Frequently Asked Questions


How do I sign up to volunteer?

Sign up using our quick and easy online scheduling software.


Is there a minimum age requirement to volunteer? 

Yes, you must be 14 or older to volunteer. For more details, please contact volunteer@blanchethouse.org


What safety protocols have you enacted to lessen the spread of COVID-19?

COVID-19 Volunteer Safety Protocols


Do I need to wear a mask if I come to volunteer? 

Yes. All visitors, volunteers, residents, and staff members must wear masks at ALL times. Safety is of our utmost priority at Blanchet and we want you to be safe and healthy too. We have a limited number of masks to provide volunteers so please bring your own. 

Volunteer safety protocols.


What do I do if I have a last-minute conflict and I can’t make it to my volunteer shift? 

Please contact volunteer@blanchethouse.org immediately. Please try to give us 24 hours notice if you can. 


How can I donate? 

Ways to donate


How can I donate clothes? 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are being very careful with accepting clothing donations. If you would like to donate clothing, please reach out to info@blanchethouse.org before starting a clothing collection. 

Donate Clothing Page


What is the best way I can help right now? 

Find detailed ways to help on our Get Involved page.


How often does the Blanchet House serve meals? 

We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week. Anyone can stop by our food and drink window. No questions asked. 

Meal Services Page


How many people are staying at Blanchet House? 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are being very careful with accepting new residents into our programs. Please contact our Case Manager Kristi Katzke at 503-241-4340.


How can I learn more about homelessness in Portland? 

Please see our resources page for understanding homelessness for more details. 


What is the High School Student Ambassador program? How can I apply? 

The Student Ambassador program was created to better engage students passionate about alleviating suffering amongst homeless and low-income communities. Ambassadors learn about the causes of homelessness, services available, and spread awareness to their communities. Ambassadors work on individual and group projects that bring awareness to the work of Blanchet House, homelessness, available social services, and policy affecting the unsheltered community. Please fill out the application form with this link if you are interested in applying: //blanchethouse.org/ambassador/  For more details, please reach out to Emily Reiling at ereiling@blanchethouse.org 



Have unanswered questions? Email info@blanchethouse.org and a staff member will respond.






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