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.
Local Volunteers enjoy multiple benefits and opportunities at Volunteer Connection. Learn about their work and Volunteer Connection resources by watching the Volunteer Connection Orientation video.
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.
To learn about the latest happenings at Volunteer Connection, see our recent newsletter.
Call us today at 503-650-5779 or visit our online volunteer matching database.
Programs provided by Volunteer Connection
Playgroups provide valuable opportunities for children to learn and develop through play in the comfort of their parent. Playgroups foster and develop children's language and motor skills, expose children to sensory experiences, enhance social skills and secure the parent-child bond necessary for healthy growth & development. Making a child the center of attention is critical to their feeling of self-worth. Parents gain resources and support to be the best parent possible.
Playgroup facilitators provides leadership, fun, support, guidance and compassion in a positive, welcoming & safe play environment. As a facilitator, volunteers are encouraged to delegate snack and activities once per week to participating parents and make this a community where everyone belongs and has input. Call 503-650-5796
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. RSVP focus areas include: Healthy Futures, Education and school readiness for children, Economic Opportunity and Veterans & Military families. Call 503-650-5796 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. .