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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Mercy Corps. When you volunteer with Mercy Corps, you help us maximize our connection with communities.
Your involvement in our work at our global headquarters in Portland, Ore. allows us to create a positive impact on some of the world’s toughest challenges. Our volunteer programme currently offers opportunities in Portland, Oregon.

Prior to joining our volunteer community, we request that you first attend a Volunteer Orientation. Orientations are designed to familiarize individuals with Mercy Corps and the opportunities for volunteer involvement. Register for a Volunteer Orientation here to get started!

Email: volunteers@mercycorps.org

Think Global. Act Local.

Our volunteer programme has opportunities here at our global headquarters in Portland, Oregon. We do not have an overseas volunteer programme. One of the core strengths of our global programming is that we hire staff nationally, in the countries where we work. This approach helps boost the economy of the local region, empower the local people, and engage the community in bringing positive change.

Occasionally there are opportunities for people to support our international programming through internships. Learn more ▸

Volunteer Opportunities

Mercy Corps Headquarters: Administrative Support

Mercy Corps headquarters is a fast paced hub responding to the needs of our field teams. Help our busy team with a range of activities, from calling donors to thank them for a recent gift, stuffing envelopes, to assisting with general office tasks.

Mercy Corps Headquarters: Action Centre

Interested in putting your people skills to good use? Represent Mercy Corps by speaking at an event or staffing a table. Greet visitors at the Mercy Corps Action Centre. Check out the Action Centre to learn more about our events and education programming.

Community Fundraising: Local Support Making a Global Impact

Supporters like you are critical to providing lifesaving relief and new opportunities to those in need. You can reach out and mobilize your community to help even more. Host an event, raise awareness, and help communities strengthen around the world. Every single dollar you raise can make a huge difference for families facing war, natural disaster and other crises around the world.

Mercy Corps Northwest: Programming in the Pacific NW

Have business expertise that you’d like to share? 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.

MicroMentor: Share business knowledge to help entrepreneurs succeed

Do you have experience owning or managing a business? You could help an entrepreneur in the United States or abroad succeed by mentoring them. Mentors meet entrepreneurs in person if in the same location, but tend to mentor via phone, e-mail, and video chat.

Why you should join:
Real, personal impact: You develop a one on one relationship make a direct impact in your mentee's life and community. Businesses who have mentors are more likely to survive, grow, and hire employees.
Flexible time commitment: The volunteer time commitment is 3 hours a month for 3 months per entrepreneur mentored. You and your mentee choose the best time and way to connect.
Dedicated support from MicroMentor: MicroMentor is an economic opportunity programme of Mercy Corps, and has a support team ready to empower you to be a great mentor.

To get started, create a profile on MicroMentor, an online platform with connects entrepreneurs and business mentors. By joining through the link below, you will be associated with Mercy Corps' volunteer group on MicroMentor.
Start here

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