Helping Hands


AARP Taxaide : Volunteers are needed to help low-income taxpayers with tax preparation for the next tax season. No previous experience required. Extensive training will be provided. For more information, email Elaine Achtel at

A Family Place : Volunteers are needed to rock babies, play with toddlers, prepare food, provide back-up transportation, plan events, organize diaper drives, staff festival booths, do office work and spread the word about the Relief Nursery Classroom and other projects. For more information, email or call 503-472-4020.

American Legion Post #21 : Volunteers are needed as bartenders and cooks for shifts between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, call 503-435-2218.

American Red Cross : Disaster responders, preparedness educators, blood drive ambassadors 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. Blood drive ambassadors greet and register blood donors. For more information, call 503-528-5624 or apply online

Brookdale Senior Living : 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 503-298-6295.

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 email

Cat Coalition : Volunteers to help with homeless cat rescue work. For more information, call 503-246-0808.

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 503-986-4535.

Chehalem Health & Rehabilitation Center : The Newberg nursing facility seeks volunteers for gardening, crafts, exercise, music and visiting with residents. For information, call Tanya at 503-538-2108.

Chehalem Youth & Family Services : Volunteers are need in the following areas for a youth services program in Newberg: thrift shop, adult mentors, tutors, gardeners, computer training, event organizing, and office support and board membership. For more information, call 503-538-4874.

Dundee Community Committee : Volunteers to help with events, planning and new ideas are sought. For more information, call 971-237-0191.

Dayton CODE 1 : Volunteers are needed to help with community projects at Dayton CODE 1. For more information, call 503-864-4687.

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.

Dundee Community Committee : Volunteers are needed to help with activities for children and families. The DCC hosts several community events during the year. For more information, call Larissa DeHart at 971-237-0191 or attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on fourth Tuesdays at Dundee City Hall.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum : The museum seeks volunteers to help with tours, greet the public, assist with special events, promote museum membership and restore aircraft and exhibits. For more information, call 503-434-4180, email or visit the web site at

Family Friends : Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers is seeking volunteers age 55 and older to befriend children with special needs. 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 503-537-1546 or email

First Presbyterian Church : Volunteers are needed to cook, set tables, serve, clean up and wash dishes for the Saturday community dinners. Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. weekly at the church, 390 N.E. Second St., McMinnville. A brief training is required. For more information, call 503-472-6256 or email

Gallery Theater : Volunteers are always needed to perform, usher, help mail newsletters, do fundraising and work on show productions, especially lighting and sound. For more information, call 503-472-2227 or visit

Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (GYWC) : Volunteers are needed to participate in an on ongoing, multi-year study of the Yamhill River Watershed’s Coho salmon population. For more information, call 503-474-1047.

Grand Ronde Tribal CASA : Adults are needed to become CASA volunteers to help Grand Ronde children in foster care. For more information, call 503-879-4623 or email

Habitat for Humanity : Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas, including committees, construction, events, the office and the ReStore. For more information, call Emily-Grace 503-687-1412 or visit their web site at

Head Start : Volunteers are needed to provide classroom assistance, help in the kitchen, assist the maintenance team or do clerical work in the administrative office. Help staff build a foundation for children’s academic and life success. For more information, call 503-472-2000 or visit

Henderson House : Community members are needed to join the Board of Directors. Volunteers are needed to help Henderson House operate a 24-hour crisis line and a safe, confidential shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic or sexual violence. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and pass a state of Oregon background check. For more information or to register, call 503-472-0244.

Homeward Bound Pets Adoption Shelter : Volunteers are needed in the shelter to clean kennels and catteries. For more information please call 503-472-0341. Volunteers are needed in the thrift shop on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to help with display and merchandising, cleaning, cashiering and organizing. For more information, call 503-434-6545. Volunteers are also needed in the spay/neuter clinic. For more information, call 503-472-0341.

Legacy Hospice Services : The McMinnville office of the nonprofit Legacy Hospice Services needs volunteers to visit terminally ill patients, provide respite to caregivers, assist with household tasks and errands, and offer bereavement support in McMinnville, Sheridan, Tualatin and surrounding communities. For more information, contact 503-472-9685.

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.

Long-term care ombudsman : Volunteers are needed to advocate for the elderly and disabled residents in long-term care facilities. The program is administered by the Office of the Long-term Care Ombudsman of Oregon. For more information, call 1-800-522-2602 or visit

McMinnville Free Clinic : Volunteers are needed in the following areas: reception, triage nurse, clinical coordinator, social services provider, medical provider, medical assistant, fundraising, marketing, communications, and volunteer coordinator. For more information, call 971-261-6128 or email

McMinnville Public Library : Volunteers are needed for tasks such as shelving and shelf reading. Interested individuals may complete an application to be included in the library’s pool of volunteers. For more information, contact Teri Swanson at 503-435-5564 or or submit an application at

McMinnville Public Library : Volunteers are needed to help the library’s Book Buddies program during mid-June through August by bringing the bookmobile into the community and engage children with a craft or activity, snack and books. For more information, contact Teri Swanson at 503-435-5564, or submit an application at

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 : Volunteers are needed to help assist with preparing and portioning meals, serving, delivering or cleaning up. For more information, call 503-472-4214.

Medical Reserve Corps : Volunteer medical professionals of Yamhill County are needed to help with emergency and disaster responses. For more information, call 503-434-7414 or 503-434-7421.

Northwest Senior & Disability Services : NWSDS is a local intergovernmental agency serving seniors and people with disabilities. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. For more information, call the Yamhill County office, 503-472-9441.

Outdoor Education Adventures : Volunteers are needed to help lead school field trips this fall and teach children about Salmon biology, aquatic life, water quality, nature awareness and data collection. For more information, contact Theresa Crain at 503-857-7884 or

Provoking Hope : Volunteers are needed for reception work in the office. For more information, call 503-895-0934 or visit

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.

SafeShelter Host Homes : Youth Outreach is accepting applications for host homes to provide emergency temporary shelter for runaway or homeless local youth age 11 through 17. Applicants must pass background checks, provide complete biographical information, complete training and regularly attend support meetings; they receive a small monthly stipend and nightly allowance when providing shelter for up to 21 days per youth. For more information, call 503-538-8023.

Saturday Morning Breakfast : Individuals or groups are needed to help greet, set up, cook and serve a free community breakfast at the McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at

SCORE : SCORE is looking for volunteers to counsel and advise businesses and potential businesses in the McMinnville and Sheridan areas. Services include free advice on business and marketing plans, cash flow analyses and presentations for financial assistance. For more information, call 503-370-2896 or visit

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

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) : Volunteers are needed to read with a child for one hour each week at Columbus, Sue Buel, Newby, Wascher, Yamhill-Carlton and Grandhaven elementary schools. For more information, visit, call 503-391-8423 , or email

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.

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.

Swedemom Center of Giving : The nonprofit Swedemom Center of Giving needs help turning material donations into money for community organizations through online sales. Volunteers are needed to help sort, take photos and write descriptions of items, and to perform other tasks. For more information, contact Amy Potter at 503-474-4725 or

The Soup Kitchen at St. Barnabas : Volunteers are needed to wash dishes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 503-472-3711.

United Way : The United Way seeks volunteers for the Good360 program and to serve as loaned executives. Volunteers must be interested and involved in the community. For more information or to register for training, visit or call 503-363-1651.

Yamhill Carlton Together Cares : Volunteers are needed to supervise youth activities, coach sports teams, help with events, office work, serve on committees and much more. For more information, call 503-852-4405.

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 also are needed to pick fruits and vegetables to be distributed to food pantries and the elderly or needy. For more information, call 503-852-9580 .

Yamhill County Historical Society : Volunteer positions are open for the Lafayette Museum and the McMinnville Heritage Center. For more information, email, call 503-864-2308 or go to

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office : Volunteers are sought to help provide crime scene security, promote safety, participate in festivals and parades, present educational information at various functions, and assist with other projects as needed. Volunteers are also needed for administrative work in dog control and the sheriff’s office, assisting staff with filing, copying, scanning, case prep, data entry, event preparation and other tasks. Applicants must pass a background check. For more information, call the volunteer coordinator at 503-434-7506.

YCAP Spoke House : Volunteer bicycle mechanics are sought for YCAP’s Spoke House team in its efforts to restore bikes and distribute them to those in need of transportation. Intermediate bike repair skills are appreciated, but not necessary. For more information, contact Kristina Buck at 503-883-4188 or

Your Community Mediators : Volunteer mediators are needed in Yamhill County to work at Your Community Mediators of Yamhill County office, at suite 6, 237 N.E. Ford St., McMinnville. The nonprofit organization provides mediation and facilitation to the public. The training teaches how to address conflicts at home, work and in the community, and satisfies Oregon requirements. People to serve on YCM board of directors also are needed. For more information, call 503-435-2835 or email

Zero Waste McMinnville : Volunteers are needed at summer events and throughout the year. Volunteers educate the community about issues concerning waste and oversee the collecting and sorting of waste collected at these events. For more information, call Steve Iversen at 971-237-7887.

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