Volunteer Spotlight

We are lucky to have hundreds of volunteers who are generous with their time and skills, dedicated to serving clients of Catholic Charities. The volunteers featured below exemplify this selflessness.

Elaine Garrow (photo right), Friends of Catholic Charities Liaison to Housing Transitions Program; volunteer since 1995

Elaine Garrow is among the founding members of Friends of Catholic Charities, a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting and supporting the mission of work of Catholic Charities through "friend raising" and fundraising. "We started donating lunches and hosting events at Rose Heaven in the early 90's, and realized we could be doing so much more to help women who needed the basic staples of life," said Elaine. "Today Friends has 78 members and is involved in helping every program at Catholic Charities, although my passion still lies in helping homeless and underserved women." Click to continue reading.

Dacia Hawkins, Refugee Resettlement Program volunteer since 2005

It started with a call for help from a fellow parishioner at Imago Dei Community Church. “She said Catholic Charities was looking for people to help refugees get oriented in Portland,” said Dacia. “It sounded like a unique ordinary opportunity to meet new and interesting people, so I signed up.” Click to continue reading.

If you are interested in volunteering with Catholic Charities, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form, and send it to the program of your choice:

El Programa Hispano - (503) 669-8350
138 NE 3rd Street, Suite 140, Gresham, Oregon 97030

Housing Transitions Program - (971) 222-1880
2740 SE Powell Boulevard, #6, Portland, Oregon 97202

Immigration Legal Services - (503) 542-2855
2740 SE Powell Boulevard, #2, Portland, Oregon 97202

Pregnancy Support and Adoption - (503) 238-5196
2740 SE Powell Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202

Refugee Resettlement - (971) 222-1883
2740 SE Powell Boulevard, #8, Portland, Oregon 97202

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