Dedicated volunteers advance our mission every day!

Thank you for considering a volunteer position or internship with Impact NW. We offer a variety of opportunities from one-time only, seasonal projects to on-going commitments. Our goal is to design a volunteer experience that meets your needs and the needs of the organization by following these three guidelines:

  • Work towards creating a safety net and springboard for community members to improve their quality of life and achieve independence.
  • Nurture the development and education of volunteers/interns.
  • Contribute to the overall well-being of those we serve.

Volunteer Login

If you have already completed a volunteer application, please click the Volunteer Login button below – do NOT fill out another application. If you have forgotten your password, please send an email requesting a password reset to

Volunteer Opportunities & Application

If you would like to apply to be a volunteer and intend to make an ongoing commitment to Impact NW, please click the button below. An outline of our volunteer application process is listed below.

Volunteer Application Process

Potential volunteers participate in an interview with their program supervisor.

If both the potential supervisor and the volunteer feel the position is a good fit, the volunteer signs a position description, and a tentative work schedule is determined for the volunteer.

Background and Reference Check
The Community Involvement Manager conducts a background check for the volunteer and checks two references.  Some positions may also require a driving record check and / or fingerprinting.

Orientation & Training
All volunteers receive training for their specific assignment as administered by their immediate supervisor.

Ongoing Supervision
Ongoing supervision is provided to the volunteer by their immediate supervisor.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Tutor or be a Classroom Assistant this Summer

Our SUN and SHINE schools need help making their summer programs a success. Ages 15+ are welcome to help make summer fun at our elementary and middle schools. Flexible hours and schedule, summer schedule varies from site to site.

Lead Activities at Schools across Portland

Gain valuable skills tutoring students and/or leading classes! Tutor students on various subjects or help with activities such as drama, botany, sports, arts and crafts, music, dance, language and more. Ages 16+ are welcome to teach!

Share Your Gift for Language, Volunteer as a Translator

Assist our programs by providing translation support. Projects and documents will vary from marketing material to client forms. Schedule is flexible and varies depending on your schedule and can be done from home. Languages most needed are Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese. Must be reliable and able to complete tasks on agreed upon timelines, sensitive/open to people from diverse lifestyles, socioeconomic levels, and cultures, and effectively communicate with others.

Lead Classes for Seniors

Provide low impact dance instruction to seniors from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of dance experience, or provide instruction and support for a small group of new and experienced quilters and sewers. Have another special skill or craft you’d love to share? Contact us!

Make Computers Easy For Everyone

Do you have a passion for computers? Do you want to teach others how to use technology? Volunteer to lead a computer basics class for seniors or volunteer in our senior center computer lab!

Transportation for Seniors

Local seniors need your help getting to appointments and maintaining independence. Volunteer drivers assist seniors with running errands and visiting their community by providing safe, reliable transportation (no personal vehicle necessary, must have insurance and a valid driver’s license).