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Click here to check out the Eugene IHS Google Doc link of ongoing volunteer opportunities



CITY OF EUGENE – VOLUNTEER AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 

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UPSTART CROW YOUTH THEATER – SUMMER CAMP TEEN VOLUNTEER
Apply to be a Summer Camp Teen Volunteer at UCYT this summer! Upstart Crow is filling teen volunteer positions for Summer 2024! Our summer season will include 8 weeks of camps for kids entering grades 1-6 over a span of 11 weeks. LEARN MORE!

Click this link to apply

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MUSEUM OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is looking for teen volunteers to help with summer family education programs. Click here for the flyer with details and how to sign up.

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CAMAS RIDGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL CARNIVAL
Student volunteers are needed to help support our upcoming Carnival at Camas Ridge Community School. 

Event Details: Thursday June 6th, 2024 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Volunteers needed to work games stations, face painting, plant sale, bake sale, admissions & more!
Click here for a flyer

Sign-up Link 

 

CONTACT:  Andrea Chapman,  Camas Community Organization Co-Chair: camasridgepto@gmail.com

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EUGENE FAMILY YMCA
Summer Volunteer Opportunities: The Eugene Family YMCA is once again operating our CIT (counselor in training) program. It will be open this summer to 10th-12th graders. CITs can volunteer and participate in our many summer camps alongside YMCA staff who will foster their leadership skills and encourage them to take part in our community. This is a great program for any youth interested in working with kids, teaching, outdoor school, or as a camp counselor someday. It involves lots of interaction with campers, sunny days outside, and so much fun!

In order to become a CIT, there is an application process. They will be expected to complete an online application and attend an interview and staff training. The link to our application is here - due by April 30th and requires a guardian signature and at least 1 reference.

You can view our summer camp page here.


CONTACT: 

CLAUDIA CARAMELLI OWEN (she/they)  
Youth Programs Administrative Assistant 
Eugene Family YMCA  
600 E. 24th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405  
541.686.9622 ext. 1303
Eugene YMCA website  

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FRIENDS OF HENDRICKS PARK
J
oin us every Saturday morning for invasive species removal in the Forest. Forest Keepers are a small-but-mighty crew of budding plant experts who help tackle invasive species removal in the heart of the Hendricks Park forest. No RSVP is necessary, and training is provided. Come increase your knowledge of invasive and native plants, ecology, and restoration techniques. 

 Click here for ongoing volunteer opportunities. 

View the Volunteer Calendar for event details. This is a great place to learn about other volunteer events throughout our park system

Garden and Community: Tuesdays at Hendricks Park  |  Tuesdays
Gardening with Heritage Roses | Wednesdays
Hendricks Park Native Plant Garden  |  Thursdays
Native Plant Nursery  |  Fridays at Alton Baker Park. Seed harvest, seed cleaning, grounds maintenance and planting. Tools, gloves and instruction provided. Click here for flyer. 
Friends of Owen Rose Garden  |  Fridays.  Take care of the Rose Garden.  Tools, instruction and snack provided. Click here for flyer. 
Alton Baker Park Work Party  |  3rd Thursday of Each Month. Keep the park clean.  Tools and snacks provided.

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OREGON BALLET ACADEMY (OBA)
Free boys ballet class for ages 10-18 available at The Oregon Ballet Academy at 3400 W. 11th Ave. Every Saturday from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

Our very own John Grensback (a former Joffrey Ballet dancer, and Houston ballet instructor) will be teaching a free boys program in honor of his late adopted father Ed Parrish… a renowned Chicago ballet instructor. In the 70s Mr. Parrish had a free boys program that promoted the art of classical ballet amongst Chicago’s most vulnerable young men. John was one of those young men who grew up on the streets of Chicago, and had a very tough life. Ed and Ballet were like a savior to him. He wants to pass on this love and opportunity to other young men in our area. In the current world we live in, it’s rare to find something of this value at 100% FREE… this is a rich learning opportunity since classical ballet promotes body awareness, flexibility, musicality, strength, team building, and so much more!

CONTACT: OBA 541-338-7800
Visit the Oregon Ballet Academy website

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ASIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL OF OREGON UPCOMING EVENTS
There are multiple volunteering opportunities for everyone. No matter if you are looking for something extra to do, need volunteer hours for graduation or would just like to experience helping to organize a local event we invite you to join us! Below are the links to the website where you can sign up to volunteer.

