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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Mercy Corps. There are a limited number of volunteer roles available at Mercy Corps' U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon. These include:

Helping U.S. entrepreneurs

Do you own a business? Are you interested in mentorship? Can you offer some expertise to a new and growing entrepreneur? Mercy Corps offers several programmes that provide direct training, mentorship and resources to entrepreneurs through the help of volunteers:

  • Provide one-on-one technical support and mentorship. Make connections with entrepreneurs in the United States and Latin America on MicroMentor.org, an initiative of Mercy Corps. Some entrepreneurs need a sounding board or general industry advice, while others are looking for targeted advising towards a specific business goal. Put your business ownership or management skills to good use and help an entrepreneur today at MicroMentor.org.
  • Facilitate a business seminar. Mercy Corps Northwest holds local trainings for entrepreneurs in and around Portland in the areas of marketing, technology, finance, and business operations. If you have expertise in one of these areas and experience with facilitation, propose a topic here.

Action Centre and Community Events Support

Do you like working with people? Do you want to represent Mercy Corps by speaking at an event or staffing a table? If you are interested in getting involved and helping out at the Action Centre or at community events, please download, complete and return our volunteer application. You may want to check out the Action Centre page or learn more about community events.

Administrative Support

Mercy Corps headquarters is a fast paced hub responding to the needs of our field teams, with limited volunteer opportunities. Volunteer tasks can range from calling donors to thank them for a recent gift, stuffing envelopes, or doing general office tasks. If you are interested in getting involved and helping our busy team members, please download, complete and return our volunteer application.

Your application will remain in our database until a volunteer opportunity arises. We will contact you when volunteers are needed. If there is not a position available and you do not receive a call, please contact us a month or more after sending in your application and we’ll post the information again. We will keep your resume and application on file in an ongoing volunteer pool.

Please mail or email your application and resume to:

Mercy Corps
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204
Email: volunteers@mercycorps.org

Volunteering Overseas

Mercy Corps does not place volunteers overseas or in our field programmes. A number of internships are available each year. These opportunities are posted in the Careers section as they arise. Learn more ▸

The only volunteer opportunities at Mercy Corps are at our Portland, Oregon headquarters or via MicroMentor for entrepreneurs offering mentorship from their home location.

If you are interested in volunteering overseas, we suggest you contact InterAction, an "umbrella" agency with about 160 member non-governmental organisations. Although InterAction does not hire for positions with any of their members, they publish a useful book entitled InterAction Member Profiles. This guide lists their members, with information about scope of work, geographical locations and contact information.

Thank you again for your interest in volunteering with Mercy Corps. We look forward to working with you.