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
- Organizing paperwork
- 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