Service Opportunities

Join us in service to the community and to each other!

The volunteer teams at The UNITY Center provide an excellent opportunity to participate, as well as a great way to get better acquainted with other members of the congregation. Please consider contacting the team leaders for more specific information and meeting times.


Communications Team – (Contact: Karen Anderson at 503-352-5417 or

The Communications Team identifies persons and audiences with whom The UNITY Center and its congregants seek to communicate, assists other teams with communications and outreach efforts, produces or coordinates event and marketing promotions, and seeks to maintain consistency in the brand image of The UNITY Center.

Tasks coordinated by this team include, but are not necessarily limited to, the production of or assistance with the following:

• Newsletters
• The UNITY Center’s Facebook page
• Marketing and promotional materials (both print and electronic)
• The UNITY Center website
• External community communications (press releases, coordination of communications  with other organizations, etc.)
• In-house communications (flyers, posters, congregant directory, Sunday bulletins, etc.)


Food From the Heart – (Contact Marty Bankhead at 503-636-8595 or

This team prepares and serves a home cooked meal to about 100 homeless men at a residential transition program in downtown Portland on the third Friday of each month. The leader of the team sets the menu for each month, and options for contributing to the meal are posted on a sign-up sheet in the coffee nook three weeks prior to the event. Volunteers can bring food, serve, or both. Food should be brought to The UNITY Center by or before 6:00 pm the day the meal is served or may be delivered directly to the Clark Center downtown.


Garden Team – (Contact Joann Caruthers at 503-625-1793 or

Team members are responsible for maintaining the flower gardens surrounding the center. Team members may volunteer together or alone to assist in caring for the grounds. The Garden Team sponsors several “garden days” during the year and all are invited to help weed, trim roses, prune shrubs, plant and transplant flowers, rake leaves and have fun doing it. No green thumb or gardening experience is needed. Come and play with us!


Greeters Team –  (Contact Carol Brownlow at 503-652-3338 or

This task is a part of our Welcome Team. The goal of this team is to welcome members and greet new people attending the Unity service for the first time. We encourage all regular attendees to provide as much assistance as possible regarding questions asked about Unity and The UNITY Center. We ask everyone to wear a name tag, and we introduce attendees to each other. During the Sunday service greeters collect the offering. An orientation is provided. We need people who are pleasant and good listeners.


Hospitality – (Contact the Office Administrator, Sharon McGrath at 503-697-9765  or

This team serves refreshments after or between the Sunday services.
Anyone can sign up to bring sweets, fruit, vegetables or any snack food. Volunteers are also needed to help set up or clean up. Before services we make coffee, hot water for tea and fill pitchers of water.
Our purpose is to provide a setting for camaraderie and warmth, both among the hospitality team and the congregation.


Office Support Team – (Contact the Office Administrator, Sharon McGrath at 503-697-9765  or

Volunteers assist in the office at regularly scheduled times – or when a special communication project needs hands-on help. The office manager will assign tasks as needed, but they generally include answering phone, greeting visitors, computer work on PC with Microsoft programs, assisting with mailings, assembling bulletins, filing, ordering supplies and similar office tasks.


Prayer Chaplaincy Team – (Contact Chaplain Director, Mindy Wilkins at 509-774-7440 or

The Prayer Chaplaincy Team is a team of chaplains who have been trained in affirmative prayer. Our chaplains hold the sacred space during Sunday services, and pray with congregants during other designated times. Chaplains also maintain a prayer box at the back of the sanctuary to collect prayer requests from the congregation. The team then prays for the person or situation noted on the request for a 30-day period.  At that time, the request is sent on to Silent Unity where it receives an additional 30 days of prayer. Prayer chaplains may also conduct hospital and other visits as needed. Training sessions to become a prayer chaplain are conducted once a year at The UNITY Center.


Sunday Service Assistants – (Contact Nancy Lillie at 503-697-9765  or

Individuals assist with the Sunday services as requested by the minister.  Assistance may include setting up the sanctuary, checking heat and audio system, etc. or may include making announcements during the service.


Welcoming Team – (Contact Carol Brownlow at 503-652-3338 or

The task of this team is to provide first-time guests with an authentic experience of caring and fellowship. It’s also about giving guests and regularly attending members the feeling of being connected. We attempt to provide as much assistance as possible regarding questions asked about Unity and The UNITY Center. Some team members will serve as greeters at the door while others find additional ways to build a welcoming culture. During the Sunday service, greeters collect the offering and distribute Welcome packets to new attendees. We seek people who are pleasant and good listeners. An orientation is provided.


Youth and Family Ministry – (Contact the Office Administrator, Sharon McGrath at 503-697-9765  or

This is a committed group of adults prepared to offer prayer, meditation, fun and exploration with the children and young people who attend the Unity Center. We offer age-appropriate programs every Sunday.
Youth & Family Ministry supports our volunteers with regularly scheduled gatherings to facilitate our understanding and further our support of Youth and their families. All Youth Ministry volunteers have current background checks and attend local and regional trainings in support of a joyful, caring curriculum.