Students/Parents please send a quick e-mail with the following information included to: Niki Mcfarland
Subject Line:  Student Volunteer
Body of email: your name and which event/ or events you would like to volunteer for. And any questions or concerns you may have.

Get Involved | Oregon Asian Celebration
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FREE BIKES 4 KIDS (FB4K)
Volunteer to help us reach our goal of getting bikes into the hands of underserved kids in our community.  FB4K seeks to get bicycles to families that would otherwise  not be able to get one for their children. We do this by collecting used bicycles from the public. We then repair and restore those bikes to get them ready to be distributed through our amazing community partner organizations. We recently collected 400 bikes from the community and at the moment we are in need of folks to help clean and fix them in preparation for our Giveaway Day, where we match the bikes with kids. There is no experience necessary to volunteer. We are running 4 refurbishment sessions a week (3 weekday evenings, and on Saturday mornings as well).

Click here if you would like to learn more about FB4K and what we do you can check out our website. 

CONTACT: Katie Feit, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Eugene- Springfield 

(503) 715-7122

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SPENCER CREEK GROWERS MARKET
The Spencer Creek Community Growers Market on Lorane Hwy at the Spencer Creek Grange is seeking volunteers! This year we have many different opportunities to volunteer and learn skills related to operating a nonprofit growers market, i.e. management, publicity, website development, the grant process, customer and vendor relations, youth education, etc. The bulk of market volunteer hours range from 8-3 on Saturdays, May 20th to October 14th with flexible hours during the week. From March to May we have flexible volunteer opportunities for those who would like to have a foundational impact on this year’s market season.

Please send an email to info@spencercreekmarkets.org or call/text Sam at (503) 956-8116 for more information.

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BAGS OF LOVE
You can earn community service hours by doing take-home art projects like making bracelets and blankets, etc.
Click here for volunteer opportunities. 

CONTACT: 541-357-4957, info@bagsofloveinc.org
Website: bagsofloveinc.org

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COYOTE OUTDOOR SCHOOL
High school students have a unique opportunity to volunteer at Coyote Outdoor School during our Spring 2023 season, April 10th–May 25th! At Outdoor School, fifth and sixth graders spend several school days participating in an immersive nature program. Volunteers run essential parts of our Outdoor School programs by assisting with field studies and engaging with students during games and campfire songs. Required training on March 30-31. (Makeup training is available). High school students have time to study and support keeping up with homework while volunteering.High school volunteers receive daily mentoring from staff while co-leading activities that inspire younger students to translate curiosity to inquiry. The opportunity to be a volunteer is a transformative experience for high school students—many find new self-assurance motivating them to pursue college degrees in science, education, or natural resources management. They gain hands-on leadership experience that they can include on resumes and applications and can earn volunteer hours. Being a volunteer at Outdoor School also enhances maturity, builds confidence, and improves social interactions and classroom learning when they return to school.

 Click here for to complete the interest form

Click here to read more about the Coyote Leader program on our website.

CONTACT:
Makenna “Maple” Colby (she/they)
Volunteer Special Projects Coordinator
Coyote Outdoor School 

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ARC OF LANE COUNTY
The ARC has ongoing volunteer opportunities.  Click here for a flyer. 

CONTACT:
Nancy Berge | Families Connected
Assoc Director
(458) 215-4260 direct
(541) 606-9061 cell
4181  E  Street, Springfield, OR 97478
nancy.berge@arclane.org
Visit the Arc of Land County Website
Join us on Facebook
Instagram: Arc_Families_Connected

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BALLET FANTASTIQUE
Ballet Fantastique is a resident company of the Hult Center for Performing Arts and as with all live-theatre, each show that we perform requires a great amount of manpower to make the magic happen! Rolling out our specific dance flooring, loading and unloading props to and from the theatre, and other backstage tasks are a big part of making our shows come to life and unfortunately, we are always short on hands to do these jobs. As a result of this shortage of help, these tasks fall on our dancers to stay before and after performing each night of shows -to gain volunteers would immensely help our performers not to have to do the jobs of so many people. This would be a great option for students looking for community service hours; especially those involved with theatre, dance, and like-performing art interests.

CONTACT:
Brooke Geffrey-Bowler

Ballet Fantastique Website

(541) 342-4611

 

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SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

A non-profit that makes beds for kids. Eugene Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace is looking for Junior/Senior student volunteers to help build beds for kids in our community and help take care of some of those community service hours students need. No skills needed. We provide everything and will have a team to help train and build alongside the student volunteers. Parents are welcome as well. Most of all IT’S FUN!

