Volunteering at Community Outreach

Volunteers and interns play a key role in our ability to serve others in our community. Without them, we would not be where we are today and our capacity to serve would be nowhere near as great. Thank you!


12 Year Renovation at Community Outreach – June 15th – July 1st

Thank you for your interest in supporting Community Outreach’s 12 Year Renovation Project.  If you would like to volunteer as an individual, or are looking for a group volunteering opportunity we have many projects that we need help with.  You are not too late! 

To volunteer please contact Development Associate, Chelsey Thurman by email at cthurman@communityoutreachinc.org, or by phone at 541-758-3000.  


Medical/Dental Clinic Staff and Assistants (3+ month commitment preferred)

  • Doctors, dentists, nurses, and physician assistants who can donate their skills and services to our medical clinics in Corvallis and/or Lebanon.
  • Individuals to act as clinic coordinators and assistants to help with administrative work.
  • Individuals who are fluent in Spanish and English to translate for medical clinic patients.
  • Volunteers with availability on Monday and Friday mornings are especially needed.
  • Must be able to handle confidential information professionally and responsibly.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

To volunteer in the medical/dental clinics, please contact our Health Services Director Lisa Quick by email at lquick@communityoutreachinc.org or by phone at 541-758-3000.


Mari’s Place Childcare Center Assistants (10+ week commitment preferred)                               

  • Individuals to assist with snack time, clean up and nap time, and reading to and playing with children; Volunteers will always be in the presence and under the direction of a classroom teacher.
  • Must be able to provide a 2-4 hour block of time for a minimum of one day a week between 7:30am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Must pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

To volunteer at Mari’s Place, please contact Mari’s Place Director Bonnie Stutzman by email at bvanderstelt@communityoutreachinc.org or by phone at 541-758-3000.


Shelter Assistants (Minimum 10 week commitment required)

  • Individuals to act as agency receptionist, answering phones, greeting visitors, assisting with medical clinic clients, providing information and referral, supervising the shelter, assisting with food pantry, and ensuring client compliance with rules and policies.
  • Must participate in a one-time Volunteer Training and Orientation Event before beginning volunteer service.*
  • Must be able to handle emotional and high-pressure situations, including dealing with unstable or disgruntled clients, calming down people who call or come in needing help in emergency situations and be able to refer them to proper resources.
  • Must pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must be able to handle confidential information professionally and responsibly.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

To volunteer in the Shelter, please contact Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Kyle Janssen by email at kjanssen@communityoutreachinc.org or by phone at 541-785-3000.

*Shelter Assistants are scheduled for 10 week periods in conjunction with the university academic term. Volunteer Training and Orientation will be held at the beginning of each term. No new shelter volunteers will be accepted once the academic term begins. For example, if you wish to volunteer during spring, your application must be received before the start of the spring academic term. Please plan accordingly. If your application is received after the academic term has started, it will be held until we begin scheduling volunteers for the next term.


One-Time Volunteer Opportunities or Group Service Projects

  • Don’t have time to volunteer on a regular basis but still want to help? Looking for a group service project for your club or organization? Occasionally throughout the year we need extra help for special events, projects, supply drives, building maintenance, yard work, and fundraisers.
  • You can sign up to be on our volunteer e-mail list and be notified when we need help with an upcoming event or project.
  • Upcoming one-time volunteer events and projects are also listed on the following websites:

To be added to our volunteer email list, please contact Kyle Janssen at kjanssen@communityoutreachinc.org


Supply Drives

  • Individuals and organizations can also donate items or hold supply drives and deliver the proceeds to Community Outreach
  • Please see our Supply Drive Wish List for ideas of needed items
  • Donations can be delivered to Community Outreach Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm

For more information about volunteering for special events, group service projects, or holding supply drives contact Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Kyle Janssen at kjanssen@communityoutreachinc.org or at 541.758.3000.



On-the-job training positions as unpaid interns are often available for school credit in conjunction with your department at a college or university.


Social Services Internships

Social Services Interns work closely with our Social Services Coordinator and our Social Services Assistants to provide crisis intervention, information, and referrals, assist with client intake, supervise the shelter, assist with the food pantry, teach Transitional Classes pertaining to life skills and self-sufficiency, and assist with front desk duties. Social Services Internships provide valuable hands-on experience working with clients struggling with chronic poverty, mental illness, alcohol or drug addiction, and victims of domestic abuse, as well as opportunities to see how a non-profit social services agency provides services and resources to tackle social problems in their community.  Each academic term, there are six Social Services Internships positions available. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply.


Counseling Internships

Graduate students enrolled in mental health or addictions counseling programs have the opportunity to complete their practicum and/or internship hours at Community Outreach. Opportunities for direct experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling are available. Students will work under a Treatment Program Coordinator (Licensed Professional Counselor) with the opportunity to serve individuals, families and groups. Interns will learn treatment planning, note taking, individual and group counseling skills, professional ethics, and application of their chosen theory. Graduate interns are required to videotape a certain percentage of their caseload to aid in supervision. There are also opportunities for internships hours for individuals earning their Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) certification. Currently, we have capacity for two Counseling Interns per academic term.


Deadlines for Internship Applications:

Fall Term Internship…………. September 1

Winter Term Internship..…. November 15

Spring Term Internship……. March 1

Summer Term Internship.… May 15

To apply for an internship position, please contact Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Kyle Janssen by email at kjanssen@communityoutreachinc.org or by phone at 541-758-3000.


Court-Ordered Community Service
Community Outreach is able to fulfill a court-ordered community service requirement dependent upon an individual’s crime. These positions are limited in number and are restricted in schedule and type of work available.

Contact Kyle Janssen, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator at kjanssen@communityoutreachinc.org or 541.758.3000 for more information or to set up a preliminary interview.

 Volunteer applications are processed as quickly as possible, and we will try to get back to you as soon as we can.

 Community Outreach, Inc. reserves the right to perform criminal background checks.