Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter | March 28, 2017

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Register for a Spring 2017 course where you learn AND make a meaningful positive impact in the community!

Courses with community-based learning (CBL) provide students with the opportunity to: explore local, national, and/or global issues; broaden their perspectives and enhance critical thinking skills; and become active citizens through community engagement. There are numerous courses that have CBL projects this upcoming term! Find out what CBL classes are being offered on the CBL Course Page or by searching for CBL in the Schedule of Classes!

Enter the CBL Reflection & Photo Contest to WIN Prizes!

Submit a digital photo & a short reflection about your Community-Based Learning (CBL) experience to win* prizes! Winners will be announced on the CBL Newsfeed each week! Submissions will primarily be used by the Community-Based Learning Program in efforts to highlight student experiences in courses with community-based learning assignments/projects. How to Enter the Contest:

  • PCC students are eligible to enter the contest (*PCC faculty and staff are not eligible)
  • There is no limit to the number of photos and reflections students can submit each week!
  • Use the online form to submit contest entries:  https://goo.gl/forms/jUkmGXbPp82gPgX23


Below are  18  NEW POSTINGS from these  15  organizations: PCC (Sylvania & Newberg Center), Alberta Main StreetAlzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter, Backyard Habitat Certification Program and Columbia Land Trust, Columbia Slough Watershed CouncilCommunity VisionFriends of Trees, Friends of Tryon Creek, Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)Hillsboro Public LibraryPartners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Portland Fruit Tree Project (III, & III), The Geezer Gallery, The Nature Conservancy, and Tuality Healthcare.

Sylvania: Spring Term Orientation for ESOL Tutors (Wed, April 12th)

Sylvania ESOL Community-Based Learning Project opportunity!  Volunteer as a tutor for ESOL students in their classes. Every Wednesday from 10am-10:50am OR 7:00 pm to 7:50 pm, you will tutor small groups of ESOL students from levels 1 or 3.  This tutoring will happen in the ESOL classroom (here on the Sylvania campus) under the supervision of the ESOL instructor, who will provide the tutoring activities for each session.  During the tutoring sessions, you will be doing a range of activities such as: Helping the ESOL students write sentences, read simple texts, and having conversations about life in the U.S.A.

To sign up, please attend the orientation meeting on: Wednesday, April 12th at 10am in LIB 225 OR 6pm in LIB 225 (Sylvania campus)

Contact: Sarah Bailie, ESOL Instructor; sarah.bailie@pcc.edu

Newberg Center Learning Garden: Come Learn Cob Natural Building and Help Out the Newberg Center Learning Garden (Sat, April 1st)

Come join us in continuing the creation of a beautiful community space and active learning lab that will also be a food producing garden. PCC Newberg Center’s Learning Garden is hosting the first cob work party of the season on Saturday, April 1st from 9am to 1pm.  Learn what cob natural building is all about and have some fun working with clay, straw, and sand. We are hoping to have as many people as possible in order to make this an effective event and get some more of the cob structure finished, so invite your friends and family! This is a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to get involved, learn about what’s going on in the PCC Newberg Learning Garden, build community, exchange knowledge, and develop hands-on experience in natural cob building. It’s also a great opportunity to build resumes, portfolios, and volunteer hours.

The details: Saturday, April 1st from 9am to 1pm in the PCC Newberg Center Learning Garden located on the corner of Brutscher St and E Fernwood Rd. There will be refreshments and kids are welcome. Please bring a water bottle, wear clothes that can get a little dirty, boots or shoes that can get muddy, and a rain jacket is great too. If you would like to confirm for April 1st or you have questions about future events email moonrose.doherty@pcc.edu[opens in new window] or call 971-722-8610.

Contact: Moonrose Doherty, PCC Newberg Center Learning Garden Coordinator; moonrose.doherty@pcc.edu | 971-722-8610

Friends of Tryon Creek: Celebrate Spring Volunteer (April 1st & 2nd)

Volunteer for the 37th Annual Trillium Festival! The 37th Annual Trillium Festival at Tryon Creek Natural Area is an educational event for the whole community that celebrates spring. Volunteers help in numerous ways, from traffic control and plant sale cashiers to event hospitality and education stations. It’s our largest annual event and we need you! Event details, including a full list of volunteer needs and online sign up can be found at the Friends of Tryon Creek website (www.tryonfriends.org/trillium-festival/).

