Current Volunteer Opportunities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer opportunities remain limited. Thank you for your patience as we sort through a large volume of volunteer applications.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for considering volunteering with us. We invite you to read about available positions to see if you may be a match for our team. Please note that most opportunities occur Monday-Friday between the hours of 8AM and 6PM. Volunteers must be 21 or older. To apply, please complete our online application here.

Administrative Services

NEW! Information Technology Assistant
Assist our staff IT team with technology maintenance and troubleshooting. Volunteers work onsite to support staff with computer and software setup, repair, security, and our client Help Desk. Requirements: technical aptitude and interest in computers; some experience troubleshooting or repairing computers.

Clinic Services

Care Coordination Assistant (Downtown & Remote)
Help our patients access important medical screenings, remote health resources, and follow-up care!
This role supports health care coordination for our patients, supervised by our clinic staff. Volunteers engage with patients via phone, email, and in-person to schedule appointments, provide information and track health screenings. Must be comfortable learning new software or have previous experience with health records systems.
Commitment: One 4-hour shift per week (flexible)
Shifts: Monday – Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm

Patient Referrals Assistant (Downtown & Remote)
Help our patients access medical referrals, health insurance, and important community resources!
This administrative role supports our clinic staff with specialty care referrals and insurance applications for our patients. Volunteers help respond to patient quetsions and voicemails, and work with staff to organize and file digital documents. No medical experience necessary, but must be somewhat comfortable with basic computer skills.
Commitment: One 4-hour shift per week
Shifts: Monday – Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm

Laboratory Assistant (Downtown)
Assist the functioning of clinic lab by performing in-house laboratory tests ordered by healthcare providers, storing and preparing patient specimens sent for outside testing, accurately and thoroughly maintain laboratory log of tests performed, maintaining laboratory equipment and run control tests, and ensuring proper labeling, storage, and authorization of all specimens.
Commitment: One 4-hour shift per week
Shifts: Monday – Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm

Information and Referrals Specialist (Remote or in-person)
Represent Outside In and be the first point of contact for persons who come our way seeking assistance by providing agency reception at our front desk and serving as a central point of information about Outside In’s services and offer referrals to other agencies.
Commitment: One 4-hour shift per week (flexible)
Shifts: Monday – Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm

Syringe Exchange Assistant (Downtown)
Provide respectful, non-judgmental space to people who inject drugs, facilitate needle exchange, and supply harm reduction (HIV/Hepatitis C prevention and safer injection) education and supplies to clients, as well as engaging clients in harm reduction and health discussions and remaining up-to-date with information about issues and interventions used in harm reduction, HIV & Hepatitis C prevention, and alcohol and drug treatment.
Commitment: One 5-hour shift per week
Shifts: Monday – Friday, 12:00pm – 5:15pm
Limited shifts available

Social Services

Food Donations Assistant (East Portland)

Our Food Program staff need support unloading, stocking, and organizing food donations at our Food Pantry location in East Portland (162nd and E. Burnside). This role is incredibly helpful to ensure we can offer fresh, free food items to community members in the Rosewood neighborhood.
Commitment: One 3-hour shift per week or biweekly
Days: Tuesdays, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Community Food Pantry Assistant (East Portland)
Volunteers will support staff in running our free Community Food Pantry on Tuesdays in East Portland (16nd and E. Burnside), providing fresh produce, frozen items, and pantry staples to community members experiencing food insecurity in the Rosewood neighborhood. Spanish language proficiency is a huge plus!
Commitment: One 3-hour shift per week or biweekly
Shift: Tuesdays, 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Café Services Assistant
Join our culinary crew and support Outside In’s talented chefs prepare healthy, hot farm-to-table meals for young adults experiencing homelessness. As a café volunteer, you have the unique opportunity to connect with at-risk youth, to cultivate a safe and healthy environment for them, and even learn and improve your kitchen skills.
Commitment: One 3-hour shift per week
Shifts: Monday – Friday, lunch shift (10:15am – 2:00pm) or dinner shift (3:00pm – 6:00pm)

Volunteer Positions On Hiatus

The following roles are not currently available due to COVID-19. Please check back later for updates.

Learning Lab Tutor
Provide one-on-one GED, high school, and early college-level tutoring for houseless or low-income students ages 16-24 at our Education & Employment Resource Center.

Education Resource Center Receptionist
Provide a warm welcome to the Employment and Education Resource Center (ERC) for new and existing participants and connect them with ERC staff.  Help connect other community members stopping by to other relevant resources.

OHP Enrollment Assistant
Assist team in ensuring healthcare access of uninsured clients eligible for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) by using government databases to submit and update OHP applications, updating agency tracking sheet of application statuses, notifying clients of application status and upcoming renewal date, and remaining up-to-date on OHP information and processes.

Tattoo Removal Assistant
Support tattoo removal program operations through assisting medical providers to administer tattoo removal treatment by clinical and administrative support, including rooming the patient and preparing them for treatment, ensuring the patients’ comfort and privacy, answering frequently asked questions about aftercare and policies, and maintaining a tidy and stocked treatment area and waiting lobby.

Podiatrist (DPM)
Provide podiatry medical services to low-income, homeless, and/or uninsured clients, referred  by our Primary Care providers. (1-2 times per month)

Our Main Clinic and Mobile Medical Van are both in need of certified Phlebotomists to assist Providers and MAs with blood draws.  BLS/CPR certification required (if you are not BLS certified, Outside In can help you complete the required training).

Tattoo Removal Provider
Provide laser tattoo removal services to low-income clients, with priority given to gang, hate, drug, criminal, and domestic-violence related tattoos. Accepting those with active DO, MD, ND, or NP licenses.

Physical Therapist
Provide physical therapy treatment to low-income, homeless, and/or uninsured clients.

Success Stories


As a patient at Outside In, the dignity, compassion, and respect that I was shown by staff truly had a lasting impact on me and directly resulted in me wanting to get involved in helping my community.


Outside In made me want to be around excellence. Outside In shaped me. It taught me how to be kind to people less fortunate.


When I came out as trans and reached out to the community for help, everyone had something good to say about Outside In.


Through these connections I was able to get into school and graduate as a Certified Medical Assistant


Through Outside In’s guidance and support, I was in my own apartment completely self-sufficient within a week.


If you met me today, you might never imagine I spent countless nights sleeping under the Burnside Bridge.


I wanted independence and stability. I wanted to belong. I found Outside In.


Housing at Outside In is so much more than a roof over your head. The staff is helpful and amazing. They were always there for us anticipating our needs. Finally, we weren’t hungry anymore and we were safe.


I feel safe at Outside In. I love Outside In people. How they love us, care for us. The wonderful and fresh food, the health care, the accommodations, the hospitalities. People talking to me, listening to me. Changing lives. It is a great moment.


By the time I was 17, I didn't trust anybody...except Outside In. The staff took my concerns seriously, and took a holistic approach. They protected me.