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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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Jun 04 2010

Healthy Habits Day 2010!

Sunday May 23rd was the second annual Healthy Habits Day put on by the Oregon State University Community Service Center. It was held at Community Outreach Inc. a different venue from last year’s event, which was held at OSU’s Dixon Recreation Center. The idea this year was to work with a community organization to help educate the general public about different ways they could incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives to help foster their well being. How do you do that you ask? Well we had Community Outreach Inc. participate by inviting their underserved community to the event, also organizations form Oregon State University and OHSU joined us to help put on the event. Among the groups was the Pre-Pharmacy club, OSU Dietician Ann Merchant and OHSU helped by lending exhibits to the event as well. Participants walked around the set up of interactive exhibits and nutritional information tables learning different facts about the ingredients in many popular foods and additives of some popular snacks such as Nutri-Grain bars and soda beverages. There were also exhibits that related to serving portions and measuring physical condition through a sit-up challenge designed for children. This was our first attempt at relocating an event off of the OSU campus to help the larger Corvallis community, and it was a success, we are eager to partner with other organizations from around the city and OSU to continue to foster this growing relationship between the OSU campus and the greater Corvallis Community. Go Beavers!

-Alfonso Jimenez

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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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Mar 02 2010

Lend A Hand To Oregon

This year’s spring break The Community Service Center is offering two great opportunities for students to get involved with. Below is information for both trips. As of now we have reached capacity for the Woodburn trip but there are still available spots on our Oregon Tour. An application is attached at the bottom. It’s an exciting opportunity to lend Oregon a helping hang and get involved in meaningful service projects. Leave with new experiences, friendships and a greater understanding about service and community.

We have two trip offered:

** All costs besides the deposit are paid for by the CSC, lodging will be provided for us at each location but sleeping bags will be needed, members of the CSC will be driving large passenger vans for transportation, and food will covered.

Woodburn | March 21st – 25th | 4 days = $20 deposit
With Farmworker Housing Development Corporation –

• Sunday March 21| Pre-trip meeting 6-8pm @ OSU
• Monday March 22 – Thursday March 25
o Work on projects at the FHDC facilities
o Discuss issues related to farmworker’s rights
o Visit a labor camp and an activist radio station
o Listen to a panel of farmworkers and their experiences

Oregon Tour with University of Oregon | March 20th – 27th | 8 days = $30 deposit

• Klamath Falls | Service projects | 3 days
o Klamath Tribes: sovereignty & rights (tentative)
o Exodus House: runaway youth / afterschool program
o Food Bank
• Lakeview | 1 day
o Speak with Lake County Resource Initiative
• Burns | 3 days
o HHOPE (Domestic Violence Shelter): Painting, landscaping, starting a garden.
o High Desert Partnership (tentative)
o Harney County Kids Club

Stop by the Community Service Center @ Snell 241 as soon as possible for an application! Have anymore questions you can send an email to

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Feb 10 2010

Our MLK, Jr. Kids for Equality Project Video

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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 13 2010

Celebrating MLK Jr. Starts Tonight!

Come join the Community Service Center and the Corvallis community in a night of celebration for MLK Jr. Day. Our environmental coordinator, Kyle Ireton, will be speaking on behalf of the center with other local dignitaries, including Corvallis Mayor Charlie Tomlinson.

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Jan 12 2010

2010 OSU Nonprofit & Volunteer Expo | Hope to see you there!

Nonprofit and Volunteer Expo 2010

January 28, 2010 2:00 – 5:00 PM
OSU Memorial Union Ballroom (on Jefferson between Waldo Place and 26th Street)

Please join us at the fourth annual OSU Nonprofit & Volunteer Expo on January 28, 2010. For the past three years, approximately 50 local and nationwide non- profits have attended the expo to recruit volunteers, interns, and graduates, and educate Oregon State students about career options in the non-profit and public sectors. The Nonprofit & Volunteer Expo is a joint effort between Career Services and the Community Service Center (CSC), a student-led leadership program on campus.


12:30-1:00 Keynote: Mayor Charles Tomlinson, “How Service Can Serve You”. Food provided for attendees.

1:00-2:00 Workshop: Careers in the Nonprofit Sector

2:00-3:00 Panel Discussuion: Representatives from Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America

2:00-5:00 Expo: Representatives from nonprofit organizations meet with students and OSU community

Getting involved with nonprofit organizations not only helps others and the community, it is a great way to develop professionally. Come learn about opportunities to volunteer, intern and work for nonprofit and socially responsible organizations. Click here for the most current list of attending organizations.


Volunteering and interning with nonprofit organizations is a great way to apply classroom learning and passion for social justice. Please encourage students to attend the Expo and engage with representatives as a way to explore options.

Accommodations requests related to a disability should be made to OSU Career Services, 541-737-4085 by January 14, 2010.

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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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