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Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter | January 4, 2018

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Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter


Experience Community-Based Learning at PCC!

Courses with community-based learning (CBL) provide students with the opportunity to: explore local, national, and/or global issues; broaden their perspectives and enhance critical thinking skills; and become active citizens through community engagement. There are numerous courses that have CBL projects every term!

Visit the CBL Courses Page Search for CBL in the Schedule of Classes

Apply for the Service to Community Scholarship!

PCC Scholarship 2018 App

Students are eligible for this scholarship if they are willing to:

  • volunteer 35 hours per term to receive scholarship,
  • complete a report each term describing their volunteer experience,
  • attend an orientation meeting in the beginning of Fall term,
  • and have a 2.5 GPA.



January 6, 2018 (Saturday) – SOLVE Opportunities:

  • January’s First Saturday Clean Up – Slabtown – Portland
  • No Ivy League 1st Saturday Work Party January – Portland
  • Winter Native Plant Identification Training with Dig In – Portland
  • Mary S. Young Park Work Party for January – West Linn

January 13, 2018 (Saturday) – The Nature Conservancy: Winter restoration work party

January 15, 2018 (Monday) – Campus Compact of Oregon

PCC Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to participate in our Annual MLK Day of Service! Space is limited so early registration is highly recommended!

January 27, 2018 (Saturday) – The Nature Conservancy: Winter restoration work party

February 10, 2018 (Saturday) – The Nature Conservancy: Winter restoration work party

February 17 & 18, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday) – OHSU Thinkfirst Oregon: Help OHSU ThinkFirst Oregon Educate and Inform the Community about Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention at Kid Fest (Portland Expo Center).

Hoyt Arboretum Friends: Become an Arboretum Naturalist at Hoyt Arboretum!

Arboretum Naturalists are volunteer educators who lead field trips for children (grades K-8) to introduce them to the science of trees and Pacific Northwest ecology through fun hands-on activities to inspire curiosity and discovery in the natural world. Field trips are typically scheduled on weekdays between 10am and 1pm. Arboretum Naturalists should be available to volunteer for a minimum of 2 tours per month during the peak field trip season.

No experience is necessary; training is provided. Volunteers with a love of the outdoors and an interest in environmental education are encouraged to apply (all volunteers must pass a background check). Gain valuable experience working with children and teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting!

Two introductory training sessions are scheduled on Monday, February 12, 1-3pm and Thursday, February 15, 10am-12pm at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221. Each training session will be limited to 12 participants.

To apply, please contact volunteer@hoytarboretum.org or (503) 823-1649.

Contact: Becky Schreiber, Volunteer Coordinator; volunteer@hoytarboretum.org | 503-823-1649

PCC Sylvania: Winter Term Orientations for ESOL Tutors (Wed, Jan 17th)

Volunteer as a Tutor with the Sylvania ESOL! Below is some information about what you will be doing. More details will be given at the orientation session on Wednesday (Jan.17) from 10am to 10:50pm in LIB 204 OR Wednesday (Jan. 17) from 6pm to 6:50pm LIB 204

Every Wednesday from 10am-10:45am OR 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm, you will tutor small groups of ESOL students from levels 1 or 3. This tutoring will happen in the ESOL classroom (here on the Sylvania campus) under the supervision of the ESOL instructor, who will provide the tutoring activities for each session. During the tutoring sessions, you will be doing a range of activities such as: Helping the ESOL students write sentences, read simple texts, and having conversations about life in the U.S.A

Contact: Sarah Bailie, ESOL Instructor; sarah.bailie@pcc.edu

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today): Volunteer with SMART and Help Children Discover the Joy of Reading!

Your commitment will help PreK-third grade children become confident readers by providing one-on-one literacy support and valuable adult mentorship. As a SMART Reader, you’ll read one-on-one with children for 1 hour per week from now until May. SMART also provides two books a month to children in the program to further encourage them on their literacy journey.

If you’re not able to commit to a weekly session, apply to be a substitute reader. The SMART program has volunteer reading opportunities at over 90 elementary schools and Head Start programs in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. Reading sessions occur during elementary school hours, Monday thru Friday. Applications accepted year round. Apply today!

Contact: Staci Sutton, Volunteer Administrator; ssutton@getsmartoregon.org | 971-634-1628


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Latino Network: Let your voice be heard! Apply for Academia de Lideres

At Latino Network, we know the importance of cultivating leaders to guide change at the local level. Academia de Líderes (Leaders Academy) works with Portland’s emerging Latino leaders to build leadership skills, organizing capabilities, and capacity to engage in City governance and have our voice heard. Part of the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) Program, this program aims to increase equity in community involvement by engaging Latinos in the governance of the City.

Trainings Focus On:

  • Systems of oppression
  • Leadership skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Gender, economic, environmental and social justice
  • Civic engagement
  • Community organizing

The first session will be January 27th. Selected members will meet once monthly for 6 months, on Saturdays between 9 am and 3 pm. We provide breakfast, lunch, and childcare. Meetings are usually conducted in Spanish. Workshop trainers and experts in their fields give participants the opportunity to learn firsthand from those with leadership experience. Each session, the Líderes choose an issue for advocacy.

Apply today!
Applications are currently being accepted. If you are interested, please contact Raul Preciado Mendez via email (raul@latnet.org) or call (503-847-0980).


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About the Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter

The Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter allows students, faculty, and staff at PCC a more comprehensive look at volunteer needs and opportunities from our community partners. Our hope is that the newsletter will allow subscribers to stay better informed about community service opportunities in the tri-county areas of Portland, Oregon, as well as non-profit internships and scholarships available locally and nationally.

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