Volunteer faqs

Volunteer FAQS

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Bethlehem House of Bread. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we get about volunteering.

Opportunities & Who Can Volunteer

What are the volunteer opportunities?

There are many ways to get involved at BHOB and most opportunities are only a few hours in length, and don’t require a regular commitment. Individuals, families, groups, and businesses are all encouraged to volunteer.

Visit our Volunteer page for opportunities (if you have a special skill or talent you’d like to contribute, we welcome ideas not listed on this page).

Can my children volunteer with me?

Yes, we encourage you to bring your children – it’s a wonderful way to teach them the value of giving back to their community. Kids as young as five have volunteered at BHOB! Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other supervisor.

Can groups volunteer at BHOB?

Yes, there are many opportunities for groups at BHOB. To schedule a group (or to learn more), please email us or call us at 503-639-3181 ext. 1 to get started.

Can I volunteer at BHOB for a school requirement or other service project?

Yes, BHOB is a great place to complete community service hours for school or other projects. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other supervisor.

Do I need to make a long-term commitment?

No long-term commitment is required – you can sign up for just those shifts that work for you; though we’ve found people tend to become regular volunteers after experiencing first-hand how their service helps the community. Giving back is a wonderful thing.

Can I volunteer if I also shop the pantry as a guest?

Absolutely – we encourage our shopping guests to also volunteer at BHOB.

Signing Up To Volunteer

Do I need to sign up in advance or can I just show up?

We require volunteers sign up in advance for any shift. We assign volunteers based on need and on the number of shifts available. Due to scheduling capacity, we may be unable to accommodate walk-in volunteers.

How do I schedule a volunteer shift?

Our online scheduling system lets you can sign up for two volunteer shifts:

  • Taking guests through the food pantry
  • Stocking the food pantry shelves

Scheduling volunteer shifts online is easy and takes just a few minutes. You can sign up for multiple shifts and days at once. Follow the instruction on the Volunteer Sign Up page.

For all other volunteer areas, please call us at 503-639-3181 ext. 1 or email us to schedule your volunteer shift.

I’d like to bring in a food or clothing donation during my volunteer shift. Is that okay?

Yes, thank you. For a list of the most needed food items, please visit this page.

How far in advance can I sign up online to volunteer?

Our online volunteer scheduling system lets you sign up for a shift months in advance.

What if I need to cancel my volunteer shift?

If you need to cancel your volunteer shift, please try to give us at least 24-hours notice. The more notice, the better, as most of our shifts depend on having a minimum number of volunteers to be successful.

If you scheduled your volunteer shift online, use the “cancel your shift” link in the original confirmation or reminder email you received. You can can also call us at 503-639-3181 ext. 1 or email us to cancel your shift.

Please reschedule when you are available.

I’m having problems signing up online - what should I do?

We’re sorry you’re having problems – please call us at 503-639-3181 ext. 1 or email us and we’ll gladly assist you.

General Inquiries

What should I wear to volunteer?

We ask that you dress comfortably and respectfully. For shifts that assist in unloading the food pantry van and stocking the food pantry, closed-toe shoes are encouraged.

Do you have any helpful tips for volunteers?

First-time volunteers will get an overview of what is expected and most likely, you’ll have someone working alongside you until you’re comfortable being on your own.

BHOB is a special place; we’re part food pantry, part community center, and part support system for those going through challenging times. Our goal is to feed bodies and spirits in an environment of hospitality, respect, and inclusivity – and we require all volunteer adhere to these principles.

Read our full equity statement.

Can I bring in a food or clothing donation during my volunteer shift?

Yes, thank you. For a list of the most needed food items, visit our donations page.

Where are you located?

We are located in Tigard at 9055 SW Locust St, Tigard, OR 97223.