Volunteers & Interns

Whether you can give us 2-4 hours one time as part of a group or a few hours a week for months, we’ll find projects that will support our work bringing the healing power of art to children with acute or chronic medical illness.


Without the support of our amazing and dedicated volunteers, we couldn’t reach as many children and families as we do! Whether you are labeling envelopes, helping with an event, or priming canvases for the hospital, all of our volunteer jobs impact the children and families we serve. You must be at least 11 years old to volunteer at Children’s Healing Art Project (and you’ll need to bring a parent until you turn 13).

It’s a little bit of a process to get started volunteering, but it’s a fun and rewarding experience once you begin. All of our volunteers start out in our studio before moving on to Art Club or Hospital programs. New volunteers might have the opportunity to help hands on with children after they have attended volunteer orientation and have received some experience in our studio, but it is not guaranteed.  

Currently we only offer studio hours during the work week from 11 am-4:00pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 12-6pm Wednesdays.


Please read the Volunteer Handbook for a better understanding of the full scope of volunteer opportunities at CHAP.


The Volunteer Application Process:

Please fill out the online application the best describes you. Please note that a background check is required for US citizens over the age of 18 years old. Also note that Minors and non-US citizens are required to provide a letter of reference. You can submit this on the online application. Word or PDF format preferred.

Volunteer Application for adults 18 years and older

Volunteer Application for International Students + non-US citizens 

Volunteer Application for Minors


After your application has been processed, you will be invited to a volunteer orientation with our Program Manager. After which, you are ready to schedule your first volunteer shift.


To learn more about CHAP’s volunteer opportunities contact us at info@chappdx.org or call us at 503-243-5294.



Readers of PDX Parent Magazine voted CHAP into the Top 5 favorite place in Portland for all ages volunteering for two years in a row!


In-service groups come to CHAP in a variety of ways. We’ve hosted student groups, corporate teams and scout troops for either a single 2-4 hour session or at a regularly scheduled time.

To learn more about CHAP’s in-service opportunities, contact Faye at faye@chappdx.org, or call us at 503-243-5294.


Children’s Healing Arts Project provides unique opportunities to meet your internship requirements. In the past, interns have overseen the work taking place in our studio, have created and implemented communication plans to spread the word, and have staffed our signature event CHAPlandia!. You’ll have a unique experience learning about the non-profit field from behind the scenes. We’ll make sure you complete your required hours.

To learn more about CHAP’s internship opportunities, contact Faye at faye@chappdx.org, or call us at 503-243-5294.