FAQ

About volunteering…

How many volunteers do you have?

Approximately 200 volunteers donate their time in Portland, Oregon.

What days/hours do you work?

In Portland, volunteer work sessions are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

What kind of training/orientation is required?

Volunteers attend an orientation session first, followed by training on how to process flowers and create arrangements. If a volunteer wants to consistently work with flowers, he/she will participate in a mentorship program for additional training and coaching.

What is your expectation for the number of days/hours one will volunteer each month?

We ask that each volunteer make the effort to volunteer for a minimum of 7-8 hours every month.

What are the age requirements for volunteering?

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer.

What skills do I need to volunteer?

A positive attitude! A willingness to communicate and work with others. From there, we will provide training on what is needed.

Do I have to have floral experience?

While it is helpful, it is not necessary. We provide an extensive training program for new volunteers.

What if I travel and I am out of town for long periods of time?

We ask that you communicate this to our volunteer coordinator for planning purposes. You may be asked to attend a “Refresh Session” upon return, depending on how long you are away from the project.

Can I bring a guest to volunteer with me?

We welcome guests to come and explore what it means to become a volunteer with The Bloom Project. We ask that our volunteer coordinator, project manager or site coordinator be contacted PRIOR to the visit. A waiver form will need to be signed, prior to the visit. Guests will observe operations and activities. They may participate in basic housekeeping tasks and assembling floral inserts. Floral processing and arranging will not be a part of the visit until the guest completes the volunteer orientation and training program.

What is the dress code?

Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes that may get dirty. Layers are helpful as we keep our workspace cool to keep the flowers happy. Open-toed shoes are not allowed for safety reasons. Shoes with a sturdy sole are recommended for traction and support while working on a concrete floor.

If I do not wish to work with flowers, are there other ways I can volunteer?

Absolutely! A volunteer can pick up flowers from grocery stores and special events; deliver bouquets to hospice partner offices; provide administrative assistance; serve on an event committee; provide general assistance with operations within workspace under supervision of the lead site coordinator; volunteer coordination; community ambassador, etc.

About fundraising…

What do you need and how can I contribute?

We are always looking for new volunteers to contribute their time and talents! Supplies: small, clear glass vases; cleaning supplies (bleach, dish soap, terrycloth towels, paper towels, sponges); snacks for our volunteer team; floral clippers and rose strippers; rubber mats for volunteer workstations. You can make a difference by making a financial contribution! Donate now

How do you fundraise?

Individuals and businesses in the communities that we serve provide us with donations, corporate sponsorships, and give through our annual fundraisers. We also pursue grant funds, as appropriate.

What are donations used for?

Roughly 80% of our budget is met through in-kind contributions of volunteer labor, goods and services! We fundraise for about 20% of our total budget, which covers program, administrative and fundraising costs.

General Questions

When did The Bloom Project start?

The Bloom Project started in a garage in November of 2007 in Bend, Oregon.

When are you open?

Our work is done primarily during the day, early in the week: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Please contact the project you are interested in for more detailed information.

Where are you located?

• Portland, Oregon

Where do the bouquets go?

To hospice and palliative care patients in homes and care facilities.

Where do the flowers come from?

Wholesale floral suppliers, growers, grocery stores and floral designers.