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Day of Caring Service Projects
The 2014 Day of Service Projects were held on the afternoon of Friday, May 30th. The Center for Civic Engagement coordinated the this year's Day of Caring with United Way of Benton and Lincoln Counties, who helped to sponsor the event.
A description of each volunteer project is below. Thanks to EVERYONE who participated, and check in next May for information and to sign up for the 2015 Day of Caring projects!
2014 Day of Caring Project details:
SAGE Garden: 11 Volunteers needed, 1:30-4:30pm
Starker Arts Garden for Education, Bruce Starker Arts Park
The food grown at SAGE is donated to local food banks and soup kitchens, providing fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables to families in our community who need them most. Every year the garden supplies 3-4 TONS of organically-grown produce to agencies and families all over Corvallis. Community volunteers are the heart of the SAGE garden; over 500 people a year come help us farm this one-acre plot of city land.
Volunteers will be helping with the maintenance of this space doing tasks that may include: prepping soil, planting, tending and harvesting! Transportation will be provided. Children and youth over the age of 6 are encouraged to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Be sure to register youth separately and in addition to their supervising adult.
Corvallis Parks and Recreation: Avery Park, 30 volunteers needed, 1:15pm-4:30pm
Avery Park (1310 SW Avery Park Drive)
Corvallis Parks and Recreation preserves and creates a community heritage by providing places and programs designed to enhance the quality of life. With over 2,000 acres of parks and open spaces, the Corvallis Parks and Recreation staff simply could not maintain our exceptional parks or offer families such a large variety of activities without the help of volunteers like you.
Volunteers will be working on a variety of projects including invasive species removal, bench preparation, staining, landscape weeding, mulching. The CCE will be leading a group in walking to the project site. For volunteers who do not wish to walk, van transportation will be provided. Youth over the age of 8 are encouraged to attend, with adult supervision. Be sure to register youth separately and in addition to their supervising adult.
Philomath Youth Activities Club, 11 volunteers needed, 1:15-4:30pm
421 S 19th St, Corvallis
The Philomath Youth Activities Club is a non-profit whose mission is to provide positive recreational and educational opportunities to the youth in our community. All of PYAC's programs are designed to help give youth the tools they will need to successfully navigate through adolescence. They use a very common sense approach to youth development. Simply put, they believe the more positive assets youth possess, the less likely they will be to get involved with risk-taking behaviors.
Volunteers will be helping out with PYAC’s firewood project, splitting and stacking wood at their facility. The CCE will be driving volunteers to the project site in vans. Youth and children are not allowed on this project.
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. 8 volunteers needed, 2:15-5:30pm
128 SW Ninth Street
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) is a place where people of all cultures can come together in a “living room for learning,” where all people can be teachers and learners, where sharing cultures and expanding literacies enables everyone to take part in the community.
At Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, the basement needs items taken out. This involves some carrying of boxes and general cleanup. Some outdoor cleanup may be included and would be limited to general tidying. The CCE will be leading volunteers in walking as a group to the project site. Youth over the age of 14 are allowed to participate, with parental supervision. Be sure to register youth separately and in addition to their supervising adult.
Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, 11 volunteers needed, 3:00-5:30pm
1112 NW Circle Blvd.
The Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis has been offering quality programs to youth grades K-12 in Corvallis and the surrounding area since 1971. They are the main provider of after-school care in Benton County. One of BGCC’s programs, Corvallis Safety Town, educates children entering Kindergarten about important safety topics including fire safety, dog safety, water safety and more! Under the guidance of a teacher and teen instructors, children learn through hands-on activities, music, and field trips.
Volunteers will be making crafts for Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis’s Safety Town. The CCE will be driving volunteers to the project site in vans. Youth over the age of 8 are allowed to participate, with parental supervision. Be sure to register youth separately and in addition to their supervising adult. Youth must be able to properly handle scissors.
Habitat for Humanity: Hilltop Site Maintenance, 11 volunteers needed, 2:30-5:30pm
Hilltop Village at Chip Rose Park
Benton Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Benton Habitat for Humanity is a community based nonprofit organization working in Benton County, Oregon. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serve people in need of decent housing regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. Hilltop Village is a piece of property owned by Benton Habitat for Humanity, to be used for future home sites. At this stage of the process, Hilltop is all grass, with a native species landscape buffer between our property and the neighbors. A well-maintained site could attract future donors and partnerships to the next stage of the Hilltop Village project.
