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One-time Service Opportunities:

Corvallis Environmental Center needs volunteers for Supper at SAGE!

When: Saturday, September 6, various shifts available

Where: SAGE garden in Starker Arts Park, Corvallis


Help with our annual Supper at SAGE fundraising event on Saturday, September

6 at the SAGE garden and support the SAGE garden and Farm to School programs. 

There are a variety of 2-hour to 4-hour volunteer shifts available starting at 10am with set-up and going all the way until the last plate is cleaned and 

packed away by 10pm--and your help would be so appreciated!   If you are 

interested go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fadab2dabfe3-supper to choose a volunteer shift that would be good for you.  For more information about the Corvallis Environmental Center and Supper at SAGE visitwww.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org


Number of Volunteers Needed: 30

Volunteer Requirements: none

Contact Info: Jen Brown, jen@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org

More Info: www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.orgwww.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fadab2dabfe3-supper




Ongoing Service Opportunities:


Become A Recycling Block Captain with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Recycling Block Captain program is a program in which you can help educate your Corvallis neighbors about recycling, composting, and waste prevention. The time commitment is 1-5 hours every 3 months or so (depending on how many homes you choose to cover), so it’s both easy and very beneficial to the neighborhoods that are served.
Recycling block captains have two primary responsibilities:
Distribute recycling information to your neighbors 3-4 times per year, and
Serve as a liaison between your neighbors and the Coalition’s Waste Prevention Action Team (i.e. pickup your handouts quarterly and help answer your neighbors’ questions if/when they arise).
The Coalition provides the handouts; you define your own neighborhood (number of homes and location). You can see a map of existing neighborhoods and past handouts on our webpage: http://tiny.cc/wpatcapt.

When: Ongoing, year-round

Where: Corvallis, via the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

Description: The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Recycling Block Captain program is a program in which you can help educate your Corvallis neighbors about recycling, composting, and waste prevention. The time commitment is 1-5 hours every 3 months or so (depending on how many homes you choose to cover), so it’s both easy and very beneficial to the neighborhoods that are served.Recycling block captains have two primary responsibilities:
1. Distribute recycling information to your neighbors 3-4 times per year
2. Serve as a liaison between your neighbors and the Coalition’s Waste Prevention Action Team (i.e. pickup your handouts quarterly and help answer your neighbors’ questions if/when they arise). 

The Coalition provides the handouts; you define your own neighborhood (number of homes and location). You can see a map of existing neighborhoods and past handouts here.

Volunteer Requirements: Sign up with  this online form. Sign-up by Sunday, July 27th to be part of the next round of handouts.

Contact Info: For questions, contact the Coalition through their website.





Sweet Home High School needs volunteers for garden maintenance!

When: Ongoing daily through July 31st. 

Where: Sweet Home High School tennis courts.  Come into Sweet Home on hwy 20 and turn right on 18th avenue (Les Schwab on the corner). The garden is 1 ½  blocks on the left, right along the High School tennis courts with a shared fence.  The second garden is on the hill just above this one. The Garden is exactly 45 minutes fromthe OSU Campus.

Description: There are two school gardens in Sweet Home in need of garden maintenance (weeding, etc) during the summer. The gardens are primarily used as educational gardens for students of the local high school and middle school as a part of the world-wide Edible Schoolyard Project.

The project will take many hours between the two gardens.  We will take all the help we can get.  It can be a group or individual people.  Kids from Boys and Girls Club of Sweet Home and Lebanon work on the garden on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 if someone wanted to come and work when the kids were there.  Once the weeding is done it would be a one-time project. 

The Oregon Jamboree is a Country Music Festival that is held on the High School grounds each year, the first weekend in August.  The school district requires the gardens to look in very nice condition each year the week before the Jamboree as they are seen by the 15,000 ticket holders.  The ticket line for getting in the festival runs along the garden fence and the school district wants it to look good, so we have a time frame to get it in shape each year.

Number of Volunteers Needed: individuals or groups of up to 24

Volunteer Requirements: Must have transportation and enjoy the outdoors.

Contact Info:  Brenda Winslow, Linn County Master Gardener. (541)409-0816  brenda_winslow@hotmail.com 





Garden of Gentle Breeze needs volunteers for a garden maintenance!

When:         Ongoing, 11:00am- 6:00pm daily

Where:             26907 Sulphur Springs Rd, Corvallis, OR 97330

Description:   Volunteers needed at the Garden of Gentle Breeze for garden maintenance. The Garden of Gentle Breeze is a non-profit Japanese style garden open to the public. Volunteers will help with weeding, raking, watering, deadheading and other “light” tasks around the garden. There is no commitment necessary, volunteers are free to come anytime that works best and help for whatever time period works with their schedule. Please visit the website to get a better idea of the gardens and how volunteer efforts can help.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 20

Volunteer Requirements: Must have transportation and enjoy the outdoors.

Contact Info:  Jay Gray at 541-745-7315 or jaygray44@gmail.com



Volunteer with Corvallis Parks & RecreationParks and Recreation invites you to join with us to make a difference! With over 2,000 acres of parks and open spaces, the Corvallis Parks and Recreation staff simply could not maintain our exceptional parks or offer families such a large variety of activities without the help of volunteers like you. Parks and Recreation has year-round volunteer opportunities for almost every interest, schedule, and ability. There are opportunities for all ages, and we are happy to teach you new skills. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to exercise your mind and body, and share your unique expertise. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities with Corvallis Parks & Recreation here: http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=267.


Volunteer with Energize Corvallis

When:             Share resources with network 4 times a year

Where:            You define area

Description:   It is up to all of us to decide how we are going to live and what kind of community we are going to create. Energize Corvallis is dedicated to creating a community where our homes glow with efficient lights, where it is easy and affordable to make home efficiency upgrades, where our streets are filled with more bikes and buses than cars, and where our neighbors are taking charge of their energy use through everyday actions.

