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Being an active citizen and engaging in your community and issues important to your community is a key part of civic engagement. Your lifestyle and the personal gestures you make everyday have significant impact on the quality of life in your community and the people and places around you. Daily actions and lifestyles speak to your character and values. Having a community or civic-oriented lifestyle means you consider how your decisions impact the quality of life of those around you in your every day actions.

These are some ways to grow as an engaged community member:

Be a good neighbor by getting to know those living around you and how you impact them. If you live off campus, check out the Collaboration Corvallis project and consider getting involved in your local neighborhood association.

Register to vote in Corvallis or your hometown. Check out OregonVotes.org to learn all about registering to vote while you’re a student at Oregon State. Use your voice, use your vote!

To find other political student organizations click here.

Write a letter for social change related to issues most important to you. Contact your Senators or Legislators.

Consider public service or running for public office. Find information about the application process and follow recent alumni currently serving the country through AmeriCorps , Teach for America and the Peace Corps, as well as options for serving in ROTC.

Attend local community and civic events. Visit the Corvallis All City Events, Activities, and Meetings Calendar.

Participate in or join the board of a local non-profit.

Work towards living a sustainable life. Try to impact the people and environment that surrounds you as positively as possible. Consider biking or taking public transportation to work/school rather than driving. Work to ensure all people feel welcome, valued, and are able to particpate as fully as possible in your community. To learn more about sustainability initiatives and programming on campus, check out the Student Sustainability Initiative, Sustainability website, and/or the Ecologue.

Donate blood. Find upcoming blood drives and other ways to help at OSU Blood Drives check out the OSU Blood Drive Association.

Newspaper readership is another easy way to be civically engaged and keep up with current events. The New York Times and USA Today focus on college readers and are a great place to start.


If you’d like to donate any amount to a charity, foundation or other organization please contact the Center for Civic Engagement.

If you have a great idea for a fundraiser or other philanthropic activity, please contact us so we can help and spread the word!

Awareness and education

The CCE partners with various on and off campus organizations to raise awarness and promote education about issues currently impacting our local community. Visit the CCE in Snell 158 or a community organization to learn about the issues that require student engagement.

Contact Info

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