Helping Hands


American Red Cross: Disaster responders, educators and volunteer drivers are needed. Responders provide emergency relief to people who have been displaced by fires, floods or storms. Educators share the message of preparedness and safety with community groups, businesses and schools; for more information, call 1-503-280-1455. People with good driving records are needed to drive the Red Cross van from the Newberg area to Tualatin and McMinnville. Drivers receive free training in McMinnville; mileage may be reimbursed. For more information, call 503-472-1230 or 1-877-221-3072, ext. 3.

ASPIRE: Volunteers are needed to mentor students with their post-high school plans in the Access to Student Assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone program. Training will be provided. Volunteers work from one hour a month to one hour a week. For more information about ASPIRE, call the following high schools: Amity, 503-853-2181; McMinnville, 503-565-4271 or e-mail; and Yamhill-Carlton, 1-503-852-7600 or e-mail

Better Lives for Cats: Volunteers are needed to help offer discounts and information on spaying and neutering pets, homeless and feral cats throughout McMinnville on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. Volunteers will receive a continental breakfast, snacks and hot drinks in the Carnegie Room at McMinnville Public Library, 225 N.W. Second St., where presentations and other cat-related activities will take place. Volunteers, who must be 18 and have transportation and weather-proof clothing, will be assigned areas on a map based on how much they are willing to walk. People who cannot walk or cannot attend on Jan. 28 may volunteer to do alternate services. Signing up early will be appreciated: call Antoinette at 503-474-2495.

Birthing center at Willamette Valley Medical Center: The hospital in McMinnville wants people to help sew layettes and other items for newborns of needy mothers. For more information, call Marietta at 503-472-2837.

Carlton Together Cares: Volunteers are needed to supervise youth activities. For more information, call 503-852-4405.

CASA: County Court Appointed Special Advocates are needed. CASA volunteers serve as voices for abused and neglected children in court and advocate for their best interests. For information or to obtain an application, call 503-434-6668 or e-mail

Champoeg: Volunteers for Blacksmith & Woodworking Day, July 18, at Champoeg State Heritage Area are sought. Volunteers will help teach skills such as anvil and hammer activities, cutting wood, making shakes, making milking stools, making clothespin dolls and making doll clothes. Experience isn’t necessary; these skills can be quickly taught. Some tasks take place before the public event. For more information, e-mail Richard Cassidy at

Chehalem Care Center: The Newberg nursing facility company seeks volunteers for gardening, crafts, exercise, music and visiting with residents. For information, call 1-503-538-2108.

Chehalem Youth & Family Services: Property maintenance volunteers are needed to do gardening, painting, carpentry and auto repairs for youth group homes in Newberg. For more information, call 1-503-538-4874.

Citizen Review Board: CRB volunteers are needed to help review cases of foster children once a month in Yamhill County. Volunteers will receive training to determine whether appropriate services are in place, make recommendations and advocate for changes. For more information or an application, call 1-503-731-8585 or 1-503-986-5905 or visit

City Outreach Ministries: Volunteers are needed to do translating, sorting, stocking and work at the intake desk for City Outreach Minstries. The office, at 1300 S.E. Brooks St., McMinnville, is open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, call 503-434-4392.

Coast Guard Auxiliary: Flotilla 66 is seeking volunteers for boat patrols on Hagg Lake and the Willamette River. For more information, call 1-503-857-2924 or e-mail

CWISH: Volunteers are needed to take four-hour shifts at CWISH, a cooperative of five local churches offering warm overnight shelter during inclement weather, which may save lives from hypothermia. For more information, contact Nese Delzell at or 503-857-9423.

Dayton CODE 1: Volunteers are needed to help with community projects at Dayton CODE 1, which also deals with English as a second language. For more information, call 503-864-4687 or e-mail  

Disabled American Veterans:Volunteers are needed to drive disabled veterans to the VA medical center in Portland. A valid driver's license, liability insurance and ability to pass a physical are required. For more information, call 1-800-949-1004, ext. 56958.   

