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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 service projects, alternative break trips, and other events, we offer civic engagement opportunities to the entire campus community, all year long.

We share our space with ECOS, the Ecology & Sustainability Resource Center, down in SU 105. Stop by and say hello!

Weekend Away with Sanctuary One

Come enjoy a weekend of service, fun and sun at Sanctuary One! From May 20th to May 22nd, we'll be volunteering at Sanctuary One and camping in Jacksonville, OR. Ready to apply? Here's the application!

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Uncle Food's Tuesdays

Every third Tuesday you can join the Civic Engagement Program to help serve a free community meal and connect with community members facing hunger at Uncle Food’s Diner. Meet in the SU Courtyard at 3:45pm and we will travel together to the United Methodist church to volunteer, returning by 6:45pm. This term we will be taking the bus (free bus passes available)! Dates below:

April 12th, May 3rd, May 24th

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.

We will be hosting volunteer projects every Friday of Spring Term 2016! Details below:

April 1st - The Farm @ SOU

April 8th - Lomakatsi Restoration Project

April 15th - Ashland Emergency Food Bank

April 22nd - Earth Day-No Volunteer Friday, but check out the Arboretum Planting Party from 1:30-4:00. Meet at the SU Courtyard at 1:30 to join student and community volunteers in SOU's largest annual service project!

April 29th - ECOS Community Garden

May 6th - ECOS Community Garden

May 13th - The Farm @ SOU

May 20th - Lomakatsi Restoration Project

May 27th - ECOS Community Garden

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.