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There are many opportunities for volunteers to serve clients and staff at the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS). Volunteers are recruited and placed in jobs that help meet community and customer needs. Volunteers provide personalized ways to help clients, staff, offices and communities in a wide variety of ways.
Before you start volunteering, you need to:
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The online application collects basic demographic information, preferences for placement and references. High school students and ODHS clients don't have to provide references, but they must have been referred to Volunteer Services by a teacher, professor, ODHS caseworker or supervisor as part of their case plan. Individual districts can decide to require references as long as the requirement is consistent for all students and clients within the district.
ODHS has a strong interest in providing a safe workplace for its employees, protecting the State's resources and assuring the well-being of our customers and clients. We will check references on all prospective volunteers to make sure they haven't engaged in activities that are incompatible with the agency's mission and they don't pose a danger to the people we serve. These checks include criminal background information or information from local juvenile authorities when applicable.
There are many ways volunteers help serve ODHS clients and staff. Volunteers are recruited and placed in jobs that help to meet community and customer needs. Volunteers provide personalized ways to help clients, staff, offices and communities. Every effort is made to place ODHS volunteers in opportunities that best meets their abilities and interests.
Volunteers don't replace paid staff. They donate their time and skills to supplement staff services.
We offer a broad range of volunteer opportunities.
The ODHS volunteer program is unique; we have one of the only statewide and state-operated volunteer programs in the nation. We've been serving Oregon's citizens since the late 1960s.
Helping to achieve the goals and outcomes of the Oregon Department of Human Services through integrating the work of state and community partners.
Report your hours
Volunteer Services500 Summer St NE, E15Salem, OR 97301
Hours8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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