Innovative Changes (IC$) is committed to providing comprehensive and in-depth financial education as a means of empowering individuals and families in responsible economic decision-making for healthy households.  We do this through a combination of workshops, coaching sessions, seminars and in-touch training opportunities.  As a volunteer, you will join a team of dedicated trainers and coaches who help people develop and achieve their short and long term financial goals. IC$ is dedicated to helping you be a successful volunteer by providing you with training, resources and ongoing support.


Find out more about what you can do to get involved by reading our volunteer position descriptions below and visit our calendar or contact rhall@innovativechanges.org or 503.249.5205 to find out about upcoming volunteer training.


One-on-One Financial Coach:


Financial coaching is our largest volunteer opportunity. Drawing on your own experience and sensitivity to clients’ varied backgrounds and circumstances, you will help guide individuals and households by equipping them with the tools, skills, and confidence necessary to meet their immediate financial needs and achieve their short- and long-term financial goals. Based on clients’ self-identified needs and goals, coaches spend time working in 5 major areas: personal cash flow management; budgeting; saving and goal setting; building, repairing and protecting credit; and access to banking and community services. Coaches are always needed.


Learn more about how to become a financial coach here



Special Topics Presenter and/or Curriculum Development:


Innovative Changes offers seminars that cover special topics of interest to our clients and the community.  If you have expertise in a certain area and would be interested developing curriculum and/or facilitating an hour long seminar, we would love to have you! We are also always looking to improve our current curriculum to make it more dynamic and meaningful to the populations that we serve. If you have had past teaching or curriculum writing experience and are interested in giving us feedback and helping to identify new activities and ideas let us know. This work can be done in our office or from home.


  • Past workshops have included: risk management, investing, new banking regulations, consumer protection, dealing with debt, holiday resources and budgeting, and student loan repayment and consolidation.

  • Topics on our wish list (yet to be created): foreclosure avoidance and the impact of foreclosure on an individual’s financial well being, bankruptcy, marriage and joint assets, child support, custody and family law, financial planning during life transitions, retirement planning, wills, an intergenerational class on money for parents and their kids, and we are currently developing youth-specific curriculum.

  • Workshops already created but could use updates: Kids and Money, Immigrants and Money, Let’s get organized and Relationships and Money



Other Opportunities (please contact us for more information)


Graphic design, grant writing, website modification and/or development, database management, social media development, and if you have any other skill that might come in handy, let us know!


General Volunteer Qualifications

  • Committed to the mission of Innovative Changes.

  • Pass a criminal background check.

  • Competent in subject matter and/or willing to learn.

  • Flexibility and comfort working with diverse clientele. Strong intercultural communication skills.

  • Understanding of the potential challenges and barriers experienced by communities living in generational poverty and/or who are underserved by traditional banking institutions.

  • Committed to working in a collaborative team environment.

  • Able to maintain client confidentiality.

  • Follows through on commitment.

  • Willing to work collaboratively, communicate with and provide feedback to IC$ staff.

  • Spanish language skills a plus.