Volunteer Groups Welcome!

Program Participant Volunteer Guidelines can be found here.

  • Ready to help? After making arrangements with Andrew Rowlett 971.506.5673 Andrew@BirchCommunityServices.org, please arrive at the BCS warehouse at the arranged time.
  • Make sure we know an accurate count of the number coming.
  • The minimum age of volunteers is 14 years old.
  • We can host individual volunteers to groups of up to 25 people (by appointment).
  • The adult supervisor of your group will sign a Group Volunteer Form for all people volunteering with your group.
  • Please do not help yourself to items during your helping time.
  • We keep cold beverages in the cooler marked ‘George’, for helpers to enjoy during their shift.

Getting Started:

  • Your host will give an orientation tour. Ask lots of questions!
  • SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY.  ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS give equipment the right of way. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER expect that operators see or hear you. Don’t run quickly in front of machinery, or “just get by”… step back and make eye contact with the operators. The equipment doesn’t stop on a dime!
  • Make the supervisor aware of any physical limitations you may have that might hinder your helping activity. Your safety is of utmost importance.
  • Absolutely no one may operate our power equipment without authorization.

What to Wear:

  • Old clothes that can get dirty are great! Shoes must cover the entire foot and have
    good rubber soles.
  • Dress for the weather, i.e., In the winter wear warm clothes; in the summer, cool clothes—but no muscleman tank tops.
  • Wear a back brace when you are lifting heavy items. We have them in the warehouse; just ask.
  • Please, no perfume—it can be a bit overwhelming in close quarters … and so can body odor.

Thanks for helping make BCS a compassionate and loving community. You will be blessed by your service!