Volunteerism Next Door


VolunteerGuideThe Willamette Week published their Volunteer Guide this week, and gave the nod to a couple Foster area businesses. We wanted to share their endorsements and throw out a few additional suggestions for places you can help out close to home.






Neighborhood Logos-02SE Works

What we need help with: SE Works is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. ESL Volunteers conduct tutoring sessions for adults learning English, GED tutors help at-risk youth study for the GED, mentors provide ongoing guidance to youth, and Civic Justice Corps Volunteers tutor students who have been involved with the juvenile justice system.

Ideal Volunteer: Successful volunteers have the ability to explain difficult concepts with patience and empathy, respect for diversity, have cross-cultural competence, and have the ability to work well with others. All volunteers are provided with training and materials as well as ongoing support from SE Works‚ staff.

Contact: Julia Martin, jmartin@seworks.org, 503-772-2341


Neighborhood Logos-01Zenger Farm

What we need help with: Volunteers help Zenger Farm offer field trip programming to over 6,000 youth a year, teach healthy cooking classes to families, raise crops and livestock, and help spread the good word about Zenger Farm in the community through events.

Ideal Volunteer: Zenger Farm volunteers are friendly, dependable, and enthusiastic. Background in cooking, gardening or outdoor education is helpful, but not required. Drop-in volunteers help with farm projects at weekly work parties and people interested in taking on leadership roles have the opportunity to make seasonal commitments to the farm.

Contact:Alice Froehlich, alice@zengerfarm.org, 503-282-4245



Neighborhood Logos-03Wikman-Arleta

What: The Wikman-Arleta is the little community building that could. They envision a neighborhood center where people can stop by, gather, and share what they have.  Assistance is needed is seeking appropriate organizations/services to tennant the building and help move this forward to reality.

Contact:  Owen atintern@southeastuplift.org.


Neighborhood Logos-02Junior Achievement

What: Junior Achievement is making a positive impact on students in our communities. Through age appropriate curriculum, students are engaged with hands on experiences to help them understand the economics of life.

JA staff provides a one hour training session so volunteers are comfortable visiting the classroom and ready to enjoy their experience to the fullest. Volunteers will be trained in classroom management, delivering the JA lessons and communicating effectively with students and teachers.

Contact:  bsmith@ja-pdx.org

Neighborhood Logos-04Little Free Libraries in Lents

What: Small libraries, everywhere? Yes please! This group is organizing and constructing a network of small book lending kiosks. They will need help doing outreach and construction leading up to the rollout this summer.

Contact: Danielle Olson, danielle@drodesign.com.  Or visit their Facebook group page to connect.


Neighborhood Logos-04Community Tool Library

What: The library may be in Lents, but it is accessible to all Foster-are neighborhoods. The Green Lents Community Tool Library is a free service for residents of the Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Pleasant Valley, Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods. The Community Tool Library (CTL) functions like a book library, except you check out tools or other project materials instead of books. Volunteers are needed to process tools and staff the tool library.

Contact: Fill out the form on their website.


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Johnson Creek Watershed Council



What: Month after month, volunteers make the work of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council possible. Whether it’s through planting trees and removing invasive species, reviewing land use applications, planning watershed events, attending meetings or advising on restoration projects, volunteers are the heart of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

Contact: Amy Lodholz our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 503-652-7477 or amy@jcwc.org and find out how you can help!


Neighborhood Logos-03Bobwhite Big Band

Who likes music? We do.

What: A community big band for SE Foster Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Rehearses Sunday 5pm-7pm, new players audition at 4:30. Mission is to collaborate with professional and semi-professional musicians in SE Foster area, create memorable music and performances, and overthrow dominant paradigms with a revolutionary army of acoustic musicians and hand percussionists representing all cultures, genders and creeds.

Contact: Introduce yourself to the Facebook page with your NAME and your MUSICAL OCCUPATION or AVOCATION.


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