In This Issue
Volunteer Impact Report
As a valued volunteer, we want you to know the significant impact your contributions have had on VOA Oregon. You may not see results or an impact in one day/shift of service, but the cumulative effort helps our clients grow and create lasting change. 

The annual Volunteer Services Impact Report strives to highlight the qualitative and quantitative outcomes of volunteerism in VOA Oregon. While just a snippet of the big picture, we hope this report helps you understand your value and how much we appreciate all that you do. Thank you!

Training Opportunity

Al Forthan Trainings: Mindfulness for Healing and Thriving AND Up in Smoke

We offer these trainings free of charge to volunteers. Email Alex at and let her know you are a volunteer to get the free registration.

When:  Wednesday, June 14th
Where:  New Song Community Church  220 NE Russell St.  Portland, OR 97212

Mindfulness for Healing and Thriving
Featuring: Denise Gour, LCSW
When: 8:30 a.m. - Noon (registration starts at 8:00 a.m.)
Includes three CEUs from ACCBO.

This training introduces both the research and several fundamental practices of mindfulness training for working with clients challenged by addictions, depression, and criminal behavior.  Attendees will experience mindfulness practices first hand and learn ways to integrate these skills in their personal life and professional work.  Grounding and centering strategies for both client and professional will be emphasized, as well as, simple every-day practices that help improve client outcomes and prevent professional burn-out. Appropriate for all levels of behavioral healthcare counselors, mentors, and other health care workers, as well as, administrative staff.  No meditation experience necessary.  


Up in Smoke
Featuring: Eric Martin, M.A.C., CADC III, CPS
When: 1:45 - 3:45 p.m. (registration starts at 1:00 p.m.)
Includes two CEUs from ACCBO.   

This presentation will cover the epidemiology of marijuana use, defining dependence, motivational factors working for marijuana dependent clients and resources.
VOA Oregon Wish List

I n add ition to volunteer time and financial contributions, VOA Oregon and our clients rely on generous in-kind donations. 

We are always in need of  hygiene items, new socks and underwear, and gently used  clothing of all sizes.   Please consider donating some of the items off our wish list.  

Call the number of the program listed on the website to make a donation drop off or contact Kelsey Stark at to make arrangements.
A Summer Soiree: A Benefit for VOA Oregon's Family Relief Nursery

Join us for food, fun, and family
to raise funds for the Family Relief Nursery (FRN) which offers a holistic, positive approach to working with children and families in need.

(704 NE Dekum St. Portland)
Thursday, June 22, 6 - 8:30 pm

$15 admission available at the door or in advance

Youth under 13 are FREE!

Enjoy live music by  Arran Fagan , family friendly activities, and a silent auction with fabulous items such as gift cards, local art, winery tours, and more. 

Light refreshments will be served, but bring your appetite to purchase additional food from Oregon Public House where proceeds will benefit FRN. Beer, wine, & cider available for $5 and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. 
Special Volunteer Opportunities
Want to support VOA Oregon with a short and sweet volunteer project? We have several unique opportunities this summer to make a difference in just a few hours! To RSVP or learn more, email

Pick up a volunteer shift at Oregon Public House!
Volunteer for a 4-hour shift serving food, busing tables, and sharing info about the Family Relief Nursery with guests. Food and drink purchases support the Nursery and our volunteers help spread the word about our services. Minors welcome to volunteer with adult supervision. Up to 4 volunteers per shift. Best of all, enjoy a free meal and drink after your shift!
  • Thursday, June 8th, 4 - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15th, 4 - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22nd, 4 - 8 p.m.
Volunteer at A Summer Soiree
Join staff and other volunteers in making A Summer Soiree: A Benefit for VOA Oregon's Family Relief Nursery a huge success. Read more about this event in the article above. 

Volunteer roles include greeters, ticket sellers, minglers, silent auction helpers, food runners, and more. Get free admission to the event and guaranteed fun!
  • Thursday, June 22nd, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Build Community with Youth
Youth Prevention Services hosts monthly events to celebrate community at various low-income housing sites in Portland and Gresham. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate games and activities, serve a meal, and have fun! Join us, bring a friend, and come be a kid again! All events are 5 - 7 p.m.
  • June 14th - Plaza Townhomes
  • June 22nd - Dekum Court
  • June 27th - Eastwood Court
  • June 28th - Sequoia Square
  • June 29th - Gateway Park 
Thank You to Our Group Volunteers

Thank you to this quarter's volunteer groups, organizations, and companies that shared their time with VOA Oregon. Group volunteering is a great way to build camaraderie and help VOA Oregon accomplish big things. If you have a group interested in volunteering, email . We've hosted groups of five volunteers all the way up to 60! 
We <3 group volunteers!
  • US Bank
  • WE Communications
  • Good Deeds Day (in partnership with the Mittleman Jewish Community Center)
  • Northwest Academy
  • St. Mary's Academy
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Jop Corps
  • Oregon Episcopal School
Home Free and Here We Go Again Partnership

Volunteers of America Oregon | (503) 595-2009 | | 3910 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214