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Student Leadership and Service (SLS)

Service-Learning

This program unites students, community partners and other stakeholders for mutually-beneficial service projects and learning activities.

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There is more to community engagement than volunteering your time. We value active participation, from attending local street fairs to volunteerism and community-based research. We believe that powerful relationships and social capital are crucial components for community building and collective action in local, national, and global communities.

SLS is the primary campus resource for students interested in community engagement. The following are opportunities for students interested in exploring, participating and leading community-based programs and projects. Please contact our office if you are interested in participating or leading a program. 

Ongoing Opportunities

Hacienda CDC

Hacienda CDC is a Latino community development corporation that provides affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement, and educational opportunities for community members. Lewis & Clark volunteers work with the after school homework club, tutoring young K-4 students and facilitating activities like athletic games and art projects.

WHEN: Monday afternoons
WHERE: Northeast Portland
TRANSPORTATION: Provided by SLS staff
Email Katie Kelly or Marlene Guzman for more information

Operation Nightwatch

Volunteers play board games and visit with guests experiencing homelessness to build mutually-beneficial connections across socio-economic divides.

WHEN: Friday & Saturday nights to be determined
WHERE: Downtown Portland
TRANSPORTATION: Pio Bus & walking
Email Hannah Spears for more information

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Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation offers outdoor volunteer opportunities throughout communities of Portland. Volunteers help remove invasive weeds, plant native plants, build community gardens, and learn about native wildlife. 

Email Ariel Moyal or Lukas Soto for more information

 
St. Andre Bessette

Volunteers assist guests surviving poverty, houselessness, addiction and mental health issues, providing food and other resources.

WHEN: Friday evenings
WHERE: Downtown Portland
TRANSPORTATION: Pio Bus & walking
Email Julia McPherson for more information

Start Making a Reader Today (SMART)

SMART volunteers read with elementary school students to build literacy skills and a love of reading. Volunteers make a weekly commitment for at least one semester. 

WHEN: Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday afternoons
WHERE: Woodmere, Marysville, & Mill Park Elementary Schools
TRANSPORTATION: Provided by SLS staff
Email Anna Lindberg for more information

 
 
 
Wisdom of the Elders

This organization focuses on wellness within and outside of Native American communities. Volunteers may assist with their community gardens and social media promotion of programs while learning about indigenous cultures and traditions. 

WHEN: weekends to be determined
WHERE: East Portland
TRANSPORTATION: Provided by SLS staff
Email Ariel Moyal or Lukas Soto for more information

 
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