Now Accepting Your Time with a Non-Profit as Payment!

If you’re willing to take 4 hours out of your busy schedule to volunteer for a worthy cause, we feel you deserve a float!

4 hours +

of your time

Non-Profit =

selected from our approved list below

90 min Float

max of 2 floats per month

Volunteer at One of These Partner Organizations…

SOLVE

Website: solveoregon.org
Volunteer Contact: Call Kaleen Boyle at 503-844-9571 ext. 332

Description:

Our Mission Is Simple. Bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals, business groups, and service and conservation groups through volunteering and education to restore our natural spaces and take good care of this great state of which we are all so proud.

Types of work:

SOLVE projects involve hands-on outdoor work focused on cleaning up litter, removing invasive plants, planting native trees and shrubs and restoration work to improve local natural habitats. Each event on our calendar includes specific details and registration information. All tools are provided, no experience is needed, and most projects are open to all ages!

Cupcake Girls

Website: thecupcakegirls.org
Volunteer Landing page: https://thecupcakegirls.org/volunteer/ 

Description:

The Cupcake Girls is a local nonprofit that provides confidential support to those involved in the sex industry as well as trauma-informed outreach, intensive case management, and referral services to provide prevention, and aftercare to those affected by sex trafficking. Today, they are the only organization in the country to partner with our clients without agenda in building comprehensive, holistic plans to help them pursue their goals and objectives, working to ensure that we’re matching the right solutions to the right individual, at the right time. They provide nonjudgmental support to empower our clients. Some of the services they offer are: medical & dental care, domestic violence & safe house support, counseling, government assistance & welfare, educational assistance, tax support, career coaching, and much more.

Why Cupcakes?

Why is an organization that specializes in supporting adult entertainers, and connecting them to community resources, named after a baked good? Their name grew its roots when our founder, Joy Hoover, began visiting clubs in Las Vegas, toting a box of pink cupcakes. These pastries were an icebreaker and conversation starter when offered to entertainers. After being repeatedly referenced as “The Cupcake Girls” during a club visit, they adopted it as their organization’s formal name. Cupcakes continue to be a symbol for their organization, and they consistently have a presence during club and brothel visits, adult industry events, as well as at each of their fundraisers.

Types of work:

Volunteer work can be done in multiple formats:
  • Become a one-time volunteer: this could be done via physical labor such as cleaning the office, making copies, stapling packets, aiding us with set up/tear down of an event, addressing envelopes, etc.
  • Become an ongoing volunteer: must pass a background check and fill out an application online (https://thecupcakegirls.org/volunteer/). Must complete 5 hours per month.
    • Operations:
      • Events Team, Marketing Team, Resource Team, Office Team, Hospitality (baking cupcakes) and Volunteer Care
    • Client Team: must be an active volunteer for 30 days and then can apply for the teams below
      • Outreach Team: goes into strip clubs once per month to deliver cupcakes, do hair/makeup (if able), and talk to potential clients.
      • Advocate Team: works directly with Clients weekly. There needs to be more commitment for this team as it requires 5-10 hours per week.
 How?

Meals on Wheels People

Website: mowp.org
Contact for Volunteering: Robin Gao – 503-953-8146

Description:

Meals on Wheels People Belmont Center serves hot, nutritious meals at the dining center in SE 46th and Belmont.

The cost of each meal is $7.39 and diners over the age of 60 can contribute what they can afford.

For seniors who cannot get out, call 503-953-8111 to see if home-delivered meals are the right option.

Type of Work:

Meal delivery: It takes 1.5 hours to complete a route. You can do it weekly or be on-call.

Kitchen helper: Food preparation, serve lunch, and cleaning up.

Village Gardens

To volunteer email: [email protected]

Description:

Village Gardens exists because everyone has a right to live in safe and thriving neighborhoods with access to good food. Village Gardens leverages food to build power alongside youth and adult Community Leaders in New Columbia, Oregon’s largest affordable housing neighborhood.  Village Gardens initiatives include community gardens cared for by over 70 households, a community orchard with over 50 fruit trees, a youth leadership program and a neighborhood grocery store where Good Food is affordable and accessible. Volunteers help with monthly garden and orchard work parties, support the market by displaying produce and maintaining a clean and welcoming store, and help in the office with storytelling and design work.

We also host a monthly volunteer orientation to support new volunteers. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to learn about our programs, volunteer opportunities and the context of our work and partnership with the community. We host an orientation on the 4th Wednesday of each month (You can register at this link)

Depave

Website: depave.org
Volunteer Landing page: http://depave.org/work/greenspaces/

Description:

We implement projects and advocate for urban green spaces that reduce stormwater pollution and improve water quality; foster native habitats; cool our cities and mitigate the impacts of climate change; and create neighborhood spaces that are safe, engaging and beautiful. The changes we catalyze create thriving living spaces that inspire environmental and human connection.

Types of work:
Depave Crew Leaders
Depave Ambassadors
Depave Green Thumbs

Friends of Trees

Website: friendsoftrees.org
Volunteer Events page: friendsoftrees.org/calendar/calendar-portland-vancouver
Email for Volunteering: [email protected]

Description:

Today, Friends of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers. Friends of Trees greens our region while building community.

