Volunteering

Beaverton Police Department

Peer Court:

Youth ages 12-18 are welcome to apply to volunteer for the Beaverton Peer Court Program. Beaverton Peer Court is a youth diversion program through the city that provides the opportunity for first time juvenile offenders to restore their actions have their record expunged. Volunteers under this program sit on a jury panel to hear cases and also receive training and experience as an attorney. A mandatory training is required to apply for the Peer Court Program. Trainings are held the 2nd Monday of the month from 4:30 - 5:30 pm at the Beaverton Police Department.

Questions about the Peer Court Program can be directed to:
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Email: mailboxbpdcommunityservices@beavertonoregon.gov

Victim Advocate Program:

Our Victim Advocates are trauma-informed volunteers who are specially trained to respond on-scene along with officers/detectives to offer support to victims of crime who have experienced trauma (primarily domestic violence incidents, and any other type of crime except sexual assault). Our Victim Advocates provide 24 hour coverage (including holidays), offering emotional support, helping victims understand the criminal justice process, and explaining community resources that are available.

Questions about the Victim Advocate Volunteer Program and Training Academy can be directed to:
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Email: mailboxbpdcommunityservices@beavertonoregon.gov

Police Support Volunteers:

Police Support Volunteers provide tangible support to the Beaverton Police Department with their unique skills to match the needs of the agency. Volunteers have roles agency wide varying from administrative work to community events. Police Support Volunteers are recruited from various sources, including the Community Academy.

Questions about Police Support Volunteer Program can be directed to:
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Email: mailboxbpdcommunityservices@beavertonoregon.gov

Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter

The Beaverton Severe Weather shelter was opened in January 2017 to provide a warm, safe space for adults experiencing homelessness to stay during the winter. The shelter is operated by Just Compassion of East Washington County. Find more information about volunteering with the Severe Weather Shelter.

Boards and Commissions

The City of Beaverton’s boards and commissions, created by City Council, represent diverse issues and interests. Generally speaking, the authority of the boards fall into two categories: advisory and decision-making. Members are appointed by City Council at the recommendation of the Mayor and serve for 1-3 years. The recruitment period takes place each Fall and appointments begin in January.

Advisory boards serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, and city staff. The information that members provide to City Council about the community’s needs and interests can have a significant effect on city policies and programs.

Advisory boards: Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement, Beaverton Committee on Aging, Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA), Bicycle Advisory Committee, Budget Committee, BURA Budget Committee, Diversity Advisory Board, Human Rights Advisory Commission, Library Advisory Board, Social Services Funding Committee, Traffic Commission, Urban Renewal Advisory Committee, Visioning Advisory Committee.

Decision-making boards have been established to render decisions on behalf of the Mayor and City Council. They also advise the Mayor and City Council on policy or legislative issues.

Decision-making boards: Planning Commission

Learn more about each board and commission, and apply using the Boards & Commissions online application.

Center for Mediation and Dialogue

Volunteer mediators help community members address conflicts by listening to their perspectives, helping identify key issues and needs, and lending confidence to participants that they can reach a resolution. This can be done by listening to an individual and offering conflict coaching, by facilitating an agreement via phone conversations with each party, and by mediating face-to-face conversations between parties to help them reach workable solutions and agreements. Find out more about volunteering with the Center for Mediation and Dialogue.
Email: mediationmail@beavertonoregon.gov or calling 503-526-2523

Emergency Management

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a community-based group of volunteers who have been trained to safely respond to an emergency on the family, neighborhood and community level; providing assistance when first responders are unavailable. CERT is a FEMA program that is used in municipalities around Oregon and all over the country. You can join Beaverton CERT by completing the basic training class. Find out more about volunteering with CERT.

Amateur Radio – The Beaverton Emergency Radio Services Group provides critical ham radio emergency communications for the city should traditional forms of communications fail. Amateur radio volunteers maintain the state of the art amateur radio equipment at the city’s Emergency Operations Center, and coordinate communications needs with the Beaverton CERT Teams and Emergency Management Program. These radio operators participate in Simulated Emergency Tests at the local and state level. For more information about being and Amateur Radio volunteer send an email to Mailbox Mayor Emergency Management.

Library

The mission of Beaverton City Library’s volunteer program is to create connections and build community in support of library services and programs. Last year, over 400 volunteers donated nearly 20,000 hours of their time and expertise, helping connect the community to library programs and services and support The Book Corner. Volunteers are an integral part of our team and a valuable asset to our library. With volunteer positions to match most schedules and interests, we are confident you will find Beaverton City Library a highly rewarding place to share your time and energy. Find more about volunteering at the Library and the Book Corner.

Neighborhood Program

Currently, the City of Beaverton has 11 recognized Neighborhood Association Committees (NACs). NACs offer input on potential development in their neighborhood, plan community service projects, community events and community building opportunities where you live.

If you are interested in building community where you live contact the Neighborhood Program at neighbormail@BeavertonOregon.gov.

Volunteer Fair

Each Spring, the city hosts a Volunteer Fair. Find more information about City of Beaverton Volunteer Fair.