Welcome to the Lake Oswego volunteers page.
Title Description Department
Adopt a Shelf

Our visitors appreciate well-organized shelves. By adopting a shelf or stack, you can help improve their experience tremendously.


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Adult Community Center Volunteers

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center relies on a consistent and established volunteer workforce to successfully operate the multitude of programs and services offered to the 50+ community. Shown below is a list of programs in which we partner with volunteers.

Adult Community Center
Boards & Commissions Vacancies

To apply for a volunteer position on a City board, commission, or committee, please follow the link below to the application for your area of interest. The application is designed to be completed on line and is submitted by clicking the submit button at the end of the form. You will receive confirmation of receipt on the webpage immediately, and staff will be in touch regarding your application after the closing date.

Boards & Commissions
Book Drop Pick Up

Pick Up Books around Town:
Patrons drop off their library materials at any of four different drop boxes. As a volunteer for the Book Drop program, you’ll be driving to these drop boxes and collecting returned books, DVDs, and CDs.


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Car Washing

Wash water from car washing activities typically contains dirt (sediment), soap (detergent/surfactants), gasoline and motor oil, as well as metals and oil/grease residues from exhaust fumes and brake pads. When this dirty water is allowed to flow into storm drains, it travels directly to our local creeks and rivers without treatment.

Public Works
Community Gardens

General Information about the Community Gardens

Community gardens connect people of all ages and backgrounds to the earth and each other. Gardening spans generations with grandparents teaching grandchildren the joy of planting a seed and watching it grow into food for the family table. People from other countries bring plants and cultures to share from their native homelands.

Luscher Farm
Delivering Books to the Booktique

The Booktique is a used bookstore at Mercantile Plaza operated byThe Friends of the Library. Profits from the store are returned to the Library as grants. As a book delivery volunteer, you’ll be transferring materials donated by the Library to the Booktique.


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There are many ways to contribute to the success of the Lake Oswego Public Library.  Learn more about making monetary gifts, book donations, or volunteering your time.

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Farmers' Market Volunteering

Volunteering at the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market is a wonderful way to enrich the community, meet new friends and appreciate the complexity and intricate details of the Market.

Farmers' Market
Genealogical Services

Provide Genealogical Assistance:
Many patrons need help researching genealogy. As a Genealogy Volunteer, you’ll be there to guide them through the process.


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Healthy Watersheds Car Wash Kit

The goal of this program is to reduce the water pollution risks associated with car wash fundraising events.   As part of the program, the City has made available a free sump pump kit that prevents soap and used-washwater from entering the storm sewer system. 

Public Works
How Can I Help?

Whether you are a parent looking to pass on an old ping pong table or a local business looking to contribute to Lake Oswego youth, we need your help!

Parks and Recreation
Library Cart Revising

Preparing Book Carts for Shelvers:
Our shelvers are a crucial part of our ongoing library services, and key to their performance are the cart revisers.


Lake Oswego Public Library
Library Volunteer Services

Since 1988, the Lake Oswego Public Library has enjoyed a strong tradition of community volunteer support. Over 400 volunteers take part in making the library a thriving community center—contributing 11,045 hours just last year—and we’re always looking for more help! Volunteers range in age from twelve to retired.

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Stewardship Opportunities

We need your helping hands!

The City of Lake Oswego works with volunteer Friends Groups to help keep our parks and open spaces healthy and beautiful. Check out the many stewardship events where volunteer help is needed to protect and restore natural areas in our community.

Parks and Recreation
Storm Drain Marking

The goal of the program is to help remind our community that anything that is poured down the storm drain or collected with rainfall ends up in our local rivers, streams and Oswego Lake.

Public Works
Volunteer on the Library Teen Advisory Board

Volunteer on the Library Teen Advisory Board and make a difference in your community. For students in grades 9-12.

Volunteer Opportunites at Luscher Farm!

Luscher Farm has several opportunities for volunteer assistance. Come learn first hand what organic gardening is all about. We have opportunities for children, families and adults, including:

Parks and Recreation
Volunteer Sites

City of Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego Library
Year-round opportunities are available at Lake Oswego Library for students ages 12-up.

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Volunteer with Parks & Recreation!

Get Involved in Parks & Recreation!

Parks and Recreation