Visit the website or Facebook page for more info.

* Facebook:  @SHPEugene

Questions: Connie Jonas, Chapter President

Connie.Jonas@shpbeds.org
541-729-0420
FB: @SHPEugene

Connie.Jonas@SHPbeds.org

 

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CIRCLE OF FRIENDS SCHOOL
Serves youth with severe disabilities and has volunteer opportunities for students.  Please check out our website.

In the spring, we will hold our annual spring break camp during the last week in March [3/27-3/31].  Interested students can visit our website and use our contact page or contact us through social media on Instagram and Facebook @circleoffriendsschool

Click here for a volunteer flyer about day camps.
Click here for a general volunteer flyer. 

CONTACT: Jennifer Davis M.S. Special Education
Co-Founder and Executive Director // Circle of Friends
541.321.0107 // Circle of Friends School Website

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KIDSPORTS
We have some wonderful opportunities for students to work with kids, have fun, grow and gain valuable skills.   Below is the link to our Volunteer page and interest form.  We have the current offerings listed on the interest form.

Click here for Kidsports volunteer information,

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Beth Nitkowski
Senior Sports Manager
She/Her/Hers
541-683-2374 Ext 213
Office Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Kidsports website

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FRIENDS of BUFORD PARK

Thanks to a group of International Baccalaureate students who are volunteering time in Buford Park, I’ve been made aware of the IB program and the valuable work students from the 4J international high school are engaging in around the Eugene/Springfield area. Friends of Buford Park would love to engage more students from the International High School program in a number of projects we have available in our stewardship area.

Ongoing projects include:

Native plant nursery operations

Friends maintains a 2-acre native plant nursery that supports habitat restoration efforts by Friends and partner organizations across the region. The nursery plays host to many uncommon and relatively rare species endemic to the upper Willamette valley.

Invasive species management and utilization

The native habitats of Buford Park compete with invasive plant species like blackberry, scot’s broom and thistles for space in the landscape. Part of the stewardship efforts of Friends is to manage these invasive species in such a way as to give native species the opportunity to thrive. We are also actively looking for new and creative ways to create markets for utilization of the plant material byproducts from these management activities. Volunteers contribute to this effort through cutting, digging and pulling invasive plants both by hand and with mechanical and motorized equipment.

Trail Maintenance

Buford Park contains a trail system over 25 miles long that is used by approximately 500,000 visitors annually. This heavy use requires constant maintenance of the trail surfaces, rebuilding of trail beds, closing of desire line trails that accelerate erosion, and clearing of woody debris, trees and brush that impact trail user experience. Volunteers support this work through mechanical and motorized management of trailside vegetation, removing organic material from trail surfaces and on some occasions, decommissioning and rebuilding new trail. 

Wetland Restoration

Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah steward the Turtle Flats preserve at the confluence of the Coast and Middle Fork Willamette rivers. This preserve is closed to the public and is the site of an historic wetland restoration project embarked on by Friends, State Parks, Lane County and other partners. The preserve is adjacent to Glassbar state park, a water-access-only park at the head of the mainstem Willamette river, and the Willamette Confluence Preserve, another nature preserve closed to the public. Volunteers assist in restoration efforts at Turtle Flats through planting native shrubs and trees, removing trash and other human-produced debris, managing invasive plant and animal species and doing public outreach and education about the site.

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In addition to these ongoing opportunities, we have an ever-changing list of project-based opportunities for volunteer engagement.  At the top of this list is a trail building project on the east side of the park. Friends is rerouting Trail 3 East to improve trail conditions and help conserve sensitive wet prairies habitats adjacent to the current trail. This project will include trail building, foot bridge demolition, culvert installation, utility bridge construction and trail decommissioning work. Some aspects of this project are appropriate for unskilled volunteers, some aspects would be appropriate for unskilled volunteers if supervised by a skilled adult and other tasks are only appropriate for those with some level of trail building knowledge.

If any of these projects and opportunities sound intriguing to individuals or groups of students, please let me know and I can provide an outline of what volunteering on that particular project might look like.

