Volunteer Spotlight: Sage Mattsson

Kinship House is blessed with the incredible volunteer support of community ranging from monthly clean-up of our facility to helping out at our events to providing much-need administrative support.

Sage Mattsson is one of the amazing community members who supported our front desk staff during her time as a volunteer at Kinship House this past summer:

I heard about Kinship house through Hands on Greater Portland while looking for a more long-term volunteer  opportunity since I had previously only done one-time assignments at other non-profits up to that point.

After the initial interview and tour of the house, I was sold on wanting to help out with the organization in any way I could. There aren’t much nobler missions like supporting the care of foster and adoption kids!

I worked on all kinds of assignments while volunteering there, from filing, to cleaning, to preparing snacks, to managing booths at events – there was a little bit of everything to do. I had such a great time!

My favorite childhood memory is probably Thanksgivings at the beach where my Dad, Grandpa, and uncle used to own a fishing boat! Everyone would come and we’d all stay in the same house – cramped but lovely. My favorite thing to do in Oregon is probably hiking! There are so many beautiful trails and I really think Oregon might be one of the most stunning natural places in the world.

I’m currently studying animation at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach California! I’m hoping to be able to move back to Portland once I graduate as there’s really nowhere like it. For now, I’d really just like to keep my grades up and find another good place to volunteer close to school (though it is a bit harder without the amazing Hands-On people being down here)! I really do miss Portland and Kinship House though, as I said, I’m really hoping to be able to come in when I can during breaks!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Kinship House, check out this page, send an email to info@kinshiphouse.org or call us at 503-460-2796!


“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
~Elizabeth Andrew

Kinship House was started in 1996 as an outpatient mental healthcare provider for foster and adopted children in the Portland area.  We champion the successful permanency of each child we care for as we strive to understand their unique stories and needs as they journey to a forever home. Stay in the know by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter!

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