Welcome OPB Volunteers!

Thank you for choosing to share your time and talents with OPB. We're excited to work with you!

Please note: Volunteers must be 18 years or over to participate. Also, we are unable to accommodate court-mandated service or volunteering associated with academic assignments, unpaid internships, or graduation requirements.

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Wikipedia Page Editing Assistant - Volunteer from home!

(long-term project, flexible schedule)


Help us communicate accurate and up-to-date organizational information to the community by updating our Wikipedia page! Work closely with our Communications team, and learn more about the past, present, and future of OPB.

You'll work with staff throughout the organization to update information, and utilize Wikipedia's "talk page" function to suggest edits. If you have access to a computer/laptop and internet, you can do it all from the comfort of your own home!

More info: Wikipedia Page Editing Assistant


Ratings Assistant - Volunteer from home OR at OPB headquarters!

(ongoing role, monthly commitment, flexible schedule)


Help extend the capacity of the TV programming team to provide the content you love! Choose to volunteer in-person at OPB headquarters, or if you have access to a computer/laptop and internet, you can volunteer from home.

Training provided. You'll be entering and/or verifying data in the Neilson database to help the team measure audience engagement.

More info: Ratings Assistant


Scanning Assistant - Volunteer at OPB headquarters!

(starting as short-term project, could continue ongoing, flexible schedule)


Go behind-the-scenes at your favorite public media organization! Assist the TV programming team with important records preservation.

Training provided. You'll be scanning documents and saving them to computer files.

More info: Scanning Assistant


Video Inventory Assistant- Volunteer at OPB headquarters!

(short-term project, flexible schedule)


Support OPB in an in-person role at OPB headquarters! Assist the TV programming team with video preservation.

Training provided. You'll logging inventory of video tapes and entering titles/codes into a spreadsheet.

More info: Video Inventory Assistant


OPB/AAPB Transcription Assistant - Volunteer from home!

(make your own schedule)

NEW archival OPB content recently added!


Help make OPB content more accessible! Join our team of volunteers who help correct computer-generated transcripts for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). You will be listening to public television and radio programs from years past and correcting the mistakes you see in the transcripts.

Training is available. If you have access to a computer/laptop and internet, you can do it all from the comfort of your own home, and according to your own schedule!

More info: OPB/AAPB Transcription Assistant


Facebook Moderator Assistant - Volunteer from home!

(weekly scheduled shift)


Help OPB connect with the community! Ensure that our social media page reflects our expectations for engagement, and alert us if a community member posts a question for one of our reporters.

We have shifts available seven days a week during the morning, afternoon, and evening. Training is provided. If you have access to a computer/laptop and internet, you can do it all from the comfort of your own home!

More info: Facebook Moderator Assistant


Onsite/in-person volunteer opportunities

(returning!)


After a long hiatus, we are starting to resume some in-person volunteer roles, as needed. We expect to continue to resume onsite activities in 2023.

Volunteers serving from home have done incredible work and have made a tremendous impact since 2020, so we are very excited to continue with remote/virtual roles as well.

Between in-person and remote/virtual opportunities, we hope there is something for everyone! We look forward to working with you in whatever capacity best fits your availability.

Please note that all volunteers serving in in-person roles are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and adhere to OPB health and safety protocols.


Questions?

Please feel free to contact us at volunteer@opb.org if you have any questions/concerns.

Ongoing Opportunities

Please note: Many ongoing opportunities are onsite/in-person and may be suspended temporarily due to the pandemic.

Please keep an eye out for email updates, or check back here, for new opportunities as they become available. Thanks!

Membership Drives

Typically, our most available volunteer opportunity is answering phones for television or radio membership drives. During each membership drive, volunteers contribute hundreds of hours to help OPB meet its fundraising goals.

Radio membership drives occur in February, May, October, and December. Television membership drives occur in March, June, September, and December.

Prior to serving at a membership drive, volunteers need to complete training. Training sessions are scheduled a few weeks before each television membership drive. You’ll see notices about signups for training sessions and phone answering shifts in our email updates and on this page.

Administrative Projects

Periodically, an OPB staff member will ask for assistance with data entry, preparing a mailing, or a similar project. We’ll email the team of administrative project volunteers to see who is available to help.

These projects are almost exclusively during normal business hours at our headquarters in Portland, although remote opportunities are available from time to time.

If you are interested in joining the team of volunteers that works on one-time administrative projects, please email volunteer@opb.org.


Special Events

We’re looking for people who are friendly, comfortable in a variety of social situations, perform well in a stressful environment, and are flexible. Also, it’s also important that you think well on your feet and like talking to lots of different people.

The events team members will be our go-to folks for when we need help staffing things like OPB screenings, donor recognition events, and other community events. The times and locations of these events varies widely.

If you are interested in joining the team of volunteers that helps with special events, please email volunteer@opb.org.


A special message from OPB to you!

Thank you for sharing your time and talents to support OPB's mission: giving voice to the community, connecting Oregon and its neighbors, illuminating a wider world.