CONTACT: Jared Tarr, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator
Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them What’s This? Learn about Pronouns
Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah
541.606-7587
volunteer@bufordpark.org
intern@bufordpark.org
Please visit us on-line at the Buford Park Website

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CITY OF EUGENE RECREATION

City of Eugene Recreation Department has a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in sharing their time and talent. Volunteers play a vital role working together with staff to create safe, healthy and livable communities and recreational opportunities for all. Click here for vounteer opportunities.
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BRISTOL HOSPICE – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Gain experience in the world of healthcare and make a difference by volunteering with Bristol Hospice! Bring comfort to those on their end of life journey by taking care of pets, creating memory boards, playing music, or sharing a conversation! Contact our volunteer coordinator, Katie Desautels, to learn more at 385.415.4776, or email her at: katie.desautels@brisotlhospice.com.

This opportunity is available for volunteers ages 14 and up.

Katie Desautels- She/Her
Volunteer Coordinator
1077 Gateway Loop B
Springfield, OR 97477
Office: (541) 844- 0151
Cell: (385) 415-4776
Fax: (541) 636- 2722
Visit the Bristol Hospice website

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SOUTHWEST HILLS LIVING and NORTH GILHAM LIVING MAGAZINES – STUDENT WRITERS NEEDED
We are looking for any IHS students looking for some community service hours for help writing in our monthly newsletter. We also give out gift cards to your favorite stores for your help!  We would love help with our monthly content finding athletes, academic achievers, pets, kids corner to write about in the SW Hills Living Magazine.  If you like Instagram, we also post weekly pics showcasing our SW Hills residents.

If interested contact Kimberly Williams, Publisher, N2 Publishing: kimberly.williams@n2pub.com, 541-954-3163

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DEXTER RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
We are always looking for individuals who have a passion for helping others, who are interested in Fire/EMS, or anyone who is looking for something new to try!  This is a great opportunity for those wanting to get into the medical field or those needing some more volunteer hours.

Click here for an informational brochure 
Click here for an informational flyer 
Contact: Faith Huff (FF/EMT)
faithhuff.dexterfire@gmail.com
(458) 210-8544

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BLACK STUDENT MAGAZINE
Join Black middle and high school students from across Oregon in creating the next edition of Black Student Magazine!  Gather weekly on Wednesdays after school via Zoom to celebrate Black culture and make new friends statewide while improving your writing and multimedia skills. Participating students receive mentoring and writing support from University of Oregon journalism undergraduates who are also students of color. Learn photography, writing, layout, design and leadership skills. No prior journalism experience is required.

Click here for an informational flyer 

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SEHS ROTARY INTERACT CLUB
Our club is a service group that helps people all over our community. Each year, we run a free, virtual tutoring program for kids in grades K-8 in our local area and we need student volunteers!  We are looking for students in any grade that would be excited to volunteer as tutors. Our tutors work in a variety of subjects based on their personal interests and skills. They can also tutor any age group that they feel comfortable in. Some benefits of this program include, but aren’t limited to, flexible volunteer hours based on tutor’s own schedules, great experience to add to college applications, and making a huge impact on the lives of kids!

If you have any questions let me know or check out our website for more information.

Walker Sheidow (She/Her)

Rotary Interact Community Tutoring Program Lead

wsheidow37@4j.lane.edu

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LANE COUNTY 4-H
Lane County 4-H is in the process of recruiting new leaders for our upcoming 4-H year; the 4-H year runs October-September. Many folks confuse 4-H as a strictly agricultural program, when in reality we are a youth development program that offers youth a variety of hands-on, fun educational experiences. The majority of our clubs are in rural Lane County areas and focus on livestock and small animal projects. My goal is to expand on the non-animal projects in 4-H to expose rural youth to more opportunities and open the 4-H doors for urban youth in our county. 4-H projects outside of animals include: photography, baking, robotics, welding, horticulture/gardening, natural resources, communications, poetry, sketching and painting, sewing, kitchen and food safety, physical activity, leadership…the options are endless! Basically, any area that youth are interested, we aim to provide a leader and club for that project area. With the current pandemic, we are enforcing face masks at all in person gatherings and provide virtual leading/programming for those who are more comfortable with staying home.

Juniors and seniors need many hours of community service, creativity, and physical activity; 4-H could fit each of these depending what the students lead/help with. They can work with kids from kindergarten to seniors in high school. We encourage kids teaching kids, so we’d love to have IHS students volunteer as leaders. We would sign off on community service, they can put us down on their resume, and we could offer letters of recommendation if needed. They can help lead youth in any project area they are interested, and the more non-animal project leaders we can get the better. If they could reach out to us in September and/or October, that would be great.

Flyer: What is Lane County 4H?
Flyer: Become a 4H Leader

For more information check out our Facebook page or contact Elizabeth Gangwer if you need more information or have trouble viewing the video.

