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Volunteer Accounts

Have a question about supporting PHFS? Check out our FAQ here!

Volunteer Log In

PHFS Login
If you are a current volunteer with a user name and password sign in using the above link.

Apply to Be a Volunteer

Volunteer Application
If you are interested in volunteering with us you will first need to come to one of our volunteer orientations. After attending an orientation, you will need to fill out our short volunteer application, after you complete the application you should hear from us within two business days. Please look over the PHFS Volunteer Handbook and volunteer rules before you fill out your application as you will be expected to know and follow them when you volunteer with us.

The first step to becoming a volunteer at Portland Homeless Family Solutions is to attend an orientation for the shelter at which you’d like to donate your time. We offer three orientations a month on an ongoing basis and are happy to arrange special accommodations for large groups that cannot attend one of these.

Thirteen Salmon Family Center (Day Shelter): 1st Monday/Month, 6:15pm - 7:15pm, at 1010 SW 13th Avenue
Goose Hollow Family Shelter (Night Shelter): 1st Tuesday/Month, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, at 1838 SW Jefferson (far end of the FUMC parking lot)
Dual Shelter (both shelters) Orientation: 3rd Wednesday/Month, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, begins at Goose Hollow and ends at 13 Salmon

Please note that, in April, PHFS will hold its Dual Shelter Orientation on Tuesday, 4/15. The normal orientation schedule will resume in May. Thanks for your interest!

You do not need to register to attend these orientations.

Volunteer With Us

Portland Homeless Family Solutions relies on volunteers every day at Goose Hollow Family Shelter (our night shelter) and Thirteen Salmon Family Center (our day shelter).  Our volunteer opportunities can be as flexible or regular as you need them to be.  Try volunteering once, if you like it sign up again, you choose the amount of time you want to commit to our families.  With the availability of volunteer positions almost 24 hours a day, you can find a position that will fit into your busy schedule. 

We value the diversity of our volunteers and have opportunities that are suitable for just about anyone from singles, small groups, students, families, seniors, and youth.  To learn more about the volunteer opportunities we offer just click on the name of the shelter where you are interested in volunteering or read our PHFS Volunteer Handbook.  If you would like to talk to someone about volunteering please contact our Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 503-915-8307

Meet Some of Our Volunteers!

Group Volunteering

If you are part of a club or organization that may be interested in volunteering, consider adopting one night a month at the shelter!  When a group adopts a night, they are committing themselves to coming to a volunteer orientation and then filling all of the positions at the shelter on the night that they adopt.  This is an excellent opportunity for groups to come together and can make for an enriching volunteer experience. We require that groups adopting a night at the shelter make an ongoing commitment of at least 4 nights per year. The group size for adopting a night at the shelter should be between 6-12 volunteers.

If you are interested in a one-time volunteer opportunity at the shelter, you may be able to come and help with a cleaning project while the shelter is closed. For this project we would like a group of 8-15 volunteers.

If you are interested in adopting a night or would like someone to come to your club or organization to talk about Portland Homeless Family Solutions and how you can get involved please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Portland Homeless Family Solutions     1838 S.W. Jefferson     Portland OR 97201     503.915.8306