We need your help. As an Energizer volunteer, we’ll ask you to help get the word out about Energize Corvallis programs, energy efficiency incentives, and educational information four times a year. 

Volunteering with Energizers just takes a few hours a year:

  • You define your reach. Your Energizer network can be a geographic location such as your block, your neighborhood, or your apartment or townhouse building. Your network can also be a social group such as your colleagues at work, your parent-teacher association, your church, your reading group, or your sports team.
  • You decide how to get the word out. We’ll give you an Energize Corvallis flyer to share with your network four times a year. You can email the flyer to your network or you can pick up copies of the flyer and hand them out.
  • You decide when to get the word out. You’ll have a whole month to send your email or distribute your flyers, so you can pick the time that is just right for you and your network.

Requirements: Register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/energizers

Contact Info:   Carly Lettero: carlylettero@gmail.com

Website:           http://energizecorvallis.org/ | http://energizecorvallis.org/energizers/




Campus Recycling's Repair Fair Volunteer

When:             Fairs are monthly, times variable

Where:            Student Sustainability Center, 738 SW 15th St (15th St near Western)

Description:    The OSU Waste Watchers needs volunteers with repair skills - computers, electronics, furniture, general household items, clothing, anything! We are hosting monthly Repair Fairs, workshops at which students and community members bring broken items and learn how to fix them.

Our first Repair Fair was on October 29th and was very successful. Learn more about the event in this blog post or view photos on Facebook.

Requirements: Skills and experience in repairing computers, electronics, furniture, household items, clothing or other items

Contact Info:   Andrea Norris by email or 541-737-5398

Website:          http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/volunteer



The City Club of Portland is seeking volunteers for a commitment of approximately twelve months beginning in early January 2012 to study air quality.  An application and study charge can be found here: http://www.pdxcityclub.org/content/studies-progress.


Lincoln Elementry School Garden Help with Linus Pauling Institute's Healthy Youth Program

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Elementary School garden

Description: Working With Kids at Lincoln in the after-school Garden Club, Lincoln Elementary School. Come work with the Lincoln kids in the afterschool "Garden Club".  We teach nature-related  lessons and do garden work.  You can lead a lesson if you want!

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteer application, background check. No garden experience is required.

Contact Name: Casey Bennett

Contact Information: casey.bennett@oregonstate.edu

More Information: lpi.oregonstate.edu/healthyyouth; lpi.oregonstate.edu/healthyyouth/LincolnGarden; https://lincoln.csd509j.net


SAGE Garden Volunteer

When:               Tuesday evenings, March until October (4:00 pm until dusk, around 6:30pm)

Where:          Bruce Starker Arts Park, SW 45th Place & SW Country Club Dr (off of SW Philomath/OR-34W)

Description:   This project will most likely involve preparing the garden for spring planting. The food that is grown is donated to local food banks and soup kitchens, providing fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables to families in the community who need them most. In 2011, the garden supplied almost 7,000 pounds of organically grown produce to agencies all over Corvallis

"You're invited to get involved in a fun volunteer opportunity with the Corvallis Environmental Center's Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE). SAGE is a 1-acre educational production garden located in Bruce Starker Arts Park in Corvallis (45th Place and Country Club Drive). The garden serves as a place to learn and grow food. We donate the food to local food banks and soup kitchens, providing fresh produce to families in need. In 2011, we donated 7,000 pounds of produce to hunger relief agencies in Corvallis.

Our work relies on volunteers to help plant, weed, and harvest the food at SAGE Work Parties. We'd like to invite you and/or your group to volunteer for a work party. Work parties are a fun, relaxing way to help your community. You can learn how food is grown, spend a day outdoors, have a picnic, and build teamwork, all while helping make a difference! We are happy to tailor the work party to match your interests. A typical work party starts with a tour of the garden, introductions, and time to answer questions. After that, volunteers will work as teams in the garden for just 1.5 to 2.5 hours. 

Scheduling is very flexible. Individuals, families, and small groups are welcome to attend regularly scheduled work parties open to the public every Tuesday from 4-6pm (no scheduling required, just show up!). Or reserve a special spot just for your group or student organization! Group work parties can be scheduled for any Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon, or Saturday mornings or afternoons (except April), between March through October.

Contact Info: To learn more or schedule a group work party, please contact   Deanna Lloyd, ECI Outreach Coordinator and garden manager, at SAGE@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org or (541) 753-9211. They hope to see you at the garden!



Produce for the People Community Garden Member

When:             Weekly

Where:           4000 SW Western Blvd, Corvallis (behind the Westside Community Church)

Description:  Produce for the People is a community garden serving low-income individuals and organizations in Corvallis. Members of the garden make a monthly commitment of their time to work in the garden, and get to harvest as much produce as they need. Excess produce is donated to local organizations and individuals in need. Members work together in the entire 10,000 sq. ft. garden, and collaboratively manage the space and the group. We will also host one-time service learning opportunities for individuals and groups. Contact us for information on upcoming meetings. We were previously part of the Producing for the People project, the link below has more information on that program.

Work Party Schedule: Saturdays 9:00 AM to 11:00AM

Requirements: No garden experience needed, only motivation to learn! We will enthusiastically work with individuals of all ages and abilities, and we have a variety of tasks requiring diverse skill-sets. Youth under 16 should attend with a responsible adult. We will also host workshops to help you learn gardening skills and knowledge.

Contact Info:    Sue Domingues: sue_domingues@hotmail.com, 541-231-3859

Website:        http://health.oregonstate.edu/producing-for-the-future | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Produce-for-the-People/347728461998306?fref=ts

Contact Info

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