Volunteer Opportunities

As school budgets shrink, we know many of our community members want to help, but they may not know what they can do, or what needs exist. Sometimes a neighbor may walk into a school offering to help, but the school isn’t prepared with an immediate task or duty for them.

We post specific volunteer needs from our schools below, with contact information. As those positions are filled, the postings will be removed and new ones added as new needs arise. So keep checking back.

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Read with SMART® (Start Making A Reader Today)

As a SMART volunteer, you’ll read one-on-one with our kindergarten through second-grade students from mid-October through mid-May. The consistent, one-on-one time helps build literacy skills and self-confidence. SMART is fun and further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving students new books each month to take home and keep. If interested in learning more, visit the SMART website www.getSMARToregon.org or call 971-634-1603.


Help students improve their reading through the AARP Foundation Experience Corps
The AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a national intergenerational mentoring program housed locally at Metropolitan Family Service, taps into the experience and passion of adults age 50 and over interested in tutoring K-3 students who are struggling to read.
They are actively recruiting volunteers to serve as mentors in East Portland schools. More details

COMMUNITY SPORTS – Needs Volunteer Coaches

Community Sports is for 3rd through 6th grade after-school athletics. Community Sports has football, volleyball, boys basketball, girls basketball, and wrestling. The entire program is staffed by volunteer coaches! We are always on the look out for people to either be a head coach or an assistant coach. Our program asks that the head coaches have two one hour practices during the week and coach a game on Saturday morning. If you are interested, please contact a school secretary or come in to Human Resources at the District Office (11300 NE Halsey St). For more about our program: http://www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/community/community-sports-recreation/


Volunteer with DDEF

The David Douglas Educational Foundation (DDEF), is a group of volunteers from our community who work to support our kids. Since their establishment in 1991, their efforts have touched many corners of David Douglas. Chances are a book, musical instrument, science tool or sports equipment has been put into your child’s hands thanks to the Foundation. DDEF also supports after school programs, senior scholarships, DD Community Sports and the Kids’ Fund. Eyeglasses, dental appointments, gloves and bike helmets are just a few of the expenses covered by the Kids’ Fund.

DDEF is completely volunteer run. The Foundation is looking for people to serve on their board or help with activities. Volunteering can be as little as two hours a month. And many tasks, like writing thank you notes, sending emails or making phone calls, can be done from home. All are welcome – parents, community members and District staff (current and retired). If you are interested in a simple and rewarding way to get involved in your community contact the Foundation. 

For more details, or to find out how you can help, please call DDEF President, Beverly Fischer at 503-255-1149. Or email Holly at holly_effenberger@ddsd40.org