Improve the lives of our residents by volunteering your time and talents with Bienestar’s youth or adult education programs.
The donation of your time helps support our mission to build hope and futures for farm workers and working poor families. With your help, we can give our residents the crucial education, literacy, social, and community support they need to realize a pathway from poverty.
See our current volunteer opportunities at the following links, or fill out our online volunteer form for more information. You can also call our volunteer coordinator at 503-693-2937 Ext. 102 to discuss an opportunity that fits your schedule and interests. Our programs and opportunities are always evolving to meet the needs of our residents and to take advantage of the unique talents of our volunteers.
You may have a skill you don’t see an immediate match for, but don’t hesitate to tell us how your special talent can help our mission. Look at the unexpected way this volunteer helped us!
MpowR is an after-school program that provides homework help, reading and math tutoring and educational activities for children in grades K-6. Under the direction of a Bienestar staff member, volunteers help with passing out snacks, homework assistance, one-on-one and group reading activities, playing educational games and more. MpowR currently meets Monday through Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Forest Grove.
Arts & Crafts Classes
Design and implement arts and craft classes for children ages 7-12! Classes can be tailored to fit your schedule, and materials will be provided by Bienestar.
Summer Lunch and Fun
Join us from June to August in providing free lunches to children in need in Hillsboro. After lunch, help run structured activities such as cultural presentations, arts and crafts classes, sports training, educational games, and a reading program. For 2017, we will begin June 29 and run through August 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. The lunch and events are held at Montebello and Sunset. This is one of our most popular seasonal volunteer opportunities. You can sign up for an hour, a day, a week, or the entire program. Read the full job description for the Summer Lunch and Fun Program Assistant.
Most of our adult residents speak only Spanish, so if you speak Spanish that would be a big plus.
Help adult residents learn very basic to intermediate computer skills during evening classes. This is a great way to learn new computer vocabulary in Spanish if you already have a good command of the language
Help run ESL classes for limited English-speaking adults at various skill levels, or become a language partner with a native Spanish-speaker learning English.
Our GED instructor needs volunteers to help adults who are preparing to take their high school equivalency exams. Volunteers help individuals and small groups with math, science and writing.
Ready for Kindergarten
Designed for parents of children up to age three, this program promotes and teaches positive interaction between parents and children using music and interactive games. Instructors emphasize learning about children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. Groups are run in Spanish. This is a great volunteer opportunity for professionals with knowledge of child development and/or positive parenting techniques.
Using curriculum provided by the FDIC, you can give our residents the financial knowledge they need to succeed in life. We run youth classes in English and adult classes in Spanish.
We periodically hold food collection and delivery drives for Bienestar families who are in need and are unable to travel to grocery stores or the Food Bank. You can help low-income families in our community by joining us to prepare non-perishable food boxes for these events when they are scheduled. Sample tasks may include:
- Measuring and separating bulk dry foods (e.g., beans, rice, potatoes, masa)
- Sorting and organizing other goods, including household basics and fresh fruits and vegetables)
- Packing and sealing individual bags or boxes for delivery
We will also accept food donations. Please note that any donated food must be sealed and be within the printed expiration date.
See the complete list of preferred items here.
Remote Volunteer Opportunities
We are looking for volunteers who have the ability to translate written English into Spanish. This is a great chance to volunteer remotely since the work can be accomplished through e-mail!
All Bienestar volunteers must complete a volunteer application, pass a background check and attend a brief orientation.