Community Day of Service allows Beavers to give back to their communities

OSU alums and others gathered around the nation to participate in the annual Alumni Day of Service (contributed photo)

OSU alums gathered around the nation to participate in the annual Community Day of Service (contributed photo)

On Saturday, May 18, Oregon State University Beavers from across the nation demonstrated their lasting school spirit by participating in the annual OSU Community Day of Service. Beavers gathered across the West Coast, and even Washington D.C., to participate in the service events, which allowed Beavers to do work in their own diverse communities while sharing their OSU spirit.

Projects included park and trail clean-up, working with local downtown associations to clean up shopping areas, and work on community parks and memorials. There was even a crew working at the famous Portland Rose Test Gardens.

At the SAGE community garden in Corvallis, participants planted four 50-foot long rows lettuce, kale and cabbage, weeded garden beds, prepped soil for planting and even scured a chicken coop. In Roseburg, 23 OSU alums cleaned nine square blocks of the downtown Main Street, the first volunteer clean-up of the area in decades. And in Bakersfield, Calif., volunteers cleaned up a group home for orphaned and displaced young men.

Volunteers Catherine and Adam Erickson participation in one of many service activities during the OSU Alumni Day of Service. (contributed photo)

Volunteers Catherine and Adam Erickson participation in one of many service activities during the OSU Community Day of Service. (contributed photo)

In Maddax Woods, West Linn, 18 volunteers managed to remove 3,000 square feet of invasive English ivy. And at the Portland Rose Test Garden, 500 roses were planted and beds were weeded. Organizer Harry Landers said ‘Now the Shakespeare garden is ready for the summer!”

These were just a few of the many projects volunteers tackled, contributing hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours and making a visible difference in their communities.

Ed Knutdson of Bakersfield said the service day was a very rewarding experience.

“Everyone had a good time,” he said, “and remarked that they were looking forward to doing more.”

~ Theresa Hogue

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