Contribute to All Classical Portland by volunteering! It’s a chance for you to help the station you love, meet new people and see All Classical Portland from the inside. Of course, our volunteers have fun too! Some assignments require regular ongoing commitment. Other opportunities are assigned when special needs arise, such as duties connected to our on-air fundraisers, mailings, or events. Of course, assignments depend on station needs and volunteer skill sets.
Read what our volunteers have to say below, and then contact Director of Community Engagement, Amelia Lukas at 503-802-9404 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s have a discussion about your skills and see how they fit our needs. It could be the start of a beautiful thing!
While working, All Classical Portland was my "little bit of heaven" during a long commute. Upon retirement, All Classical Portland became a daily companion and a wonderful volunteer opportunity. I feel very blessed to be contributing to this amazing gem in our community and throughout the world.
I became interested in radio while in grade school when my Dad and I visited a network radio station. That led to my Benson High School broadcast training at KBPS AM which even included hosting an evening classical show. However, a less exciting career path took me out of the area for several decades. A few years ago I returned. As I approached Portland, my first task was to tune to a classical station and, to my good fortune, I found All Classical Portland! Volunteering just a few yards away from my old high school broadcast facilities was just like coming home. The variety of interesting tasks, the friendly station personnel and now the station’s beautiful facilities overlooking the Willamette, make my volunteer day’s great fun and a highlight of my week.
Back in the '70s and '80s, Portland had classical music stations on AM and FM but, one by one, they changed programming formats. Then I discovered All Classical Portland, and have been a faithful listener and member ever since. The on-air hosts and office staff have become a special family to me. They are so wonderful. What a privilege to actually be part of the All Classical Portland family.
Ted & Adele Pelletier
A mutual love and enjoyment of classical music was an early element of attraction in our relationship. Since then we have enjoyed developing more knowledge of the music. When we moved to Portland more than 10 years ago, we found All Classical Portland and then saw a solicitation for volunteer support. Since then, we have been involved in various forms of support for the station: tabling at concerts, answering phones during pledge drives, and providing office support. Having represented the station at several opera events we have grown from novice listeners to lovers of the genre. We think All Classical Portland is a musical blessing to Portland.
I was one of the lucky ones: my dad played the violin and I grew up in a home filled with music. He shared with us his great love of listening to and performing, and I think of him every time I pick up my flute. Supporting this incredible station--including its great music and wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly staff--is an important part of my life. Once more, my Dad would approve!
A generation ago, a handful of radio stations in Portland broadcast classical music. Today only one does: All Classical Portland. At some point during those years of attrition, listening while grading papers and tests, I decided I'd become a volunteer after retiring from teaching. Eight years ago I first stepped inside the offices behind Benson High School, and now one of my afternoons each week consists of answering phones, processing mail, and posting events on the Cultural Calendar. Of course, I still listen as I work, but on those volunteer days it's special, somewhat akin to model railroading with real trains.