In This Issue
NEW! Volunteer Impact Report
IT'S HERE! The Volunteer Services Impact Report for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 is hot off the presses!

Check out all the amazing accomplishments and contributions you were a part of this past year. It is truly overwhelming to see the data, quotes, and photos come to life. Thank you for making a difference and being a valued member of our VOA Oregon family.


Kelsey Stark
Volunteer Services Manager
Upcoming Training Opportunity
Please join us for the upcoming Al Forthan Training: 
Using DBT with Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Clients 
Cathy Moonshine, PhD, MSCP, MAC, CADC III. 


This seminar will have an emphasis on developing a foundation and broad understanding of the philosophy and skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) when working with adult clients with addiction, mental health, and dual diagnosis difficulties. 
Dr. Moonshine is a licensed clinical psychologist with additional credentials in chemical dependency treatment. She is currently the Director of Internship Training Program, Director of Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics, and Associate Professor at The School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University in Portland. 

To register, email or call 503-802-0299 and let her know you are a volunteer. 
Volunteer Blog

Have you checked out Volunteer Bridge yet? This is a blog just for you featuring social justice related articles written by volunteers like you. Read some of the current entries and get inspired. 

Would you like to write a blog post? Email and share your voice!
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.
Saying Goodbye
It is with great sadness that I announce my departure from VOA Oregon. I will be leaving mid-October for an exciting move to Vietnam. I have enjoyed working with you and seeing the positive impact you've made in our programs. While I don't get out to program sites nearly enough, I'm always inspired when I visit and see the transformative work in action. 

The new Volunteer Services Manager has yet to be named, but they will introduce themselves when they join the team. You can contact your program volunteer coordinators directly for any needs or email

Thank you for all your contributions!

Kelsey Stark
Volunteer Services Manager

PS - If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this position,
Birthday Bag Overload
Families in our Family Relief Nursery, a child abuse and neglect prevention program, may find it challenging to celebrate their children's birthdays with presents and cake. Birthday parties are an added expense that just may not be possible. We put a call out to the community to help bridge this gap and were humbled by the volunteer response

Several volunteer
groups held donation
 drives to collect items such as cake mixes, toys, party invites, gift bags, and more. They held assembling parties to create a "Birthday in a Bag" for our kids to receive on their special day. We received over 100 amazing birthday bags which will go a long way in brightening the days of our children. The power of volunteerism in action! Thank you!

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!


VW Credit

Heffernan Insurance

AKA Sorority

PSU's Middle East Partnership Initiative

Good Shepard Lutheran Church

Vancouver LDS Ward



Pacific International Academy

Mississippi Records

Cambia Health


Brown and Brown Insurance

US Navy - Frank Cable Unit

Home Free and Here We Go Again Partnership

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Portland, OR 97214