Volunteering can offer students both the fulfillment that accompanies assisting the community around them and the opportunity to expand their resume skills. Here’s some opportunities on or around campus that you can pursue.
Alternative Break is a program on campus that sends students to other locations, both domestic and international, to serve communities in need. This past spring break, two teams went to California and one team went to Canada, where they served migrant communities, helped to strengthen education, and assisted families who face housing and food security. Alternative Break is part of the Service Learning and Career Development center, which you can check out for more information. Unfortunately, applications have closed for Spring Break 2020, but it may be something to consider for next spring.
WOU Food Pantry:
WOU’s Food Pantry is located in the southeast corner of the Oregon Military Academy building, and it is a great opportunity for volunteering between classes. The Food Pantry serves WOU students and staff, as well as the local community. The goal of the pantry is to end hunger in the community, as well as reduce the stigma around asking for help.
WOU Campus Garden:
WOU’s Campus Garden is located behind the old education building (next to Hamersly Library), and is a space where volunteers can tend to vegetables, fruits, and herbs that will be donated to the Food Pantry on campus.
Child Development Center:
The Child Development Center is located next to Campus Public Safety, and provides child care for WOU students and faculty. Volunteers at the CDC assist with activities, cleaning, playtime, etc. The center does ask that volunteers are available two or more days a week, with an hour and a half or more of availability at a time.
Community Partners Near WOU:
In addition to the volunteer opportunities on campus, there are also many organizations in the surrounding communities that are in need of volunteers. These include local schools, food pantries, nurseries, churches, and libraries. A full list of volunteer opportunities can be found online, or by visiting the Service Learning and Career Development center.
Future volunteer opportunity: keep an eye out for an upcoming article about how to volunteer at WOU’s annual Academic Excellence Showcase.