Volunteer at Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Volunteers bring enthusiasm, skills and innovation that keep Tryon Creek a place like no other.

The mission of the Friends of Tryon Creek is to conserve and enhance the natural resources and promote educational, interpretive and recreational programs of Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Ever 1,700 volunteers contribute 12,600 hours to the Park every year. Whether you want to volunteer for just a few hours or every day, we have the right job for you.   http://www.tryonfriends.org/volunteer.html

For information about our stewardship and volunteer programs, please contact our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator,  Sarah Kreisman .

Friends of Tryon CreekSarah Kreisman – Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator
Email: sarah@tryonfriends.org

11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland Or 97219
Ph: 503.636.4398 – Fax: 503.636.5318


VOLUNTEER SERVICES (Community Engagement)


Activists and Social Changers: Get involved in the movement to end violence against women and children!  Home Free, a program of Volunteers of America Oregon that assists women and children surviving domestic violence has openings for compassionate people to assist in various program areas.

Some exciting volunteer opportunities include:  working in our children’s program, restraining order advocacy or answering our hotline! Training begins in March, and covers dynamics of domestic violence and basic advocacy.

For more information, please contact Nancy Loso at nloso@voaor.org or 503-595-2009.

Volunteers of America Oregon is a leader in creating vibrant, compassionate communities where every member is valued, every home is safe and every life is self-determined. The mission of VOA is to change lives by promoting self-determination, building strong communities, standing for social justice and empowering people by providing tools, education and opportunities.  

Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division Service Event

On Jan 25, a group Marylhurst Staff and students sorted through donated clothing for   Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division.  Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built an 89-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders. PPBSD offer emergency food assistance five days a week at our North Portland warehouse as well as 24/7 through our partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to people in need at any time. In addition to food relief PPBSD also offer new and gently used clothing to those in need at our North Portland facility.

The Marylhurst group spent two hours sorting new and gently used clothing. These items included shoes, coats, men’s and woman’s clothing, children’s clothing and profession wear.  After sorting, the clothing was made immediately accessible to PPBSD clients.  Thank you to all the 11 volunteer that participated.  Their commitment to service in our community is amazing!

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Here are some of the volunteers comments about their experience:  

 “I’m always amazed at how much can get done with the power of a committed GROUP.  Attention to sanitation is important. Respect the donation and intention, but keep people safe.  I was reminded that there are other, smaller local avenues for donating besides the conglomerate Good Will. They might not have the fancy infrastructure, but they have the heart. There is always room to learn something about oneself and others, especially in uncomfortable circumstances. Humor is the spice of life! And I really love my co-workers!!”               Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury

 “This was a good experience for me. It opened my eyes in a very real way how blessed I am: I have a roof over my head, clothes to wear and food to eat. There are so many who don’t have what I have. Working with all of you doing the work forced me out of my comfort zone which is a good thing.”           Christine Caton

“It was fun!”  Chris Sweet

If you are interested in future service events, please contact Pam Leibrant.   pleibrant@marylhurst.edu .

Dialogue Between Health Providers and African Community Members

What are the barriers that influence your experience with your health care provider? 

What are the frustrations you experience when you serve African community members?

African partnership for Health is hosting a forum for African community members and health care providers to come together and exchange ideas about receiving and providing care.  This gathering will bring forth different views and personal experiences, and deepen the discussion through community dialogue.

When:  Sunday, February 12, 2011 

Time:  4:00PM-6:30PM

Location: Lutheran Community Servicers   605 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd, Portland OR

Cost:  Free, African food will be provided

Contact:  Ahmed Lya   (503) 231-7480  ext 624  or aiya@lcsnw.org