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AARP Foundation Experience Corps Portland, OR

AARP Foundation Experience Corps Portland is hosted by Metropolitan Family Service. The program creates opportunities for older adults to take part in vital public and community service. AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteer members work as teams to provide children with mentoring and tutoring services in Portland-area elementary and middle schools. Our mentors support schools, teachers and students by working in one-on-one, small groups and classroom settings — helping children to develop the academic abilities, self-confidence and personal skills to succeed in school and in life.

Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) invests in individuals and families that struggle with the many barriers associated with cultural and economic disparities, including inadequate education, health issues, isolation, unemployment and poverty. MFS focuses on creating opportunities for children to succeed in their families, in school and in the community by providing result-oriented programs in a safe environment, as well as in supporting older adults to help them maintain their independence and connections to the community through meaningful volunteer opportunities such as Experience Corps. Experience Corps has been hosted by MFS in Portland since 1995.

Program Launch: 1995

Program Data (2013 – 2014 school year)

  • Students served: 2,457
  • Volunteer members: 57
  • Hours logged: 20,849
  • Schools/Centers served: 10

Program Impact

In the 2013 – 2014 school year:

  • 96 percent of teachers rated AARP Experience Corps volunteer member impact  on student reading and literacy performance as being moderate or strong.
  • 98 percent of students receiving AARP Experience Corps services showed a reduction in disruptive behavior.
  • 83 percent of students receiving AARP Experience Corps services demonstrated improved regular attendance.


Program Coordinator
Jessica McLaren
Metropolitan Family Service
503-232-0007, ext. 217


Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
Deborah Shimkus
Metropolitan Family Service
503-232-0007, ext. 222

Featured Quote

I look at things differently when I'm volunteering – I see more than I did before, see different perspectives.

—Peggy Armstrong, AARP Experience Corps volunteer member