Adopt-a-Highrise Program

The member congregations of Lift Urban Portland "adopt" apartment buildings that house many elderly, disabled and low-income residents. Volunteers host group activities, which build community and individual relationships, and provide outreach and education about Lift Urban Portland's programs.


  • Barbecues
  • Holiday parties
  • Bingo games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Outings
  • Piano recitals
  • Weekly meditation
  • Afternoon tea
  • Monthly birthday party
  • Movie Night
  • Yoga classes

Events can also be organized by individuals, a class, or by a team from a local business. If you would like to host a game night, serve a spaghetti dinner, teach a craft class, or another activity that promotes education or community connections, call Erin Goldwater, Program Manager at 503-221-1224, ext. 105.

Volunteer Needs

Activities Coordinator
Organize and distribute information about upcoming volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers.

General Volunteer
Join a team as your congregation hosts community events and serves neighbors in an adopted building. Events can also be organized by individuals, a school, or  a local business.

Existing Matches

Congregation Beth Israel: Northwest Tower and Annex
First Immanuel Lutheran Church: Gallagher Plaza
Imago Dei Community: Rosenbaum Plaza
Portland City Center Sanctuary: Medallion Apartments
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral: Williams Plaza
Zen Center of Portland: Northwest Tower and Annex
Zion Lutheran Church: Marshall Union Manor

For more volunteer information:
Erin Goldwater, Program Manager • (503) 221-1224 x 105