675 SW Rimrock
Redmond, OR 97756
Phone: 541-923-4800
Fax: 541-548-0809
Email: info@redmond.k12.or.us

Volunteer Opportunities

The agencies on this list welcome student volunteers. Please call or email the listed contact people for more information or to sign up. You may choose a convenient place and time to volunteer, within the locations and times given. Some positions require a background check. If you are interested in short-term, group projects, check with the contact people. If you have any questions or comments about this list of opportunities, please contact Volunteer Insights:info@volunteerinsights.orgor 385-8977.

American Red Cross: Youth Program

Tamara Mathiesen
2680 NE Twin Knolls Drive


Assist as a classroom aide in teaching basic first aid, CPR, or baby-sitting safety. Opportunities may be available to teach disaster preparation classes to school students.

Timing: Various

Minimum age of volunteers: 12

American Red Cross: Blood Services

Meg Crawford
2680 NE Twin Knolls Drive


Blood drives: Assist blood donors with registration and canteen services.

Office: Assist office staff with phone calls, filing, copying, and other projects.

Timing: Blood drives: Timing varies: Mon-Fri, 9am – 7pm; four-hour shifts. Special blood drives on Saturdays. Office: Mon – Fri, 9am-4pm.

Minimum age of volunteers: 14 (high school)

Art Station Helen Bommarito or Ingrid Lustig

313 SW Shevlin-Hixon Drive 617-1317


Help instructors with a wide variety of painting, drawing, and ceramics classes for children and teens. We also welcome special events volunteers. Administrative and teaching internships available.

Timing: Children’s classes scheduled between 9 am and 6 pm, M-Th

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Bend Parks and Recreation Kim Johnson

Various parks 389-7275 x127


Volunteers are needed to work with young children, at the senior center, with people with special needs, as junior lifeguards or swim instructor aides, at community events, or maintaining parks and trails.

Timing: Mon-Fri days and evenings; special events on Saturdays

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Bend’s Community Center

Taffy Gleason or Linda Heatley
1036 NE 5th


Volunteers needed 7 days a week: cooking to feed the hungry, helping in the thrift store, or doing office work, landscaping, building maintenance, fundraising, computer work, web design, and more.

Timing: Mon – Sat, 9-5, Sun, 10-6, evenings vary with activities

Minimum age of volunteers: 16.

Camp Fire USA 

Carol Flinn

Various sites


Assist in leading a five-week service-learning curriculum for middle or elementary school students. Receive training, and follow a semi-structured curriculum that allows some flexibility.

Timing: Mon-Fri after-noon. for at least 2 hours per week.

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Central Oregon Battering and Rape Alliance (COBRA) Kellie Prinz

1425 NW Kingston Ave
504-2550 x2


Volunteer with the Children’s Program, helping children who have lived in domestic violence or an abusive environment. Assist staff with children’s support groups, provide respite care for mothers, or work one-on-one with individual children.

Timing: Tues evenings, 5:30-7:30

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Central Oregon Environmental Ctr.

Karyn Black

16 NW Kansas Ave.


Volunteers needed for a variety of tasks, both short and long-term. We also refer volunteers to the 40+ environmental organizations with which the Center collaborates. To view current opportunities, visit: http://www.envirocenter.org/COEC/coec/Get_Involved/Volunteer/Volunteer_Opportunities/
also available at: http://www.envirocenter.org/COEC/coec/Community_Programs/Internship_Program/
Timing: Flexible

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Deschutes National Forest

Jean Nelson-Dean

Various sites


Help out with environmental education programs. Also, seasonal opportunities may be available with the Forest Service or with partnering organizations in recreation, trail maintenance, wilderness monitoring, habitat restoration, carpentry, hydrology, archeology, or interpretation. Opportunities to catalogue historic photos and archeological information or to develop partnerships and work with volunteers.

Timing: Flexible

Minimum age of volunteers: 17

Girl Scouts of Central Oregon

Peggy Munday

145 NE Revere, Suite 6 (& other locations)


Lead or assist a troop of Daisies (Kindergarten), Brownies (1st-3rd grades), Juniors (4th-6th), or Older Girls. Assist with new troops at Boys and Girls Clubs. Fun training provided! Office work options available too.

Timing: Various Locations: Various

Minimum age of volunteers: High school and above. Male and female volunteers welcome.

Habitat for Humanity, Bend Area

Sheila Pyott

1860 NE 4th & various locations
385-5387 x225


Help build affordable housing; volunteer at the ReStore, our home remodeling outlet; or help in the office. No experience necessary and we will train you!

Timing: Construction projects: Mon-Sat, 9-3. Office: Mon-Fri, 8-5.

Store: Tues-Fri, 9-6, Sat, 10-4.

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center Dita Keith 60575 Billadeau Road (SE of Bend) 382-9410


Volunteers assist in therapeutic horse riding by providing the highest quality experience to physically, mentally or emotionally challenged and behaviorally at-risk riders. Assist riders during lessons; or provide facilities help, horse care, office help, groundskeeping, etc.

