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If you are interested in making a difference in your community, volunteering is a wonderful way to contribute and support meaningful causes. There are numerous opportunities available for individuals who want to give back and help others. Whether you prefer working with children, animals, the elderly, or the environment, there are organizations and community centers that can benefit from your time and skills. Volunteering not only allows you to make a positive impact but also provides a rewarding experience and a chance to connect with like-minded individuals. Take a look at the following list of volunteer options to explore various ways you can get involved:

Friends of the Vernonia Public Library

Join the Friends of the Vernonia Public Library, a dynamic nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the vibrant literary hub that is the Vernonia Public Library. Through our tireless efforts, we raise funds and organize captivating community events that foster a love for reading and knowledge-sharing.

With your help, we can ensure that the library remains a thriving haven of learning and exploration for all ages. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your skills and passion to support this invaluable community resource. Whether you’re a bookworm, an event planner, or a fundraising guru, your unique talents will make a difference.

Join us in promoting literacy, fostering a love for books, and strengthening our community. Together, we can build a brighter future, one page at a time.

To volunteer and make a positive impact, please visit our Facebook Page or contact us at Join us and let’s make a difference for our beloved Vernonia Public Library!

701 Weed Ave., Vernonia OR 97064


Vernonia Pioneer Museum

The Vernonia Pioneer Museum Association is a dedicated organization that focuses on preserving and documenting the history of the City of Vernonia and the Upper Nehalem River Valley in Oregon. The association’s primary mission is to educate, display, research, and preserve the historical heritage of the region.

Vernonia, like many towns in Oregon, relied heavily on lumber mills during the early days of forestry in the state. However, unlike many other mill towns that have faded away, Vernonia remains a thriving community. The museum provides a window into the past and offers visitors an opportunity to learn about life in a historic mill town.

The museum is housed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places known as the Oregon–American Lumber Company Mill Office. This location is filled with various exhibits, many of which have been contributed by the founding families of Vernonia who played a significant role in shaping its history. The displays include tools, clothing, household items, and an extensive collection of photographs. Additionally, the museum boasts a wealth of documentation about local pioneer life and logging operations. It contains blueprints and paper records of the Oregon-American Mill, which was constructed in 1923 but demolished in the late 1950s.

The Vernonia Pioneer Museum attracts over a thousand visitors annually and relies heavily on volunteers who contribute nearly the same number of hours. Since its opening in 1963, it has become the largest museum in Columbia County. If you’re interested in delving deeper into Vernonia’s local history, visiting the museum is an excellent way to spend a few hours. The knowledgeable volunteers are available to chat and provide additional information to enhance your experience.

If you have a passion for Vernonia’s rich local history, you can also get involved by volunteering as a docent. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, you can email for additional details.

511 E. Bridge St., Vernonia, OR 97064


Vernonia Pioneer Museum – Vernonia Hands on Art

Sat, Sun 13:00 to 16:00 and By Appointment

Admission: Free, $5.00 suggested donation