Serve Locally

Seek the prosperity of the city…Jeremiah 29:7

The community of GPBC is a group of imperfect people who have received undeserved and lavish amounts of grace, peace and hope from God. In turn, His love compels us to reach out with compassion and available resources to those in need around us.

Below you will find a list of organizations that members of our church community invest their time and energy along with contact information if you would like to join them.

If you are a part of GPBC and have an organization that you volunteer with, we’d love to know that and add it to our list. Please email with the name, website, overview and volunteer contact information for the organization.

Compassion Connect
Overview: In 2014, GPBC, in partnership with Compassion Connect and along with other Southwest Portland churches, launched Compassion SW, a free, one-day medical and dental clinic hosted at Wilson High School. A Compassion Clinics provides tangible opportunities for the local churches to join together to express the Gospel of Jesus through compassionate service. 
Volunteer Contact: Compassion SW happens in May and needs 300 volunteers to put on. If you are interested in serving on one of many critical teams (medical, dental, hospitality, connections, childcare, security, transportation, administration, etc...) visit the Compassion SW website, for more information and to sign up to volunteer or donate towards the clinic.
GPBC Volunteer: Pat Murphy,

The Family Room
Overview: The Family Room provides a homelike visitation setting for families separated in the foster care system. They increase both the quantity and quality of supervised time families spend together with the goal of increasing the likelihood that children can return to their birth parents safely, expediently, and sustainably.
Volunteer Contact: Stacy Bellavia,
GPBC Volunteer: Heath Cloutier,

Habitat For Humanity
Overview: GPBC was so excited when we were able to sell a piece of property at the bottom of the church parking lot to a fantastic organization like Habitat For Humanity. In 2015, Habitat, its volunteers and seven new homeowners finished building Trillium Court, a community of seven brand new homes. Even though this project is complete, we encourage others in our faith community to join Habitat For Humanity on other area projects and help local, low-income families realize the dream of homeownership. 
Volunteer Contact: To sign up as an individual, go to their website (see above). Click on the “how you can help” button and select “volunteer” and follow the instructions for individuals. To register a small group, contact Tor Ostrom at or at 503-287-9529.
GPBC Volunteer: John Muirhead,

Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Women of Vision
Overview: Women of Vision is a volunteer ministry of World Vision that educates, inspires, and equips women to use their God-given resources in compassionate, mutually, life-changing service to impoverished and oppressed women and children worldwide. The chapter includes women from all around the Portland, Vancouver, and Lake Oswego areas from different backgrounds, age groups, and churches.
Volunteer Contact: April Veit, 503.805.2768,
GPBC Volunteer: Same as above

Operation Nightwatch
Overview: A hospitality ministry to the homeless and low income population. We serve coffee, play games and engage in conversation as we seek to develop relationships with those who often suffer from social isolation.
Volunteer Contact: Rev. Gary Davis, 503 220-0438,
GPBC Volunteer: Doug Davidson,

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association
Overview: An organization of members of the neighborhood to facilitate meeting the neighborhood’s common goals; empower the members to control what happens in the area; provide the neighborhood with an effective communication link with local governments officials and other influential groups; help members work for the improvement of the neighborhood; and, let members take part in the decision making process that directs the neighborhood’s actions.
Volunteer Contact: Mikal Apenes, President, 503.705.9777
GPBC Volunteer: Rick Meigs,

The Pantry of Greater Portland
Overview: The Pantry provides food for anyone in the community that may need help. We serve the community on Saturday’s at 1:30pm.
Volunteer Contact: Janice Fry, Pantry Director, , 503-234-5993
GPBC Volunteer: Various GPBC members

FOCUS at Portland State University
Overview: Focus is about intentional relationship building with International Students and Scholars with the hope of being able to share about who Jesus is. During the school year we have a Friday night coffee house with a free meal and, during the summer, BBQs around the city and vicinity. We also provide conversational English through conversation partners and classes, trips to areas around Oregon and Seattle, home stays and airport pickups.
Volunteer Contact: Andy Peloquin,
GPBC Volunteer: Bill and Janice Fry, or

Alcoholics Annonymous
Overview: Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Volunteer Contact: Check out or email .
GPBC Volunteer: Butch Whitten,

Safe Families
Overview: When crisis strikes, perhaps an illness, loss of a job, eviction, substance abuse, or so much more, some families in our community don’t have a supportive network to turn to. Sadly, as the parents struggle to cope with the crisis, their children are especially at risk. Safe Families for Children is a movement of compassion, for both the parents and their kids, prepared to step alongside and help so the parents can focus on the overwhelming issues they face.
Volunteer Information:
GPBC Volunteers: Sandi Cox, , and Cathy Strom,