initiative sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank, Plant A Row helps you fight hunger with your own home garden when you plant an extra row to donate to hunger-relief agencies.

Portland Farmers Market: Volunteers support the PFM's goal of promoting locally grown and prepared foods by maintaining markets and by educating the public on the importance of buying local. You can help out by staffing their information booths, providing in-office support, or teaching the public through cooking demonstrations.

Portland Fruit Tree Project: Find a community orchard in Portland and lend a hand at a harvest party, conduct outreach in Portland neighborhoods, or teach workshops about fruit tree management, canning, planting, and more! If you or your neighbors have trees and more fruit than you know what to do with, you can also add to PFTP's growing database.

Zenger Farm: This mainstay of urban farming in Southeast Portland offers a host of volunteer opportunities, from farming work parties to school farm tours to on-site support at the Lents International Farmers Market.