Portland, Oregon — Nine Oregon colleges have been named on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Eight of these schools are members of Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC).
ORCC is proud to celebrate the role these schools play in helping to solve Oregon’s most complex problems. Together, campuses and communities are working to move Oregon toward a more vibrant, educated, and healthy state.
Oregon’s colleges are skilled at inspiring and empowering students to serve the community. According to the report, Volunteering and Civic Life in America, Oregon ranks eighth in the country for college student volunteerism.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
ORCC is a state affiliate of Campus Compact, a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents. Seventy-two percent of the institutions recognized on the Honor Roll are Campus Compact members. These schools represent more than 6 million students who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education.
“The recognition of such a high percentage of our members by such an elite distinction validates that our mission of deepening civic engagement is absolutely the right path for us to be taking. It re-energizes us to do even more and we congratulate our members receiving this distinction,” said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.”
For the full list of Honor Roll awardees and information on eligibility, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
ORCC is motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world. Together with campuses, ORCC activates higher education to place more students on a lifelong path of civic participation. As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, ORCC embraces its unique position to ensure every Oregon student graduates as an engaged, global citizen. To learn more, visit www.oregoncampuscompact.org.
The impact of natural disasters can destroy communities. To repair damages, response efforts must know how to efficiently lend support, resources, time, and energy. Take a look at these resources and learn how to mobilize your campus and community to make responsible contributions to relief efforts.
Resist the urge to make quick decisions before truly understanding how to be helpful. As community needs are assessed, volunteer opportunities and partnering organizations will be identified to lead the recovery. Be patient as these assessments are made. Do not self-deploy, this may complicate first responders' efforts and create unnecessary dangers.
Register Your Interest to Volunteer
When volunteer needs are identified, organizations will mobilize volunteers in their database. Make sure you’re connected with these organizations to learn more about deployment opportunities.
Rebuilding Vermont; Community Engagement in Disaster Preparedness and ReliefBy: University of Vermont
Learn how the University of Vermont created a service-learning class (in less than a week) to support recovery from Hurricane Irene in 2011.
By: Pennsylvania Campus Compact
Prepare your campus to respond to disasters by utilizing this resource. The manual covers topics such as emergency management, community partnerships, and service-learning.
Donate In-kind Donations and Materials
National Donations Management Network is a virtual portal that allows companies and individuals to offer support during disasters. Access the portal to contribute financially, send in-kind donations, and to give skills and time to organizations active in the disaster response.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle to help disaster survivors and their communities.
Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) has partnered with 14 Oregon colleges, universities, and community partners to host 24 AmeriCorps Retention Project and VISTA Members across the state.
Ten AmeriCorps Retention Project Members will develop mentor programs to match college student mentors with at-risk college student and youth mentees. The programs encourage high school completion and degree attainment by utilizing service-learning to provide academic enrichment and college exposure to disadvantaged, at-risk mentees.
Fourteen AmeriCorps VISTA Members will bring together campus and community stakeholders to address issues of poverty. By mobilizing resources, they will generate, develop, and implement ways for the campus and community to reflect on poverty and work toward solutions together.
ORCC AmeriCorps Members met last week to officially celebrate the start of service. They’re inspired by the work of the 2011-2012 AmeriCorps teams and motivated to make an impact in Oregon.
Cumulatively, the 2011-2012 teams
Motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world, ORCC activates higher education toward student participation in civic life. As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, ORCC embraces its unique position to strengthen Oregon’s narrative of service and leadership.
ORCC will release the AmeriCorps Retention Project and VISTA program Request for Proposals for the 2013-2014 service year in mid-November 2012. If you’re interested in learning more about ORCC, applying to host an AmeriCorps Member, or becoming an ORCC campus member, contact McKenzie Miller, Communications Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.406.3572.
Make A Difference Day is the nation’s largest day of volunteering. Each year, millions of people across the country rally on the fourth Saturday of October to serve their community and to help change the world.
Take a look at the Oregon campuses participating in the day and how they’re mobilizing students, faculty, staff, and community members to make a difference.
Chemeketa Community College*
Lane Community College
Oregon State University*
Southern Oregon University*
University of Oregon
* Indicates that an ORCC AmeriCorps Member is supporting the event.
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