Archive for the 'Community Service' Category

Apr 07 2011

Corvallis Earth Connect

Love the environment? Love volunteering? Well, I have the perfect event that will allow you to get involved in our community. Corvallis Earth Connect is an event the Community Service Center is putting on in conjunction with the City of Corvallis on April 16th to celebrate Earth Day. The event starts out at Avery Park at 10am with a procession of volunteer stations doing environmental work through Avery and Pioneer Park. At the same time the Corvallis Farmer’s Market is opening for business this season downtown. There will also be an Earth Fair and Parade downtown as well. We would LOVE for you to come but more importantly we would LOVE for you to VOLUNTEER at this event. Particularly, we need volunteers, especially groups, to run the stations along Avery Park. If interested please contact the CSC at 541 737 3041 or email Nate Bodie at

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Apr 06 2011

Tool Lending Library

Hey Beavers!

Love tools? Are you a born leader? Do you organize projects well? Well then I have the opportunity for you!
Habitat for Humanity of Corvallis is looking to establish a tool lending library within their ReStore center. They are looking for 1-2 great students set up all the processes and procedures to get this going, work with our ReStore Director to select the tools and prepare the initial marketing information for the launch. It would require between 20 and 30 hours in research and implementation work done at your convenience over a period of a few months. This can be done by one person or a two person team.

Interested? Of course you are! Habitat would even hire an intern to do this work. If you want more information please contact the Community Service Center at 541 737 3041 or email

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Jan 12 2011

Volunteers Needed for MLK Celebration

We have a service opportunity available for interested volunteers in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this upcoming Tuesday January 18, 2011. Together, the OSU Community Service Center and the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) will host a large group of 5th graders from Corvallis’ Hoover Elementary School from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Volunteers are needed to help guide groups of children through activities at various stations, engaging the children in learning MLK’s legacy. The activities will be held in the MU Ballroom, and will include a campus tour for the children. If you are interested, please contact Sebastián Alejandro González (Social, Cultural, & Education Coordinator) ASAP at or by calling 541-737-3041.

Hosted by the OSU Community Service Center and the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center
What: MLK – Our Youth, His Legacy
When: Tuesday January 18th, 2011 | 11:00AM-1:00PM
Where: MU Ball Room

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May 18 2010

OSU Alumni Association’s Day of Community Service

This Saturday is the annual OSU Day of Community Service! Alumni, students, and friends of OSU will gather together in more than a dozen cities during the OSUAA day of service. Get your work gloves on and help us take the community service spirit of Beaver Nation to the streets! For more information on locations and events in you city take a look here.

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Mar 22 2010

Alternative Spring Break | A great start in Klamath Falls

On the early morning of our first Saturday, March 20th, off for spring break myself and a group of students loaded two large vans and headed to Eugene to meet up with who would be our traveling partners for the rest of our alternative spring break. For those who don’t really know what an alternative spring break is I shall explain: as students we have chosen to take our spring break and spend it giving back. The OSU Community Service Center and University of Oregon’s Service Learning Center have teamed up this year to do a joint alternative spring break in which our focus is on rural Oregon poverty issues. SDC13073
We took off on our journey towards Klamath Falls and on our way took a detour to go see Crater Lake. The park was filled with snow still but the sun was shining making for a gorgeous scenery. Some students had never seen Crater Lake before so it was a first for many, including one who hadn’t seen snow before either! After our long day of traveling we arrived in Klamath Falls, Oregon and were greeted by Craig Schuhmann with the Integral Youth Services (IYS). The IYS was generous enough to allow us to set up camp in one of their educational buildings for the past three days.

After a evening of learning about what IYS does for the Klamath Falls communities youth we spent Sunday painting their youth center. The youth center sees around 70 to 80 children in and out of their doors on a daily basis. This center serves as an after-school program that offers a safe environment for educational activities, volunteer opportunities, and FDA sponsored food programs. Children who use the center joined in on our all day painting project. After we were all finished we had painted the entire inside of the center and had managed to get half of the outside finished after the rain disappeared. IYS

It was very rewarding to see how much our help meant to IYS and the little impact we could make just by volunteering a single day.

