Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Get Involved with the Arts

Use Your Skills for a Good Cause

Woman Painting OutdoorsSince Columbia Center for the Arts has only a few paid positions, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved.

If you are currently volunteering, thank you. If you are not yet volunteering, but would like to, please check out the many position descriptions listed below. Choose from regularly scheduled opportunities to help or occasional "on call" jobs.

Volunteering for the Arts is a wonderful way to expand your social horizons, learn new skills, share your breadth of experience and give back to the community.

Let Us Know of Your Interests

Please let us know what you would be interested in doing.  See the list below of "Ways You Can Help" and send us an email to let us know of your interests.  Be sure to let us know:

  • Your interests
  • Your availability
  • Any experience you have that may be related (experience is not required, as volunteering for the purpose of learning is also encouraged)

Alternatively, download the Ways You Can Help form, complete it and mail it to us.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Ways You Can Help


Help with filing, envelope stuffing and light typing. As a receptionist you would work the front desk assisting patrons and answering telephones. Daytime hours only.

Handy Persons

There is always a need for help with repairs around the building. These jobs are intermittent and would be called as needed.

Database Maintenance

Help keep our database up to date, and helping send out renewal notes. Knowledge of Microsoft Access software is helpful.

Marketing and Publicity

Have a marketing or PR background? We'd love to hear from you!

Publicity Assistant

If you are running around anyway, how about helping to distribute flyers, posters, etc.


There are some people who just love to raise money and we would just love for you to help us!

Receptions and Intermissions Coordinator

Schedule volunteers to be at the Center before a reception or show. Coordinate with volunteers to make sure all table service, flowers and food is in place on time. Theater Manager or Show Curator would send any special needs/requests to this coordinator person for each event.

Receptions and Intermissions Volunteers

If you like to help create a lovely party, we'd love to talk with you. You may be asked by the Coordinator to do one or more of the following:

  • Prepare appetizers and/or sweets and bring them to the Center before an event.
  • Provide fresh flowers for the event.
  • Serve beverages (an OLCC license may be required) at the event.
  • Keep trays fresh/service table or area clean/coffee-tea refilled at the event (training in food service and handling would be helpful).
  • Serve on 'Kitchen Patrol' and help clean up after an event.
Ticket Sales

Come an hour before the performance to sell tickets and handle will-call at the box office. Your theater admission is complimentary.


Usher and see the performance! Come one hour before the performance and stay for light housekeeping after the show. Your theatre admission is complimentary.

Stage Crew

Get involved in helping with a CAST production. You can work on set construction, costumes, makeup, props, lighting, stage management, and more! You will be called on a per show basis.

Art Gallery Retail Sales

Volunteers are expected to know about the artists involved in each show, assist customers, make sales and provide light housekeeping.

Art Show Assistant

Help hang and take down monthly art shows. You will be called as needed.

Art Teacher's Aide

Teachers need help preparing materials and working with children. If you have experience with children and are familiar with art materials, your help would be appreciated!