Elizabeth Gangwer
4-H Program Coordinator
Oregon State University – Lane County Extension
4-H Youth Development
elizabeth.gangwer@oregonstate.edu
P: 541-344-4811

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AMAZON CREEK CLEAN UP
Eugene’s Amazon Creek needs your help with litter cleanup as it flows through our community! At times, this important urban waterway can become inundated with garbage that is harmful to habitat and water quality. Volunteers are needed throughout the Amazon Creek corridor to remove debris and improve the conditions for all flora and fauna along the way.

How to Help:

Love Your Parks Solo Cleanups
The magic of the solo cleanup or rallying your own quaranteam cleanup is that it is super easy to do and can happen whenever you want. All you need is some gloves, a trash bag and a trash grabber.

Volunteers can borrow a free cleanup kit with disposable gloves, trash bags and a trash grabber. Cleanup kits will be available for pickup at the Trash Bash event. Email Kelsey Irvine to sign up to participate in Love Your Parks: Amazon Creek and reserve your cleanup kit if you would like one.  Spread the word! Invite your friends and family to join you for a trip to the creek together.

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FOOD FOR LANE COUNTY
We have a new volunteer website!  Click here to volunteer at Food for Lane County.

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ST. VINCENT de PAUL
Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, St. Vincent de Paul’s Youth and Family Services Department has worked tirelessly to provided uninterrupted services to families navigating homelessness in Lane County.   We are currently in critical need of in-person volunteers!  Join our team of volunteers to provide critical academic support to younger students navigating remote learning while homeless.  Volunteers will work in-person with students and their families to ensure successful academic engagement throughout this unprecedented time.  No prior experience working with students necessary!

St. Vincent de Paul is taking COVID-19 precautions very seriously; all staff/clients wear PPE onsite, extensive sanitization occurs regularly, daily health screens are conducted and exclusion protocols apply.

Volunteer shifts are available at both our day and overnight shelter locations; hours are flexible to meet your needs!  St. Vincent de Paul is able to offer volunteer training, hour verification and letters of recommendations upon request. We ask volunteers to commit to at least 2 hrs. per week for a 3-month time period in order to best serve families in our program.

Interested? Contact First Place Kids Program Director Ilana Jakubowski at ilana.jakubowski@svdp.us for more information!

 



SHELDON CLASS OF 2024 GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER – UO CONCESSIONS
Volunteers needed to help with concessions at the UO home games.  This is a fundraiser for the Sheldon Class of 2024 Grad Night.  Arrive 3 hours before game time and stay through half-time.  Sign-up here to volunteer.
 



ASIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL OF OREGON UPCOMING EVENTS
There are multiple volunteering opportunities for everyone. No matter if you are looking for something extra to do, need volunteer hours for graduation or would just like to experience helping to organize a local event we invite you to join us! Below are the links to the website where you can sign up to volunteer.

Students/Parents please send a quick e-mail with the following information included to : niki.mcfarland@gmail.com
Subject Line:  Student Volunteer
Body of email: your name and which event/ or events you would like to volunteer for. And any questions or concerns you may have.



FREE BIKES 4 KIDS (FB4K)
Volunteer to help us reach our goal of getting bikes into the hands of underserved kids in our community.  FB4K seeks to get bicycles to families that would otherwise not be able to get one for their children. We do this by collecting used bicycles from the public. We then repair and restore those bikes to get them ready to be distributed through our amazing community partner organizations. We recently collected 400 bikes from the community and at the moment we are in need of folks to help clean and fix them in preparation for our Giveaway Day, where we match the bikes with kids. There is no experience necessary to volunteer. We are running 4 refurbishment sessions a week (3 weekday evenings, and on Saturday mornings as well).

If you would like to learn more about FB4K and what we do you can check out our website here.

CONTACT: Katie Feit, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Eugene- Springfield 

(503) 715-7122
 



SPENCER CREEK GROWERS MARKET
The Spencer Creek Community Growers Market on Lorane Hwy at the Spencer Creek Grange is seeking volunteers! This year we have many different opportunities to volunteer and learn skills related to operating a nonprofit growers market, i.e. management, publicity, website development, the grant process, customer and vendor relations, youth education, etc. The bulk of market volunteer hours range from 8-3 on Saturdays, May 20th to October 14th with flexible hours during the week. From March to May we have flexible volunteer opportunities for those who would like to have a foundational impact on this year’s market season.

