Spanish Department

Opportunities to Explore Latinx Culture Within Portland

Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project

Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project (Day workers, worker’s rights, support systems) is the only organization in the state of Oregon that works with the day laborer community. Day laborers are temporary workers, many of them immigrants, many of them homeless, many of them facing multiple barriers to long-term employment. We build leadership and economic power in this community through economic empowerment, leadership development, and grassroots organizing. Voz has almost 20 years of experience organizing day laborers in Portland, and we are a founding member of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which includes over 70 Worker Centers around the country.
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Vollunteer Opportunities

  • MLK Jr. Worker Center Dispatching Volunteer - The main duty of this position is to support staff with various tasks associated with running the Center. It is necessary that volunteers in this role be comfortable communicating in Spanish, at the minimum conversationally
  • Justice Clinic Volunteer - Provide outreach on the corners on Everett, Davis, Ankeny and by Dutch Brothers to help identify legal needs with which we can support day laborers. Help with intake and encourage them to utilize the services offered by the Oregon Law Center. Volunteers may also assist with accompaniment to BOLI to file wage theft claims.
  • Inventory Volunteer - Document, store, and track all existing items in Voz's office and Worker Center.
  • Donations Coordinator - Seek out, coordinate, and confirm delivery of donations, and coordinate storage with Inventory & Materials Coordinator.
  • Day Laborer Committee Meeting Notetaker - The main duty of this position is to take notes during the weekly Day Laborer Committee meetings. It is necessary that volunteers in this role be bilingual and can comfortably and quickly understand and translate spoken Spanish.
  • Customer Service Survey Volunteer - The main duty of this position is to help Voz staff evaluate the work orders completed by Voz workers.
  • ESL Classes Volunteer - The main duty of this position is to help workers learn practical English skills in a supportive environment. It would be helpful (but not necessary) for a volunteer in this role to speak conversational Spanish.

TEMPORARY WORKER CENTER LOCATION: 5940 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217
COMMUTE: Located in North Portland, Voz Workers’ new temporary location is a 15-minute drive from Reed. Additionally, the 75 bus northbound goes directly to their location in just over an hour.

El Programa Hispano Católico

El Programa Hispano Católico (long term support, community wellness, education for adults and children) is a social service nonprofit that serves the entire lifespan to address the social determinants of health. We have five main programming areas: education, from early childhood to adulthood, housing, community wellness, UNICA, the first bilingual/bicultural domestic violence/sexual assault prevention and intervention program, and economic opportunities. We help over 20,000 people a year in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties.
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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Education - Work with students online or in person at local Portland schools to provide after-school homework support. Support ESL and GED instructors as they work with adult Ed support groups.
  • Community Wellness Volunteer - The seniors' program volunteer driver will provide support to the Senior Services Program Coordinator of El Programa Hispano Católico by picking up and delivering meals to program participants.
  • Additional opportunities exist; more can be found out about these opportunities by contacting El Programa.

ADDRESS: 333 SE 223rd Ave #100, Gresham, OR 97030
COMMUTE: El Programa Hispano Católico is located in Northwest Portland approximately 15 miles from Reed. From Reed, a direct car ride takes about 27 minutes. Both a bike ride and bus ride take just upwards of an hour, the most direct bus route would consist of taking the 75 north to the Burnside stop and transferring to the 20 westbound until arriving at El Programa. If volunteering with the education program your destination may vary depending on the school at which you are volunteering.

Teatro Milagro

Teatro Milagro (Theater, youth, culture, performing arts), on the MainStage, produces a full season of regional or world premieres, including one Spanish-language play each year, as well as our long-running Día de los Muertos signature production. We entertain our audiences; we give them pause to think, feel and imagine; and, through the cultural lens of latinidad, we reflect the full spectrum
of humanity. This is a great opportunity for people who are looking to support and preserve
Latine performing arts in Portland.
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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Ushering
  • Artist
  • Technician
  • Literary
  • Arts Administration
  • Production

ADDRESS: 425 SE 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
COMMUTE: Teatro Milagro has three locations, Milagro Office, Milagro Theatre & Café, and El Centro Milagro & El Zócalo all within a block from one another. These locations are a 10-minute drive, a 45-minute bus ride via 19, and a 22-minute bike ride from the Reed College campus.

Familias en Accion

Familias en Accion (Healthcare, health equity, food and nutrition services) focuses their work on equitable services and systems that address the health necessities of the Latino/e/x community in Portland. These services include but are not limited to COVID-19 support services, Diabetes Prevention Program, Sexual Health, Nutrition Food Equity, and Climate & Health Equit.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Specific jobs are not disclosed, but if you are interested reach out to or call (503) 201-9865 to get any questions answered in regards to volunteering

ADDRESS: 2710 NE 14th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97212
COMMUTE: The Familias en Accion office is located in Northeast Portland. From Reed College, the office is a 15-minute drive, 33-minute bike ride, and roughly an hour via bus depending on the route taken.


Verde (Gardening, community, outreach) serves communities by building environmental wealth through Social Enterprise, Outreach and Advocacy. Since 2005, Verde has brought new environmental investments to Portland neighborhoods, involved community members in the planning and building of these investments, and ensured that low-income people and people of color directly benefited from the investments.
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Verde does not have an official volunteer program listed, but if this organization interests you
reach out via this page or call (503) 290-8570 to explore volunteering options.

COMMUTE: The commute time will vary as Verde does work in many different parks throughout Portland.

Latino Network

Latino Network (Education, culturally-specific practices, familial support) is a Latino-led education organization, grounded in culturally-specific practices and services, that lift up youth and families, helping them reach their full potential. Our work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families.

Areas of focus:
  • Advocacy and Leadership
  • Arts and Culture
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economic Justice
  • Educational Access Programs
  • School-Based
  • Health and Wellness
  • SUN Community Schools
  • Youth Empowerment and Violence Prevention

Volunteer Opportunities

Currently, the Latino Network is working on creating operatories for people to volunteer at their Portland location. With that said, it is never too early to reach out and see how you can help. If you are interested email or call (503) 283-6881 to see if the Latino Network has any current volunteer opportunities.

ADDRESS: 410 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232
COMMUTE: Latino Network’s office is located in East Portland, north of Reed. From Reed College, Latino Network is a 15-minute drive, a 30-minute bike ride, a 30-minute bus ride via the 75, and a transfer to the 20.