City News: Serve Your Community! Volunteer for These Local Programs
Volunteers are essential to the success of the city and a great way to get to know the Beaverton community even better! There are so many ways to get involved and to share your knowledge and skills with your neighbors! From organizing neighborhood projects to assisting with community events to helping our most at-need community members, there are many opportunities available.
Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC)
Neighborhood Association Committees provide members with the opportunity to meet and discuss a variety of issues important to their neighborhood and the city. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, owns a business, or represents an institution or nonprofit organization within the boundaries of the NAC.
A NAC member’s involvement can range from attending meetings to taking responsibility of a community project or serving on the board. Officers include the chair, vice-chair, recorder, treasurer, and Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement representative. Members participate in various events and activities throughout the year. Do you have ideas for improving your neighborhood? Matching funds are available for neighborhood projects.
For more information, contact Miles Glowacki in the Neighborhood Program at 503-526-3706 or mglowacki@BeavertonOregon.gov.
Beaverton Police Department Volunteer Program
The Beaverton Police Department volunteer program was created to form a working partnership between community members and the police to enhance communications and assist the department in delivery of quality services. Potential volunteers are encouraged to take a free 10-week session called the Citizens Academy to get first-hand information about the BPD.
Volunteers assist in many ways including providing support to victims of crime, assisting Beaverton Youth Peer Court, greeting and offering support to Griffith Building visitors, assisting with traffic team and training division projects, helping with community events, helping with department tours, and assisting with patrol vehicle inspections.
For more information about these opportunities, contact Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Geist at 503-526-2562 or hgeist@BeavertonOregon.gov.
Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter
The Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter provides a warm, safe space for up to 30 adults experiencing homelessness to stay. It is open on Thursday nights from November through March at the Beaverton Community Center (12350 SW 5th St.). The shelter is run by Just Compassion of East Washington County with the help of community volunteers.
The shelter can’t open without enough support, so consider being a volunteer. Roles include greeters, servers, overnight hosts, and morning help.
Apply online by filling out a volunteer interest form at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/shelter.
For more information, contact Community Services Coordinator Megan Cohen, at 503-526-2584 or mcohen@BeavertonOregon.gov.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CERT.
Beaverton City Library and The Book Corner
Beaverton City Library and The Book Corner could not offer the many services and programs they do without a diverse team of volunteers. Last year, over 500 volunteers donated 25,000 hours of their time and expertise, helping connect the community to library programs and services.
Volunteers are an integral part of the team and a valuable partner in serving the community at both library locations and The Book Corner. Ongoing and seasonal positions, as well as unpaid internships, are offered. Computer and Homework Helpers, program support, and interns are especially needed.
If you are interested in learning more and/or applying to volunteer, please visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Volunteer.