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Volunteers make it possible to change the lives of homeless youth. Your involvement offers the vital support we need to continue empowering youth to exit street life. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, make friends, develop interests and enjoy the rewards of helping others. Our volunteers give thousands of hours of their time and are an integral part of our team. 

For more information on any of the volunteer opportunities below, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Direct Service Volunteers

Direct service volunteers work directly with our youth, building trust and functioning as an important role model in their lives. Direct service volunteers must be at least 23 years old and commit to at least two hours per week for 6 months.

Support Volunteers

Support volunteer positions range from providing clerical support and assisting with special events to contacting local businesses for food donations. Support roles are great opportunities for people wishing to gain experience in the non-profit field, or simply share their talents in fund raising or administration. Support volunteers must commit to at least two hours per week for 6 months.

Group and Corporate Volunteers

Group and corporate volunteers provide important assistance for projects such as cleaning, cooking, special event assistance and successful donation drives.  Corporate volunteer opportunities like our Empower Meals and Scooper Hero Program are a great way to engage your employees in volunteer service.

Day Services Center

The Day Service Center is our initial contact point with most youth, providing food, clothing, showers, and various recreational activities. By providing a safe place where basic needs can be met, staff can build trusting relationships with youth and are able to connect them to services that will help them on their path to leaving the streets. Volunteers are needed for meal preparation and cleanup, to help organize clothing and basic needs resources, and be a stable, adult presence for the youth that use the center.

Education Center

This nationally recognized, award-winning program offers a range of classes, tutoring, and assistance in preparing youth for high school equivalency exams (the G.E.D.) and post-secondary education.  New Avenues is also certified by Portland Public Schools.  Volunteers in the center assist our teachers with various projects or in a tutoring capacity. Volunteers with unique interests or talents that might engage youth are also needed to develop special programs/classes.


Our Career Training Center – PAVE – provides youth with the skills and training needed to obtain living-wage employment.  PAVE offers a variety of classes, activities, workshops and service learning projects, as well as opportunities to explore interests through internships, job shadows and subsidized work experiences.  Volunteers are needed for help with job readiness classes, interviewing and resume skill building, and administrative assistance. Backgrounds in customer service training or human resources preferred or experience in employment hiring.

Transitional Housing

New Avenues for Youth’s Transitional Housing Program provides a safe home for youth transitioning off the streets and moving toward independence. The 28-bed facility is designed so youth can build independent living skills while working or pursuing their educational goals. Volunteers are needed to assist with meal preparation and cleanup for dinners during the week and for brunch on the weekends. Culinary backgrounds encouraged!


Our Artist Mentorship Program provides youth the opportunity to learn, play, explore, heal, and find new meaning and success through music and arts. The AMP team is made up of dedicated volunteer mentors who encourage youth to learn instruments, art techniques, songwriting skills, and to express themselves creatively.


Our administrative/development office handles all inquiries regarding our programs as well as the crucial task of generating funding to continue all these worthwhile programs.  Volunteers are needed to provide clerical support to the staff, assist in mailings, or help with special events.

Food Donation Pickup

Every Thursday anytime between 12-2pm we do a food pick up in Beaverton. The food is then distributed between our two locations downtown. A volunteer with a vehicle and the time to assist with this task is needed on a weekly basis.