Volunteer with Portland Parks & Recreation

Volunteers at Columbia Park Nature Patch
We offer a variety of fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at sites across the city! Volunteer coaches, teacher aides, and mentors are always needed in our youth programs - and the parks, gardens, and natural areas welcome extra hands.
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COVID-19 Response Volunteers

As Multnomah County and the City of Portland respond to the COVID-19 emergency together, we're seeking volunteers to help at the shelters established to provide safe refuge and physical distancing for community members experiencing homelessness. We also need help to support those in quarantine or isolation at established hotels. We hope to have qualified volunteers ready to respond to future needs. Additional roles will be developed in response to community needs and may include transporting goods, conducting wellness checks over the phone, and providing administrative support.

Can you help? Complete an online volunteer interest form or call 503-406-3696 to express interest in volunteering for the emergency response.

You’re excellent at the volunteer role you’re passionate about, so please include details about where you normally volunteer, and special skills, experience, training or certifications you have when filling out the form or speaking with our volunteer coordinators.

Donate to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Our health care workers are in need of crucial personal protection equipment (PPE), and other important supplies to safely continue their work and save lives. Can you help? Equipment needs to be unused, in good condition.

Check the COVID-19 Multnomah County donation page or call 503-406-3696 for the most up to date information on how to donate and what items are currently accepted. Needs are changing daily as the situation evolves, so please check back on the same day you would like to deliver your donation to confirm what items we are currently accepting, and where to bring them.

Appreciating our volunteer advisory board members

Community volunteer advisory bodies are central to PP&R accountability, transparency, and implementation. They are a powerful tool for community volunteers and PP&R staff liaisons to collaborate on projects and provide valuable insights on our diverse community needs and interests. In the past few months, PP&R has welcomed new members to key Bureau-wide advisory bodes. By volunteering their time and expertise, these new members are now among a community of dedicated Portlanders who generously contribute to making a difference in the lives of their fellow residents and play a vital role in supporting PP&R’s mission.

Parks Levy Oversight Committee
The Parks Levy Oversight Committee (PLOC) is composed of five members who review Parks Local Option Levy program implementation, advise on transparency and communication strategies, and counsel on an independent audit process. More information can be found at portland.gov/parks/ploc.

Portland Parks Board
The Portland Parks Board advocates for parks on a city and regional basis to ensure that parks, natural areas, open spaces, and recreation facilities are advanced in planning and design. The Parks Board provides a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park issues, bringing a citywide and long-term perspective to neighborhood-based issues. Additional details are available at portland.gov/parks/portland-parks-board.

Portland Parks Replacement Bond Oversight Committee
The Parks Replacement Bond Oversight Committee reviews the performance of the PP&R staff as they deliver the projects as part of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond. The committee specifically focuses on the Bond delivery around three main goals – transparency, fiscal accountability, and adherence to the bond language. To read more, visit portland.gov/parks/bond-oversight-committee.

PP&R Volunteer Impact Report

During the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year, dedicated PP&R volunteers contributed 446,502 hours of service. This is a value of  $5,701,830 invested back into our parks, community centers, and programs.


Steve Pixley

Volunteer Program Coordinator

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