Due to the Coronavirus, we are not welcoming new volunteers at this time. If you are a returning volunteer, please check your email for current procedures. Thank you!

Volunteers Welcome!

  • Birch can use individual volunteers from the community, (not BCS participants), on M/W/F from 9 am to 5 pm without prior scheduling.  Please plan to volunteer for at least two hours at a time so that we can make the most out of your travel and time commitments. Scheduling is required at all other times by contacting the office at 503.251.5431.
  • Groups of more than 3 people need to schedule their volunteer time in advance. Learn about Group Volunteerism.
  • The minimum age of volunteers is 14 years old.
  • Every community volunteer is required to sign the Individual Volunteer Form before beginning to volunteer.
  • 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:

  • Please check in at the front desk to sign and turn in your Individual Volunteer Form and pick up a name-tag.
  • 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.

Thanks for helping make BCS a compassionate and loving community. We hope you are blessed by your service!

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