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CCE Listserv-


Happy Finals Week! We hope that you’re finishing up your finals and gearing up for Spring Break as we are. We’ve got 36 students leaving this weekend for Alternative Spring Break trips in Yakima, WA, Newport, OR and San Francisco, CA. We hope you’ll join us in wishing them safe travels and good luck J


If you’re still looking for things to do over the break, we encourage you to check out our service opportunities below. If you already have fantastic plans, you might want to take some time to check out our website and learn about some exciting issues to learn about and get involved with. If you need some light reading for a drive or flight you can print some articles from the Information for Students section of our website!


You  can also show your support for volunteerism by enjoying the “Pastini Pasta-Thon - Lower Your Hunger While Raising Money For a Good Cause Support HandsOn Linn-Benton by eating at Pastini’s on Monday and Tuesday, March 26 & 27 between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Takeout food counts too! Make sure you mention to your waiter that you are dining for HandsOn, and Pastini's will donate 50% of the net proceeds to HandsOn.


Like us on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest events and opportunities!


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Volunteer at SAGE – 4pm-dusk on Tuesdays (Mar 20th – Oct).

The SAGE garden is a unique community garden located in the Bruce Starker Arts Park.  Community volunteers are the heart of the garden and help to farm a one-acre plot of city land.  The food we grow together is donated to local food banks and soup kitchens, providing fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables to families in our community who need them most. In 2011 the garden supplied almost 7,000 pounds of organically grown produce to agencies all over Corvallis.

SAGE garden, Bruce Starker Arts Park SW 45th Place & SW Country Club Dr


For questions about volunteering at SAGE please contact Jena at or 541-753-9211


Casa Latino Unidos Benton County school homework program

Linus Pauling Middle School: 3/6/2012 & ends 6/7/2012 T/TH 3:30pm to 5pm

Philomath Elementary School : 4/7/2012 & ends 6/11/2012 M/W 3pm to 4:30pm

Casa Latino Unidos is looking for committed volunteers that want to see kids succeed for one day of tutoring or ongoing service. There are no language requirements and there will be no volunteering during spring break


To volunteer fill out the application and contact Erlinda Gonzales-Berry or Yazmin Brambila phone: 541-223-5310 or via email:


Upland Prairie Volunteer Workday, Green Belt Land Trust- Saturday, March 24th 9am-12pm

Meet at the Green Belt Land Trust office and then carpool to Lupine Meadows where you can help mulch recently planted prairie wildflowers so they survive weeds and summer drought. The Green Belt Land Trust (or GBLT for short) is a group focusing on conservation, sustainable agriculture, and stewardship.




Internship Opportunity with the Corvallis Environmental Center- Application Deadline: Monday, March 26th.

The Corvallis Environmental Center's Edible Corvallis program is looking for interns for spring (Apr 2 - Jun 15)! Seven positions are available. Interns will work with the SAGE educational garden and community gardens staff, in the Farm to School program, in areas community outreach, event planning, or fundraising. If interested, please fill out an Application on their website HERE!


If you have questions about the ECI internships, please check out the Guidelines & Information page, or contact Jena at (541) 753-9211 or


Job Opportunity! - Applications close on March 28

UHDS is currently seeking applicants to serve as Community Relations Facilitators (CRFs) for the 2012-2013 academic year. CRFs work with student staff and residents at University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) in a variety of educational endeavors related to social justice and cultural development. .  More information and application can be found at


Questions may be directed to Teresita Alvarez, Multicultural Resource Coordinator, at 541-737-8268 or


Downtown Corvallis Cleanup- March 31st - 8:30am

The DCA Design Committee, in collaboration with Civic Beautification Urban Forestry Commission, and Madison Avenue Task Force is planning one big Downtown cleanup on March 31 to make Downtown Corvallis even more attractive. They need you volunteers help do some weeding, picking up trash, maintaining tree wells and curbs, & upkeep of Downtown blocks. Please meet at Howland Plaza (1st & Madison Ave) at 8:30 am for instructions, then they'll head out at 9 am to make Downtown Corvallis look absolutely beautiful!


RSVP to Steve McGettigan by March 15th at (541) 754-1739 or


Leadership in Social Change Award- Application deadline is April 1, 2012

If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, or College of Education who is interested in issues of equity, justice, and social change, this $5000 award will support a summer internship that will allow you to gain valuable experience working in a social change organization.


For more information, contact Dr. Susan Shaw at


IMPACT- Application deadline is April 5, 2012

IMPACT is designed to improve physical fitness and aquatic skills for children with disabilities. To volunteer, fill out an application found at


For more information, email


Job Opportunity!- Application Deadline is April 6th

The Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) is happy to present the newly developed Director of MUPC student position. MUPC is looking for fresh, new ideas. This is a great opportunity for leadership development for students who are involved or want to be more involved on campus. Please encourage the students you work with to consider to apply.

