Community Service/CAS

Service Opportunities

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COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

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

Community Service Organizations who Participated in our CAS Fair 2018

Other Community Service Organizations

French Community Service Options

Spanish Community Service Options

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EUGENE PEACE DAY CELEBRATION

The Eugene Peace Day Celebration is coming up on Sunday Sept 25 , 12-4 at the Nobel Peace Park   http://www.nobelpeacelaureates.org/index.shtml  in Alton Baker Park. The 24 American Nobel Peace Prize winners are memorialized there. We are looking for students to learn about the winners, what they did, and join us on Sept 24th wearing sandwich boards with their winners’ picture and a what they did. The students could learn about the winners from information in this website: http://www.nobelpeacelaureates.org/nobel_peace_prize.html (scroll down and pick out one of the winners and you’ll see that there is a picture and educational materials about them). We are envisioning that we would have each student walking with probably a front and back sandwich board they would have studied and be able to answer questions about.  This is a way to have some fun and a good community service way of helping and learning about the Peace Prize winners. We would like the sandwich boards to be finished in the week of September 19 and there will be a meeting to get the students together and have a run through.

Click here for a flyer.

CONTACT:  John Allcott, 541.543.7801

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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?
Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah
541.606-7587
volunteer@bufordpark.org
intern@bufordpark.org
please visit us on-line at www.bufordpark.org 

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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 volunteer 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
Website: https://bristolhospice-eugene.com/

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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.

Here’s a sample of the magazine: https://pubmanager.n2pub.com/share/or/CcqwlPf3

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 informational flyer

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FRIENDS OF HENDRICKS PARK
For Free the Forest – Use this link to sign up for our larger, all-comer monthly Forest event series that we call “Free the Forest”. Appropriate for individuals, as well as larger friend and family groups, schools, businesses, and everyone. Sign up for one or many events.

For Forest Keepers – Use this link to sign up for weekly, smaller volunteer crews that might work in more delicate areas, move more slowly or more quickly, or take on more nuanced projects than aren’t appropriate for a larger crew. Sign up for one or many events.

***All events in both series are appropriate for all ages, levels of experience and physical abilities. We can always find a good task for a willing volunteer. ***

The nitty gritty for all events!
>Meet at your scheduled start time across from the forest parking lot at the rock restrooms. The nearest intersection is Fairmount Blvd and Floral Hill Dr.
>Review the attached Safety Protocols for COVID-19 and only come if you are healthy and well.
>We have gloves and tools to share with all you, but if you have your own to bring, that’s even better. A pair of pruners and/or a weeding tool are appropriate.
>Bring your own water and snacks and anything else you need to be comfortable for a 3-hour work party.
>Prioritize self-care and take breaks as needed. We won’t take a group break due to COVID-19 precautions.

If you have any questions in the coming weeks about volunteering solo or with a group, please reach out to Emily Aune at eaune@eugene-or.gov.

May the forest be with you,
Christina Bentrup (she/her) | 541.510.4636 (cell)
Hendricks Park Volunteer Coordinator
City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
https://www.eugene-or.gov/parks/Volunteer
Find us on Facebook and Instagram @EUGparks
Friends of Hendricks Park

Flyers related to this posting:
COVID 19 Volunteer Protocols

Other Eugene Parks Hosted Events
Eugene’s Park and Open Space volunteer calendar is a great place to learn about other volunteer events throughout our park system
Garden and Community: Tuesdays at Hendricks Park  |  Tuesdays
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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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:   sehsrotaryinteract.org

Walker Sheidow (She/Her)
Rotary Interact Community Tutoring Program Lead

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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
Informational Video: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/rec/share/FyDOBPRTUowS8nyLWOlqIbFxFv7UZL47nPW4AnYP70tPQ2ap7yyBAxIYrrWoGimF.3StF6eBYnimTHvet?startTime=1631220624000
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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KIDSPORTS
We have volunteer opportunities for high school students who may be looking for ways to safely fulfill requirements for graduation or who just want to do some fulfilling work in the community.

These volunteer opportunities are helping with our outdoor sports and PE, clinics and camps.  We have weekday and weekend opportunities, and most are about 2 hours of a time commitment.

All OHA and Lane County Covid protocols and procedures are in place for these programs that taking place  at our new Kidsports Civic facility.  The safety and health of our staff and clients is the highest priority for us.

