Community Volunteer Corps
The Community Volunteer Corps (CVC) engages individuals in meaningful volunteer opportunities, building marketable skills while also providing avenues for them to give back to the community. When volunteers enroll in CVC they make a commitment to completing the program but more importantly, they make a commitment to their futures. Over a three-month period, they volunteer for 80 hours of mentored work experiences, learning new skills, improving work habits and preparing themselves for permanent employment. A graduation ceremony celebrates their successful completion, and they receive a small stipend as well as a letter of recommendation.
Volunteers have given more than 30,000 hours of service to the community working in partnership with such non-profit organizations as Portland Parks & Rec, Free Geek and CROPS. Our volunteer teams have completed tasks such as park beautification, computer recycling and harvesting crops for needy families.
After CVC, volunteers are eager to do more – some are ready for immediate employment and seek assistance at Employment Access Center. Others could still benefit from coaching and support, and may gain employment in our Clean & Safe program, a six-month training program that works to keep downtown Portland free of litter and debris. Those with strong job readiness may attain employment in our Business Enterprises.
Click here to watch a recent video about our award-winning CVC program.
Be a CVC Backer!
CVC seeks support from local companies and individuals to keep connecting its participants with projects that serve the community. You can help us with big and small needs. Help provide rain gear or sponsor a volunteer crew for an entire month! We have sponsorship levels from $100 to $2,500 - see what you can help achieve here. If you'd like to help, we'd like to hear from you. Contact us! Among are backers:
CVC enrolls approximately 200 people yearly and contributes close to 1,000 hours of service to the community every month.