Dundee Community Progress Team: Volunteers are needed to help provide activities for children and families. The team works through the Yamhill County Commission on Children & Families. For more information, attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Dundee City Hall or call 1-503-554-9025.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum: The museum seeks volunteers to help with tours, greet the public, assist with special events, promote the museum’s membership program and restore aircraft and exhibits. Applicants will be asked to volunteer at least half a day each week. For more information, call 503-434-4185.

Family Friends: Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers is seeking volunteers age 55 and older to befriend children with special needs. The disability or chronic health condition of one child strains the family; Family Friends provide temporary relief for the parent. The Christian outreach program from Newberg hospital does background checks, matches volunteers with children and provides training. For more information, contact 1-503-537-1546 or e-mail

Gallery Theater: The community theater in McMinnville always needs volunteers to perform, work on show productions, help mail newsletters, sew costumes and do fundraising. For more information, call 503-472-2227 between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or visit

Gospel Rescue Mission: The nonprofit, faith-based mission in Northeast McMinnville needs volunteers for five-hour shifts to help with daily activities such as meals and overnight housing. Any volunteer help that would pertain to mission work is welcome. For more information , call 503--472-9766 or e-mail

Grand Ronde Tribal CASA: Adults are needed to become CASA volunteers to help one of 90 Grand Ronde children in foster care. For more information, call 1-503-879-4623 or e-mail

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers are needed to work on new home construction. For more information, contact Diane at or 503-472-9637.

Habitat for Humanity Restore: Volunteers to receive donations, serve customers, run the cash register are needed to work in the Habitat Restore. Shifts are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 503-472-9637, e-mail or visit the store at 1040 N.E. First St., McMinnville.

Henderson House: Volunteers help victims of domestic and sexual violence on the phone, in person, in support groups. Training on how to provide information and in safety planning will be given. For more information, call 503-472-0244 or 1-877-277-5946.

Homeward Bound Pets Adoption Shelter: Volunteers are needed to help groom, feed and clean the two catteries in the cageless, no-kill shelter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. any day of the week. For more information or to tour the shelter, call Dawn Witt at 971-237-1604 or e-mail  

Homeward Bound Pets Thrift Shop: Volunteers are needed for customer service, to price, clean, help design and arrange retail merchandise 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call Dawn Witt at 971-237-1604 or e-mail

Kids on the Block: Volunteers who enjoy working with elementary-age children are needed during the school year. Read aloud, plan art or science activities, lead games, cook and share hobbies at school sites between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. on school days. Schedules are flexible. For more information, call 503-434-7369.

Legacy Hospice Services: The McMinnville office of the nonprofit Legacy Hospice Services needs volunteers to provide respite to caregivers, assist with household tasks and errands, visit terminal patients, do clerical work in the office and offer bereavement support in McMinnville, Sheridan, Tualatin and surrounding communities. Comprehensive training is provided. For more information, contact 503-472-9685, 1-800-361-8506 or

Life Care Center: The McMinnville facility of this skilled nursing and rehabilitation company seeks volunteers to assist with bingo, trivia, bowling, scenic tours, lunch outings, board games and holiday events. For more information, call 503-472-4678.

Linfield speech tournament: Community judges for Linfield College’s 80th annual Singletary High School Invitational Forensics Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, 2012. Speakers from at least 25 Oregon and Washington high schools are invited. For more information on judging, contact Jackson Miller at or 503-883-2625.

Long-term care ombudsman: Volunteers are need to visit residents in long-term care facilities. Volunteers spend one hour a week with residents, who often suffer depression because of loneliness. The program is administered by the Office of the Long-term Care Ombudsman of Oregon. For more information, call 1-800-522-2602.

Make-A-Wish: Volunteers are recruited to help grant wishes in Yamhill County and to raise money for the national organization's activities. For information, call 800-934-9474.

McMinnville Parents Club: Caring people to provide quality child care in an adjacent room during a two-hour meeting each month are needed by the Parents Club of McMinnville. Activities, toys, books and songs will be provided. For more information, call 503-435-0974.

McMinnville Public Library: Volunteers are needed for weekly tasks including shelving books, magazines and audio-video material. Some jobs may be done at any time; others take place at specific times each week. For more information, call Alice at 503-435-5568.

McMinnville senior meal site: Volunteers are needed to wash dishes for senior meals in the McMinnville Senior Center from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. Also needed are volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. To volunteer or for more information, call 503-472-4214.

McMinnville Senior Center: Volunteers are needed at the McMinnville Senior Center meal site, Meals on Wheels, front office, computer lab, maintenance, classes and programs. For more information and to schedule an interview, call the Center at 503-435-0407 or the meal site at 503-472-4214.

Meals on Wheels: Drivers and substitute drivers are needed to deliver meals to housebound seniors who depend on this service to remain in their own homes. Volunteers typically deliver one morning a week between 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. Help is also needed in the kitchen with setting tables, washing dishes and party set-ups. For more information, call 503-472-4214.

Northwest Senior and Disability Services: Volunteers are needed for the Disability Services Advisory Council to make recommendations on programs, policies and decisions. The council especially needs members who use or have used disability services. Agency headquarters are in Salem, but services are provided to seniors and adults with physical disabilities in Yamhill County. For more information, call 1-503-304-3473 or e-mail

Oakwood Country Place: This McMinnville-based skilled nursing facility would like volunteers to offer crafts, gardening, woodworking, games, travel and companionship to residents. For more information, call 503-472-3141 or stop by at 421 S.E. Evans St.

Providence Hospice: Hospice volunteers at least 18 years old are needed in Yamhill County to help people facing terminal illness. Providence Hospice is at the hospital in Newberg. After free training, volunteers agree to volunteer up to four hours a week for one year. For more information, call 1-503-574-9498.

Provoking Hope: Volunteers to help addicts recover through treatment at Provoking Hope are needed. The office for the “holistic,” evidence- and faith-based future treatment center is at 611 S.E. Davis St., McMinnville. For more information, call 1-503-895-0934 or visit

Quilt Relief Project: Volunteers to make quilts for charitable causes or to teach at-risk teens to sew are sought. From 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, the tasks include marking fabric, cutting squares, sewing and tying quilts. For more information, call the McMinnville Senior Center at 503-435-0407.

Reading for All: Volunteers are needed to join the Literacy Action Team, which meets from 4 to 5 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Carnegie Room of McMinnville Public Library, 225 N.W. Adams St., McMinnville. For more information, contact Michele Bergeron at 503-424-7326 or

Resource Connections of Oregon: Volunteers to share interests with adults with disabilities are needed in McMinnville and surrounding areas. Volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check. For more information, call 503-485-2510, ext. 25.

SafeShelter Host Homes: Youth Outreach is seeking temporary host homes for emergency shelter of up to 15 days for runaways or homeless youth age 11 through 17 in this area. To become certified, volunteers receive training and must regularly attend support meetings; they receive a small monthly stipend and nightly allowance when sheltering youth. For more information, contact 1-503-538-8023. 

Scotty’s Playhouse: The Nazarene Church on the Hill needs volunteers to help oversee free, two-hour playtimes in its indoor playground once a month or once a week. Training is provided; background check is required. For more information, call 503-472-8476.

Senior Peer Counseling: Volunteers age 45 and older are needed to become peer counselors for older adults with depression, loneliness, anxiety, grief, changes in physical health or end-of-life issues. After free training from Northwest Senior and Disability Services Mental Health in Salem, volunteers typically spend 10 to 12 hours a month with seniors to provide free, confidential, supportive mentoring. Mileage is reimbursed. For more information or an application, call 1-800-469-8772 or e-maill

Signature Hospice: Volunteers to support Signature Hospice patients and families living in the Yamhill Valley are needed. Free training will be provided at the Signature Hospice home office, 25117 S.W. Parkway, Wilsonville. To pre-register, contact Michele Fuchs at or 971-224-2509.

Sip! Wine and Food Classic: Volunteers are needed for Sip!, the annual fundraiser for St. James Catholic School on Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, in the Evergreen Space Museum. Jobs and hours vary. Activities include dealing with entertainment, vendor booths and doing set-up. Submit a volunteer form found at or e-mail

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today): Volunteer readers are needed to read for an hour each week to children during school hours in Amity, Newberg, Dayton, McMinnville, Lafayette and Willamina. The only qualifications are to be able to read and to enjoy children in kindergarten through third grade. Training, support and books will be provided. For more information, visit or call 1-855-391-8423.

