Volunteer at The Grotto
Thank you for your interest!
We are grateful for your generosity.
As a Grotto volunteer you are part of a legacy to the Portland community and to our visitors from the global community. We hope that volunteer service here will bring you personal fulfillment.
We have volunteer opportunities available both year around and on an on-call basis for seasonal, last minute or one-time activities. Members of our volunteer staff are asked to serve at least one shift a month. We also have volunteers who serve on an on-call basis to cover in the case of illness, vacations or cancellation. Other volunteers help out seasonally for our special events, with some of them working just one day, while others help with many of the events.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Volunteers sell various gift items and elevator tokens to Grotto visitors. The Visitor Complex also serves as an information area. Weekend volunteers also serve as the receptionist for The Grotto. Two shifts are available daily: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Some shorter shifts can be arranged on Sunday. Training is provided.
Welcome Center/Gift Shop
Volunteer duties include selling merchandise and elevator tokens, stocking supplies, and assisting customers. Volunteers are not responsible for the Coffee Express. Training is provided.
The Grotto Conference Center
In the Conference Center, volunteers help set up, serve and clean up catered events. Volunteers can also assist in the kitchen with food preparation. Dates and times vary.
Volunteers assist with various office duties, such as copying, sorting, data entry and telephone receptionist. The main office is staffed by volunteers Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.
Volunteers are needed to help maintain pathways, shrubs, flower beds and all paved areas. Duties include weeding, watering in summer, raking debris and cleaning pathways.
Volunteer tour guides are needed throughout the year. Guides conduct walking tours of the upper and lower level grounds and provide a short history of The Grotto. The tour takes about one hour and covers a mile and a half stretch of gardens and pathways. Guides must have the ability to walk at a normal pace and work in various weather conditions. Training and materials are provided.
The Grotto has special events throughout the year. The largest events include the Christmas Festival of Lights from late November throughout December, the Dinner & Auction in September, Mother’s Day Brunch, various concerts throughout the year and the International Freedom Sunday in July.
Volunteers staff the Donut Cart on Sundays from the beginning of May through the end of October. The Cart is located on the Plaza outside the Visitor Complex. Training is provided. Shifts are available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Our continued success is in your volunteer hands. We’d love your help!
For more information about volunteering at The Grotto contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
Mail inquiries to:
PO Box 20008,
Portland, OR 97294-0008
Call the volunteer coordinator at 503-261-2433.
Or Click this link to submit Volunteer form