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One-time Service Opportunities:



Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps VISTA Position

When:  August 4, 2014- August 9, 2015, full-time

Where:  Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4840 SW Philomath Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97333

Description:   Benton Habitat for Humanity is looking for a dedicated, community-minded person to serve as an Americorps VISTA member in our Family Support program. This full-time position will start August 2014 and run for a full year. The Americorps member will receive a stipend and benefits.

The VISTA volunteer will work to develop our Family Support Program. Benton Habitat for Humanity builds homes in partnership with low-income families. We know that owning a home is only the first step to rising out of poverty. We would like to better support our families after the sale of their home through continuing education, continuing mentorship, and developing homeowner neighborhood associations. Many of our partner families still live within the cycle of poverty and the VISTA member would develop ways to provide a “hand up.”

Volunteer Requirements: 

•             Strong oral and written communication skills

•             Organized, efficient

•             Attention to detail and follow through

•             Able to deal well with diverse population

•             Exhibit strong leadership skills with the ability to delegate

•             Able to maintain confidentiality

•             Belief in team approach and able to commit to the mission of Habitat

•             Experience with Microsoft Office/Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Internet Research

•             Experience in marketing and/or human services is preferred

•             Spanish speaking ability is preferred

•             Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements.

Contact Info:  Karen Rockwell at karen@bentonhabitat.org or (541) 752-3354

Ongoing Service Opportunities:



Mercy Corps NW AmeriCorps VISTA Position

When:  August 31, 2014- August 31, 2015, full-time

Where:  Across Oregon

Description:   We are seeking dedicated people from all walks of life to become AmeriCorps VISTAs with the Oregon Asset Building Corps (OABC), a VISTA cohort sponsored by Mercy Corps Northwest. This is a year dedication to community service for a small living stipend from August 31, 2014 to August 30, 2015.

AmeriCorps VISTA is a year dedication to full-time community service while living on a poverty-level living stipend. AmeriCorps VISTAs work on capacity-building, indirect service projects such as developing new programs, volunteer management systems, or financial resources. It's particularly a great opportunity for recent graduates looking for work experience, career changers, or retirees.

AmeriCorps VISTAs with the OABC team spend a full year at one of our service sites located across Oregon. Below is a listing of our available positions:


  • Asian Pacific Network of Oregon- Portland
  • Phoenix Rising Transitions- Gresham
  • Catholic Charities- Portland
  • Financial Beginnings- Portland
  • Job Growers- Salem
  • Columbia Cascade Housing Development Corporation- The Dalles
  • Community Vision Inc- Portland
  • Molly's Fund Fighting Lupus- Clackamas
  • Bienestar- Hillsboro
  • MercyCorps NW- Portland


Volunteer Requirements: At least a BA or reasonable work experience

Contact Info:  April Ehrlich at aehrlich@mercycorpsnw.org

South Corvallis Food Bank - Food Bank Assistance

When:  Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-3:00pm, Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm, Saturdays 9:30am-12pm

Where: 1798 SW 3rd Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97333

Description:   South Corvallis Food Bank welcomes student volunteers who can commit to serving the food bank for a period of time (a term at least). Duties include checking clients into the computer, stocking shelves, escorting clients around as the shop the food bank. There are also opportunities to help with deliveries of food (every other week)  - strong backs/the ability to lift needed.

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers should schedule a training (it takes about an hour), and should be placed on the master schedule after that training. South Corvallis Food Bank is looking for caring, committed, and reliable volunteers who like people and are sensitive to issues of food security and poverty. Being able to speak Spanish is a plus. Being able to lift 25+ pounds is a plus.

Contact Info:  Sheila O'Keefe at sheila@southcorvallisfoodbank.org

Website: http://www.southcorvallisfoodbank.org/


Healthy Youth Program Needs Volunteers for Family Cooking Classes at Community Outreach, Inc.

When: Tuesdays, 4:45-7:15 PM

Where: Community Outreach, Inc., 865 NW Reiman Ave. Corvallis, OR

Description: The Healthy Youth Program offers weekly family cooking classes at Community Outreach, Inc. Each Tuesday evening, children and their parents work together preparing meals to eat as a family. Volunteers will assist the Nutrition Educator with all class components, including helping parents and children prepare meals and engaging younger children (who may not be able to actively participate in the cooking process), as needed.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 3

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers need to be comfortable working with families of diverse backgrounds, be comfortable engaging children of all ages, and enjoy cooking.

Contact Information: Casey Bennett, casey.bennett@oregonstate.edu

More Information: Please contact Casey Bennett to find out more about how to apply and get involved!


That's My Farmer Program Promotion for Ten Rivers Food Web

When:           Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am-Noon

Where:          Corvallis Farmers' Market (1st and Jackson)

Description:   Ten Rivers Food Web provides strategic leadership to build a robust and resilient food system in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Volunteers will work with farmers' market staff to raise awareness of the That's My Farmer SNAP program, which increases low-income access to local, healthy food. They will provide educational materials, and explain the program to market attendees. Volunteers will also ask interested attendees to donate to the program.

6 Volunteers Needed

Requirements: Volunteers must be 18 or older, be outgoing and comfortable talking with strangers, and have experience handling money. Volunteers will also need to complete a training in May (date and time TBA).

Contact Info: Dan Blaustein-Rejto: dan@tenriversfoodweb.org

Website:           http://locallygrown.org/home/ | http://tenriversfoodweb.org/home/?page_id=10195


Data Entry and Office Assistant for Ten Rivers Food Web

When:           1-2 times per month for 2-4 hours

Where:          Ten Rivers Food Web Office (101 SW Western Blvd.)

Description:   Ten Rivers Food Web provides strategic leadership to build a robust and resilient food system in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Currently, we are seeking one to two detail-oriented volunteers to enter data for our That's My Farmer SNAP program, which improves low-income access to local, healthy food. This data entry enables us to analyze the impact of the program, and thereby improve upon it to make local, healthy food more accessible and affordable. Opportunities to assist with other office tasks will likely be available.

1-2 Volunteers Needed

Requirements: Volunteers must be diligent and detail-oriented

Contact Info: Dan Blaustein-Rejto: dan@tenriversfoodweb.org

Website:          http://tenriversfoodweb.org/home/ | http://tenriversfoodweb.org/home/?page_id=10195 

Work with children at Community Outreach, Inc.

When:             Volunteers needed ASAP—flexible schedule (M-F)

Where:            Mari’s Place, 863 NW Reiman Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330

Description: Volunteers needed for our childcare center, Mari’s Place. Weekly shifts available for 2+ hours working with children under the age of six. Help supervise and provide playtime for the children, tell stories, sing, clean-up, and provide support and encouragement for individual children.

Mari's Place is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm. Volunteers needed for all hours.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 20

Volunteer Requirements: No childcare experience necessary, but we prefer someone who enjoys spending time with children.

Contact Name: Bonnie Stutzman: bvanderstelt@communityoutreachinc.org, 541-758-3000

Website:  http://www.communityoutreachinc.org/ | http://www.communityoutreachinc.org/?page_id=46 

Furniture Share Event Committee Member

When:           TBD

Where:            TBD

Description:   Furniture Share is a non-profit organization that provides furniture at no cost to families and individuals in need within the vulnerable populations in the communities in Linn & Benton counties. We hold two main fundraisers during the year, Albany Grapes & Grains and our Annual Texas Style BBQ and Hoedown. Furniture Share is in need of two volunteer committees to help organize these fundraising events.

Albany Grapes & Grains features local brews, wines, food and local businesses. This is an event that we would like to grow into a 3 day festival.

Annual Texas Style BBQ and Hoedown has a raffle, live and silent auction, live music and all you can eat Chicken and Brisket all for $20.00 per adult and kids 17 and under are free and August 2013 will be our 4th Annual BBQ.

