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2014 MLK Day of Service Projects

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service: Saturday January 18th

MLK Day of Service 1.18.14

Meet at McAlexander Fieldhouse to check in by 9am for most projects (you will be emailed your meeting time after registering)! Light breakfast and hot tea/coffee will be available in the morning and hot soup and bread will be provided when you return from your projects! Be sure to wear warm layers, closed toed shoes, and bring rain and warm weather gear as several of our projects will be outdoors. Come to your assigned check in time a few minutes early to have time to eat. Food is being provided by the Student Events & Activities Center and Community & Cultural Meal Program


The Center for Civic Engagement would like to extend a huge thank you for all who participated in the our MLK Day of Service  projects on Saturday, January 18th! This year’s event was a huge success and turned into our biggest day of service EVER! Your volunteer efforts had a huge impact. We could not do large day of service events without the support of amazing volunteers! Our sincerest thank you, OSU!

We had 254 volunteers from the OSU community who completed 11 different service projects in the community for Day of Caring 2014 on Saturday, January 18th. We totalled just under 660 hours of volunteer service clocked in one day! The service projects were an incredible success, as OSU volunteers made a difference by participating in all of the events listed below.:

Check back here next year for updates on our next annual MLK Day of Service!

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2014 Service Projects 

Produce for the People is the only project that you can still actively register for. If you would like to walk in, there is a good chance we would be able to place you in a project the day of the event. Walk-ins, please arrive at McAlexander Fieldhouse between 8:45 and 9:00 AM. 

Produce for the People: 60 volunteers needed, 9:30am-12:30pm
4000 SW Western Blvd
Produce for the People garden grows fresh nutritious food for low-income individuals and agencies while providing opportunities for gardeners of all ages to grow, learn, and contribute to their community. Volunteers will meet Sue Domingues at the site and assist with one of several tasks. Tasks include dispersing leaves for making beds and paths and digging trenches.Transportation to site will be provided. Please bring layers, rain gear (jackets, pants, shoes), and closed toe, sturdy shoes. This project can accommodate youth ages 6 and older as long as they are closely supervised by a parent/guardian. Please be sure to register your child/dependent separately.
To volunteer, please register here.

Corvallis Parks and Recreation: 36 volunteers needed, 9:30am-12:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4905 NW Walnut Blvd
Volunteers will meet Steve McGettigan at the park and then be distributed across multiple project needs serving MLK Park. Volunteers will do park clean-up, barn/table work, trail maintenance, tree hazard pruning, landscape clean-up, & invasive vegetation removal. Please be sure to wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather and that can get dirty and will keep you warm and dry. Please bring layers, rain gear (jackets, pants, shoes), and closed toe, sturdy shoes. Transportation to site provided. This project can accommodate youth ages 8 and older as long as they are closely supervised by a parent/guardian. Please be sure to register your child/dependent separately.
To volunteer, please register here.

Heartland Humane Society: 8 volunteers needed, 9:30am-11:30am
398 SW Twin Oaks Circle, Corvallis
Heartland Humane Society is a local non-profit animal welfare organization. HHS wants to build a more compassionate community by teaching humane messages to our youth, caring for homeless animals and strengthening the human-animal bond.  Volunteers will meet Vanessa Klingensmith to help clean/rearrange garage storage area, clean/rearrange food storage area, and help with general cleaning/care of animals before opening. Please bring layers, rain gear (jackets, pants, shoes), and closed toe, sturdy shoes. Transportation to site provided. This project can accommodate youth ages 8 and older as long as they are closely supervised by a parent/guardian. Please be sure to register your child/dependent separately.
To volunteer, please register here.

SAGE Garden: 12 volunteers needed, 10:00am-12:00pm
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 help with the winter care (mulching, pruning, wood chipping, etc) of SAGE Garden. Please be sure to wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather and that can get dirty and will keep you warm and dry. Please bring layers, rain gear (jackets, pants, shoes), and closed toe, sturdy shoes. Transportation to site will be provided. This project is suitable for children as long as they are closely supervised by a parent/guardian. Please be sure to register your child/dependent separately.
To volunteer, please register here.

Jackson Street Youth Shelter: 5 volunteers needed, 11:30am -2:30pm
Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Inc., is here to promote safety, stability, and well-being for youth. We work to prevent homelessness by showing a path to long-term success through building positive relationships and skills for self-sufficiency. The Mentor Recruitment event for Jackson Street Youth Shelter is taking place on Saturday, January 18 from noon-2pm at the Corvallis Elks Lodge on 9th Street. The purpose of the event is to recruit appropriate, adult volunteers from the community who can commit to being Mentors for community youth in-need of consistent adult role-models. We will have light snacks, the ability to complete background check and a place for people to complete applications and learn more about this volunteer opportunity. This is a family friendly event; we will have games and coloring for smaller children. We would like the OSU student volunteers helping on MLK Day of Service to help welcome and direct attendants to the correct space, entertain/interact with children at the kids-station (games and coloring), help with clean up, and assist Elks Lodge with minor projects associated with hosting the event, as needed. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and able to interact in an appropriate and mature way, as volunteer representatives of Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Inc. Clothing can be casual (no sweats!!). Transportation to event provided.
To volunteer, please register here.

Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association: 20 volunteers needed, 9:30am-12:30pm
On campus, Memorial Union building
The mission of the Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association (C-GSCA) is to collaborate with the people of Gondar to develop sustainable solutions and promote cultural awareness, respect, and understanding. In this project, volunteers will be making friendship bracelets for Gondar, Ethiopia as a sign of friendship for the students there. We would like to give a friendship bracelet to each of the 2000 students who attend our sister school, Tsadiku Yohannes, in Gondar, Ethiopia. The students are in grades K-8. These bracelets will be taken to Gondar next September. We hope the making of these bracelets will increase awareness of Corvallis-Gondar Sister City Association and in particular, our sister school. We also want to develop/strengthen the sense of connectedness between students in Corvallis and Tsadiku Yohannes students.  
To volunteer, please register here.

Childcare and Family Resources and Meals on Wheels (through HandsOn Willamette): 1:30pm-4:30pm, drop in-style event, no maximum capacity, open only to OSU students and faculty with children
On Campus, Snell 149
In homes, community centers, and hospitals residents are often eating in cafeteria style dining rooms. Parents and children will work together to paint watercolor placemats which will be later laminated and sent to Meals and Wheels. Decorated paper placemats are a small gesture that can make dinner feel more personal or more like home. Students and faculty with children are invited to take place in this project with Childcare & Family Resources to create watercolor placemats for Meals on Wheels. Volunteering is open only to OSU Students and Faculty with children. Light Snacks provided.
To RSVP, please register here.

ReStore Clean Up with Benton Habitat for Humanity: 12 volunteers needed, 10am-3pm, lunch hour provided
4840 SW Philomath Blvd — Corvallis, OR 97333
Benton Habitat for Humanity works with local families to build and repair homes in a simple, decent, and affordable way. Benton Habitat for Humanity also operates a donation-driven retail space for used household goods. This creates jobs and the proceeds help fund a large part of Benton Habitat’s projects throughout the year. The ReStore operates largely on volunteer help enabling BHfH to do what they do. Additionally, this keeps tons and tons of reusable items out of landfills every year, all while funding future Habitat homes!
Volunteers will assist at the ReStore to do various projects. We will have people taking in donations, moving and re-organizing the yard (if the weather is decent), cleaning and re-organizing shelves and displays, general cleaning, and other special projects as they arise. Please wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty while working and closed-toed shoes. Dress in or bring layers for warmth and weather in case of working outside. Transportation to site provided.
To volunteer, please register here.

Home Building with Benton Habitat for Humanity: 10 volunteers needed, 9am-3pm, lunch hour provided
5th and B streets in Corvallis just south of Western Ave
At Benton Habitat for Humanity, our mission is to bring people together to make simple, decent homes achievable for everyone in our community. We do this by partnering with local families so that together we can build affordable homes. We are a local non-profit that relies heavily on volunteer labor to build these homes at affordable prices. We are currently building two homes near downtown Corvallis, and need volunteers to help in the construction process. While jobs vary depending on where we are in the construction process, volunteers might expect to help with siding the house, painting, interior work, or other projects that might come up. No previous construction experience is needed, just a willing attitude to do whatever needs to be done.  Please be sure to wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather and that can get dirty and will keep you warm and dry as most work will be outside. Please bring layers, rain gear (jackets, pants, shoes), gloves if you have them, and closed toe, sturdy shoes. Transportation will be provided.
Please be aware that this is a FULL DAY commitment. An hour lunch break will provided, during which volunteers and staff will come back to campus for lunch provided by Community and Cultural Meals Program before returning to the site.
To volunteer, please register here.

Cleaning and Painting with Old Mill Center for Children & Families: 12 volunteers needed, 9am-12pm
Old Mill Center for Children and Families (OMCCF) is a full-service provider of preschool, mental health, early intervention and parent support for children birth to 18 and their families.  Old Mill services address the educational, social, emotional, and family needs of a diverse population of children. At the Old Mill Center they believe that children have the best chance to succeed if they have a strong foundation for the future. They recognize and celebrate each child’s unique gifts and strengths. Volunteers will be assisting with various cleaning and painting projects including sanitizing the children’s play room, cleaning out the 1st floor gutters, and painting some interior handrails. Youth 13 years and older can participate. Please dress in layers for warmth and wear closed toe shoes.
To volunteer, please register here.

Facilities Cleaning with SafeHaven Humane Society: 8 volunteers needed, 9am-11:30am
SafeHaven Humane Society, 33071 Hwy 34 Albany, OR
At SafeHaven Humane Society, our goal is to find permanent, loving homes for all animals entrusted in our care. Our mission is to help our communities’ residents be the best “humane” beings they can be by providing: Compassionate temporary shelter care; healthy adoptable animals; information, understanding and education; spay and neuter programs, instead of euthanasia, for population control.We are a limited admission shelter that remains committed to the philosophy of not using euthanasia to control population.SafeHaven Humane Society is a private, non profit 501(C)3 organization.
Volunteers at this project will meet with Katie Bateman. Volunteers will be cleaning the animal facilities, tools, etc. The two main areas of cleaning will be dogs and cats. Katie will give an orientation during the initial arrival at the site. Please dress in layers for warmth and wear comfortable, close-toed shoes. This project is open to youth 8 years and older with adult supervision. Please register your child/dependent separately. Transportation will be provided.
To volunteer, please register here.


Contact Info

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