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Omsi After Dark Education Volunteer

Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry (Omsi)

Dec. 28, 2018, 8:30 p.m. - Dec. 29, 2019, 1 a.m.

POSITION SUMMARY: OMSI After Dark Education Volunteers perform educational demonstrations and provide customer service at OMSI After Dark, a monthly evening event for adults ages 21 and up. Because these events have a variety of themes, duties may vary considerably. Flexibility and enthusiasm are a must! Volunteers will be able to enjoy OMSI After Dark from an insider's perspective! ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Facilitate new activities and demonstrations, ranging from arts and crafts to physics and engineering, depending on the needs of the event.  Assist with set-up and clean-up procedures for activities and demonstrations.  Interact with visitors to help them explore and learn from OMSI demonstrations, exhibits and lab activities.Give clear directions and provide information about activities happening throughout the museum.  Assist Events Educator with research and development of educational demonstrations as needed. QUALIFICATIONS:  Volunteers must be available on the last Wednesday evening of every month from approximately 5:30- 10:00 p.m. for OMSI After Dark for a minimum commitment of nine months.  Strong communication and customer service skills.  Skillful in facilitating hands-on interactions and translating scientific information accurately and age-appropriately.  Able to maintain a calm, pleasant, and cheerful demeanor in a noisy and crowded environment.  Able to listen and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and ages.  Dependable and punctual.  Self-directed and willing to take initiative.  Willing to follow OMSI rules and procedures.  At least 21 years of age. VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:  Training and a lifelong learning experience.  Admission for the volunteer to the museum, theater and planetarium shows, and submarine tours.  An OMSI Family Membership upon completion of 50 hours of volunteer service.  Discounts in the OMSI Science Store and on-site restaurants.  The opportunity to meet many new people and learn more about OMSI.

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1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97214

Volunteers Needed To Lift Morale Of Veterans At The Portland Va

Soldiers' Angels - Vancouver

April 30, 2019, 3 a.m. - Aug. 31, 2019, 3 a.m.

Have you always wondered what you can do to show your appreciation and give your support to our Veterans? To let them know they are not forgotten?..... Soldiers' Angels in the Pacific Northwest hosts monthly meal box distribution as a way to show our appreciation. Soldiers’ Angels is looking for event volunteers who will become part of this important team & mission of gratitude! We are honored to serve and welcome your participation to make these events successful for the Veterans.Meal box distributions are typically held on the third Thursday of the month and we need volunteers to set up, serve Veterans, clean up, distribute donated items and show your support of Veterans at the dinner. The estimated time commitment is approximately 3 hours a month. The following is an experience shared from a volunteer at a past gathering supported by Soldiers’ Angels. "He shook my hand and said thank you as he came into the auditorium. He was one I hadn’t seen before and I shook his hand and said - No. Thank you! We had our lunch and as he was leaving - he came up and shook my hand again and gave me a huge bear hug just after telling me how much this meant to him. He told me, 'You see just two and a half weeks ago I was homeless only with the clothes on my back. So for you guys to come and do this for us - means more than I can say.’ I saw that his eyes were tearing up and that it meant the world to him to know that he has not been forgotten."

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308 SW 1st Ave
Portland, Oregon 97204

Hillsdale Farmers' Market Volunteer

Hillsdale Farmers Market

July 7, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - Dec. 29, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Below are the volunteer opportunities we have available: Setting up the market (every Sunday from 7:30 am to 9 am) - Start your Sunday by helping set up signs, tables and the info booth. This is an active task and involves some lifting, carrying, and pulling carts. Help run the info booth (9 am to 11 am or 11 am to 1 pm) - Helping at the info booth includes selling market tokens using the debit/credit card machine, selling merchandise, and answering customer questions. We provide training of how to run the debit/ credit/ EBT machine and how to properly distribute DUFB (double up food bucks- our SNAP match program). Market Breakdown (12:45 to 2:15 pm) - This consists of taking down tents, collecting the signs and trash, and loading everything back into the truck. Taking down the market is an active task and is my favorite form of exercise! Power of Produce (POP) program (every market day)- The POP program are kids activities that we offer at the market each week. We’re looking for a few consistent volunteers to help explain the activity to the kids, stamp their "passport", and administer the $2 tokens. Produce bag sewing project- Do you enjoy sewing at home? We’re looking for volunteers to help us make produce bags out of muslin. These bags will be sold at the info booth and the funds will go towards our POP Program. This could be a one-time or ongoing opportunity.

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1509 SW Sunset Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97239

Help Us Paddle With A Purpose!

Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Aug. 11, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - Aug. 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Volunteer for the Annual Columbia Slough Regatta! The Columbia Slough Regatta returns on Sunday, August 11th from 10am to 2pm. The event draws more than 400 participants for a day of paddling and nature exploration. Volunteers can expect a busy, festival-like atmosphere. This is a great opportunity to network with local organizations and community members, as well as learn about current efforts being made to restore this special waterway. We’ll provide training, a free event t-shirt and lunch! This is a great event for groups and individuals.What: Annual Columbia Slough RegattaWhen: Sunday, August 11thVolunteers are needed for the following shifts:Shift 1: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Set Up) Shift 2: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Event Shift) Shift 3: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Event & Breakdown Shift) Volunteer Roles:Set Up - set up tents, prepare registration materials, move boats, general site preparationParking - guide guests to parking spots and direct them to eventWelcome/Registration Team - welcome guests and share information about the watershedDock and Boat Team - assist in safely loading and unloading boatsKayak or Canoe guide - paddle the slough and guide guests as needed (paddling experience required)Breakdown - take down tents, move boats and event materials, pack cars, little clean upClick here to register as a volunteerMore about the event: Regatta is an opportunity for neighbors to embrace this historically "under-loved" waterway. Throughout the years the Columbia Slough Watershed Council has worked to create partnerships with local government, businesses, community members, and environmental interests to help recognize and promote the Slough as a regional amenity and recreational destination. Before and after paddling, participants can visit with local environmental and water-based organizations, enjoy hands-on nature activities and live music. For more information visit: www.columbiaslough.org or call 503-281-1132

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1880 NE Elrod Dr.
Portland, Oregon 97211

Global Climate Strike (September 20)

Fridays for Future

Sept. 19, 2019, 8 p.m. - Sept. 27, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

To date, young people have led the climate strikes around the world. Now we need adults to join us too. On September 20, 2019, Fridays for Future, the Youth Climate Strike movements, and all of our international friends and allies call for a global general strike. Mark and add it to your calendar. Workers everywhere, please: we are asking you to join us and walk away from a system that is destroying our planet and will threaten the survival of millions of people, plants, and animals within the next 10, 20, 30 years. We don’t feel like we have a choice: it’s been years of talking, countless negotiations, empty deals on climate change and fossil fuel companies being given free rides to drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit. Politicians and fossil fuel companies have known about climate change for decades. They have willingly handed over their responsibility for our future to profiteers whose search for quick cash threatens our very existence. This crisis is very real, and it cannot be ignored any longer. We have learned that if we don’t start acting for our future, nobody else will make the first move. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Once again our voices are being heard on the streets, but it is not just up to us. We feel a lot of adults haven’t quite understood that we young people won’t hold off the climate crisis ourselves. Sorry if this is inconvenient for you. But this is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job. We young people can contribute to a larger fight and that can make a huge difference. We can't do this with you and everyone you know. So this is our invitation. Starting on Friday, September 20 we will kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. We’re asking adults to step up alongside us. There are many different plans under way in different parts of the world for adults to join together and step up and out of your comfort zone for our climate. Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history. During the French revolution mothers flooded the streets for their children. Today we children are fighting for ourselves, but so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or what happened in the Game of Thrones finale – while the planet burns. This moment has to happen. Last year’s UN intergovernmental panel on climate change’s special report on global warming was clear about the unprecedented dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global heating. Emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time we are in our mid- and late-20s we are living in a completely transformed world. But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance – we have shown that collective action does work. We need to escalate the pressure to make sure that change happens, and we must escalate together. So this is our chance – join us on climate strike this September. People have risen up before to demand action and make change; if we do so in numbers we have a chance. If we care, we must do more than say we do. We must act. This won’t be the last day we need to take to the streets, but it will be a new beginning. We’re counting on you. As we get closer to September 20th and more local information on events, actions, and strikes are available and get planned we will be sharing them here on Brightest. #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike

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Building Bridges Family Music Festival Volunteers Needed

Portland Children's Museum

Sept. 21, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - Sept. 22, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Portland Children’s Museum is excited to announce its first annual Building BridgesFamily Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 2019, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.With major media support from PDX Parent magazine, the Building Bridges Family Music Festival willbe a community-building, tune-filled weekend designed to build bridges in peace and friendshipthrough music and play. Families from the Portland metropolitan area will converge at the Museumfor a weekend of live music, dancing, and interactive, hands-on experiences. World-classentertainment from award-winning nationally touring musicians and DJ’s-as well as favorite artistsfrom Portland’s vibrant children’s music community-will light up indoor and outdoor stages throughthe Museum. With dozens of performances and activities, partnerships with communityorganizations, and thousands of expected attendees of all ages, the festival is designed to celebratemusic and childhood in a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment. We are looking for a group of volunteers who can help facilitate the following music inspired activities:Music City Clay CollaborativeButton and Patches Making StationDIY Instrument Making Volunteers could also support our performance stages and help with keeping families safe while they are enjoying music. Snacks will be providedPlease email volunteer@portlandcm.org if you are interested. It is going to be a amazing event and we hope you can come out to help support!

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4015 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, Oregon 97221