We believe that as people, we share more similarities than differences. A belief deeply held by our volunteers and reflected in their service.

The relationships built between our members and our volunteers are often life changing – for the member and for the volunteer. For our volunteers, this often means learning as much about themselves as they learn about the person they visit.

Many of our volunteers have been involved with Maybelle Center for multiple years, giving them the opportunity to really become a part of our organization and a part of the Old Town and Downtown Portland communities. From visitation, to assisting with special events for our members, we believe that our volunteers are love in motion.

Become a volunteer and make a difference in someone’s life – maybe even your own.
Lisa and Don in Maybelle Center Community Room

Become a Volunteer

Our volunteers often tell us that they feel like they receive more than they give. The truth is, that it is really a two-way street. The relationships built between our volunteers and our members are treasured by each. Our volunteers are just like you! Won’t you consider becoming a volunteer?


We have a number of opportunities to get involved in our work, including home visitation and assisting with activities for our members. Learn more about individual volunteering or sign up below.

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We welcome groups who are interested in assisting with our ongoing activities, including our monthly birthday parties and special events. Learn more about group volunteering or sign up below.

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College students are welcome to participate in our existing programming and activities; this includes our partnerships with local colleges and universities. Learn more about student volunteering or sign up below.

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Barbara Borgen, Maybelle Center Volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight

Barbara Borgen has been one of our longest serving volunteers. Barbara is a retired nurse, originally from the East Coast. She moved to Oregon in 1976, with her husband Norm.

Q: What do you get out of volunteering?
A: I continue to volunteer because I feel the responsibility to give something back. When you are as fortunate as I have been, I think it is important to help those who don’t have as much. I have learned so many life lessons from volunteering here. I think my time here teaches me how to have more patience, for others and their choices, and even for myself.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of different ways you get involved at Maybelle Center. Below are a number of different types. If you have suggestions on how you would like to help, please let us know.

Ongoing Opportunities

  • Home Visitation
  • Assist in the Community Room
  • Lead a group (support, spiritual)

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Check back soon!

Other Opportunities

  • Teach a class (art, music, knitting, etc.)
  • Seasonal Supply drive
  • Memorial services support
  • Holiday and Special Events


Please contact us at volunteer@maybellecenter.org or 971-202-7461

Our Volunteers In Action


I have learned so many life lessons from volunteering here. I think my time here teaches me to have more patience, for others and their choices, and even for myself.- Barbara Borgen, volunteer since 1990
There is a simplicity in the work that Maybelle Center volunteers do that I really admire. Volunteers are there to be themselves, and to be authentic in their relationships with the people they visit. We aren’t there to change anyone, or make them be a certain way. We are there to just talk and offer community.- KayLynn, PSU student volunteer