Volunteers & Service Projects

We have several volunteer opportunities that work directly with youth in Linn, Benton, & Lincoln Counties.

MENTOR
Provide one-on-one guidance and support to youth in the community who identify as being vulnerable to homelessness. Responsible adults make a one-year mentoring commitment and spend 1-3 hours per week with the youth they’ve been matched with. Mentors & mentees are matched based on mutual interests and location.
1 year commitment

ACTIVITIES & OUTDOOR RECREATION
Lead activities and support positive youth development by giving opportunities to expand horizons and build a foundation of positive experiences. Example activities include arts & crafts, healthy cooking, recreational games, self-care, and life skills like changing a tire, bike maintenance, sewing, music, and more. Recurring

STREET OUTREACH
Assist staff providing resources & supplies to youth on the streets.
3+ month commitment

ACADEMIC COACH (full for current term)
Jackson Street offers ongoing on-site academic coaching to youth in shelter. Led by volunteers with education experience. 1+ school term commitment

PS541 ASSISTANT
Assist staff in preparing and hosting our peer support group for 16-24 year olds. These classes occur twice per month in both Benton and Linn counties.
3+ month commitment

How to become a Volunteer!

Jackson Street is a trauma-informed organization.
We are committed to connecting youth with safe and caring adults.

  1. Download and fill out a Volunteer Application or Service Project Application
  2. Submit completed applications to our Volunteer Coordinator, Bruce Piercy by emailing volunteer@jacksonstreet.org or by mail:
    PO Box 1984, Albany, OR 97321
    or
    PO Box 285, Corvallis, OR 97339
  3. Meet with Bruce for an interview and background check. A second meeting includes a shelter tour, paperwork and additional training. Depending on schedules, this process can take approximately two weeks.

Volunteers are an essential and exciting piece of the work done at Jackson Street. By bringing your skills and passion in support of local youth, you can truly make a difference! Thank you for caring and for reaching out to learn more!

Want to get involved further…
… But aren’t sure about working directly with youth? Check out our Ambassador Program

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“I was broken inside. I felt worthless and unwanted.”

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Or mail check to:
Jackson Street Youth Services
PO Box 1984 Albany, OR 97321
PO Box 285 Corvallis, OR 97339

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Jackson Street Youth Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer.