Who is an ideal volunteer?

You are! Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences.

Many volunteers come to us with a distinct skill set or talent they want to share. Others are drawn to community justice work and looking to broaden their understanding through service to justice-involved individuals.

Regardless of your reason, we hope you find a volunteer home here at DCJ.

What things do volunteers help with?

We have a variety of opportunities for people to assist the Department of Community Justice and its many services to the community. Some of the opportunities are administrative, while others involve direct service. To find out more information about current volunteer opportunities, please contact Internship & Volunteer Programs Manager Sarah Delepine.

Where can I volunteer?

Nearly all of DCJ’s locations have volunteer opportunities.  The Department operates our Adult Services in Northeast, Southeast and Downtown Portland while all of our Juvenile Services are in the Juvenile Justice Center in NE Portland.

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

Many of our positions require a minimum commitment of six months. Some positions require more training and longer commitments of nine months to a year.  Hours will vary, depending upon the position.  Some positions may also require availability during business hours. A typical shift is 2 - 4 hours once a week.

What if I only want to volunteer for a couple of weeks?

Our positions require a regular, ongoing commitment. If you are looking for short-term volunteer opportunities, other organizations may be able to help. For possible opportunities contact:

Volunteer Match

Hands on Greater Portland

Can I work different days and times each week?

Many of our volunteers commit to a set schedule each week, but some positions have flexibility, including work from home options.  Be sure to review the requirements of an opportunity to see if your availability matches.

What is the minimum age required for volunteering?

18 or older for most positions.

Can I complete service hours for school?

That depends on several factors; please contact Internship & Volunteer Programs Manager Sarah Delepine for more information. We can provide one-day Job Shadow or "ride-along" opportunities for students ages 18+. 

Can I complete community service hours that are court-referred?

While you cannot complete court-mandated hours with DCJ, there are other organizations in the community that have opportunities to complete your service hours. For possible opportunities contact:

Volunteer Match

Hands on Greater Portland

Can my group do a project with DCJ?

Maybe. The department occasionally has opportunities for community groups. Please contact the Internship & Volunteer Programs Manager for details.

Do you offer internships?

Yes, find out more information about Multnomah County Department of Community Justice internships at the Become an Intern with DCJ page.

How do I get started?

Contact us! We're excited to help you get started. The Internship & Volunteer Programs Manager will guide you through our Application and Screening Process.

Questions? Contact:

Sarah Delepine

Volunteer & Internship Programs Manager