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The Civic Engagement Program at SOU works to connect the campus to community through service. The goals of our program are to:

  1. Engage students in direct service to communities and the environment;
  2. Improve student understanding, knowledge, and awareness about social and environmental justice issues;
  3. Equip students with skills and resources to be effective volunteers and leaders; and
  4. Facilitate community and campus partnerships in order to foster a campus culture dedicated to civic engagement and service

We offer volunteer opportunities to students on all levels, from individual partnership with community organizations to two-week international service trips. Through our campus-wide service days, alternative break trips, and other events, we offer year-round volunteer and civic engagement opportunities to the entire campus community.

JOIN PDX Homelessness Immersion Experience November 20-22, 2015


SOU's Civic Engagement Program is partnering with JOIN: Connecting the Street to a Home, a  Portland non-profit organization that works to bridge the gap between the housed and the homeless.

The immersion experience is a day-long experience aimed at gaining knowledge and insight into the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness. This is done through volunteer work, visits to homeless camps, and meeting with people who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, homelessness. In addition to the ‘doing’ aspect of the immersion, the students will also have an opportunity to reflect on the societal and political aspects of homelessness as well as ways to become seekers of social change.

CLICK HERE to apply for the JOIN trip! Priority application due date is Monday November 2nd.

Alternative Winter Break Trip

Join us December 12-20, 2015 for our annual Alternative Winter Break trip! This year we will be working with Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program to help build a traditional adobe home for a family in Taos, New Mexico!

CLICK HERE for more information and to apply for the Alt Break Trip! Applications are due November 2nd.


Volunteer Fridays

Join us most Friday afternoons to provide needed volunteer service around the campus and community, meet new people, and have fun! Meet at 1:30pm in the Stevenson Union courtyard and we will walk or drive together in a SOU-provided van to the project site. Bring a full water bottle, wear long pants and close-toed shoes, and we'll provide some snacks. Project work wraps up at 4pm.

Fall term 2015 we will be hosting volunteer projects on the following Fridays:

October 9th - ECOS Community Garden

October 23rd - Ashland Emergency Food Bank

October 30th, November 6th, November 13th, and November 20th - Location TBA