Give a Vehicle

Help CSC by donating your vehicle!

Have an “old hunk ‘o’ junk” in the yard? We’ll take it!

Donate your vehicle to CSC!

CSC partners with Volunteers of America of Oregon to make this program possible. Volunteers of America of Oregon offers free towing, and you can write the vehicle off on your tax return. CSC receives 60% of the vehicles value, and the rest goes to cover costs of Volunteers of America.

You can give your vehicle by filling out this form.

If you wish to speak to a CSC staff member about vehicle donation, call 503-560-6178 or email

In-Kind Donations

You can make a difference.

Giving Food, Clothing, and Hygiene Items – Updated 5/15/2020

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting many of the in-kind donations we normally take. Please hold on to items not specifically requested until this health crisis ends – or reach out to a staff member and ask, if you think an item you have might classify as an urgent need. Thank you for understanding!

Please download this informational PDF if you are interested in making an in-kind donation, or running a donation drive within your networks. You are welcome to share it with your friends, neighbors, clubs, or congregations.

Please do not bring items to CSC to drop off unless you’ve pre-arranged to do so. We can arrange pick-ups, or an appointment time! If you are part of a group and able to coordinate to have all the items left on one person’s porch, or arrange to have one person deliver all the donations at once, this makes our work easier. Please contact Krista Harper at, or (503) 927-0582 to make donation arrangements, or if you have any questions about any kind of donation.

For donations in the future, keep this in mind:

Have extra time right now to spring clean and want to set some things aside for us to drop off when we’re back to normal? Fantastic! Here’s our usual in-kind donation information:

A volunteer accepts in-kind donations

We gratefully accept:

  • Commercially prepared, sealed, current date foods (no home-cooked please!)
  • New or gently used clothing and linens
  • Small or commonly used housewares (dishes, utensils, cookware, pots & pans, etc)
  • Personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, razors, etc.)
  • Pet items (food, leashes, crates, toys, cat litter)

Please note:

  • Do not dump items outside our building or fenceline. Frequently, these items are ruined by rain or animals by the time we find them. They are almost always thrown away. We cannot give out items with an unknown history!
  • If you need to bring a donation outside of our usual donation hours, please make arrangements with a staff member.
  • Do not bring large toys, damaged items, or large housewares.
  • If you are bringing a large donation, give us a heads up! We have limited storage space, please give us a chance to check that we have room.

Questions? Call or email us: 503-771-7914, or


CSC serves over 5,000 people in need each year.


Due to COVID-19, our regular volunteer opportunities are suspended. However, we have a handful of temporary positions available for people who are between 18 and 60, and in good health. Please reach out to us at for more information or to apply for the following volunteer roles. Please note, it is likely you will not be contacted immediately. We are reaching out to potential new volunteers as we need them.

Food box delivery drivers:
Shifts are between the hours of 11am-2pm, Monday-Thursday. This is a no-contact position. Volunteers must have their own vehicle and larger vehicles, such as SUVs, minivans, or hatchback-style cars are better. Food box drivers must be able to lift multiple 40 lb boxes. Drivers must have a smart phone to be able to self-navigate to addresses given by CSC staff. If food box drivers are able to help out more than once a week, gas cards may be available.


Food box packing volunteers:
Shifts are typically 3 hours, either 9am-noon or noon-3pm, Monday-Thursday. Teams of two or three volunteers who already co-habitate or are in close contact are preferred – our market is small and it is easiest if volunteers do not have to maintain physical distance from each other. Food box packers must be able to lift and carry 40 lb boxes and bags safely.

Thinking about volunteering after this health crisis is over? Read on.

With just a handful of staff, our volunteers are vital to providing our clients with a high level of service.

CSC relies on a robust team of volunteers to make and serve meals, pick up donated goods, cut hair, and connect our clients with crucial services. Over 300 people volunteer at CSC in any year.

How to Volunteer

You can find lots of information about volunteer roles and expectations in our volunteer handbook. Some of our popular (and needed!) regular volunteer positions include market volunteers, clothing room volunteers, cooks, servers, front desk volunteers, donation drivers, donation receiving volunteers, and shower monitors. We are most in need of volunteers who are able to commit to a regular shift, usually once a week or once a month. Most shifts are 2 to 5 hours long. All CSC volunteers complete an interview with a CSC staff member. Additional training is required for some positions.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at with your area of interest and your times of availability, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Organize a Drive
Our clients are always in need of non-perishable food items, clothing, bedding, and hygiene items. One great way to support CSC while involving your neighbors or community is by coordinating a drive. It’s also a great way to get your child’s school, your workplace, or your place of worship volunteering together. Download our drive flyer, and get started today!