Are you looking for a great idea for a group project? Perhaps you’re part of a club, looking for team-building opportunities or a way for your company to become more active in your community. Perhaps you want to volunteer with your family or friends, or come on your own.
- As an individual. After an interview and orientation you can volunteer on your own time. (Minors must be accompanied by an adult, those under 14, a parent or guardian.)
- In a group. Whether through your employer, high school, or church group – we can accommodate up to 15 people in a day during the winter.
- Through an internship program. Established programs such as Federal Work Study and other service-learning/work experience programs partner with CEP to provide opportunities for placement.
Opportunities Vary by Season
- Fall/Winter (Sep-Feb): Busy season – opportunities include weatherization teams, leading workshops, answering phones, or assisting at community fairs.
- Spring (Mar-May): Leading Lead Poisoning Prevention workshops, conducting follow-up surveys on the phone
- Summer (Jun-Aug): Community events (tabling) and inventory
If you would like to do “on the ground” work, take pride in doing a job right, and are familiar with basic tools, this is a great position. Using energy saving materials such as silicone-acrylic and rope caulk, interior vinyl storm windows, and door weatherstripping, individuals and teams of volunteers weatherize the homes of 230 seniors and people with disabilities every year. We provide training for all of our volunteers before heading out to the homes. Minimum age: 14. (Typically 4-6 hours each time) Most weekdays, and many Saturdays from October to February.
Crew Leader (CL) for In Home Services
Looking to lead volunteers in a home? We’ll train you how to install all our materials, and you will help the volunteers out in homes! There will always be a staff member on site, but you’ll help make sure every volunteer is supported in a home. Click here for more info.
Develop your skills as a public speaker while delivering multi-sensory, hands-on workshops in the Portland area. We’ll train you! Click here for more info.
Workshop Follow-Up Phone surveys
After a client has attended a Weatherization Workshop or Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop, we like to follow up with them. This gives folks a chance to provide feedback and helps us to improve our programs. In addition, our findings are used in our reports to our funders. Minimum age: 18. (2-4 hours each time)
Volunteers and staff representing CEP and distribute information about our programs at various community events throughout Portland and the surrounding area. This is a good way to meet other fantastic people in the non-profit community. (2-4 hours each time)
We have three programs that give away thousands of free supply items with workshops. It takes a lot of time and effort to assemble kits for 1,100+ workshop participants. This can include some heavy lifting. (Opportunity varies)
Clerical / Office
In the busy season we have opportunities to answer phones, enter data, and help clients process their paperwork.
How to Start
Begin by scheduling an appointment for a volunteer interview/meeting to discuss your interests and available opportunities. All volunteers participate in an orientation and receive relevant training. Oftentimes orientation and training can occur on the first day of service. Call the Volunteer Coordinator at 503.284.6827 x112 or email
volunteers @ CommunityEnergyProject.org