Volunteer Stories

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Kirsten Burt

is the mother of two boys and works full time as a project manager for a translation company. In the fall of 2016 she became the Donations Coordinator for PRSG (Portland Refugee Support Group). PRSG is a relatively new organization, so Kirsten had to provide the structure for this committee. She developed a system of distributing supply bags monthly to the families supported by PRSG, which include toiletries and cleaning supplies like laundry soap and dish soap. These items mainly come from individual donors and donation drives at churches and schools. Now that PRSG has 501(c)3 status, she has started approaching corporations. The biggest challenge of this position has been to develop a sustainable source of supplies. The most rewarding part is taking the supplies to the families and developing relationships with them. She spends between 10 and 15 hours a month doing this.

Kirsten also became a core volunteer, meaning that she became responsible for mentoring one family. This family consists of the parents and four children. Kirsten does a variety of things with the family ranging from trying to help the father get a better job to helping them make sense of paperwork that they receive in the mail. She described the biggest challenges of this as  communication issues because of the different languages and the need to set limits and prioritize between all of her commitments. The most rewarding part is visiting with the family and watching the progress they make. Kirsten says, "I involve my kids in the volunteer work I do because I want them to learn empathy and to see they can make a difference."

Volunteer Opportunities

Request for volunteers for any specific opportunity or organization changes constantly. For the most recent openings, always check directly with the organization or opportunity listed below.


POSTED: MAY 22, 2018

Catholic Charities Oregon Refugee Resettlement Volunteers
We still need one more person to help with childcare for this need.  The volunteer could come every other week, and alternate with another volunteer.  Our Preferred Communities Program (within Refugee Services) is seeking help with childcare during one of their women's support groups. The care giver would be in the same room as the moms, just helping to distract and entertain the children while the moms enjoy their group. The group meets every Wednesday from 11:00-12:30 at Rosewood Initiative (16126 SE Stark St.). mail to: refugee@ccoregon.org if you're available to help!


Posted: May 2, 2018

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Citizenship ESL Instructor sought to teach classes every Sunday afternoon at 3-6PM from May 13-Aug 12, 2018 at the library in Hood River. Contact: akelly@emoregon.org



Portland Meet Portland
PMP provides people with a variety of pathways for volunteering and mentorship. e look for people who would like to make large and small time commitments to spend time with refugee partners for ESL/Citizenship Education, Social Integration, Professional Development and Youth Leadership Development. We are also looking for volunteers who would like to spend time on special projects or help us continue to grow as an organization. Contact: Manuel Padilla, Executive Director



RIHO and One Collective
Looking for volunteers to tutor refugees and immigrant children ages preschool through high school in math, reading and writing. Must be able to coming at least twice a month. For the safety of all involved, background checks will be run on all volunteers and there will be a short orientation. The Homework Club is in the office of Barberry Village on SE 188th and Burnside on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:50-6:15pm. Contact: Lindsey Boulais

Paid Positions


POSTED: MAY 23, 2018

Position Title: Interim Executive Director
Reports To: 501c3 and 503c4 Boards of Directors
Duration: Limited-Duration Position (Estimated duration: 6 months)
Hours: Full Time (40 hours/week)
Compensation: $70,000-$85,000

Position Title: Political Director
Reports To: Executive Director
Duration: Regular Position
Hours: Full Time (40 hours/week)
Compensation: $47,500 to $54,000 dependent on experience, plus benefits: 90% employer paid medical, dental, vision and naturopathic health insurance, 401K plan and more.

Anyone who is interested call 503-896-1318 or t.tabora.roberts@gmail.com.


The Refugee Services Program is hiring for new positions:
Refugee Services and Employment Specialist
Refugee Services Housing and Resource Specialist
Refugee Services Program Administrative Coordinator
Executive Assistant (to the Executive Director)


    Check IRCO's career page and see open positions such as:

    • Development and Board Assistant
    • Slavic Youth Advocate
    • Family Advocate
    • Accounts Receivable/Billing Clerk
    • Science and Math Tutor
    • and many more!

    IRCO is looking for SummerWorks Success Coaches that will support the SummerWorks program in Multnomah and Washington Counties. Coaches will provide workforce development services to low-income youth with barriers who are disconnected from traditional high schools, or lacking the basic skills and credentials to enter college or career pathway employment.

    POSTED: MARCH 16, 2018

    IRCO is looking for SummerWorks Success Coaches that will support the SummerWorks program in Multnomah and Washington Counties. Coaches will provide workforce development services to low-income youth with barriers who are disconnected from traditional high schools, or lacking the basic skills and credentials to enter college or career pathway employment.


    POSTED: MARCH 2018

    MT HOOD Career Pages
    Early Childhood Education Consultant-bilingual Somali
    Salary:  $21.26-$22.62 Hourly
    Job Type: Full-time
    Mt. Hood Community College
    26000 Stark St.
    Gresham, Oregon 97030


    POSTED: MARCH 2018

    SPACE Agent (Community Agent)
    Compensation: $18 Hourly
    Employment Type: Part-Time
    CAIRO is looking for SPACE Agents to work in Washington County with the Beaverton School District and Reynolds SD in Multnomah County.
    Cairo address: 13909 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97233
    View all Jobs at Center For African Immigrants And R (ZipRecruiter)


    POSTED: MARCH 23, 2018

    Russian-speaking Citizenship ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Teaching Assistant needed to help adult immigrants and refugees build the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to gain citizenship! Classes meet every Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 to 5:00pm from April 24th to June 26th, at the Midland Library in East Portland. Training, lesson plans, textbooks and additional learning materials are provided.
    Please email a short cover letter and a current resume to Angie Kelly at
    akelly@emoregon.org or call 503-384-2482 ext. 116 to apply

    POSTED: APRIL 18, 2018

    APANO is seeking an Organizing Director to oversee APANO's youth immigrant and neighborhood community organizing programs!