There are several ways one can volunteer or be an intern with the SUN Service System.

Volunteering With Children or Youth

People looking to volunteer with children or youth either at a SUN Community School or with a community organization, please contact the agencies who directly provide these services on behalf of the SUN Service System. These agencies and their websites are as follows:

Volunteering or Interning With the SUN Service System

For people interested in volunteering or interning with the SUN Service System at Multnomah County, we have a few opportunities.

Administrative Functions

Operate out of our downtown office and include opportunities to learn about and assist with:

  • Program monitoring 
  • Program evaluation Contracting for services
  • Community research Community engagement
  • Staffing and participation on committees.


Peggy Samolinski 

Direct Client Service

Opportunities are available at Bienestar de La Familia (Well-being of the Family) sited at the Baltazar Ortiz Community Center in the Cully neighborhood.

There are numerous specific volunteer options at Bienestar, including: child development program support, youth leadership programs, employment workshops and assisting with the monthly Mercado (produce market), English classes and other support groups. Speaking Spanish is a plus for this opportunity.


Nabil Zaghloul

To support the overall SUN Community School initiative:

Contact Diana Hall at (503) 988-4222 if you have questions about the work of the SUN Service System and opportunities to give to support the larger SUN effort.

Send checks specifying use of donations to “SUN Community Schools” or “SUN Service System: to:

Attn: Diana Hall
SUN Service System/DCHS
209 SW 4th Ave., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204

Note: The SUN Service System and SUN CS initiative do not collect in-kind or donated goods (clothes, food, etc.). Those donations should be made to individual SUN non-profit providers or SUN Community School sites.