Applications are available at: Or pick up a copy of the application in the Student Events & Activities Center – MU 103.


If you or any students you work with have questions, please contact Linda Howard,, 541-737-1369 or inquire at MU 103.


Job Opportunity!- Application Deadline is April 6th

Student Health Services is hiring for one of its Peer Health Advocates (PHA) Student Coordinator positions for Fall 2012-Spring 2013. Visit for more information about PHA. Their role is to provide volunteers of the OSU student group, Peer Health Advocates (PHA), with opportunities to create unique approaches in addressing campus health needs. The Student Coordinator is also responsible for collaborating with community agencies, Student Health Services, and other OSU-affiliated groups for various outreach projects designed to promote optimal health of the OSU community.


For full consideration, a cover letter, 3 professional references, and a resume or CV must be submitted. Please mail, drop off, or email application materials to:

Stacey Edwards

Student Health Services

338 Plageman Bldg

Corvallis, OR 97331


Phone: 541-737-7555            


Annual Parent-Teacher Association Silent and Live Auction Fundraiser - Friday, April 6th

Jefferson Elementary School is looking for two volunteers to serve food and help in the kitchen from 5:45 p.m.-9 p.m and three volunteers to help with cleanup at the end of the night, from 9:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (There will be some  lifting of tables and loading items into cars, etc.). The auction will be held at the Unitarian Church near 29th and Circle.


For questions please contact Amy Mayfield at 231-9985 or


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Chef Show Off

April 1st- 2 to 5 p.m

LBCC Main Campus

While the chefs compete, stroll the Food Fair to sample products from dozens of local farms, restaurants and food businesses. Many of their products will also be available for purchase. LBCC Culinary Arts students will prepare and sample local foods, too!


To volunteer for a couple of hours at this event and get in for free, contact Mary Anne at


Healthy Habits Day

April 13th

MU Quad

Organizations from OSU and the Corvallis community will be presenting fun and engaging activities that promote regular participation in healthy activities. Come learn more about ways to improve your health and the resources that will allow you to do so!

If you’re interested in volunteering at any of these events, please email Briana Ledesma at


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This week enjoy a story of service (below) and get inspired. To find more stories go to


AmeriCorps - Becky Whitfield


It has been more than 540 days since the worst national disaster in U.S. history hit Mississippi. I've met so many amazing people. So strong. So hardworking, and still with a sense of humor. I love them.

My name is Becky Whitfield, and I am 23 years old. I graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in 2003. Today, I live in Pascagoula, Miss., at Operation TLC Volunteer Center with my eight AmeriCorps/NCCC crew mates. Every day we help our Mississippi neighbors who are still trying to put their lives back together after Hurricane Katrina.

The one person who has captivated my heart is Don "Dink" Purdy.

Dink, 78, was born and raised in Pascagoula. I met him at the house he's lived in since 1935. He has a deep love for playing the stand-up bass and writing books on music theory. His 78-year-old home sits three blocks inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Two weeks ago, I led 14 volunteers from Princeton University on a special mission to clear out what still remained in Dink's house.

His house lasted through the 1969 storm of Hurricane Camille. When Hurricane Katrina came, Purdy stayed at his sister's house down the street. When I asked why he stayed, he said, "I thought this storm was going to be no big deal. I stayed because I thought it was going to be like any other hurricane that has passed through."

His house took on three feet of water and sustained minor roof damage. After the Hurricane, Dink was hospitalized for seven weeks with a staph infection he developed because of the toxic sea water. He is now living in a FEMA trailer outside his house.

"I've been putting my life back together," Dink said. "During the day, I am writing a book on music theory and at night I spend it at my sister's house because she is scared and lonely."

In order to get his house restored, it needed to be cleared out. After we removed four 1950s-era pianos out of his house, Dink cried, not because we moved his life out of his house, but because we had cleared out the three rooms he asked for, plus four others. We all stood there imagining Dink living back in his house. It's possible now.

Now that the house is cleared out, Dink desperately wants to move back in; volunteers could help move a vibrant old man move back into his house.

Dink reminded me of my grandfather. I could not help to think what it would be like if my grandfather were in his predicament.

It is not too late to help Dink or residents like him.

Go to to find out how you can volunteer or call (228) 712-2669. You can also visit and find out what Mississippi Home Again does for the Jackson County residents. Many Katrina victims still need help.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is the organization that has sent me to Pascagoula, where I have been able to meet so many residents who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. The 10-month residential program meets our country's critical needs by providing disaster relief, environmental and educational services. Teams are broken into 10 members and lead by a team leader. In the past six months, my team and I have gutted houses in St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana, built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Waveland, Miss., and we picked up debris in Lake Charles, La. Visit to see more about AmeriCorps.




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