Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is so important for young people. It helps them develop community mindedness, explore potential career paths and develop a sense of pride and accomplishment. When choosing an activity in which to volunteer, it’s important to try out a few things first to find a good “fit”. Students should choose at least one major volunteer activity that they stick with for at least a year, if not more.

Here are some links to great volunteering options in the Eugene/Springfield area:

FOOD for Lane County

FOOD for Lane County has volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and interests.

Want to help but not sure how? Look over the brief descriptions of volunteer opportunities, on the website, and give us a call to talk about your options.

For information on volunteering, contact Sheyla Norte at (541) 343-2822 or volunteer@foodforlanecounty.org.

Greenhill Humane Society

To learn more about available volunteer positions, please click here. In order to provide the best possible care for our animals, volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering for one 2-hour shift per week for a minimum of 3 or 6 months. Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to volunteer on-site but can find lots of fun ways to help our animals by visiting our Cub’s Corner page.   – See more at: http://www.green-hill.org/volunteer_opportunities.html#sthash.xjCnhomv.dpuf

United Way of Lane County

Click here to find numerous volunteer activities in Lane County. Animals, nature, outdoors, mentoring etc.

Willamalane Park and Recreation

You must be over 16. Contact Kim Lyddane, volunteer coordinator, at 541-736-4520. You can go directly to the volunteer website by clicking here.

Eugene Public Library

Become a Eugene Public Library Volunteer
Volunteers contribute their time, talents, and energy to the Library in many ways, including:
  • Keeping books and other items in order on shelves
  • Welcoming people at the Information Desk
  • Clerking at Second Hand Prose used book store
  • Processing and repairing books
  • Assisting at youth events
  • And more!

Library volunteers commit to regular weekly shifts and agree to volunteer for at least 6 months. The minimum age is 14.
To apply, pick up an application form at the Information Desk at the Downtown Library, or at the Bethel or Sheldon Branch Library. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact applicants as new openings come up that match their skills and interests.
Questions? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email or phone: 541-682-6617.

American Red Cross

Volunteers aged 14 – 17 are encouraged to become part of our Youth Program, which offers meaningful opportunities for education, training and community service. Click here

Get Involved in Eugene

Here is a list to numerous volunteer organizations in the Eugene/Springfield area. This list is not specifically geared towards students in high school, but there might be something on this list that interests you.


City of Eugene

The City of Eugene encourages involvement in government through volunteerism. City services are enhanced and improved because of citizens who generously share their time and talents. Volunteers enable the City to stretch tax dollars and improve the community in many ways. Our volunteer programs give you the opportunity to turn your special talents and abilities into positive action. Click here

Salvation Army Family Store Needs Student Volunteers

The Salvation Army Family Store urgently requires volunteers
to perform the following tasks:
*Sort clothing
*Price clothing
*Hang clothing
*Assist Customers
*Learn Customer Service skills
*Learn how to stock and display merchandise
Hours Open:  Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Diana Watts, Manager
of the Salvation Army Family Store located at 2065 W. 7th Avenue in Eugene.
Diana Watts: 541-343-3341 or e-mail: diana.watts@usw.salvationarmy.org