We are looking for each committee to help with recruiting volunteers, sponsors, vendors, wineries, breweries, secure auction items, sell tickets, display posters around town, set up for the event and help clean up after the event is over.

Requirements: Contact Michelle (see below) to coordinate volunteer role

Contact Info:   Michelle: 541-754-9511 or BFS1@peak.org

Website:         http://bfs.peak.org/events_fs.php | http://bfs.peak.org/index.php


Tutor at the Jackson Street Youth Shelter

When:          Mondays-Wednesdays from 6:00-7:15PM

Where:           Jackson Street Youth Shelter

Description:   OSU tutors are needed to help tutor youth in various subject areas. Youth will be 10 to 17 year olds. Homework times are from 7:30-8:45pm Sunday through Thursday every night. You can sign up for 1-3 evenings per week. Personal tutors are needed as well and personal tutoring is more flexible in scheduling. Volunteers will need to fill out a volunteer application, have a background check, and go through a brief orientation.

Contact: Hannah Miller, ph:  541-286-4580, email: hannah.miller@jsysi.org


Home Construction - Habitat for Humanity

When:           Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 9am-3pm

Where:             The build site is at 5th and B, close to campus.

Description:   Benton Habitat for Humanity is currently working on two homes and would love to accommodate groups from OSU to help. Construction is on-going throughout the school year and summer. To learn more about current projects, please visit their website at http://www.bentonhabitat.org/current_projects/index.php.

Contact Info:  Lewis Kiker at 541-752-3354 or volunteer@bentonhabitat.org




ReStore Volunteer-Habitat for Humanity

When:  Tuesday through Saturday, between 9am and 5pm, year round

WhereHabitat for Humanity ReStore, 4840 SW Philomath Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97333

Description:   ReStore is a retail outlet for donated new and gently used building and home improvement materials.  Volunteers are primarily needed Tuesday-Friday between 3-5pm and any shift on Saturdays.  Volunteers would help with the following; organizing shelves, processing incoming donations, filing, organizing volunteer registrations, and other miscellaneous tasks. Everything sold at the ReStore is donated and the proceeds go towards building new houses.

Contact Info:  Habitat’s ReStore store ph: (541) 752-6637

Website: Benton Habitat ReStore


Linn Benton Food Share

When:           Ongoing

Where:               33747 Looney Lane, Tangent, Oregon

Description:   Repackaging food (ex. Frozen vegetables, cereal, beans, etc.) into smaller containers that will be distributed to those experiencing food insecurity. Projects can hold 20-30 participants.  Available shifts: flexible Monday-Sunday for a 2 hour block.

MONTHLY OPEN HOUSE: Every last Thursday of the month from 6-8pm is an open house for volunteers as well (with the exception of December). 2014 open house dates include Thursday January 20th, Thursday February 27th, March 27th, April 24th, May 29th, June 26th, July 31st, August 28th, September 25th, October 30th, and November 27th.

Contact Info: Susan James, Gleaning and Volunteer Programs Coordinator, foodsharewarehouse@communityservices.us or sjames@communityservices.us; 541-758-2645



Volunteer at Room at the Inn - Women's Cold Weather Shelter

When:           November 1- March 31, 6:30 p.m. - 7 a.m.

Where:          First United Methodist Church Community Center, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis, OR

Description:   Room at the Inn is a cold weather shelter for women nightly during the cold and rainy season.  We need volunteers to welcome the women and get them settled for the night, and a volunteer to sleep overnight as a backup for our paid staff member.  We also need volunteers to supply simple snacks.  If you sign up, you will receive detailed information about your chosen shift or task.  We can also use donations of toiletries and hygiene products.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 3

Volunteer Requirements: Must be over 18 and have an interest in working with women who have no permanent housing.  The ability to remain calm and to listen and empathize is valuable.  Actual experience in any helping profession teaching, counseling, medical services) is a plus.

Contact Info:   Sara Power at saragpower@gmail.com

More Information: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050944AFA92FA02-shelter

Contact Info

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