Category Archives: volunteer

Looking for Japanese Speaking Swapper

Hi swappers!  I was contacted by a Japanese TV station called Tokyo TV about doing a feature on Swap Positive.  If you speak Japanese, I’d love to hear from you ASAP.  The producers of their prime time economic variety show called Zipangu is wanting to do a short feature on the barter market and they heard about Swap Positive’s unique system of people swapping clothes.  As a sister city, they would like to stop by on August 26th or 27th for an interview.

I’m reaching out to see if we have any swappers willing to help me with this?  If so, please email me at and leave your name and phone number so I can call you back and we can talk about this fun opportunity!


Swap Positive listed as a resource for the Aging and Disability Resource Connection

Swap Positive is listed as a resource for the Aging and Disability Resource Connection!  Free Swaps include a variety of different swaps all run by volunteers. I know that those who identify as older or differently abled already attend many of our swaps, but if you would like to start a swap specifically for the aging or disabled, let me know and I’ll make sure to update the entry above to reflect your contribution to the Swap Positive community!  Wouldn’t it be cool to have a swap that could include things like wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, specialty clothing, or other unique and hard-to-find items for those who are recovering from an illness or injury?  If you’re feeling creative and want to start a swap specifically for those with Aging or Disabilities, here’s how. Then of course tell me about it so I can add it to the site.  Even a once a year event would be helpful and an awesome way to share resources!


Maternity/Baby/Kids Clothing, Accessories, and Toy Swap, NW Portland, June 16th

Baby, Kids and Maternity Clothing…and Accessories and Toy Swap!

Clean out your closets and the toy shelf!!! Purge what you no longer need!!!

When: Saturday June 16th, 2pm-3pm

Where: Portland Community College (PCC) Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Rd. Portland OR 97229,  in the Event Center in Building 9.

Please bring things to swap AND/OR one or more non-perishable food items (to go to a food pantry) as your “entry ticket”. Of course, nobody will be turned away.

You may arrive as early as 1:40pm to set things out. However, WE ASK THAT ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED YOUR ITEMS, STEP OUT OF THE ROOM UNTIL 2PM. We want everyone to have a fair chance at getting whatever comes and getting some nice things. You will NOT be allowed to create a stack of new finds prior to 2pm.

1) Help direct people as they come in and place items of those who come at the last minute. (These should be people who are there to give more than to receive items).
2) Pack up the left overs for donation (3-4pm)
3) Take a load for donation.

Here are the details on what you can bring:

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Volunteer needed to deliver remainders after Women’s Clothing Swap May 12th

Hi swappers!  We need a person with a big heart and a vehicle who can transport the clothing remainders from the women’s clothing swap Saturday May 12th from the Evergreen Church in NE Portland, to a housing project in NW Portland after the swap.  You’d play an important part in sharing the fun of free swaps with people who could really use the uplift!  If you can help after tomorrow’s swap, please tell Anna the swap hostess at the swap, or you can contact her in advance at

Thanks for helping to bring the fun of treasure-hunting to make a positive difference for families in our community!

Barb Hughes, Swap Positive Volunteer Coordinator


Trans & Queer Clothing and Accessories Swap, North Portland, April 14th

Come enjoy a safe and fun Transgender/Queer Clothing and Accessories Swap exclusively for the Trans and Queer community to share and find new-to-you items!

When: Saturday April 14th,  from 1:30-3:30 at the Q Center

We’ll be updating the FAQ based on what we learned from the first event, so keep an eye on that there: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): .

If you’d like to volunteer to help with this swap, please visit the PDX Trans and Queer Clothing Swap facebook page

For additional details check out the Facebook Page and the Facebook Event page  

This swap takes place quarterly, alternating Saturday/Sunday at the Q Center. If you have further questions, contact

Thank you for spreading the word, showing up and sharing the love and the incredible array of fabulous fashion!

Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland

UPDATE:  WE HAVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!  THANK YOU!  Wanna help? We need volunteers for the 2018 Spring Stuff Swap coming up in April!  (Tentative date is Saturday April 14th when we get all volunteer positions filled).  After we get our volunteers, I’ll post on Swap Positive the RSVP information to reserve your space mid-March.  We expect about 150 RSVP’s due to the venue space/popularity.  Volunteers assure themselves a place at the swap! 

If you’ve never been to a stuff/gift swap, here’s a swap in action:


Christine will take RSVP’s in advance.  She has created an RSVP-only email address. Christine will organize your name alphabetically by name/email/# of people. Your name on her list reserves your place at the swap!   Continue reading

Looking for Website Design Volunteer

I’m looking for a website design company/professional who can help update the Swap Positive website to include a working calendar (the one I created doesn’t work all the time and for all computers).  If we could have an easy to use events calendar for all upcoming swaps, that would make finding swaps a lot easier.

We could then use the blog roll for swap articles and updates.  I’m also open to other website design ideas/updates/templates that would make the Swap Positive site easier to read and easier to use.

If you or someone you know would like to donate their professional website services to Swap Positive, please contact me, Barb Hughes, at