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Student Leadership and Service (SLS)

Sustained Service-Learning

In pursuit of the SLS mission, the Sustained Service-Learning program provides students with meaningful engagement opportunities that build relationships and yield positive results for all stakeholders, especially community partners. 

Catholic Charities

As one of 3 organizations settling refugees in the city, Catholic Charities provides a wide range of supports for new Portlanders. Student Leadership and Service will run weekly trips to assist with this organization’s afterschool program.

WHEN: Thursdays, 3:45pm - 5:30pm
WHERE: Southeast Portland
TRANSPORTATION: Provided by SLS staff
Email Mindy Kim for more information

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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 students work with the after school homework club, tutoring young K-4 students and facilitating activities like athletic games and art projects.

WHEN: a weekday afternoon to be determined
WHERE: Northeast Portland
TRANSPORTATION: Provided by SLS staff
Email Marlene Guzman for more information

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Maybelle Center

Maybelle combats social isolation in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood. Students visit and develop relationships with their neighbors living in single-room occupancy (SRO) housing.

WHEN: Thursdays, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
WHERE: Old Town & Downtown Portland
TRANSPORTATION: Provided by SLS staff

Email Maria-Laura Andrade or Maya Litauer-Chan for more information

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Operation Nightwatch

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

WHEN: Friday nights
WHERE: Downtown Portland
TRANSPORTATION: Pio Bus & walking
Email Pablo Quezada Cortes for more information

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Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)

Students learn about and support SMYRC’s work through cleaning and organization projects as well as meal preparation and service.

WHEN: Fridays, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: Downtown Portland
TRANSPORTATION: provided by SLS staff
Email Evelyn Newman or Arunima Jamwal for more information

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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: Thursdays & Fridays 9:00am - 11:00am
WHERE: elementary schools to be determined
TRANSPORTATION: Provided by SLS staff
Email Mali PetersonWood for more information

Wisdom of the Elders

This organization focuses on wellness within and outside of Native American communities. Students 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 for more information

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