Today we were lucky enough to visit with the Klamath Tribes. Our day begin with a visit to The Klamath Tribe Administration building were we learned all about the land, history, and who the Klamath Tribes are. Now I could write a whole never-ending blog on the amazing history and culture these tribes have but I will save that for another post. During the day we were treated very graciously as guests. We had the opportunity to visit their Wellness Center and speak with the tribes physicians on many different issues facing the tribes. The Klamath Tribe also owns and operates a casino, Kla-Mo-Ya, where they were kind enough to treat us to a buffet lunch and explain to us how important the casino was to their economic stability.

From the casino we continued to the fish hatchery. The hatchery has been trying to fix the endangered population issues regarding the Upper Klamath’s sucker fish for years and has now added a water lab and is hoping in the near future to more strongly help the salmon population issues in the area as well.
On our way back to Klamath Falls we were fortunate to explore their sacred land that they have called home for thousands and thousands of years.
The past three days have been more than anyone could have expected and we are thrilled for the rest of our adventures to come. Our early morning departure tomorrow will put us in Lakeview early afternoon where we get the chance to explore and learn more about issues the small community has been facing.


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Jan 19 2010

A Day For Equality & Community | MLK, Jr. 2010 Celebration

For us here at the Community Service Center we were excited to see a story about one of the MLK, Jr. celebration events, that we co-sponsored this year, on the front page of the Gazette Times today.

Community Honors MLK Jr.
Lessons in equality

By Raju Woodward, Gazette-Times Reporter | Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:00 am

Lucy VanTress, 3, and brother Willie, 2, collaborate on painting a bowl Monday morning at the Native American Longhouse as part of the Kids for Equality events for Martin Luther King Day. (Jesse Skoubo/Gazette-Times)

Lucy VanTress, 3, and brother Willie, 2, collaborate on painting a bowl Monday morning at the Native American Longhouse as part of the Kids for Equality events for Martin Luther King Day. (Jesse Skoubo/Gazette-Times)

Lucy VanTress eagerly took her paintbrush and splashed a bold mixture of colors all over her ceramic bowl.

Smiling and laughing, the 3-year-old was clearly enjoying herself Monday afternoon, as she received an early lesson about fighting inequality. The timing of her lesson was a fitting one for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which has been a federally recognized holiday since 1986.

VanTress was one of nine children participating in a “Kids for Equality” event at the Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University. The children, who were ages 2 to 12, painted bowls to be donated to OSU’s 2010 “Empty Bowls” dinner award banquet, scheduled for March. Empty Bowls is a nationwide campaign that aims to help feed the hungry.

“She understands that some people don’t have as much food as she does,” said Lucy’s mother, Courtney VanTress. “This helps bring up things that wouldn’t be parts of normal conversations for her.”

The event at the Native American Longhouse was one of several scheduled Monday at OSU to celebrate King’s birthday, which was Friday. Other events included a peace breakfast, birthday party, a candlelight vigil and a round table discussion. Events will continue throughout this week on campus as part of OSU’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Yesenia Chavez, the Associated Students of Oregon State University multicultural affairs director, said this was the second year the longhouse hosted an event for kids.

“His philosophies and ideas connected people and have impacted us all,” Chavez said. “So it’s always fun to have kids here and share those things with them.”

Off campus, Benton County residents participated in various community service events Monday to honor King’s legacy, such as showing up at Willamette Park in the morning to help clear ivy from Trillium Trail. Since 1995, Martin Luther King Day has also been known as King Day of Service.

Back at the longhouse, Kristine Hong, 12, was putting the finishing touches on her bowl, which had the letters “H-E-L-L-O” wrapped around it, followed by a peace symbol.

