In Emergency Services
The Portland Council provides client assistance directly through the emergency service office. When you join forces with over 1,500 St. Vincent de Paul volunteers you are no longer just a drop in the ocean, but a powerful force. The goal of our volunteers and staff is to help clients to be better off than when they came in to see us.
Volunteers join together daily to help on the phones, assist walk-in clients, and prepare food boxes.
Shifts are generally 9 AM to Noon or 1 to 4 PM, Monday thru Friday. Volunteers who speak a second language are always in great need. Even if you have never volunteered before, we provide a welcoming environment and encourage a self-paced training program. We also have off-site opportunities for people who have work, family obligations or limited time.
Interested in helping in our Emergency Services office? We are open from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday, shifts and days are flexible. Please call Stephanie Decker at 503-595-2286.
In the Food Repack Program
The Food Repack program is part of a citywide network for collecting over-produced food from grocers, universities, hospitals, restaurants, and major caterers. Over-produced food is repackaged and frozen. This food is an essential part of many agency food box programs in our area.
If you would like to work in a kitchen environment without cooking and do a vital job for the community, this is the job for you.
On the Phone Lines Taking Christmas Food Box Requests
The Portland Council provides a call-in center for the Multnomah County Christmas Food Box program, originally begun by the Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division. The program serves approximately 3,000 families every year. Our call-in center runs for 5 weeks from mid-November to mid-December. During this time, we need volunteers to answer the phones for a 3-hour shift one day per week.
The Portland Council center is located 8101 SE Cornwell St., Portland, Oregon (Map). Our Emergency Service Office, Food Recovery Program and Christmas Food Box Call Center are located on this site.
Interested in helping in our food storage and repackaging operations? The hours are from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday thru Friday, shifts and days are flexible. Please call Stephanie Decker at 503-595-2286.