Union Gospel Mission seeks to engage you in a meaningful volunteer experience that meets the needs of homeless and hurting people. Opportunities include serving food, sharing God’s Word, teaching, working at the Thrift Store, doing office work, organizing a clothing drive or providing childcare. Opportunities abound for you to make a difference!


If you have a business, church or school group looking for a way to serve together, we have opportunities for you, too. Groups can volunteer on a one-time or ongoing basis, in our day-to-day operations or for special events.

Volunteer for a day or a short-term project

Are you or your group interested in helping out at the mission for a one-time or short-term opportunity?  Contact the Volunteer Department at or 503-274-4483 to hear about the options we have to offer and to get signed up.

Already signed up for a short term volunteer opportunity? Complete our short-term volunteer form.

Volunteer on an ongoing basis

For individuals and leaders of groups who want to serve on a regular basis, the first step to volunteering is to attend an orientation workshop called Volunteer Encounter. It’s designed to educate you about our mission and broaden your horizons about the many different ways you can get involved. To learn more, contact Bernadette Gonzales at  or call 503.274.4483. 

Sign up for a Volunteer Encounter orientationPlease note that special events’ volunteers are not required to attend an orientation. 


Click on the links below to serve at a special event:

  • Volunteer for Thanksgiving – Join a team of volunteers in making and serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast for more than 1,200 people. We call it Love Your Neighbor Day, and volunteers love it, too.
  • Volunteer for Christmas Serve a Christmas brunch, complete with Christmas carols and gift bags, to our homeless guests. It might be your best Christmas ever!
  • Volunteer for Easter 2018Help prepare and serve a special holiday brunch, complete with an Easter gift for each guest.
  • Volunteer for Operation Overcoat 2018There are many ways to pitch in at our huge annual street fair, from tasks like grilling burgers to passing out winter jackets and boots.  It’s great fun! Mark your calendar for the last Saturday of September.

Become a partner organization

Union Gospel Mission collaborates with like-minded organizations to fulfill our mission to better love our neighbor. If you’re interested in partnerships, please contact

Our current partners include:


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