At Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), our volunteers are among our most valuable assets.

Last year, nearly 600 volunteers donated almost 30,000 hours of their time, saving EMO an estimate of over half a million dollars. Our volunteers make it possible for us to serve nearly 20,000 people throughout Oregon each year.

Interested in volunteering your time for EMO? There are a lot of opportunities for volunteers – help feed the hungry, care for creation, share your wisdom, minister to refugees, help keep things running, provide community outreach, or share a special skill. Many opportunities allow for ongoing work with clients and involvement with a core of other volunteers.

Each of the programs listed below welcomes your volunteer help. To serve through one of the avenues mentioned or for more information about service, please call (503) 221-1054 or send an email to

Affordable Housing

EMO's Metro HomeShare helps Home Providers stabilize and retain their housing, while offering access to affordable rent or services to Home Seekers. To volunteer, email or call (971) 271-5195.

Second Home is a community response to the difficult problem of providing housing for unaccompanied, homeless youth while they attend Beaverton, Gresham-Barlow or Lincoln County high schools. View a full list of volunteer opportunities at Second Home. To learn more, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 277, or email

Basic Human Needs

If you want to combat hunger and promote healthy food in your community, please consider volunteering for EMO's Food Services located at the Patton Home kitchen in north Portland. We prepare nutritious meals for residents at the Patton Home and clients at our HIV Services programs. For more information, contact Russ Miller at (503) 335-1116.

Our HIV Services programs provide services for low-income people living with HIV / AIDS, including nutrition, socialization and counseling. Volunteers for HIV Services deliver meals to homebound individuals, transport food to the HIV Day Center, help in the kitchen, provide activities for clients and assist with regular HIV Day Center activities. View a full list of volunteer opportunities at HIV Services (week-days only). For more information, call (503) 460-3822 or email

EMO's Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP) depends on over 250 volunteers giving more than 1,000 hours every month to deliver and organize 33 tons of donated food, greet and assist our guests, and stock our shelves and refrigerators for 800 families in need. We are located at Luther Memorial Church in northeast Portland. View a full list of volunteer opportunities at NEFP. For more information, call (503) 284-5470 or email

Refugee & Immigration

EMO's Russian Oregon Social Services (ROSS) serves the Russian-speaking population in Portland and southwest Washington. ROSS provides services such as English (ESL) classes, citizenship preparation classes, community orientation, agency referrals, domestic violence services, mental health counseling, dental care and pro-bono legal consultations. View a full list of volunteer opportunities at ROSS. For more information, call (503) 777-3437 or email

Our SOAR Immigration Legal Services provides culturally competent, immigration-related legal representation and education to low income refugees and immigrants in and around the Portland metro area. SOAR Legal depends on the assistance of volunteers to serve the needs of our clients. View a full list of volunteer opportunities at SOAR Legal. To learn more, call (503) 384-2482 or email

EMO's Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR), an affiliate of Church World Service, resettles hundreds of refugees a year. You, your congregation, friends or community organization can help resettle an individual or family. Sponsors create a hospitable environment for refugees and provide for material needs upon their arrival to the United States. Sponsors also help refugees find affordable housing, greet refugees at the airport, help with transportation, be a friend in time of need and assist with other tasks necessary to a new life. To learn more, call (503) 284-3002 or email

Advocacy & Action

To volunteer for EMO's Advocacy & Action or Creation Justice, contact Britt Conroy, director of Public Policy Advocacy and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light, (541) 602-2050.

Events & Fundraising

To volunteer for EMO's fundraising and events, contact Carla Starrett-Bigg, Director of Development & Communications, (503) 221-1054, ext. 275.


location 0245 SW Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239
phone (503) 221-1054
fax (503) 223-7007
Jan Musgrove Elfers, EMO President