Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Raphael House of Portland! Our volunteers provide invaluable support to our programs, participants, and staff.

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Volunteer opportunities

Raphael House volunteers are indispensable to the success of our programs. We are always in need of more helping hands! Direct service positions involve unsupervised work with adult and child survivors of domestic violence and require 40 hours of Advocacy Training. Indirect service includes staff supervised work with survivors and assisting with “behind-the-scenes” efforts.

Direct service opportunities

Shelter Support Volunteer

Support residents in our emergency shelter and assist access line callers from the community.

Youth Program Volunteer

Provide individualized attention and support to youth in our shelter and Advocacy Center, assisting with childcare, art groups, and other activities.

Indirect service opportunities

Specialty Programming Provider

Offer specialized and professionally licensed skills (like massage therapy, yoga, ESL, culinary skills, arts and dance, etc.) for adults and/or children in our Advocacy Center.

Donation Drop-off Volunteer

Greet and support donors at our twice-monthly Donation Drop-off events (1st Thursday from 11am-1pm; 3rd Thursday from 5-7pm) at a local community center.

frequently asked questions

What requirements are there for volunteering?

Due to the sensitive nature of our work, we ask that all interested volunteers please submit a completed Volunteer Application and meet with us for an in-person screening to be considered for involvement on-site.

Those interested in direct service volunteer work must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete our 40-hour Basic Advocacy Training course (generally offered in spring and fall; limited number of spaces available)
  • Commit to a minimum of 6 months (12 hours/month) of service following training completion
  • Pass a background check (have lived in the United States for at least 3 years)

We place and accept volunteers based on our current needs and on our assessment of whether an individual is the right fit for Raphael House, and whether we’re the right fit for them! Submission of an application or completion of our screening process unfortunately doesn’t guarantee placement within our programs.

What training is required and when is that offered?

In the state of Oregon, 40 hours of advocacy training are required for anyone – staff or volunteers – working with survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. Raphael House offers this training two times each year – generally in the spring and fall. Please contact Elizabeth McKeever at emckeever@raphaelhouse.com to learn when our next training course is scheduled.

Following graduation from advocacy training, volunteers must attend an on-site New Volunteer Orientation and complete shadow shifts within the program they are interested in supporting. Generally this takes between 3-4 weeks to complete.

Can youth under 18 years old volunteer?

We currently have no available direct service volunteer positions for community members under 18 years of age. We have limited opportunities to become a Peer Educator with our Prevention Education Program. Applicants must be 16 years or older and have a parent or guardian’s permission. Please contact Elizabeth McKeever at emckeever@raphaelhouse.com to learn more.

Do you have one-time volunteer opportunities for individuals?

During the month of December, we need support with our annual Holiday Program and will be seeking assistance from one-time volunteers. For more information, please contact Elizabeth McKeever at emckeever@raphaelhouse.com or (503) 243-5126.

What group volunteer opportunities are available?

To maintain confidentiality of our location and the survivors we serve, Raphael House has very limited opportunities for volunteer groups. When support is needed, these projects do not involve direct contact with survivors, however they do have a significant impact on our programs and services! Examples include: grounds and gardens maintenance; organizing and sorting donations; etc.

Please get in touch at least six weeks in advance of your proposed volunteer date, so that we have ample time to plan and discuss whether an appropriate project is available. Contact Elizabeth McKeever at emckeever@raphaelhouse.com or (503) 243-5126.

Do you have an internship program?

Yes, through our partnership with Portland State University, Raphael House of Portland accepts a limited number of student interns each school year. We also work closely with other area colleges, universities, and practicum programs to place students on a case-by-case basis, if space is available. Contact Elizabeth McKeever at emckeever@raphaelhouse.com or (503) 243-5126 for more information.

Upcoming 40 Hour Training:

March 2020

Limited space is available to Raphael House volunteers only. Please see FAQs to learn more.

How to apply

After reading through our Volunteer Program FAQ’s, please complete and submit our Volunteer Application. Click here to download in Word format. Once we receive your application, we will contact you in 5-10 business days.

We place and accept volunteers based on our current needs and on our assessment of whether an individual is the right fit for Raphael House, and whether we’re the right fit for them! Submission of an application or completion of our screening process unfortunately doesn’t guarantee an interview or placement within our programs.

Contact: Elizabeth McKeever
Volunteer and Internship Program Coordinator can be reached at emckeever@raphaelhouse.com or (503) 243-5126.

 

Upcoming 40 Hour Training:

March 2020

Limited space is available to Raphael House volunteers only. Please see FAQs to learn more.

 

“We’ve designed our volunteer opportunities to support the larger community in recognizing how their skills and time can positively impact survivors of trauma in significant ways.”

Volunteer and Internship Coordinator

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