Educating for Social Change

Are you a high school or college student looking to volunteer in Old Town Portland?

Where the larger Portland community often looks with fear and disdain on the poor and mentally ill, Maybelle Center volunteers see people who are worthy of dignity, connection, and care. Our volunteers are catalysts for changing our communities, bringing everyone into a supportive community, no matter their past or present circumstances. If you have a passion for connecting with people and creating community with them, you will enjoy spending time in our community.

We would love to have you volunteer with us. We have a number of opportunities for students to get an in-depth look into the Old Town-Downtown community and those that live here. It will forever change you.

Amanda and Beth at Maybelle Center Open HouseFormer OHSU student, Amanda with OHSU instructor, Beth

We want you!

Get in touch with us to discuss how you would like to be involved in serving our community.


Volunteer Opportunities at Maybelle Center

High School Students

At the high school level, students are exposed to immersion experiences that help introduce them to the challenges faced by our members, and also to the beliefs that guide our work such as honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every individual irrespective of their circumstances.

College and University Students

Maybelle Center has relationships with a number of colleges and universities in our region including Oregon Health and Sciences University, The University of Portland, Linfield College, Portland State University, Clackamas Community College, Concordia University, and others.

Most students participate in our visitation program and are exposed to the values of our relationship based approach that honors the similarities rather than the differences that connect us all as fellow human beings. They also benefit from gaining an intimate understanding of the complexities of the barriers our members face when trying to access healthcare when faced with the challenges of poverty, mental illness and addictions.

Questions? Please contact us at or 971-202-7461.

Student Volunteers at Maybelle Center EventStudent volunteers at Maybelle Center fundraising event