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Café Assistant at Outside In: preparing and serving meals for homeless young adults

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  • 266 people are interested

Join our creative and caring Outside In Café team today, helping us provide fresh and nutritious meals to young adults experiencing homelessness.

Mission: Outside In helps homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. Through education, employment training, housing, and health care services, we start youth on a path to transform their lives, supporting them and helping them build the confidence and skills they need to enact positive change in their lives and in their communities. By assisting Outside In to provide nutrition to homeless, at-risk youth, you help build the foundation for our clients' health, development, and self-sufficiency.

For centuries, humans have been connecting over food and meals. This is a unique and invaluable opportunity to connect with underserved and at-risk youth experiencing homelessness in Portland, to connect with incredible like-minded community members that (like you) have joined our efforts, and to connect with the compassionate staff members that are the backbone of Outside In!

Comprised of staff and volunteers, together we ensure young adults experiencing houselessness get hot, healthy meals everyday while cultivating a safe, welcoming environment.
Come and be a part of our unique culinary community! Whether you are a competent chef or an occasional cook, all skill levels are welcome!

Before you begin, we ask all volunteers to complete our online application and go through a brief onboarding process. Reply to this post or contact the Volunteer Manager at carolinej@oustidein.org if you'd like to get started.

- Volunteers choose one regular, weekly meal shift
- We ask volunteers to commit to 6 months or 100 hours of volunteering

Open Sunday through Friday

Breakfast shift: 7:30am - 10:30am
Lunch shift: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner shift: 3:30pm-6:30pm

Outside In's Café is located at our main building in downtown Portland (1132 SW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97205).

Through this opportunity, you will:

  • Learn to cook and/or improve your skills in the kitchen alongside Outside In's culinary-trained chefs.

  • Learn about factors leading to homelessness and the challenges homeless youth face every day. Learn about nutrition and food instability in Portland and across a variety of communities.

  • Connect and engage with young adult participants, which will enrich compassion, empathy, and understanding.

No Food Handler's Card required

Opportunity Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older to participate in this opportunity.

COVID-19 Safety:

  • All staff and volunteers are asked to wear a mask or face covering at all times and to practice physical distancing while on site.
  • Outside In has extensive infection control policies to limit risk to our community members

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About Outside In


1132 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. We are... Service providers and advocates. Experts in understanding adolescents. A Federally Qualified Health Center. A licensed Mental Health Agency. Leaders in serving LGBTQ youth. aboutus We believe... In dignity, hope, and resiliency. In innovation. Our clients can get through current challenges. Young people need trusting adults to thrive. In meeting people where they are. In a strengths-based approach.


We provide quality medical care.
Poverty, homelessness, and inadequate access to healthcare prevent people from achieving full health and well-being. With our client-centered approach, Outside In specializes in providing care that overcomes barriers and helps our patients reach their health goals. We work in partnership with all our patients to find a path towards greater health and wellness.

We support homeless youth.
Outside In provides youth with the hope, confidence, and skills necessary to build stable lives. We treat our clients with respect and believe in them. They can and do turn their lives around.

We care.


Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


We'll work with your schedule.


1132 SW 13th AvePortland, OR 97205



  • Food Service
  • Youth Services




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • 6 months or 100 hours

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