It may be hard to find a job, but the next best thing is volunteering. Volunteers get valuable experience, meet people of all ages and backgrounds, and help with projects that make a difference. If you're under 18, some volunteering organizations require a parent-signed waiver form, and some also require that you attend with an adult. Here are some helpful websites that list numerous volunteer opportunities.
A national website with branches in Portland and other cities, for matching volunteers with the cause of their choice.
Check it out at VolunteerMatch.org
Hands On Greater Portland
Looking for community service hours or a way to volunteer in the community? Check out Hands On Greater Portland, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities in the Portland area that range from one-time to long-term commitments. You can search for possibilities that interest you, and sign up right online.
Willamette Week Volunteer Guide
This is a great resource for finding organizations who are looking for volunteers. It's organized in a way that lets you zero in on your interests: animals, arts, social issues, youth, among others.
Check it out at:
The Willamette Week Volunteer Guide