Volunteer Opportunity

Africa House Senior Services – Congregate Meal Site Volunteer

Program Area:

Africa House Senior Services



IRCO's Sokhom Tach Community Center (10323 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220)

Weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-1pm

Program Description:

Position Summary:

Senior Services programming is a bridge between our community's elders and mainstream society. The congregate meal-site is a popular program and serves to diminish social isolation and encourage independence. The elders who attend the program at IRCO's Africa House call the building their second home. They come to socialize, eat culturally specific food, learn new skills, and access resources they qualify for. This program is often a lifeline for our elders.

Volunteers will assist the case manager and program coordinator in serving the elders through meal serving, simple kitchen tasks, and other program activities such as sewing, computer class, community garden, and knitting. The most important traits for this position are empathy, kindness, and a willingness to jump in and assist in big and small ways. This program serves a diverse group of elders from Africa, so open-mindedness is key. Basic computer skills are useful but not necessary.


  • Experience in ESOL is preferred for engaging with community members
  • Must have experience and comfortability working with diverse and multi-cultural populations
  • Proof of COVID vaccination
  • Must pass a background check

Time Commitment:

Minimum 3-month commitment, open to long-term volunteers!

Can't apply online? Contact volunteer@irco.org