Her slow, deliberate pace illustrated the pride she was taking in her work, which Hong attributed to the fact that her bowl was going toward a good cause.

“It’s great to be helping someone,” Hong said. “Dr. King is a hero to me because he tried to help people, too.”

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Jan 14 2010

210 Peace Corps Volunteers Called Oregon Home In 2009

Peace Corps volunteer numbers soar in Corvallis
Town finishes second per capita, Oregon finishes fifth in number of volunteers nationwide in 2009

By: Ryan Gunderson

Posted: 1/13/10

The Daily Barometer

The Peace Corps recently announced the top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas and states in 2009. The greater Corvallis area was ranked as second in volunteers per capita, finishing only behind Ithaca, N.Y.

In Corvallis, 11.0 out of every 100,000 citizens volunteered in the Peace Corps in 2009, working in one of the 76 countries currently being occupied. The city of Corvallis had 52,950 residents as of 2003, according to a survey conducted by the Oregon Secretary of State.

“A lot of it has to do with having a university in the town,” said Melanie Forthun, a Peace Corps public affairs specialist. According to the official website of the Peace Corps, 93 percent of volunteers are single or unmarried, which also describes many college students at OSU.

The state of Oregon finished fifth in per capita in the ratings. Out of all current Peace Corps volunteers, 210 call Oregon home.

“The application process is not easy,” Forthun said. “It includes a written application and interview process, as well as legal and health background checks. Then we look into the education you have and how that could be useful in one of the places where the Peace Corps are currently in need of that service.”

The Peace Corps’ roots can be traced back to 1961 at the University of Michigan, where John F. Kennedy challenged Michigan students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Since then, nearly 200,000 people have volunteered in 139 countries.

“Oregon State has great programs that correlate well with the Peace Corps’ mission, from health to education to the forestry program,” said Forthun. “In fact, OSU just joined the Peace Corps Master’s International program in the College of Forestry.”

The program, Master’s International, is more than 20 years old and already includes over 60 academic institutions nationwide, according to their official website. OSU graduate students in forestry can study in one of three new programs while also completing a 27-month service project in the Peace Corps, typically in Africa or Latin America, according to information from OSU.

David Zahler, a senior instructor in the College of Forestry at OSU, said in a press release that the Peace Corps has stated that forestry is area needing more help. The Peace Corps’ website also shows that agriculture and environment volunteer areas account for less than a quarter of the volunteering currently taking place.

For more information about the Peace Corps or Master’s International, visit the Peace Corps’ website at

Ryan Gunderson, staff writer

737-2231, © Copyright 2010 The Daily Barometer

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Dec 08 2009

A Volunteer Guide Compliments of

What is volunteering?

Asking, “What is volunteering?” is like asking, “What’s a sport?” There are some basic similarities between all sports (they all have some rules, they all involve physical activity), but most sports are very different from each other. Just think about the differences between soccer and ice hockey. Volunteering is similar—there are thousands of examples of volunteer opportunities. The one basic similarity among all volunteer opportunities is this: volunteering involves you offering to give, or volunteer, some of your free time and skills to help your community. You can define your community any way you like- your neighborhood, your town, your country, or even the global community.

Why volunteer?

Almost every organization lacks the resources—both financial and human—to accomplish everything they’d like to do. Having volunteers helps them get closer to achieving their goals. When you volunteer, someone or a whole bunch of someones benefit from your participation- an old person you visit in the retirement home, the over grown hiking trail that you help to clear, the campaign you’re working on to save the rainforests, or the student that you are helping to learn how to read. Helping others also feels good and gives you a broader perspective on what’s happening in the world around you. Finally, volunteering gives you experience that schools and employers like to see on resumes.

What’s involved in volunteering?

The most important part of volunteering is your commitment. Whether it’s an hour once a year helping with a cleanup project, or mentoring two hours a week, when you commit to a project, you should be confident that you can make the commitment. This is important because, although you’re volunteering your time, people are relying on you, and your not showing up effects them as well.