Please send an email to info@spencercreekmarkets.org or call/text Sam at (503) 956-8116 for more information.
 



BAGS OF LOVE
You can earn community service hours by doing take-home art projects like making bracelets and blankets, etc.
Click here for volunteer opportunities.

CONTACT: 541-357-4957, info@bagsofloveinc.org



FRIENDS OF HENDRICKS PARK
J
oin us every Saturday morning for invasive species removal in the Forest. Forest Keepers are a small-but-mighty crew of budding plant experts who help tackle invasive species removal in the heart of the Hendricks Park forest. No RSVP is necessary, and training is provided. Come increase your knowledge of invasive and native plants, ecology, and restoration techniques. 

Check here for ongoing volunteer opportunities.

This is a great place to learn about other volunteer events throughout our park system



COYOTE OUTDOOR SCHOOL
High school students have a unique opportunity to volunteer at Coyote Outdoor School during our Spring 2023 season, April 10th–May 25th! At Outdoor School, fifth and sixth graders spend several school days participating in an immersive nature program. Volunteers run essential parts of our Outdoor School programs by assisting with field studies and engaging with students during games and campfire songs. Required training on March 30-31. (Makeup training is available). High school students have time to study and support keeping up with homework while volunteering. High school volunteers receive daily mentoring from staff while co-leading activities that inspire younger students to translate curiosity into inquiry. The opportunity to be a volunteer is a transformative experience for high school students—many find new self-assurance motivating them to pursue college degrees in science, education, or natural resources management. They gain hands-on leadership experience that they can include on resumes and applications and can earn volunteer hours. Being a volunteer at Outdoor School also enhances maturity, builds confidence, and improves social interactions and classroom learning when they return to school. Complete interest form here: 

Read more about the Coyote Leader program on our website: 

CONTACT:
Makenna “Maple” Colby (she/they)
Volunteer Special Projects Coordinator
Coyote Outdoor School 
 



ARC OF LANE COUNTY
The ARC has ongoing volunteer opportunities.  Click here for a flyer.

CONTACT:
Nancy Berge | Families Connected
Assoc Director
(458) 215-4260 direct
(541) 606-9061 cell
4181  E  Street, Springfield, OR 97478



BALLET FANTASTIQUE
Ballet Fantastique is a resident company of the Hult Center for Performing Arts and as with all live theatre, each show that we perform requires a great amount of manpower to make the magic happen! Rolling out our specific dance flooring, loading and unloading props to and from the theatre, and other backstage tasks are a big part of making our shows come to life and unfortunately, we are always short on hands to do these jobs. As a result of this shortage of help, these tasks fall on our dancers to stay before and after performing each night of shows -gaining volunteers would immensely help our performers not to have to do the jobs of so many people. This would be a great option for students looking for community service hours; especially those involved with theatre, dance, and like-performing art interests.

CONTACT:
Brooke Geffrey-Bowler

(541) 342-4611
 



SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

A non-profit that makes beds for kids. Eugene Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace is looking for Junior/Senior student volunteers to help build beds for kids in our community and help take care of some of those community service hours students need. No skills needed. We provide everything and will have a team to help train and build alongside the student volunteers. Parents are welcome as well. Most of all IT’S FUN!

Visit the website or Facebook page for more info.

Questions: Connie Jonas, Chapter President

Connie.Jonas@shpbeds.org
541-729-0420
FB: @SHPEugene

Connie.Jonas@SHPbeds.org

SHP Logo

  • Serves youth with severe disabilities and has volunteer opportunities for students. Please check out our website 

    In the spring, we will hold our annual spring break camp during the last week in March [3/27-3/31].  Interested students can visit our website and use our contact page or contact us through social media on Instagram and Facebook @circleoffriendsschool

    CONTACT: Jennifer Davis M.S. Special Education
    Co-Founder and Executive Director // Circle of Friends
    541.321.0107 // 

  • Thanks to a group of International Baccalaureate students who are volunteering time in Buford Park, I’ve been made aware of the IB program and the valuable work students from the 4J international high school are engaging in around the Eugene/Springfield area. Friends of Buford Park would love to engage more students from the International High School program in a number of projects we have available in our stewardship area.

    Ongoing projects include:

    Native plant nursery operations

    Friends maintains a 2-acre native plant nursery that supports habitat restoration efforts by Friends and partner organizations across the region. The nursery plays host to many uncommon and relatively rare species endemic to the upper Willamette Valley.