Please fill out our online Goggle form to let us know you are interested in volunteering, what you are interested in, and your availability:  https://forms.gle/UrCYxE7zqVFgw2216

CONTACT:
Beth Nitkowski
Senior Sports Manager
541-683-2374 Ext 213
Office Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
www.kidsports.org

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FOOD FOR LANE COUNTY
We have a new volunteer website!  Click on the link below to volunteer:
Link: http://volunteer.foodforlanecounty.org/user/login/?return=activation

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POSITIVE COMMUNITY KITCHEN (PCK)
Here’s how to join: https://www.positivecommunitykitchen.org/volunteer-hours/
1. Fill out an interest card/volunteer contact form.
2. Select your top three shifts AND turn in your OR Food Card + waivers.
3. Attend an orientation.

KITCHEN ADDRESS:
The Barrow Incubator Kitchen
150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd,ste 104
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 249-4942

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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!

IB CAS Info

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IB CAS  (Creativity, Activity, Service)

From its beginning, Eugene IHS has made experiential learning a part of our identity. We are committed to Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) as an aspect of an international studies curriculum, for it is one more way students gain confidence and knowledge in a broader world than home and school.

The CAS experience as a whole should show evidence of the seven CAS learning outcomes:
* Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
* Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
* Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
* Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
* Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences 
* Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
* Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions

CAS hours can start being earned towards the Eugene IHS CAS requirement after July 1st of the summer between sophomore and junior year.  Students should keep track of their hours as they will be recording their total hours earned along with a reflection for each entry.  Students will be introduced to CAS at the end of sophomore year and/or the beginning of junior year.

All students in Eugene IHS are expected to fulfill the CAS requirements.

Creativity: Exploring or extending ideas related to an original or interpretive product or performance (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 8). Creativity in CAS provides students with the opportunity to explore their own sense of original thinking and expression. Creativity will come from the student’s talents, interests, passions, emotional responses, and imagination; the form of expression is limitless. This may include visual and performing arts, digital design, writing, film, culinary arts, crafts and composition. Students are encouraged to engage in creative endeavors that move them beyond the familiar, broadening their scope from conventional to unconventional thinking (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 18). In a student’s CAS program, creativity fosters an appreciation for the arts.

Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. The aim of the ‘Activity’ strand is to promote lifelong healthy habits related to physical well-being. Pursuits may include individual and team sports, aerobic exercise, dance, outdoor recreation, fitness training, and any other form of physical exertion that purposefully contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Students are encouraged to participate at an appropriate level and on a regular basis to provide a genuine challenge and benefit (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 19). In a student’s CAS program, activity focuses on the physical, and thus, mental, well being of the student.

Service: Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. The aim of the ‘Service’ strand is for students to understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. Through service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions. Service is often seen as one of the most transforming elements of CAS by promoting students’ self-awareness, offering diverse occasions for interactions and experiences and opportunities for international-mindedness (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 20). In a student’s CAS program, service is an unpaid and voluntary community contribution and focuses on an endeavor beyond a student’s current experience.

Students in Eugene IHS will complete CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) requirements and provide evidence for having met the eight learning outcomes.

Requirements include: complete 150 hours of CAS activities over the course junior and senior years: at least 50 hours of service, 25 hours of creativity and 25 hours of activity and a reasonable balance between the remaining 50 hours. Hours must be concurrent over two years – that is, they should be spread out over the course of both junior and senior years –  and should reflect an ongoing commitment to the principles of the CAS Learning Outcomes.

Immersion Students:

  • French Immersion students must complete a minimum of 50 of the 150 required CAS hours in a setting where the French language is primarily used.
  • Spanish Immersion students must complete a minimum of 50 of the 150 required CAS hours in a setting where the Spanish language is primarily used.

In addition to completing CAS hours students must participate in a student-initiated group project.  Details are provided in the CAS Student Handbook. CAS Group Project Reflection Form (Includes information on the group project)

Please note: CAS requirements have been adjusted for seniors for the 2022-2023 school year. Click here for details. Information was presented to Juniors in classes for the 2022-2023 school year and the information is available here

Click under the “Junior/Senior Seminar” tab for more specific information about CAS deadlines and see the CAS Student Handbook for more specific guidelines regarding CAS and the group project.