The Volunteer Connection improves the quality and delivery of social services in our community through volunteer opportunities, advocacy, education, empowerment and partnerships with public, private, faith-based and non-profit agencies. The Volunteer Connection (VC) strives to strengthen the community by increasing and fostering opportunities for individuals and families to be self-reliant and live healthier, safer, and more socially connected lives.
Local volunteers play an important role in providing social services to Clackamas County residents. Since 1986, the Volunteer Connection has been a vital link between volunteer placement and volunteer engagement in Clackamas County. On an annual basis, Volunteer Connection connects hundreds of individuals to volunteer service by working in partnership with over 200 community organizations. Volunteer opportunities are available at local Senior Centers, Food Pantries, youth and family oriented programs, homelessness reduction programs, and many other critical community support programs.
People volunteer for a variety of reasons; skill development, to get involved, to give back, to expand horizons, to meet new people, and to make a difference. The Volunteer Connection can help you find the right place to volunteer, whatever your interest. Download our volunteer application if you would like to join us in helping our community.
Call us today at 503-650-5779 or visit our online volunteer matching database.
Programs provided by Volunteer Connection
Healthy Start provides support to new parents with services, information and resources on how to parent their first child. Staff and volunteers visit each local hospital to meet with parents to discuss tips and tools for good parenting. A New Baby questionnaire is administered at each visit to screen families for additional services and each new parent is given information about local playgroups where babies and parents can connect socially, learn to play and enhance their parenting skills. Call 503-655-8601 for more information.
The Family Caregiver Support Program helps non-paid family caregivers get relief from the demands of caregiving by providing emotional support, stipends, educational classes, information and access to other programs and services. Call 503-650-5724 for more information.
Volunteers provide companionship and assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities, supporting independence through shared activities, transportation, and friendship. Call 503-655-8875 for more information.
Volunteers provide rides to people with disabilities and older adults to medical appointments and essential errands. Call 503-655-8208 for more information.
Volunteers and staff train low income residents, and individuals with disabilities, on how to safely use public transportation. Call 503-655-8604 for more information.
Trained volunteers assist older adults and individuals with disabilities who need help with budgeting, balancing checkbooks, and bill paying. Training is provided. Clients must be referred by a case manager. Call 503-655-8873 for more information.
RSVP develops, facilitates and supports meaningful volunteer service opportunities that make an impact on community needs. RSVP volunteers, who are 55 years of age and better, contribute their experience, compassion, skills and talents to community organizations to enhance the quality of life in our community. Call 503-655-8875 for more information.
SHIBA staff and volunteers provide information on Medicare enrollment and billing, supplemental health insurance, prescription discount cards and resources for reduced-cost medications. Call 503-655-8269 for more information.