Neighbors Helping Neighbors

As part of a caring community, one-on-one assistance provides vital support and connection to neighbors in need. Often, they no longer have family and friends in the area to rely on.

  • Friendly Visitors build long-term relationships, provide social interaction, and sometimes physical assistance may be a component.
  • Helping Hands volunteers usually complete short-term tasks like cleaning, moving a household or building a bookshelf.

Activities and time commitments of volunteers vary.


Typical Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers never need take on more than they are comfortable with or feel safe doing.

  • Regular social visits
  • Housekeeping: sweeping, mopping, laundry, repairs
  • Help clean low-income apartments for mandatory housing inspections. Background check required.
  • Grocery shopping, either accompanying a shopper or shopping for them
  • Meal preparation
  • Pet care assistance
  • Packing
  • Organizing paperwork
  • Errands
  • Read aloud to visually-impaired people
  • Play chess or work on hobbies. Host chess hours at a local building in collaboration with Chess for Success.
  • Connections  to community events, social activities and social services
  • Escort a neighbor to a medical appointment or errands
  • Distribute flyers about events and services.

For more volunteer information:
Rollie Lobsinger, Program Director
rollie@LiftUrbanPortland.org • (503) 221-1224, ext. 105