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As presenters of one of the largest charity wine auctions in the United States, we rely on the support of talented volunteers to help us raise funds for our partner nonprofits. Since 1982, we have raised nearly $50 million to support more than one million children and families in the Portland and southwest Washington communities.


Every year, we need more than 500 volunteers to help us produce extraordinary food and wine events including the Classic Wines Auction and Ambassadors Dinner in March, the Corks + Forks urban wine tasting event in June, and other events. Volunteers fill a variety of jobs at each of these events, but above all else they help provide guests with an extraordinary event experience that can only come from a Classic Wines Auction production.


If you are interested in volunteering with us, please read through the information below for our most current needs. A majority of our positions come with a complimentary meal, refreshments and parking on the day/night of your shift. Thank you for your time and talents, which help to make a difference in the lives of children and families in need in our community! 

Thank you to all 2020 volunteers!



  • Prompt arrival at the scheduled time for your volunteer shift. The position you fill is vital to our activities. The people you are volunteering with depend on your attendance.

  • Checking in upon arrival so we know that you have arrived and can update you on any last minute changes.

  • Wearing your name badge or other identification at all times, identifying you as a volunteer and available to answer questions from guests.

  • Paying special attention to your assigned meal time. Your job description has a specific time that a meal will be available. Please make a note of it.

  • Bringing any questions/concerns/suggestions to your Team Leader or the Volunteer Director at an appropriate time.

  • Coming appropriately dressed, ready to work.

  • Completing the duties associated with your position unless otherwise directed by the Team Leader, Volunteer Director or Classic Wines Auction staff.

  • Being flexible. We have tried to prepare for as much as we can, but new issues may arise. Please help us by being flexible and patient while volunteering.

  • Checking out: once you are excused, please check out where you checked in.

Volunteers are subject to the following policies of the Classic Wines Auction:

  • Volunteers working during the auction (4pm-11pm) must be 21 years of age or older. Persons under 21 may volunteer for other positions during the day or on other days where volunteers are needed.

  • Volunteers represent CWA and its benefiting nonprofit partners while volunteering, so we expect they act in a professional, courteous and helpful manner to each other and our guests.

  • Volunteers will not be allowed to consume alcohol while in the Oregon Convention Center and during their volunteer duties.

  • Volunteers shall be assigned job tasks in accordance with the organization’s needs and desires.

  • All activities of CWA volunteers and volunteer groups shall be under the direction of a CWA representative.

  • Volunteers shall participate in any required training or orientation needed for their assignment.

  • All food, wine and entertainment at the Classic Wines Auction are for registered guests. As a volunteer, you may enjoy food and beverages served in the volunteer meal area.

We love our volunteers... 

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