What Volunteer Opportunities Can I Post?

As a nonprofit partner, you can post a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to the Hands On Greater Portland website depending on your needs. Whether you're looking for a skilled volunteer to work on your social media plan or a group of volunteers to help out at an upcoming event, we can help you get the word about your volunteer needs to the thousands of volunteers who visit our website each month.

I'm looking for volunteers to help my organization for more than a single day...

Great! We can help. The majority of our nonprofit partners have ongoing volunteer needs that ask volunteers to commit to special projects, skilled volunteer roles, or other positions that require more than a one-day commitment. Examples might be:

  • Mentorship/tutoring positions
  • In-office volunteers
  • Skilled / Pro Bono volunteers (medical, technical, grant-writing, etc.)
  • Board members
  • Drivers
  • Any position that may require a background check or a multi-day training or orientation

These types of postings are known as Ongoing Referrals on our website, due to their need for an ongoing commitment, and can be found through our extensive Search Engine. Volunteers who express interest in these types of postings will be referred directly on to you for follow-up to determine whether they might be a match.

Any ongoing need you have can be posted to the website for one month to one year. Every six months we ask that you review the posting for accuracy and timelyness.

I'm looking for volunteers to help out for a few hours at an upcoming event or work party...

Sometimes your organization may need a group of volunteers to come help out on a project or event shift, without requiring that they commit beyond a single day. These "done-in-a-day" opportunities show up on our Project Calendar, which is incredibly popular among new volunteers looking for an easy way to get engaged without an initial longer-term commitment.

"Done-in-a-day" projects can show up on our calendar in a few different ways:

Calendar Referrals:

Do you need volunteers for an upcoming fundraiser, gala, walk, or run? Are you looking for a group of volunteers to help out with a one-time cleaning/painting/gardening project at your office? Do you have monthly work parties that could use some extra volunteer support?

Most of these annual, one-time, or monthly events will be posted to our website as Calendar Referrals -- this means they show up on the ever-popular Project Calendar (as well as in Search Results), and volunteers who express interest in helping out will be referred directly on to you for follow-up and confirmation.

Any one-time need that could use at least three volunteers for a single shift can be submitted for posting on the Project Calendar provided that we receive all information at least two weeks prior to the project or event day. Due to the Calendar's space limitations, we typically allow each partner up to four calendar referral shifts per month.

Calendar Projects:

Do you ever wish you could just have a group of volunteers show up ready to help you sort, clean, weed, serve, engage, pack, or craft each month, without having to jump through the hoops of recruitment, pre-project communication, and volunteer follow-up? Volunteer Louisiana can help! 

Calendar Projects are designed to make volunteering easy -- for both your organization and the volunteers who want to help.

On your end, we can help consult with you about group-based project ideas, and we'll assist you in developing the volunteer piece to manage volunteer sign-ups, sending confirmation and reminder emails to volunteers, and tracking hours for those who attend through the system. We'll also train some of your staff and/or volunteers to be Volunteer Leaders on the project to help support you on the day of the project and manage pre and post project communication.

For volunteers, all they have to do is sign up with a click of a button (assuming they meet the minimum age requirement) and then show up on the morning of the project ready to lend a hand -- no advanced skill or training required.

As the hosting nonprofit, your organization has the overall responsibility for managing the project specifics: designing the project to meet an important need, arranging to have necessary tools or supplies, providing orientation and/or training to volunteers at the beginning of the project, and being present during the entire project.

Volunteer Leaders are responsible for managing the volunteers: communicating scheduling information between the your organization and volunteers, managing project sign-ups, and working with the you to oversee the event itself.