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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.

First Annual SOU Volunteer Fair

Get Involved. Build Your Resume. Make a Difference.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
11 AM - 2 PM
Stevenson Union Rogue River Room

Come enjoy free food while exploring volunteer and community engagement opportunities! Meet representatives from local non-profit organizations and government agencies to gain information and get connected. Organization types in attendance include social justice, sustainability & environment, arts & culture, education, health & wellness, and more!

As of 1/28, the following organizations have confirmed their attendance:

Rogue Community Health
Hearts With A Mission
Oregon Action
Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice
Maslow Project
Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission
Family Nurturing Center
Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum
Consumer Credit Counseling Service
Sanctuary One
Schneider Museum of Art

For more information contact:
Bring a can of food with you to support the Governor’s Food Drive!


Alternative Summer Break Trip

Join us June 13-25, 2016 for our annual Alternative Summer Break trip! This year we will be working with De La Gente on multiple coffee farms in Guatemala! We'll learn about coffee agriculture, pick and process coffee beans, work with construction projects on the coffee farms, and participate in an artisan workshop working with textiles and ironwork. 

Application link coming soon, stay tuned!



Volunteer Fridays

Join us Friday afternoons to provide needed volunteer service around the campus and community, meet new people, and have fun! We'll have three volunteer Fridays this term, dates below. 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.

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

January 29th - Governor's Food Drive Prep

February 26th - SOU Food Pantry

March 11th - SOU Community Garden