Contact: Amy Morrison, Volunteer Coordinator; amy@tryonfriends.org | 503.636.4398

Friends of Trees: Plant Trees with Friends of Trees in NE Portland! (Sat, April 1st)

Have the signs of Spring got you looking to get outside? Would you like to help your community in a few short hours? Don’t mind getting a little dirty? If so, join Friends of Trees as we plant nearly 200 street and yard trees in the NE Portland neighborhoods of Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, and Roseway!

When: Saturday, April 1st, 9am-12pm (Please arrive around 8:40am to be assigned a planting crew and enjoy some free breakfast snacks and hot coffee/tea) The event will start promptly at 9:00am and finish up around 1pm with a delicious potluck lunch provided for all of our volunteers!
Where: Morning Star Mbc, 4927 NE 55th Ave, Portland, OR 97218 –look for Friends of Trees signs as you get close

Groups of Planters Welcome! We love a planting posse! We ask that any group of 5 or more simply pre-register via our Group Registration Form (http://www.friendsoftrees.org/volunteering/group-registration). We provide gloves, tools and guidance–no tree care experience needed! Be sure to come dressed for the weather wearing sturdy closed-toe shoes, waterproof layers (rain pants, rain jacket) you don’t mind getting dirty, a hat, and get ready to have fun! If you have any questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with our Volunteer & Outreach Program at 503-595-0213. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Carey or Jenny, Volunteer and Outreach; volunteer@friendsoftrees.org | 503-595-0213

Backyard Habitat Certification Program and Columbia Land Trust: Volunteer for the Backyard Habitat Native Plant Sale (April 7th & 8th)

Would you like to volunteer at the Backyard Habitat Certification Program’s spring plant sale on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 (Echo Valley Nursery, Oregon City OR)? This sale is offered twice a year, once in the spring by Columbia Land Trust leads and once in the fall by Audubon Society of Portland. We are excited to partner with Echo Valley Natives for a third year to offer discounted native plants to Backyard Habitat Certification Program participants. We’re seeking volunteers who would like to answer customer questions, provide general event assistance, and support onsite parking and plant loading. You’ll go home feeling great that you helped distribute thousands of native plants to nearby backyards.

Volunteer Shifts available on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 (Shifts from 9:00am-12:30pm and 12:00pm-4:30pm). See post for volunteer positions and more details.

Contact: Sam Schongalla, Volunteer Coordinator; volunteer@columbialandtrust.org | 360-213-1214

Hillsboro Public Library: Book lovers join the Hillsboro Public Library Book Brigade! (April 9th, 15th, & 22nd)

Book lovers, organizers, and alphabetizers, this is the project for you! Join a great group of volunteers to set up the semi-annual Friends of Hillsboro Public Library Book Sale. We’ll be unpacking, sorting, and organizing more than 800 boxes of books for sale. The book sale raises funds for new Library books and materials that inspire curiosity and encourage learning. Hillsboro Public Library enriches and strengthens our community by supporting the pursuit of connection, inspiration, and lifelong learning.

Join us at the Brookwood Library (2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro):

  • April 9: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm
  • April 15: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm
  • April 22: 1-4pm April 23: 1-4pm

Sign up online at: bit.ly/BookSaleSpring17

Contact: Molly Brandt, Volunteer Services Coordinator; molly.brandt@hillsboro-oregon.gov | 503-615-3457

Alberta Main Street: Earth Day Clean Up (Sat., April 22, 2017)

The seventh annual Earth Day Clean Up, presented by Pacific Power, is Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. The Earth Day district cleanup is more than just a day of litter and graffiti removal; it is a day to meet your neighbors, build community and celebrate at the Golden Garbage Awards.

Find more info and sign up to volunteer here: http://albertamainst.org/whats-happening/earth-day/volunteer-sign/

Contact: Claire Gordon, Program Coordinator; claire@albertamainst.org | 971-279-6713​​

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon: Volunteer to End Senior Hunger

For the past few years, PHFO’s SNAP Outreach Team has run a SNAP Application Assistance Pilot with organizations in the Portland-Metro area to focus our outreach and application assistance on seniors, who tend to have a very low participation rate in SNAP compared with the general population.

This year we are working with Meals on Wheels in Washington and Multnomah counties to continue to adapt and improve our application assistance model. The focus will be on face-to-face interactions within Meals on Wheels meal sites. The project will be running between April and July of 2017. Training on SNAP and Application assistance as well as orientation to Meals on Wheels sites will happen in mid-to-late April (exact dates TBA).

Contact: Celia Meredith, SNAP Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA; celia@oregonhunger.org | 503-595-5501 x301

The Nature Conservancy: Become a Conservation Leader

Are you looking to expand your leadership, public speaking and/or naturalist skills while helping protect some of Oregon’s most remarkable places? If so, we invite you to apply to become a volunteer naturalist or crew leader for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. Leaders commit to volunteering on two weekend days during the field season (May-October), in addition to attending a training session.

Contact: Gardiner Miller, Volunteer Coordinator; orvolunteers@tnc.org | 503-802-8100

Columbia Slough Watershed Council: Join the Columbia Slough Watershed 2017 Paddle Team Cohort! (Application Deadline Mon., April 10th)

Each year the Columbia Slough Watershed Council hosts dozens of educational paddling events that expose adults and children to the wonders of the Columbia Slough. We’re seeking paddlers who would like to volunteer to assist with our Evening Canoe paddles, Slough School kids’ paddles and our summer festivals – no experience necessary!

As a member of the Paddle Team you will be contributing to a growing program that strives to engage communities in Fairview, Gresham and Portland to learn about, enjoy, and assist with restoration efforts of their local watershed and natural areas. Attendance at these events varies from 30 to 800 people.

See the post for Essential Duties and Responsibilities, Volunteer Benefits, Time commitment, and Training dates. Team description and application available at: https://columbiaslough.org/get_involved/volunteer_opportunities/

Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 10th, 2017.

Contact: Karen Carrillo, Outreach and Events Director; karen.carrillo@columbiaslough.org | 503-281-1132

Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter: Get Involved in the 2017 RivALZ Flag Football Game

Alzheimer’s Association RivALZ is a volunteer-driven event that engages young professionals in friendly but fierce flag football games around the country. 2017 marks our chapter’s second annual Oregon vs. Oregon State game to inspire fundraising, awareness and action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Looking to get involved? We need dedicated players and volunteers to help with fundraising and game day set-up. Want to cheer from the crowd? Donate $20 or more to one of our players and you can receive admission to the game. It’s time to pick a side! Together, we can tackle Alzheimer’s. Watch this great two-minute video from last year’s game! The passion is on display, on and off the field.

Visit our RivALZ website to register for the 2017 RivALZ flag football game: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/BvB/OR-Oregon?fr_id=10615&pg=entry

Contact: Matt Gibson, Development Associate; magibson@alz.org | 503-416-0212

Community Vision: Mentors Change Lives!

Dream Builders Alliance welcomes new mentors to support young adults with disabilities form meaningful relationships, encourage empowerment, and build inclusive communities.  As a volunteer, you will develop a fun, safe, and engaging relationship with a young adult who experiences disability. Young adults in this program are ready to get out into the community, contributing their wide range of goals, interests, and dreams with those at work, school, home, and you! Each meet up will create a unique experience based on mutual interests to build towards their dreams and goals.

Contact: Rachel Eaton, Dream Builders Alliance Coordinator; reaton@cvision.org | 503-292-4964

The Geezer Gallery: Volunteers needed for art/writing program

The Geezer Gallery, a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon needs volunteers to assist in an art/writing program that’s brought to senior communities. The program is 3 hours a week and is 12 weeks long. Because we develop a trust culture with participants we would like someone who can help out for the duration. We explore storytelling and use art to reflect and embellish the stories. In addition to prep time, volunteers would be helping set up and tear down for classes as well as one-on-one help with participants. This is an evidence-based program which has shown to have positive aspects in aging.

