Volunteer Opportunites

Thrift Store, Social Services, and Counseling volunteer opportunities available

Volunteers are essential to William Temple House’s ability to offer a hand up to  working poor individuals and families in Portland since 1965.

Each year more than 200 volunteers selflessly contribute their time, energy and talents to William Temple House.

Volunteer opportunities are available to those committed to serving others with respect and dignity. Whether you’re a student, seeking valuable experience, or a retired professional who wants to remain active, William Temple House welcomes your help. Your talents and passions can help serve the working poor in the Portland area.

Positions with direct client contact require a complete background check including fingerprinting and may require special training.

Typical volunteer openings are described to the right. Not all positions will have openings at all times. If the position you are interested in is full, please consider another opening.

For more information please contact:

Cliff Johnson, Volunteer Manager


To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Interest Form to tell us about yourself. We’ll email you the volunteer application with additional information and follow up with you soon.

If you do not have an email address please download and complete the volunteer application, and mail it to:

Cliff Johnson, Volunteer Manager
William Temple House
2023 NW Hoyt St
Portland, OR 97209

All prospective volunteers must complete an application.

Volunteer Opportunities

Sort, hang, and tag merchandise. Stock shelves. Assist customers and perform variety of retail sales tasks. Retail sales or customer service experience welcome but not required.

The Thrift Store is open seven days a week and hours are flexible.

Welcome and assist clients, load and unload cases of food. Sort food and stock shelves and freezers, fill hygiene needs, lift and carry 25 pounds, clean, vacuum, take out trash, and other miscellaneous tasks.

Do you have an eye for kids fashion? Enjoy working with children and experiencing their joy? Our Children’s Clothing Closet needs friendly, reliable volunteers like you. The reward for volunteers is in the reactions of the children, some who have never “shopped” for new clothes before. New school clothes and shoes results in greater dignity and self-respect for many of the children served.

Volunteers assist children and their parents in selecting new school clothes in a store-like setting at William Temple House in northwest Portland. Volunteers may also assist in ordering and shopping for clothes, stocking shelves and racks, and scheduling appointments for families.

Volunteers must enjoy and communicate well with children and adults and be reliable. Applicants for volunteer positions in the Children’s Clothing Closet undergo a background check and fingerprinting. Training is provided.

Inform clients about services available, certify eligibility for services, make referrals to other service providers. Attend monthly volunteer meetings. Comfortable working with low-income and homeless people, ability to deal sensitively with mentally ill people. Must be patient and accepting of differences.

Volunteer Newsletter

Starting in April, we will be publishing a quarterly Volunteer newsletter highlighting some of the happenings at William Temple House and highlighting our amazing volunteers!