    Invasive species management and utilization

    The native habitats of Buford Park compete with invasive plant species like blackberry, scot’s broom and thistles for space in the landscape. Part of the stewardship efforts of Friends is to manage these invasive species in such a way as to give native species the opportunity to thrive. We are also actively looking for new and creative ways to create markets for utilization of the plant material byproducts from these management activities. Volunteers contribute to this effort through cutting, digging and pulling invasive plants both by hand and with mechanical and motorized equipment.

    Trail Maintenance

    Buford Park contains a trail system over 25 miles long that is used by approximately 500,000 visitors annually. This heavy use requires constant maintenance of the trail surfaces, rebuilding of trail beds, closing of desire line trails that accelerate erosion, and clearing of woody debris, trees and brush that impact trail user experience. Volunteers support this work through mechanical and motorized management of trailside vegetation, removing organic material from trail surfaces and on some occasions, decommissioning and rebuilding new trail. 

    Wetland Restoration

    Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah steward the Turtle Flats preserve at the confluence of the Coast and Middle Fork Willamette rivers. This preserve is closed to the public and is the site of a historic wetland restoration project embarked on by Friends, State Parks, Lane County and other partners. The preserve is adjacent to Glassbar state park, a water-access-only park at the head of the mainstem Willamette River, and the Willamette Confluence Preserve, another nature preserve closed to the public. Volunteers assist in restoration efforts at Turtle Flats through planting native shrubs and trees, removing trash and other human-produced debris, managing invasive plant and animal species and doing public outreach and education about the site.

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    In addition to these ongoing opportunities, we have an ever-changing list of project-based opportunities for volunteer engagement.  At the top of this list is a trail building project on the east side of the park. Friends is rerouting Trail 3 East to improve trail conditions and help conserve sensitive wet prairies habitats adjacent to the current trail. This project will include trail building, foot bridge demolition, culvert installation, utility bridge construction and trail decommissioning work. Some aspects of this project are appropriate for unskilled volunteers, some aspects would be appropriate for unskilled volunteers if supervised by a skilled adult and other tasks are only appropriate for those with some level of trail building knowledge.

    If any of these projects and opportunities sound intriguing to individuals or groups of students, please let me know and I can provide an outline of what volunteering on that particular project might look like.

    CONTACT: Jared Tarr, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator
    Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them What’s This?
    Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah
    541.606-7587

  • City of Eugene Recreation Department has a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in sharing their time and talent. Volunteers play a vital role working together with staff to create safe, healthy and livable communities and recreational opportunities for all. Click here for volunteer opportunities.

  • Gain experience in the world of healthcare and make a difference by volunteering with Bristol Hospice! Bring comfort to those on their end of life journey by taking care of pets, creating memory boards, playing music, or sharing a conversation! Contact our volunteer coordinator, Katie Desautels, to learn more at 385.415.4776, or email her at: 

    This opportunity is available for volunteers ages 14 and up.

    Katie Desautels- She/Her
    Volunteer Coordinator
    1077 Gateway Loop B
    Springfield, OR 97477
    Office: (541) 844- 0151
    Cell: (385) 415-4776
    Fax: (541) 636- 2722

  • We are looking for any IHS students looking for some community service hours for help writing in our monthly newsletter. We also give out gift cards to your favorite stores for your help!  We would love help with our monthly content finding athletes, academic achievers, pets, kids corner to write about in the SW Hills Living Magazine.  If you like Instagram, we also post weekly pics showcasing our SW Hills residents.

    If interested contact Kimberly Williams, Publisher, N2 Publishing: kimberly.williams@n2pub.com, 541-954-3163

  • We are always looking for individuals who have a passion for helping others, who are interested in Fire/EMS, or anyone who is looking for something new to try!  This is a great opportunity for those wanting to get into the medical field or those needing some more volunteer hours.

    Contact:
    Faith Huff (FF/EMT)

    (458) 210-8544

  • Join Black middle and high school students from across Oregon in creating the next edition of Black Student Magazine!  Gather weekly on Wednesdays after school via Zoom to celebrate Black culture and make new friends statewide while improving your writing and multimedia skills. Participating students receive mentoring and writing support from University of Oregon journalism undergraduates who are also students of color. Learn photography, writing, layout, design and leadership skills. No prior journalism experience is required.

