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Ongoing Service Opportunities:


Mentor Youth with Beaver Hangouts

When: October-June, approximately 6 hours per month. Dates TBD

Where: Office of Precollege Programs, 239 Covell Hall

Description: Mentor middle school kids using Google Hangouts! The Office of Precollege Programs will be launching a new and exciting project called Beaver Hangouts this year and they need your help! Beaver Hangouts is a mentoring program that provides college access education to underserved K-12 schools via Google Hangouts. We are looking for at least ten dedicated volunteers to become College Access Coaches (CACs). Each CAC will adopt one or more elementary or middle school classrooms and connect with them bi-weekly throughout the school year using Google Hangouts. CACs will share their college experiences and talk about various college-themed topics, such as post-secondary education options, applying for financial aid, habits of good students, etc. CACs will have the opportunity to visit their adopted school and help coordinate an on-campus visit for the class.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 15

Volunteer Requirements:

-OSU student

-Interest in working with youth

-Outgoing with good communication skills -Experience with Google Hangouts, Skype, or other videoconferencing tools a plus

If interested please email us for an application by October 15th, 2014.

Contact Information: Jenna Geracitano, jenna.geracitano@oregonstate.edu 

Volunteer Coaching with Corvallis Department of Parks and Recreation

When:             9/29/14 - 11/22/14 Two afternoons and Saturday mornings each week.

Where:           Various schools in Corvallis area

Description: Volunteer coaches are needed in the fall for Flag Football, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and Tennis.  Sign up now for opportunities when you return to school in the fall. The program begins the week September 29, 2014 with coaches trainings.  Practices begin the week of Oct. 6, 2014. Only 5 - 6 hours each week with two afternoon practices and games on Saturday mornings. If you have the knowledge and desire, we can teach you to be a great coach!

Volunteers Needed: 30

Volunteer Requirements: Available two afternoons each week for 90 minutes from October 6 - November 22, 2014. Available for approx one hour on Saturday mornings from October 18 - November 22, 2014. Some experience with the sports offerred. The desire to share their knowledge with elementary or middle school students.

Contact Name: Robert Thornberg at robert.thornberg@corvallisoregon.gov or 541-754-1701

Volunteer with the OSU Pride Center.

The Pride Center provides programs and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual members of the OSU community and their allies (LGBTQQIAA). The Pride Center is looking for volunteers who are interested in gaining experience working with and serving the LGBTQQIAA community here at OSU.

Description: There are three ways for volunteers to get involved with the Pride Center:
Office Volunteer: Office volunteers greet visitors, give tours of the Pride Center, answer the phone, keep the center tidy, and assist the Office Assistants and Internal Coordinator with various projects. These volunteers have regularly scheduled hours in the center.
Communications Volunteer: Communications volunteers promote the Pride Center through our social media outlets. They help keep Facebook, Twitter, and the website up-to-date and create original posts for the OUTlines blog. These volunteers have regularly scheduled hours in the center.
Program Volunteer: Program volunteers assist the Activities and Outreach Coordinators in planning and organizing for events, helping with the set-up and take-down of events, photograph events, and represent the Pride Center through tabling. Program volunteer hours are not regularly scheduled; the hours are based on availability at events and programs.

Requirements: If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out the Volunteer Form and send it to pride.center@oregonstate.edu, or drop the form off at the Pride Center. We will contact you through email within 3 days and set up a time for volunteer orientation.

Contact Information: Email pride.center@oregonstate.edu or call 541.737.9161.


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!




Volunteer with Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis!

When:             Ongoing afterschool hours, M-F 2:30pm-6:30pm

Where:            Boys & Girls Club Teen Center, 1112 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR

Description: The Boys & Girls Club provides a variety of youth activities during non-school hours and non-school days. Activities include playing with kids, tutoring, homework help, computer programs, arts, crafts, recreation, teen programs, athletics, and school age daycare. The Club is facility based, with a computer room, recreation room, teen center, two full gyms, art center and four activity rooms for groups of all sizes. There are many volunteer and internship opportunities available. We love our volunteers!!

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Volunteer Requirements: Sign up to be a volunteer on our website: 


Please join us Wednesday's at 5:00pm to learn how you can help serve the youth of Corvallis! Our weekly Volunteer Orientation covers what the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis is, what programs we offer, what the volunteer experience looks like, and what volunteer opportunities are currently available.

During Orientation there will be a tour of the Clubhouse as well as time to further discuss your interests and sign up for available opportunities.

Contact Name: Kathy Thompson: 541-757-1909 ext 208, kthompson@bgccorvallis.org

Website: www.bgccorvallis.org



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 


Conversation Partner needed for Non-English Speakers at The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center

When: Two hour orientation then ongoing one hour per week

Where: Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 SW Ninth St, Corvallis

Description: Give a gift of conversation!  Receive a gift of world friendship!  Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center(CMLC) is seeking volunteers to be conversation partners with people who are non-native English speakers.  All you need to be a good conversation partner is an interest in language and people, a good command of English and an hour or two a week to meet with a partner.  

Schedule is flexible.

CMLC will be having a conversation partner orientation to provide tips and resources for anyone wanting to be a conversation partner.  The orientation sessions will be Tuesday April 9th 11:00 am – 12:00pm and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center.  If either of these times is not convenient, contact the center.  Visit our website for more information about the center:  www.cmlcenter.org

Please e-mail CMLC at cmlc@peak.org or call 541-754-7225 to sign up for the orientations.

Requirements: Good command of English

Interest in languages and meeting people from other countries One hour per week commitment Training recommended by appointment 

Contact Info: Caitlin Sullivan, cmlc@peak.org,

Website: www.cmlcenter.org


After-School Tutoring at Linus Pauling Middle School with Casa Latino Unidos

When:           Tuesday/Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm

Where:          Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 NW Cleveland Avenue, Corvallis, Oregon

Description:   Hey all! We are working with Linus Pauling Middle School Homework Club for an hour (3:30pm- 4:30 pm) every Tuesday and Thursday.  All we are doing is facilitating and helping the students in need of help on their homework.  It is nothing too hard so please come out and help us we need all the help we can get!!

8 Volunteers Needed

Requirements: Just a background check (it takes literally one minute), patience with younger students

Contact Info: Rusty Fernando, 541-223-5310 or casa.latino.unidos@gmail.com

Website:         http://casalatinosunidos.org/volunteer/



Mentor with the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis SMART Girls

When:             Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm, and an additional hour a week to develop a relationship with the youth

Where:            Boys & Girls Club Teen Center, 1112 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR

Description: Be a mentor to young women in our health, fitness, prevention education and self-esteem enhancement program for high school youth. Participants learn through group discussions, health & fitness activities, field trips, and guest presentations. Mentors attend the Weekly SMART Girls meeting and meets with their mentee a minimum of one hour weekly.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Volunteer Requirements: The ability to pass a background check and an interest in being a positive role model for a high school youth is all that is needed!

Contact Name: Kathy Thompson: 541-757-1909 ext 208, kthompson@bgccorvallis.org

Website: www.bgccorvallis.org


College Hill High School Tutoring

When:            Volunteers needed ASAP; see below for program times

Where:           Harding Center, 510 NW 31st Street, Corvallis, OR 97330

Description:   College Hill High School (CHHS) is the alternative public high school program of the Corvallis School District serving students from Corvallis and Crescent Valley High Schools. The program is goal oriented and provides opportunities for students who struggle with in the traditional classroom to excel academically and complete their high school diploma. Our greatest volunteer needs are for during the following times:

  • Monday through Friday 8:30am-3:30pm; Tutoring and Classroom assistance in all subject matter (MATH and SCIENCE primarily but also in reading, writing, health, social studies)
  • Thursday Horticulture Elective Class 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Volunteers who want to Mentor one student and work throughout the day with them on their assignments
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm; Tutoring Assistance for GED Class

Due to our independent study structure, our volunteer scheduling is very flexible and we can easily accommodate most schedules. OSU students in the Education Double Degree program can count CHHS volunteer hours towards their required classroom experience hours.

Contact Info.:  Email Alexis DeLong at Alexis.DeLong@corvallis.k12.or.us to get an electronic volunteer application form, or call 541-757-4591.





Tutor at the Jackson Street Youth Shelter

When:          Times can be flexible (after 3pm); begin immediately through June

Where:           Jackson Street Youth Shelter--555 NW Jackson Ave. Corvallis, OR

Description:  Are you patient, positive and able to remain calm? Are you able to help a youth focus on schoolwork and be consistently encouraging? Are you able to commit approximately 2 hours per week to helping a youth in need? Then apply! Youth are waiting to be matched with YOU!

Personal tutoring is offered to community youth in need of specific homework help, and is supervised by Jackson Street Youth Shelter. 

Youth are referred in to our program and are often struggling to maintain good grades and positive self esteem. Times are flexible (after 3pm) and depend on your availability as a volunteer, and that of the youth you're matched with. Jackson Street helps facilitate this ongoing relationship.

We are currently looking for 8 volunteers.


  • Meet with Hannah for a background check (required) and initial interview
  • Complete our Volunteer Orientation training (via email or in person)
  • Sign confidentiality paperwork and…
  • BEGIN!

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

Website:          http://www.jacksonstreet.org/ | http://www.jacksonstreet.org/get-involved/get-involved-volunteer-with-jsysi


Mentor at the Jackson Street Youth Shelter

When:         Flexible hours to be established along with youths' schedule; begins immediately

Where:           Various places within community; supervised by Jackson Street Youth Shelter

Description:  Mentoring is a unique opportunity to positively influence the life of a youth in our community. Jackson Street Youth Shelter's Mentoring program is certified by Oregon Mentors. Mentors are matched with youth who've been referred in to our program; matches are based on interests expressed by both youth and mentor. Mentor-mentee relationships are supervised by Jackson Street Youth Shelter and take place at approved, appropriate locations throughout the community.

Requirements: Are you able to commit 2-3 hours per week with a youth who needs a stable, positive influence? Do encouraging words come easily for you and do you find sharing them with others rewarding? Mentoring may be a great fit for you! There's no need to be an expert -- youth in this program need time, support and consistency. Mentors must also be able to communicate clearly and regularly with Jackson Street Youth Shelter; we're all in this together!

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

Website:          http://www.jacksonstreet.org/ | http://www.jacksonstreet.org/get-involved/get-involved-volunteer-with-jsysi


Volunteer for The Arts Center

When: See Description Below

Where: The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97331

Description: Volunteers needed for The ArtShop: (Entrance to the Arts Center Building) help shop and sell local and regional artist hand crafted items.

Volunteers:  weekly, 2-3 hour shifts staffing the front desk. Duties include warm and friendly greeting to visitors; providing information about the exhibits, our programs,and upcoming events; answering/transferring phone calls and taking messages. Might be good experience for business/admin. student.

Requirements: None

Contact Info: Hester Coucke (kook-a), hester@theartscenter.net, 1 (541) 754-1551 ext. 658

Website: http://theartscenter.net/


SMART: Start Making a Reader Today

When:             Tuesdays or Thursdays 8:15-9:15am and 12:00-1:00pm (or as time allows)

Where:            Lincoln Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Kings Valley Charter School

Description:    SMART is recruiting volunteers to read one-on-one, once-a-week, with elementary school-aged children NOW at local schools.  We have a high need for Spanish readers at Lincoln Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15-9:15 and 12:00-1:00.  One hour, once a week is all it takes to help children read!

Requirements: Complete an application at http://www.getsmartoregon.org.  Must be at least 18 and able to pass a national background check. 

Contact Info:   Christi Clark: cclark@getsmartoregon.org or 541-753-0822

Website:          http://www.getsmartoregon.org

Lincoln Elementary 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 or 541-737-8014

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


Tutor Students at Corvallis High School

When:          On-going throughout the year   

Where:         Corvallis High School

Description:  OSU tutors are needed for all subjects, especially all levels of math, science, and reading.

Contact info: Contact Donna Keim at donna.keim@corvallis.k12.or.us. Spanish speakers are highly encouraged to participate in tutoring.


Tutor Students at Linus Pauling Middle School

When:          On-going throughout the year   

Where:         Linus Pauling Middle School

Description:  OSU students are needed to tutor students at Linus Pauling Middle School in Corvallis.

Contact info: If you are interested please contact John Harrison at john.harrison@corvallis.k12.or.us or 541-757-5963.


Mentor at Linus Pauling Middle School

When:           On-going throughout the year   

Where:          Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 NW Cleveland Avenue, Corvallis, Oregon

Description:   Mentoring; connects middle school youth to a positive role model. All volunteers must fill out an application and pass a background check before starting work.

Contact Info: John Harrison, counselor, john.harrison@corvallis.k12.or.us, ph: 541-757-5963


Volunteer at Wilson Elementary School

When:         On-going throughout the year          

Where:        Wilson Elementary

Description: Need volunteers for Homework Club on Mondays-Thursdays from 2:45-3:45p. You can sign up for one or more days per week. These 3rd-5th grade students need help with homework, specifically math and reading.

Contact: Sage Randklev at sage.randklev@corvallis.k12.or.us ph: 541-757-5987.

Contact Info

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