Special Olympics: Volunteers of all ages are needed to help children and adults with developmental disabilities train for athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Everyone involved builds sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem. For more information, call 503-472-5252 or 1-800-452-6079.

St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen: Volunteers are needed to help provide free meals for the hungry in Yamhill County from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call 503-472-3711 between noon and 6 p.m. on meal days or cell 503-437-4710.

St. Vincent de Paul: Volunteers are needed to work in the organization's thrift store, warehouse and food pantry. For more information, call 503-472-2003.

Sweat-equity housing: Yamhill Community Development Corp. needs volunteers to assist self-help builders construct single-family houses. Construction supervisors provide training for all tasks. For more information, call 503-434-5265.

Tax preparation: The AARP Tax Aid program seeks volunteers to assist senior citizens and low-income individuals with their tax returns between mid-February and date April 15. Volunteers work at least once weekly on Wednesdays or Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the McMinnville Senior Center. Tasks include greeting clients and assisting with filling out intake forms to be used by others who prepare taxes. For more information, call Judy at 503-472-4287.

The Salvation Army Community Garden: Volunteers are needed for planting, weeding, maintenance and other tasks at 9 a.m. Saturdays at 1950 S.W. Second St., McMinnville. Produce raised helps provide nutritious vegetables for hungry families. For more information, e-mail

Villas of McMinnville: This McMinnville senior living company seeks volunteers to call bingo, write letters, provide nail care and other personal services for their residents. For more information, call 503-472-3130 or 503-435-0100.

Willamette Valley Medical Center: The hospital in McMinnville wants volunteers age 15 or older to greet and direct patients, assist with delivering food trays and with visitors in the gift shop, presenting daily menus and helping with blood pressure checks at Willamette Valley Medical Center. For more information, call 503-435-6327 or e-mail

Yamhill County Gleaners: Farmers willing to share their unharvested crops are needed; trucks pick up the farm gleanings, and tax deductions are available. Donations of excess garden produce also will be welcomed. During the harvest season, volunteers to pick fruits and vegetables to be distributed to food pantries and the elderly or needy also are needed. For more information, call 503-852-9580 or 503-474-8007.

Yamhill County Historical Society: The Historical Society needs volunteers to act as docents, process artifact donations, take inventory, help develop exhibits and do research, cleaning, dusting and filing at its Lafayette or Durham Lane sites. For more information or other volunteer opportunities, call 503-864-2308 or e-mail

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office: Volunteers are needed to create neighborhood watches, help out at parades, do neighborhood safety patrols and administrative clerical work. For more information, call the volunteer coordinator at 503-434-7506.

Yamhill County Suicide Prevention Coalition: Concerned citizens are needed to serve on the coalition. Goals are raising awareness, training, providing support and collaborating with other groups and schools to decrease suicide. For more information, call 503-883-2684.

YCAP food bank: Yamhill County’s regional food bank needs volunteers on its Food Recovery Team from 9 a.m. to noon. The team helps pick up and distribute food. Volunteers must be able to lift 40 pounds easily. For more information, contact Laura at 503-472-0457, ext. 152, or

YCAP transportation: Volunteer drivers are needed to transport people to medical appointments in the Portland area on a year-round basis, Mondays through Fridays. A YCAP vehicle is available, and free training is provided. For more information, call 503-472-0457, ext. 34.

Your Community Mediators: Volunteer mediators are needed in Yamhill County. The nonprofit organization provides mediation and facilitation to the public. Basic mediation training, offered every other year, teaches how to address conflicts at home, work and in the community, and satisfies Oregon requirements. The 32-hour training session, including individual coaching by professional mediators, will be held on three Thursday evenings and three Saturdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 1, 2014, at George Fox University. Business leaders may enroll in training only for $550; nonprofits for $425. The cost for individuals who will volunteer is $300; Spanish-speaker scholarships are available. People to serve on YCM board of directors also are needed. For more information, call 503-435-2835 or e-mail

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