If you’re connected to a group that would like to get involved, check out one of our Group Volunteer Opportunities. We also host regular Pop-Up Volunteer Events events for individuals looking to see what life at the furniture bank is all about.

Community Warehouse Group Volunteer Opportunities

To set up any of the group volunteer opportunities listed below, or for questions about volunteering, contact Volunteer Supervisor Caty Williams at caty@communitywarehouse.org. Please include which group activity you’re interested in, along with desired dates, times, location, and any other pertinent information. 

Linen Sorting


(available starting May 2024)
Location
: Onsite PDX, Tualatin, Gresham (Wednesdays only)
Time: Wed, Thurs, Fri starting at 5 or Saturday between 10 and 3
(Can also schedule at Gresham location on Wednesdays between 10 and 3)
Budget: $0
Group size: 2 – 15
Recommended age: 13+

Help us sort through donated linens to check for quality, measure, and bundle up for clients to take home for a good night’s rest in their new home.

Household Essentials Collection Drive

Location: Offsite (at your business or location,) and/or virtual
Time: 2 – 4 weeks
Budget: $0 (approx $5+ per donation if virtual)
Group size: NA
Recommended age: NA

Select a theme from the following options: dishes & silverware, bed & bath, pillows, or pots & pans. Pick a timeframe (typically 2-4 weeks) to host your drive. We’ll provide collection bins before your drive and arrange to pick up the bins and goods at the end of your drive (or arrange drop-off).

We can provide posters with details that you can print out or send virtually to promote your drive. Spread the word, watch your bins fill, and then donate the items to your local furniture bank to help people recovering from adversity set up a safe and comfortable home.

Fort-Building for a Cause!


Location: Offsite (at your business or other location)
Time: Any
Budget: $0
Group size: 1 – 10
Recommended age: 5+ (with adult supervision)

Gather blankets, pillows, and sheets in new or great-but-used condition (no stains, holes, damage, smells, or excessive wear and tear.) Build the blanket fort of your dreams or have different groups compete to build the biggest, comfiest, most elaborate, most structurally sound, etc. fort of them all.

After you are done, give everything a quick wash and bring the parts and pieces you don’t need or want to store to donate to Community Warehouse. We will give them to folks recovering from adversity so that they can get cozy and maybe even build the fort of their dreams in their new home.

Great for kids/families and for grown ups too! Picnic, date night, movie night, party activity, creative play.

Here are some benefits
Check out these engineering lessons you can learn from fort building
Great for grown-ups too!

Pots 'n Pans 'n Ping Pong

Location: Offsite (at your business or other locations)
Time: Any
Budget: $0 – $10 per pot/pan
Group size: 2 – 10
Recommended age: 10+

  1. Gather new or very gently used pots and pans (no rust, scratches, dents, cracks, missing handles, or worn non-stick coating please!) Baking sheets/pans count and glass versions may influence how your ball bounces!
  2. Grab a cup and small ball like a ping pong ball
  3. Arrange pots and pans down stairs or at various heights and angles and then try to bounce your ball into the cup (example.) 
    • Try to get more and more elaborate set ups or even compete for the fastest or most complicated successful bounce! 
    • Great for sleepovers, game nights, team building, or even lesson plans around physics, pitch/sound mechanics, and more!
  4. After you are done having fun, donate your pots and pans to help people and families recovering from adversity as they start over and furnish their new homes.
Welcome Home Kit Assembly

Location: Offsite (at your business or other location,) or Onsite PDX, Tualatin, Gresham (Wednesdays only)
Time: Offsite – any day of the week
Onsite – Wed, Thurs, Fri starting at 5 or Saturday between 10 and 3
(Can also schedule at Gresham location on Wednesdays between 10 and 3)

Budget: $6 per kit
Group size: 2 – 20
Recommended age: 13+

  1. Purchase these inexpensive items at local discount stores (Dollar Store etc.): Measuring cups & spoons, pot holder, cutting board, gift bag 

(or the group can donate funds for CW to purchase ahead of time online [at least 3 weeks notice needed to allow for shipping time] – supplies can only be purchased online in groups of 24, 48, 72 or 96.)

  1. Get CW Welcome Home postcards from the Volunteer Supervisor
  2. Pack a gift bag with one of each item
  3. Write on and/or decorate the cards with positive, congratulatory messages
  4. Hole punch the corner of each card, string onto gift bag string, and tie them up to make charming packages
  5. Coordinate with Volunteer Supervisor to deliver the “Welcome Home” kits to one of our Warehouse locations in Portland or Tualatin
Fleece Blanket Making

Location: Offsite (at your business or other location,) or Onsite PDX, Tualatin, Gresham (Wednesdays only)
Time: Offsite – any day of the week
Onsite – Wed, Thurs, Fri starting at 5 or Saturday between 10 and 3
(Can also schedule at Gresham location on Wednesdays between 10 and 3)
Budget: $10 – $20 per blanket (always check for sales and coupons for the craft store!)
Group size: 2 – 15
Recommended age: 7+

The participant group must purchase the fleece yardage depending on the number of volunteers. (One person can make 1-2 blankets per hour.)

Video tutorial

These blankets always fly off our shelves and clients will appreciate having these cozy, comfy touches to curl up with in their new home.

Furniture Building

Location: Offsite (at your business or other location) or
Onsite PDX, Tualatin, Gresham (Wednesdays only)
Time: Offsite – any day of the week
Onsite – Wed, Thurs, Fri starting at 5 or Saturday between 10 and 3
(Can also schedule at Gresham location on Wednesdays between 10 and 3)
Budget: $100+
Group size: 2 – 12
Recommended age: 16+

  • Businesses or groups will work with their members to gather funds and purchase new, in demand furniture items. (Ex: multipurpose storage w/4 drawers, dresser, desk, book shelf)
  • OR, if building onsite at CW, the group can donate funds for CW to purchase ahead of time online (at least 3 weeks notice needed to allow for shipping time.)
  • If building offsite, the group will also need a participant who is able to drop assembled furniture off at a warehouse location (if your group plans to put together more than 3 large furniture pieces please reach out to discuss potential options for pickup. While not guaranteed, let’s chat!)
  • Give clients coming to the warehouse an extra special touch by providing something new for them to put in their new home

To express interest in any of the group volunteer opportunities listed above, fill out the form and we’ll connect with you shortly. For questions about volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Supervisor Caty Williams at caty@communitywarehouse.org

    Pop-Up Volunteer Events

    Do you want to get involved with Community Warehouse but are unable to commit to a regular volunteer schedule? Sign up to pop in and volunteer with us one day a month! These pop-ups can include activities such as: sorting and bundling linens, donation sorting, furniture assembly, and so much more! Check out our upcoming dates:

    Tualatin Furniture Bank

    8380 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, OR

    • Saturday, March 16, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM PT (6 slots available)
    • Saturday, May 11, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM PT (6 slots available)

    Portland Furniture Bank

    3961 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, OR

    • Saturday, April 13, 2024 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PT (6 slots available)

    • Saturday, June 15, 2024 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT (6 slots available)

    To register for any of the pop-up events listed, complete and submit the form below (don’t forget to select which date you’d like to attend. If an event has reached its capacity, we will reach out to inform you and invite ask to select a future date. You will hear back from Volunteer Supervisor Caty within a few days to confirm your attendance.)


      Final day to purchase your Chair Affair is tickets Friday, April 19.
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