We would welcome someone in the gerontology, writing, or art program. No specific degrees are required. This is an on-going program that’s brought to various communities. If interested please contact Candyce Scott at Candyce.scott@pcc.edu[opens in new window] or (971) 212-5761.

Contact: Candyce Scott; Candyce.scott@pcc.edu | 971-212-5761

Tuality Healthcare: Volunteer Opportunities

At Tuality Healthcare, we are constantly looking for qualified individuals to fill our growing volunteer program. We are especially looking for students who are interested in volunteer opportunities and may:

  • be interested in a career in healthcare
  • be looking for experience and exposure in a specific area of healthcare
  • want to add community service to their resume or applications
  • need to complete volunteer service for credit

More information about the process to volunteer is available on our website.  Applications are available online or by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator (Volunteer.Services@tuality.org or  503-681-1489).

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator; Volunteer.Services@tuality.org | 503-681-1489
Tuality Volunteer Services website

Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN): Internships Available

There are many ways to get involved in the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN)! Consider becoming a fellow, intern, volunteer, or committee or working group member to make a difference. Credit and non-credit opportunities are available for internships. 

Current openings include: GPSEN Fellows, Social Media Intern, Website Intern, Development & Grant Writing, or create your own position! Have a skill you would like to apply and develop? Let’s talk about how we can support each other. (see original post for position descriptions)

Contact: Fellows Program: James Reed | jsquared.james@gmail.comInternships: Kim Smith | kdsmith@pcc.edu[opens in new window].
More details at www.gpsen.org

Portland Fruit Tree Project: Internship Application Deadline Mon, April 3rd

I. Communications & Development Intern: The Comms & Devo intern will primarily support the Communications & Office Coordinator in creating and implementing social media and print/digital media campaigns, writing and editing press releases, and promoting Portland Fruit Tree Project’s programs and events. Additionally, the intern will assist with data entry, grant and donation processing, and fundraising and event planning and support, along with other basic office management tasks, as needed.

Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week for 6 months OR 15-25 hours for 3 months. The internship is slated to start the beginning of April. For the right candidate, we can be flexible on exact timing of start and end dates. Please visit this page for a full position description and how to apply: http://portlandfruit.org/communications-and-development-intern-(spring-summer-2017)

Contact: Tshombe Brown, Communications & Office Coordinator; tshombe@portlandfruit.org | 503-284-6106

II. Harvest Intern: This (unpaid) Harvest Internship will support Portland Fruit Tree Project’s flagship program. Between June and November of 2017, the Harvest Department of PFTP will coordinate 80+ fruit tree harvesting events in and around the city of Portland. We will also be piloting two new program elements to empower even more neighbors to share in the harvest and care of fruit trees. The Harvest Program Intern will commit to a 3-month (15-25 hrs/wk) or 6-month (12-20 hrs/wk) internship for depending on your goals and availability. The position is slated to begin in mid-April.

For a full internship description and how to apply, please visit http://portlandfruit.org/harvest-program-intern-(spring/summer-2017)

Contact: Nicole Weinstock, Harvest Program Manager; nicole@portlandfruit.org | 503-284-6106

III. Orchard Steward Intern: During this (unpaid) internship, the Orchard Stewardship Intern will work with volunteers and staff to coordinate and maintain our five Community Orchard sites, and conduct monthly “work & learn” parties, where we teach organic orchard care. You will gain great event coordination and volunteer coordination experience, connections in the local food & urban agriculture movement, and the fulfillment of knowing that your efforts will make a positive impact for hundreds of people in the Portland area!

This internship requires a commitment of 12-20 hours per week for 6 months, slated to begin early April. We can be flexible with exact start and end dates. For a complete internship description and how to apply, please visit http://portlandfruit.org/orchard-stewardship-intern-(spring-summer-2017)

Contact: April Jamison, Orchard Programs Manager; april@portlandfruit.org | 503-284-6106


Community Vision Inc:

Friends of Tryon Creek & Tualatin Riverkeepers:

Girl Scouts and IRCO SUN Schools:

Hillsboro Public Library:

Human Solutions:

Markham SUN School – Impact NW:

NW Regional Education Service District:

Sexual Assault Resource Center:

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