Volunteers will help to pull weeds, trim native species, and maintain the hilltop site for future development. This project is important for our relationship with neighbors and the community. The CCE will be driving volunteers to the project site in vans. Children above the age of 8 are welcome to join, under the supervision of an adult volunteer. Be sure to register your child/youth separately in addition to your own registration.
Habitat for Humanity: Home Repair Initiative, 10 volunteers needed, 1:30-4:30pm
Current Habitat for Humanity home construction site in downtown Corvallis
Benton Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Benton Habitat for Humanity is a community based nonprofit organization working in Benton County, Oregon. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serve people in need of decent housing regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people.
For this project, Volunteers will be making small repairs and painting the exterior of an elderly woman’s home in Corvallis. Benton Habitat does not just build new homes, but also works hard to keep people in the homes they have now, and this project is a great way to assist in that mission. You will be joined by a Benton Habitat staff person that will be there to help and instruct.
The CCE will be driving volunteers to the project site in vans. Children are NOT permitted on this projec
Boys and Girls Club of Albany, 8 volunteers needed, 2:15-5:30pm
1215 SE Hill Street, Albany
The goal of the Boys and Girls Club of Albany is to provide a fun, safe, supervised environment for recreational and educational activities where all boys and girls, especially those who need us the most, can develop self-esteem and the qualities needed to become caring, responsible citizens. Trained professional staff provide positive adult mentors and role models. Nationally recognized programs help young people succeed in school, stay healthy, learn important life skills, pursue interests in the arts and sports, and explore vocational choices.
Volunteers will be helping to fix the parking lot at the Boys and Girls Club of Albany. Volunteers may also help with some yard work and inventory materials. The CCE will be driving volunteers to the project site in vans. Children not permitted on this project.
Home Life, Inc. at Robinson House, 12 volunteers needed, 1:30 - 4:30pm
2740 NW Hayes Ave Corvallis
Home Life, Inc. is a local nonprofit working to serve people with disabilities. Home Life Believes that people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities should be treated with dignity and respect, and should be involved in decision making that effects their lives, should be encouraged to live as independently as possible within a safe, healthy environment that fosters growth, and that people with disabilities have many capabilities, are valuable, and contribute to the community. In July of 2009 Robinson House opened its doors as a Home Life program. Robinson House opened with four clients receiving services from the program. In May of 2011 we welcomed our newest client to the house to fill a space that had opened up in 2010. Over the three years that Robinson House has been open our clients have experienced incredible growth in their life skills as well as personal independence.
The project includes working on a large backyard that has been neglected for years. There will be weeding in the yard and flower beds. The CCE will be driving volunteers to the project site in vans. Children above the age of 6 are welcome to join under the supervision of an adult volunteer. Be sure to register your child/youth separately and in addition to your own registration.
Craft 'N Care On Campus, about 25 volunteers needed*, 3:00-5:30pm
OSU Women's Center
Craft ‘N Care is a program organized by the Center for Civic Engagement to bring community service to students on campus. During Craft N Care events, students make a variety of different crafts to be donated to local senior living facilities, homes for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, children's hospitals, homeless shelters, troops, animal shelters, and/or youth organizations. These crafts are typically used as decorations for upcoming events, seasons, or holidays or simply to brighten up the environment of the buildings, and especially the lives of the people that use them!
During this crafting event, we will be creating bracelets for Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association (C-GSCA), a group of citizens and city officials organizing to collaborate with the people of Gondar to develop sustainable solutions and promote cultural awareness, respect, and understanding. In defining this mission the C-GSCA places an emphasis on addressing needs in Gondar that have been identified and prioritized through a joint effort of representatives of both cities. In selecting projects, priority is given to solutions that are sustainable—that is, to solutions that can reasonably be maintained by Gondar’s citizens and government once they have been implemented. C-GSCA will be sending these bracelets to students in Gondar as a symbol for friendship, support, community and solidarity. Children are welcome to attend. Please register children/youth separately. Check – in at the service location (Women’s Center).