Hire a Worker

The Martin Luther King Jr. Worker Center

240 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 234-2043

We are open Monday through Saturday 7:00am – 2:00pm.

Need to hire a worker? Use the form below or call us.

Full Name


Telephone Number

Mailing Address

Job Site Address

Date and time that workers are needed

Will you pick up the worker(s) from the Workers' Center?

Work to be done and duration

Estimated number of hours
Note: We ask that workers be hired for a minimum of 4 hours. If the job will not take 4 hours we ask that the worker be paid for the 4 hours. If you think that the job will not take 4 hours but you would like to use the extra time for other jobs, please let us know so that the worker can fully understand your expectations.

Hourly Pay
Note: Minimum pay is $15/hr. for general labor jobs. If you need help with a job that is not considered general labor, we may need to negotiate a price over the phone.

How many workers will you need?

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Hiring FAQ’s

How do I hire a worker?

It’s easy! Just fill out the form above, call us, or come by the MLK Worker Center when you are ready to start your project. One of our staff members will speak with you about what you need and get you set up with a worker who is qualified for the job.

Looking for something specific? Give us a call a day ahead and we’ll arrange to get you the right person for the job.

How much do I pay?

The hourly wage starts at $15 per hour, however difficult jobs and projects that require greater skill level will be priced higher. We ask for a minimum of 4 hours of work per worker. If your project is too small to meet this minimum, please call us and we can negotiate a price.

You pay the worker directly when the job is finished. We do not take any commission or fee. All of what you pay goes directly to the worker.

Fill out the form above, or call us for an estimate at (503)234-2043

Do I have to pick up the worker?

Many of our workers have their own transportation and can also be sent via the bus or MAX. Still, the easiest way to hire workers is to come and pick them up at the Worker Center.

Who are the workers?

The day laborers at the MLK Jr Worker Center are men and women of all trades and experiences. They are workers who are committed members of our community and many of them are engaged in the leadership of our organization.

Why hire through the Martin Luther King Jr. Worker Center?

We are a non-commission hire site that assists both workers in finding decent jobs and employers in finding great workers. We provide interpretation between Spanish and English and make sure that each worker is qualified for the job. All of the day laborers who use the Worker Center have made a choice to contribute to the Portland community by seeking work in an organized, respectful manner.

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