Oregon State University

Activism and Advocacy

There are many ways to engage in one's community. Direct volunteer service is not the only way to become a civically engaged citizen. For example, philanthropy and activism are some ways in which to get involved and help create change in a community.

One of the best ways to become more engaged in the community is to be an advocate for change and to work for infrastructure or policy changes that can create more long-term impacts and solutions to issues of public concern.Activism and advocacy help to address the root causes of community issues.

We have many opportunities for philanthropy and activism. If you would like to be informed of upcoming opportunities, please join our listserve, like us on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter! Below is a list of activism-centered community partners and organizations. We encourage you to contact them to find out about how you can get involved!



Activism and Advocacy opportunities:


Ceasefire Oregon

When:           Anytime

Where:         Various locatoins

Description:  The Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation works to reduce gun violence by educating the public and providing opportunities to dispose of unwanted firearms. Volunteers can get involved in gun turn ins, distributing information to the public, and more.

Contact Info: Call Ceasefire Oreogn at 503.220.1669 or email them at info@ceasefireoregon.org

Website:         http://www.ceasefireoregon.org/coef/cfoef.html


Help petition with Oregon League of Conservation Voters! 

When: Saturday, August 30th, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Where: The Corvallis Farmers Market (meeting at the corner of 1st St and Monroe)

Description: The Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) is currently working on a petition in the Corvallis area to protect our pollinators! The OLCV is calling on Oregon businesses to discontinue the use of specific insecticides that are known to be lethal to bee populations. Bees are responsible for pollinating nearly 75% of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables we eat, and we need to act to prevent the mass die-offs that have been occurring. The OLCV will be attending the Corvallis farmers markets to help spread awareness about this issue and gather support for the petition. While the OLCV will be at the market in its entirety from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, volunteers can stop by for whatever amount of time they are able.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 3

Volunteer Requirements: Previous experience with petitioning is a plus, but no experience is required. A brief training/orientation will be provided to help familiarize volunteers with talking points for the petition and best practices while petitioning.

Contact Name: Brian Laird

Contact Information: Email: Brian@olcv.org   Phone: 541-408-0551




Hunger and Poverty Activism Opportunities:

RESULTS, the power to end poverty, New Activist Orientations and Trainings

When:            Various times, See the RESULTS calendar

Where:           Conference calls, online webinars

Description:  The RESULTS mission is to create the public and political will to end poverty by empowering individuals to exercise their personal and political power for change. They combine the voices of passionate grassroots activists with strategic grass-tops efforts to leverage millions of dollars for programs and improved policies that give low-income people the health, education, and opportunity they need to thrive. RESULTS focuses on three areas of advocacy: global health, global education, and microfinance and economic opportunity. RESULTS works on both domestic and global poverty issues. Consider participating in an activist skill building training. Check out what other college students and campuses are doing with RESULTS.

Contact Info: For more information, contact Lisa Marchal at lmarchal@results.org

Website: http://www.results.org/ and http://www.results.org/skills_center/for_new_activists/


Health and Wellness Advocacy Programs

This is a list of organizations that have advocacy networks and promote research and legislation specifically to improve health outcomes. Check out their websites and sign up to be an advocate!

National Breast Cancer Coalition

As a network of hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals, NBCC speaks for women. They’re not afraid to rock the boat. They believe scientists must get the funding they need for meaningful breast cancer research and that everyone must have access to quality care. They believe trained, educated advocates need to have a voice everywhere breast cancer decisions are made, and they believe with Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, we can end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

BCAN’s mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, to advance bladder cancer research, and to provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is fully committed to providing the most comprehensive set of programs and services to fight a very difficult disease. Their commitment and passion are driven by their mission: to advance research, support patients, and create hope for anyone facing pancreatic cancer.

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Since 1993, PCF has accelerated discovery for better treatments and ultimately cures for prostate cancer. Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, it is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally.

Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance is the only national non-profit organization devoted solely to support and advocacy for all those living with or at risk for lung cancer.  Recognized as one of the most highly rated charities as reviewed by the public on GreatNonprofits.org, Lung Cancer Alliance maintains a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator and is a proud participant of the Combined Federal Campaign.

The Skin Cancer Foundation

Since it’s founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer now occurring at epidemic levels.

American Cancer Society

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. It is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors. NCCS organizes Cancer Advocacy Now!™, a legislative advocacy network that engages constituents across the country in federal cancer-related issues. Patient education is also a priority for NCCS. They believe that access to credible and accurate patient information, such as their award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox® is key to demanding and receiving quality cancer care.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America’s Advocacy Network is a powerful voice for change that is made up of thousands of individuals nationwide who take an active role in protecting America’s mental health through legislative advocacy. Because of the support individuals like you, they have won major victories such as the recently enacted Mental Health Parity Act. Together, they speak out and make their voice heard on equal access to care, federal funding, treatment and prevention.

National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation works to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. 

Contact Info

Center for Civic Engagement
158 Snell Hall (MU East) Corvallis, OR 97331-1610 beaver.volunteer@oregonstate.edu
Copyright ©  2014 Oregon State University