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Day of Caring

The 2014 Day of Caring Service Day was held on Friday May 30th! Check out all the great projects we had and the many accomplishments our volunteers completed in the community!

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The Center for Civic Engagement coordinated this event with United Way of Benton and Lincoln Counties.

OSU partners with United Way of Benton and Lincoln counties to offer a spring Day of Caring service day each year. Day of Caring was previously run out of New Student Programs and Family Outreach as part of CONNECT. The program moved to spring and the Center for Civic Engagement during the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Day of Caring was established in 1992 by the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish.

In 1999, the Day of Caring was renamed the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring in honor of Larry Richardson, a long-time volunteer of the United Way and the community, and past president of the  Charlottesville Broadcasting Company.

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Check out our projects and acheivements from our 2014 Day of Caring event:

  • Volunteers removed old and water-damaged boxes from basement, compost old plants, folded 16 rolls of paper towels for restrooms, organized arts and crafts room at Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
  • We made 24 bracelets to contribute to Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association’s friendship bracelet project to send to students of Gondar, Ethiopia during our on-campus Craft 'N Care project.
  • At Home Life, Robinson House, our volunteers weeded and raked leaves in front and back yards (500 sq.ft)o 
  • Our volunteers helped to repair of single home of elderly resident: we washed the sides of the house and scraped old paint off siding to prepare for painting during a Home Restoration project with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Another group of volunteers joined Habitat for Humanity at the Hilltop site and surveyed the site with Habitat members and discussed/problem solved ways to maintain it in the future. Later, these volunteers drove to home repair project site to complete that project by washing house siding and taping plastic seals over windows to prepare for painting.
  • At SAGE Garden, volunteers weeded the garden and  harvested >20lbs of greens and vegetables.
  • At Corvallis Parks and Rec at Avery Park, we weeded rose beds of park rose garden and laid down mulch in rose garden.
  • At the Boys and Girls Club of Albanyvolunteers filled two large planter pots with flowering plants, cleared landscape around the building, and weeded an overgrown 50-yard parking lot divider.
  • At the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis we made and organized >2,000 small sized crafts for SafetyTown, a future safety educationevent held at the center.

THANK YOU to United Way and to all our fantastic volunteers for making Day of Caring 2014 such a great success!! Keep an eye out for the 2015 event next May!

Contact Info

Center for Civic Engagement
158 Snell Hall (MU East) Corvallis, OR 97331-1610 beaver.volunteer@oregonstate.edu
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