Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

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Street Roots Volunteer Positions

As a growing, grassroots nonprofit, the support of the community and volunteers is critical to the success of Street Roots. We seek to integrate a dynamic team of creative leaders in all aspects of our organization. The following are some of the positions in which volunteers serve at Street Roots:


  Vendor Program

  • Front Desk - staff the vendor front desk interfacing with vendors and community members, sell the newspaper, answer the phone, light office tasks
  • Office Assistant - maintain cleanliness of the office, support vendor staff on miscellaneous tasks, offer hospitality to vendors
  • Creative Writing Facilitator - facilitate weekly writing workshop with 5-10 vendors
  • Office Decorator - keep the office looking fun and welcoming with themed decor 
  • Event Support - Assist with vendor events and leisure activities (e.g. Holiday party, zoo trips)
  • Transportation - Help with pickup, delivery, and recycling center runs on an as-needed basis 

 Rose City Resource Guide

  • Data Entry -  enter data on organizations who pick-up the RCRG
  • Delivery - transport the RCRG to select organizations after bi-annual printing

 Editorial Program

  • Copy Editor - Proofread the paper on Wednesday afternoons with a group of peers
  • Vendor Profile Writer - Interview and write up a short feel-good story on a vendor
  • Poetry Editor - Transcribe, organize, track, work with authors to improve pieces, and select poetry for the paper.
  • Puzzle Compiler - Utilize Street Roots’ puzzle program to create Crosswords, Word Searches and Sudoku puzzles for the paper


  • Event Support - Assist with preparations, set-up and running of development events (e.g. Family Breakfast)
  • Donation Sourcer - Procure items for vendor health needs and other organizational needs
  • Stapling & Mailings Assistant - Support winter and spring fund drives through stapling and mailing assistance

 Advocacy - Currently no volunteer positions -  

If you have other skills and talents that don’t seem to fit into one of these roles, please still fill out a volunteer application, and we can connect to see if there might be a fit for you. If you are a writer or photographer interested in contributing to the paper, please contact our Managing Editor, Joanne Zuhl, at

Street Roots is open every day. Office hours:

  • Monday-Friday 7:30am-3pm
  • Saturday 7:30am-2pm
  • Sunday 7:30am-1pm

>Submit a Volunteer Application now

Questions? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: or 503-228-5657

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon