Opportunities for Individuals

Support. Invest. Impact.

Transition Projects’ work is only possible because of the large community of supporters contributing to our success. 

From gala attendees to Stand Down volunteers, each person who takes the time to support our initiatives or events makes a difference to our organization and those we serve.

We’d love to have you join the ranks of Portlanders who support our work.

* Denotes an opportunity that first requires attending a volunteer orientation.

Get Involved

Serve a Meal*

Join us for the easiest way to get involved with Transition Projects, serving dinner at our River District Navigation Center! Help feed a shelter and get a glimpse at the pivotal work that we do.

Facilitate Access to Hygiene Services

Hundreds of people each day visit our Resource Center to access hygiene services like showers, clothing, and laundry. Help our team facilitate access to these services, get participants the supplies they need, and oversee clothing closet access. Weekly 2-hr shift required.


Meal Provider groups consist of a team leader and a small group of volunteers - family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or another type of service group - who come together to cook a full meal for shelter participants. Learn more about our Meal Provider Program.

Distribute Participant Mail*

Transition Projects’ Resource Center serves as the mailing address for hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. All of this mail needs to be sorted and handed out to participants as they come to collect theirs. We ask for a weekly or bi-weekly commitment to serve in this role.

Process Donated Items*

We receive thousands of items yearly that need to be sorted, organized, and routed to the programs and people who need them. We ask for a weekly or bi-weekly commitment to serve in this role.

Donate Gifts in Kind

Whether it be shoes, sheets, khakis, or canned goods, our shelters thrive off new or lightly used donations from community members. See our updated list of most needed donations!

Purchase Items From Our Amazon Wish List

If you are seeking to donate but cannot drop off items in person, purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List is the best way to get supplies to us quickly. The items on this list are regularly updated based on our needs and shipped right to our doorway!

Donate Funds

A Gift to Transition Projects supports our mission every day as we help people experiencing homelessness transition to housing. You can donate here.

Host a Donation Drive

Increase your impact by organizing a collection event for our critically needed items like seasonal clothing for adults, socks, underwear, and new hygiene items.

Become an On-Call Volunteer*

Throughout the year, our team often needs volunteer help with special projects and events. From helping deliver donations, to working at a severe weather shelter or providing extra hands at an event, there are many opportunities to get involved.

Questions on how to get involved? Reach out to our team for more info!