Timing: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Riding lesson volunteers commit for 8-week session, for 1-2 hours each week, or serve on-call as substitute volunteers. (Training required. Check for periodic orientations, trainings and session dates/times. Next volunteer training: October 17, 5:30-8:30.) Timing for all other volunteers is flexible.

Minimum age of volunteers: 14 for arena work with riders; 10 for facilities work.

Healthy Beginnings

Shelley Irwin 1029 NW 14th Street, Suite 102


Provide referral services and support to families by assisting with screenings of pre-school children or with pre- and post-screening activities. Opportunities are also available to assist with marketing and promotion, data-entry, and special events.

Timing: Flexible. (Evenings or weekends best for follow-up phoning.)

Location: Various screening sites, or in the office, or at your home, depending on project.

Minimum age of volunteers: 18 (younger ages possible depending on project)

Healthy Waters Institute

Kolleen Yake

700 NW Hill St
541-382-6103 x33


Education Assistant: Teach field-based science activities; assist with restoration projects and plantings.

Timing: Tues, Weds, Thurs, 9-4; occasional Saturdays; flexible options

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

High Desert Museum Gwen LaFond – Teen Coordinator

59800 S. Hwy 97
541-382-4754 x320


Join the High Desert Teens Volunteer Program: Interpretation of cultural and natural history of the high desert region; wildlife caretaking and interpretation; Living History skill demonstrations; character performance.

Timing: Summer: Mon-Fri, 9-4. Minimum time for summer program: At least one day per week, for 6-8 weeks, beginning with week-long orientation. School year opportunities: Minimum of 8 hours per month.

Minimum age of volunteers: 12 or entering 7th grade.

Humane Society of Central Oregon

Dan Parazoo

61170 SE 27th Street


Help the Humane Society care for the nearly 5000 homeless and neglected animals that enter the shelter each year. Walk dogs, groom and play with cats, assist with adoptions, help out around the shelter, or do community outreach, including adoptions, education, and fund-raising. Outside projects include making cat toys or organizing pet food, kitty litter, and supply drives.

Timing: Mon-Fri, 10-5:30; Sat, 10-5.

Minimum age of volunteers: 9 (Volunteers 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Outside projects: Any age)

Latino Community Association

Carolina Afre

1130 NW Harriman Ave.


Tutor one-on-one in English or Spanish. Design and maintain website. Inventory program brochures. Help with events or projects, including organizing, set-up, clean-up, tabling,or child care. Join a committee.

Timing: Varies

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

NeighborImpact Crystal Miller

Bend and Redmond
548-2380 x110


Build assets, make an impact and give back to the community and the underprivileged. Travel with the Answer Van and run its ‘free store’. Share afternoon lunch and snack rituals with Head Start children. Help start the ‘digital connectors’ program. Support special events. Work in the children’s community garden. Run a food drive, or take on a distribution route for the food program. Or bring administrative support to direct-service advocates in a wide range of programs.

Timing: Flexible.

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Ronald McDonald House

Mardi Bruce

1700 NE Purcell


One-time projects for groups or individuals, or volunteer on a weekly basis, for a house that serves families of children who are receiving medical treatment in the Bend area – cleaning, yard work, maintenance, cooking, organizing. Also special events volunteering.

Timing: Flexible

Minimum age of volunteers: No minimum age.

SMART: Start Making a Reader Today

Ellen Valway

Various tri-county elementary schools


Read one-on-one every week with two K-3 children, for a half hour each. Volunteers receive training in reading strategies. You can select your day and time to read, and you can volunteer together with a friend, if you wish.

Timing: Mon-Thurs, one hour weekly between 8:00-3:30, for one semester or the entire school year (to mid-May). All school holidays observed. Program begins the week of October 15. Applications now being accepted.

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

St. Charles Medical Center 

Diane Kutcher

2500 NE Neff Road 
541-382-4321 x7077 or 541-385-6354


Assist with escorting guests, patient transport, and delivering items throughout the hospital. Timing: Mon-Fri, 8-6, in 3-hour shifts; minimum commitment 3 months.

Minimum age of volunteers: 16 (highly motivated volunteers)

Westside Village Magnet School Patrick Bluhm

NW 12th and Kingston


Share your gifts with elementary school students at a creative school. Be a reading buddy, help with drama or art, or be a field trip helper. Also, opportunities to participate with students as they engage in service-learning projects, such as environmental restoration, neighborhood clean-up projects, or activities with elders.

Timing: Flexible

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Wolftree Central Oregon Jay Hopp

Various locations, esp. Sisters/Madras areas




Guide community watershed education, restoration, and research projects. Students test hypotheses on key species, monitor conditions, and engage in habitat restoration and research.

Timing: September, October, and March through August (plus some winter programs)

Age of volunteers: 5th – 12th grades.