  • Our club is a service group that helps people all over our community. Each year, we run a free, virtual tutoring program for kids in grades K-8 in our local area and we need student volunteers!  We are looking for students in any grade that would be excited to volunteer as tutors. Our tutors work in a variety of subjects based on their personal interests and skills. They can also tutor any age group that they feel comfortable in. Some benefits of this program include, but aren’t limited to, flexible volunteer hours based on tutor’s own schedules, great experience to add to college applications, and making a huge impact on the lives of kids!

    If you have any questions let me know or check out our website for more information:   

    Walker Sheidow (She/Her)

    Rotary Interact Community Tutoring Program Lead

  • Lane County 4-H is in the process of recruiting new leaders for our upcoming 4-H year; the 4-H year runs October-September. Many folks confuse 4-H as a strictly agricultural program, when in reality we are a youth development program that offers youth a variety of hands-on, fun educational experiences. The majority of our clubs are in rural Lane County areas and focus on livestock and small animal projects. My goal is to expand on the non-animal projects in 4-H to expose rural youth to more opportunities and open the 4-H doors for urban youth in our county. 4-H projects outside of animals include: photography, baking, robotics, welding, horticulture/gardening, natural resources, communications, poetry, sketching and painting, sewing, kitchen and food safety, physical activity, leadership…the options are endless! Basically, any area that youth are interested, we aim to provide a leader and club for that project area. With the current pandemic, we are enforcing face masks at all in person gatherings and provide virtual leading/programming for those who are more comfortable with staying home.

    Juniors and seniors need many hours of community service, creativity, and physical activity; 4-H could fit each of these depending what the students lead/help with. They can work with kids from kindergarten to seniors in high school. We encourage kids teaching kids, so we’d love to have IHS students volunteer as leaders. We would sign off on community service, they can put us down on their resume, and we could offer letters of recommendation if needed. They can help lead youth in any project area they are interested, and the more non-animal project leaders we can get the better. If they could reach out to us in September and/or October, that would be great.

    For more information check out our Facebook page or contact Elizabeth Gangwer if you need more information or have trouble viewing the video.

    Elizabeth Gangwer
    4-H Program Coordinator

    4-H Youth Development

    P: 541-344-4811

  • Eugene’s Amazon Creek needs your help with litter cleanup as it flows through our community! At times, this important urban waterway can become inundated with garbage that is harmful to habitat and water quality. Volunteers are needed throughout the Amazon Creek corridor to remove debris and improve the conditions for all flora and fauna along the way.

    How to Help:

    Love Your Parks Solo Cleanups
    The magic of the solo cleanup or rallying your own quaranteam cleanup is that it is super easy to do and can happen whenever you want. All you need is some gloves, a trash bag and a trash grabber.

    Volunteers can borrow a free cleanup kit with disposable gloves, trash bags and a trash grabber. Cleanup kits will be available for pickup at the Trash Bash event. Email Kelsey Irvine to sign up to participate in Love Your Parks: Amazon Creek and reserve your cleanup kit if you would like one.  Spread the word! Invite your friends and family to join you for a trip to the creek together.

  • We have a new volunteer website!  Click on the link below to volunteer:
    Link: 

    • http://volunteer.foodforlanecounty.org/user/login/?return=activation
  • Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, St. Vincent de Paul’s Youth and Family Services Department has worked tirelessly to provided uninterrupted services to families navigating homelessness in Lane County.   We are currently in critical need of in-person volunteers!  Join our team of volunteers to provide critical academic support to younger students navigating remote learning while homeless.  Volunteers will work in-person with students and their families to ensure successful academic engagement throughout this unprecedented time.  No prior experience working with students necessary!

     

    St. Vincent de Paul is taking COVID-19 precautions very seriously; all staff/clients wear PPE onsite, extensive sanitization occurs regularly, daily health screens are conducted and exclusion protocols apply.

    Volunteer shifts are available at both our day and overnight shelter locations; hours are flexible to meet your needs!  St. Vincent de Paul is able to offer volunteer training, hour verification and letters of recommendation upon request. We ask volunteers to commit to at least 2 hrs. per week for a 3-month time period in order to best serve families in our program.

    Interested? Contact First Place Kids Program Director Ilana Jakubowski at ilana.jakubowski@svdp.us for more information!

  • We have some wonderful opportunities for students to work with kids, have fun, grow and gain valuable skills.   Below is the link to our Volunteer page and interest form.  We have the current offerings listed on the interest form.

    Please contact me if you have any questions.
    Beth Nitkowski
    Senior Sports Manager
    She/Her/Hers
    541-683-2374 Ext 213
    Office Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm