How You Can Help

We currently have limited volunteer opportunities and are not accepting any new volunteers for our direct service opportunities at this time. We suggest checking out United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Clackamas County Volunteer Connection for other local opportunities.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in wanting to volunteer for CWS and encourage you to sign up for our volunteer listserv to be notified about our future volunteer opportunities. If you would like to be on the listserv, please email Josie Greer at josieg@cwsor.org


Individuals: There are plenty of options for you to volunteer at CWS. From working with kids, to providing support during a restraining order hearing, to helping with a fundraising event. To see the many ways you can get involved, click Volunteer Opportunities.

Groups: Occasionally we are able to use groups to do major projects at our shelter or for a special event. If your group is interested in giving of their time together by doing a big project, email Josie Greer at josieg@cwsor.org and find out what is available.

Special Projects/Events: We are often in need of volunteers to help at special events that
raise money for CWS. As an organization that receives money from a particular event put on by members of the community like the Lake Oswego Rotary Lobster Feed, the West Linn Mom’s Club’s Santa Brunch or the Lancette Memorial Ride, we create partnership and good will. This kind of episodic volunteering does not require extensive training and is a wonderful way to support CWS. For more information email Josie Greer at josieg@cwsor.org.

Volunteer FAQs

How much of a time commitment will I need to make?The expectation depends on the nature of the volunteer support you are providing. On average, we ask our volunteers to commit to six months to a year after completing the training because of the level of commitment we make to each volunteer. We also have one-time volunteer projects, such as special events, mailings and other short-term projects.

How much training will I need? Direct services volunteers are required to complete a 40 hour training because of the high level of responsibility and interaction. Non-direct services volunteers are only required to complete 12 hours of training. In both cases, these hours can be completed outside of the usual training program.

Can I volunteer during evenings and/or weekends? Yes. There are many different ways you can volunteer on evenings and weekends. For example, we have special events that take place during the evenings and weekends and because the Crisis Line is available 24/7, there is always a need for coverage.

Do you have internship or certification programs? Yes. We work with interns from many different colleges and universities. For example through our training programs students can receive certification, as well as Continuing Education Units through Clackamas Community College.

What if I want to organize a group project? We welcome the support of individuals, service organizations, and businesses who organize fund raising activities and events within their community. Some examples have included, toy drives, clothing and supply drives, charity fashion shows, and charity barbeques.

Can I get my kids involved? Yes. There a number of ways kids can help support CWS. For example, having friends donate toys, packaged food or supplies at a birthday party is one of many ways kids can contribute. We also work with organizations like Boy Scouts and School Clubs.

What if I want to volunteer from home? Throughout the year we will announce ways you can support CWS from home, including contacting elected officials on our behalf or helping us raise awareness by participating in online campaigns.