Types of work:
Tree Callers
Neighborhood Coordinators
Saturday Planting Volunteers

 

Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Website: gorgefriends.org
Volunteer Landing page: gorgefriends.org/ways-to-give/volunteer-with-friends-of-the-columbia-gorge.html
Email for Volunteering: Maegan Jossy, Outreach Manager – [email protected]

Description:

Friends of the Columbia Gorge is the only non-profit organization dedicated entirely to ensuring that the beautiful and wild Columbia Gorge remains a place apart, an unspoiled treasure for generations to come.

Types of work:

Join a stewardship work party
Lead or shepherd a hike or outing
Help out with office projects
Supervise an information table at a community event
Participate in a hearing, rally or phone bank

Urban Nature Partners

Website: http://urban-nature-partners.org/
Volunteer information page: http://urban-nature-partners.org/for-mentorssenior-partners/
Email for Volunteering: [email protected]om

Description:

Urban Nature Partners PDX empowers youth from underserved Portland neighborhoods beginning in 4th grade through building long term mentoring relationships and providing access to meaningful outdoor experiences. Our program provides a tiered set of experiences designed to build comfort and belonging, outdoor knowledge and competencies, and leadership potential as youth grow. Our foundation is weekly one-on-one mentor-youth outings in neighborhood green spaces. These are then complemented by family inclusive group outings,  scholarships to nature based camps, and leadership opportunities guided by their interests and strengths.

Types of work:

Outdoor Mentor for a youth

Administrative Committee

Program Intern

Event Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

Website: http://habitatportlandmetro.org
Volunteer Events Page: http://pdxhabitat.volunteerhub.com
Volunteer Contact: Marianne McClure, Manager of Volunteer Programs— [email protected]

Description:

At Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We revitalize neighborhoods, build affordable and sustainable homes, and empower families through successful homeownership in the Portland area. By providing a hand up, not a handout, our program prepares and empowers those we serve.

Types of work:

Building dreams takes lots of behind-the-scenes work and we need volunteers year-round. Most of our volunteer opportunities are on the construction site, where volunteers can do anything from framing and raising walls to interior finish work like painting. No experience is necessary—we provide task-specific training each day! Come lend a hand, learn a new skill, and help make the dream of homeownership a reality for a local family.

Repair PDX

Website: http://repairpdx.org/
Volunteer Contact: Lauren — [email protected]

Description:

The mission of Repair PDX is to spread repair culture. Our goal is to value the materials we have around us, and help others do the same. We do that by bringing volunteers who like to fix things together with folks who need items fixed. Our organization hosts FREE monthly repair events called “Repair Cafes, which are festive events where volunteers fix items for at no cost, as well as teach participants how to fix their own items. We partner with several venues around the Portland metro area in order to reach many different communities and we welcome anyone who loves to tinker, fix, build, repair, sew, mend, register folks and help coordinate our events!

Types of work:

Registration Table
Small Appliance/Electronics Fixer
Small Engine Fixer
Tool/Knife Sharpening
Sewing/Mending
Bike Repair
Jewelry Repair
Other Types of Repair Not Mentioned

There has to be rules…

We’re looking to make this as smooth of a process for everyone involved. With that said, there has to be rules…

  • Volunteers must abide by each organization’s codes of conduct.
  • 4 hours of volunteering earns 1 float.
  • Volunteers can earn up 2 free floats a month (feel free to volunteer more if you’d like, but you’ll only earn a max of 2 floats).
  • You must have volunteered at the organization within a month of submitting your hours
  • If you volunteer for more than 8 hours in a month your hours can be credited to float in the following month, just as long as you have volunteered within a month of submitting your hours
  • Volunteers can share their earned floats with whoever they would like.
  • Floats do not expire.
  • Volunteers hours must be verified, either through contact with each organizations’ volunteer coordinators, or through volunteers providing proof (such as a photograph of volunteer site, or written confirmation from one of the volunteer coordinators)

 

Volunteers can be removed from the program for any reason including:

  • Not abiding by Float On’s expectations of good conduct
  • Not abiding by the Volunteer Organizations’ expectations of good conduct
  • Missing scheduled floats without 24 hours notice (you’ll also lose your float)!

Track your hours to receive floats!

More About our Volunteer Program

Why are we doing this?

One thing we’ve always believed at Float On is that if someone really wants to come in and float with us, they should be able to do it even if they can’t afford our prices. But we can’t just go giving away free floats to everyone willy nilly.

How does the program work?

We asked our team to come up with a list of their favorite non-profit organizations where people in the Portland area can volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at one of these organizations, contact them through the info provided below, and let them know you are with the Float On Volunteer program.

Each time you volunteer 4 hours of work for one these organizations, fill out the form below. We will then verify your hours with your volunteer coordinator, and put a free 90 minute float credit on your account. You’ll receive an email notification when we have added the credit to your account, you can then call into the shop or log into your Float On account and schedule your session.

Which organizations qualify?

For starters, we’re partnering with local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that we personally support and believe do quality work in our lovely community. We’re always looking for new organizations to partner with. If you’re looking for an increase of wonderful, floaty volunteers, we will soon let you know how to be a part of our program. In the meantime, the above organizations will confirm your time with us in order to provide you with a float.

Would you like us to partner with your organization?

Obviously, we can’t accept everyone, but we do hold monthly team meetings and are always looking to build fun, new partnerships.

Fill out the information below and when we’re ready to expand this program, we’ll contact you!

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