Beyond commitment, the sky is really the limit in terms of what is involved in volunteering. Think about what interests you or check out the listings on Idealist to see what’s out there. You can read to first graders, visit people in a retirement home, work in a village in Guatemala, weed a community garden, design Web sites, or start your own project to help your community.

What kinds of volunteer opportunities are available- and how much time does it take?

One day projects or events: Examples of one day events are Earth Day, where communities around the world volunteer to clean up their communities, and Global Youth Service Day, where kids choose projects to work on in their communities. However, most one-day projects or events are usually more locally focused. They bring a group of people together to do something that will benefit the community, such as cleaning up a park. There is no commitment required beyond that specific day.

On-going volunteer opportunities
Many organizations offer on-going volunteer opportunities where you agree to be at a certain place, doing a specific thing for a set time each week or month. Examples are tutoring twice a week, working at a shelter once a month and answering a hotline a couple of evenings a week. Keep in mind that when you agree to volunteer on a regular basis, people are counting on you. Make sure that you have the time and the interest to commit.

Volunteering outside of your town or country: Usually for kids 14 and older, these are opportunities where you can spend weeks or months volunteering in a community beyond your own- this can be either during the summer vacations, after graduation or during school breaks. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to pay for your travel expenses.

Service learning: Service learning may involve getting academic credit for volunteering in your community. Many schools have established programs with local organizations to provide opportunities for service learning projects for their students.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

If you’re reading this, you’re old enough to volunteer. That said, there are volunteer opportunities designed for some ages and not others. For example, most volunteer abroad programs are offered to people 16 years or older. If you’re in elementary school or middle school, you should probably talk to your parents or teacher about places you might be able to volunteer.

More and more organizations are including volunteer opportunities for kids and teens, and if an organization that you are interested in doesn’t have anything listed, you should contact them anyway and see if between the both of you, you can figure out a way to get involved with the organization.

How / where can I find a volunteer opportunity

Check out this section of our Volunteer Center to learn ways to find the perfect volunteer opportunity.

Or, if you’re not sure what you want to do, you should look into volunteer organizations. Their sole purpose is to help kids get involved in volunteering and helping their community. Browsing through these sites will give you an idea of what’s out there.

Avoid burnout

If you find that you are losing interest in the opportunity, or it isn’t turning out to be what you thought it was, or if you have any other issues, don’t hesitate to discuss your thoughts with your volunteer coordinator. Remember that you are volunteering because you want to and you should be enjoying the work. If you’re not, in the long run that’s not going to help anybody- you’ll be unhappy and the people you’re working with will probably feel it, and that’s not good. If you’re not interested in the volunteer opportunity, arrange with your volunteer coordinator to either take a break, or to stop and try something different- there’s so much out there to try.

See a problem in your community that you think you have a solution for?

If you’ve noticed a problem in your community and you think you have a solution for it- great! How about starting your own project to turn that idea into action? Remember that every organization that exists today was somebody’s idea. There are millions of organizations around the world, millions of ideas in action. Why not give yours a try?

Click here to see organizations started by kids who put their ideas into action and resources to help you get started on your own project.

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Nov 20 2009

Building a Habitat

Tomorrow a group of 10 volunteers plus many more from Habitat for Humanity are coming together for a building day at 286 SW Tunison Ave. Corvallis, OR 97330. We will be ready to start at 9:00 am and the day will end around 3:00 pm. It will be a great way to meet other individuals in the community who volunteer their time as well. Video and photos will be posted soon afterward.

Here are a few photos from Make A Difference Day project at Oak Creek.

Cleaning Up Oak Creek Cleanup

Oak Creek Cleanup

The group of volunteers!

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Nov 20 2009

Helping Shade Corvallis

Check out past weekend’s volunteer tree planting in downtown Corvallis! Awesome work. Don’t forget there are always opportunities to plant trees popping up so don’t hesitate to ask us. Video provided by the wonderful Alan Calvert.

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