Volunteering with NeighborImpact is a rewarding way to get involved and support our Central Oregon community. When you volunteer for NeighborImpact you can choose to be a one-time special event volunteer or suppport a specific program. Please fill out a Volunteer Application today and email, mail, or fax it to NeighborImpact.

How You Can Help

Participate in a Special Event

  • Empty Bowls
  • United Way Days of Caring
  • Bend BrewFest
  • I Heart Central Oregon

Volunteer with the Food Program

The Food Recovery Program has ample volunteer opportunities. Volunteers help with food drives, repacking food, sorting frozen meat, delivery driver ride-a-long assistance, washing food recovery bins, cleaning the warehouse, maintaining our vegetable garden, grounds maintenance and office assistance (filing, thank-you cards, mailings).

Depending on the assignment, necessary skills and expertise range from no experience necessary to food safety knowledge, customer service experience, and the physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds properly.

Each year, volunteers give approximately 2,400 hours of time. The program can easily use 500 volunteers, donating four hours a day, over the course of a year; we need more volunteers during food drives. Volunteer assignments range from one to eight hours. Volunteers can work when the food bank is open, Monday through Friday and occasional Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We also accommodate volunteers with alternative shifts, after-hours, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Our food bank is located at 2303 SW First Street, in Redmond, Oregon.

Volunteer with Head Start

NeighborImpact’s Head Start program builds success through child-focused, family-centered services that enhance social competence, school readiness, overall health and well-being. We have 25 classrooms in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Sunriver, and La Pine.

Head Start volunteers will be provided with classroom training. Volunteers can help design their role in the classroom based on their interest, whether it be small groups, working one-on-one with a high needs student, doing art projects, reading aloud, or simply serving as a classroom helper.

Head Start volunteers are asked to serve on a weekly basis, as their schedule allows, during the school year, anywhere from 1-4 hours per week. If you are unable to work in the classroom, we also have projects you can work on from home that make a direct impact in the classroom. Projects range from building light tables or quiet spaces to cutting pieces for felt board literacy activities.

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child though Head Start, volunteering is easy. Please fill out the online Volunteer Application today and email, mail or fax to NeighborImpact.

Applicants for all Head Start positions are required to enroll in the Oregon Employment Department Child Care Division Central Background Registry, paying their online registry fee of $35.00. Registration must be complete before date of placement. Please click here for additional instructions pertaining to filling out the Central Background Registry form.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities please contact:

Food Program – Terrence Holmes at 541-323-6520 or terrenceh@neighborimpact.org.
Early Care and Education – email hs-volunteers@neighborimpact.org.

Applications and Forms

Individual Volunteer Application (online form English/Spanish)

Group Volunteer Application (online form)

Oregon Employment Department Central Background Registration 

Central Background Registry Instructions