This is a time when the College focuses on serving our urban community. The sunny, warm day just added to the high spirits as everyone set out to volunteer time and talents to aid 18 local organizations, living in to the College’s motto: “Where faith and scholarship lead to service.”
The 380 students, staff, and faculty members who stepped out of the classroom to serve provided more than 2,280 volunteer hours in one day.
- Repairing donated bikes at Rosewood Bikes located in SE Portland to make biking more accessible
- Building fences for dog owners that improves the quality of life for their dogs – so they can be off tether and play safely in a backyard
- Continuing to clean up a former strip club; helping the neighborhood reclaim the property for the community’s use
- Working in community gardens to help support families who live at or below the poverty level by providing greater food security in Multnomah County
- Clearing invasive and non-native plants from a park to promote healthy urban green space
- Sorting and preparing clothes, household items, toys, books, and food for distribution to people in need in Vancouver
“Our Adult Degree Program cohorts participated with a book drive for the Children’s Book Bank. The cohorts donated 368 books that will be distributed to children in our community. It was great fun to sort through all of those books and reflect on some wonderful stories. A special appreciation is due to BBA 1-47, the cohort with the highest number of donations,” commented Meg DuMez, Assistant Professor and Senior Academic Advisor Adult Degree Program.
Organizations served: AKA Science/Impact NW; Bridger Elementary; Hosford Elementary; Kairos PDX; St. Andrew Nativity School; Free Listening Project; Living Cully; Rosewood Bikes; The Bus Project; Yes for Affordable Homes; Outgrowing Hunger; NAYA; SOLVE; Fences for Fido; Birch Community Services; My Father’s House; Janus Youth; and Children’s Book Bank.