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Community Involvement

Students who have strong support systems outside of school - in their home and in their community - are far more likely to be successful in the classroom. A concerned community helps foster strong public schools and provides support to educators and students alike. On this page, you'll find opportunities for becoming more involved in the public schools in your community. If you have volunteer opportunities or resources you'd like to see listed on this page, email us at webadmin@oregoned.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

ASPIRE mentor

Make a real difference in the lives of young people and in your community.

This opportunity is for adults; no college education is required. Position consists of 1-3 hours of work with students per week, with options to serve more after initial free training. Hours are generally 2pm-6 pm weekdays. Extended daytime hours may be available seasonally, as are opportunities to accompany groups on college and career fair field trips. All mentors undergo criminal background checks.

For more information, contact PAL ASPIRE coordinator Debbie Porter, Phone, 503.341.1464, e-mail palaspire@gmail.com.

The South Riverside Kiwanis Club of Portland—Need Volunteers

The South Riverside Kiwanis Club of Portland welcomes other volunteers to join them in making Portland a better place to live. As part of Kiwanis International, they are a small but active group with a vision. They support:

  • Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Children and Adults with Disabilities
  • Doernbecher Hospital for Children with cancer.
  • Candlelighters – For the parents of children with cancer
  • South Riverside Revue – Entertainment for retirement homes
  • Oregon Food Bank

We could do more with your help. Call us by email: wikanderj@yahoo.com.

Community Resources

Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition
Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition supports community efforts to reduce youth suicide and other risk behaviors in the often hidden and historically underserved gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth population. Although the primary focus of OSSCC is sexual orientation and gender identity issues, we recognize and work to prevent harm caused by harassment, violence, and discrimination of any kind. Contact OSSCC at 503-954-4865.

Rural Organizing Project
Rural Organizing Project (ROP) exists to "strengthen the skills, resources, and vision or primary leadership in local autonomous human dignity groups with a goal of keeping such groups vibrant source for a just democracy." For more information, contract ROP at 503-543-8417, cara@rop.org.

Community Alliance of Lane Co, Back2Back Program
With leadership from diverse communities, Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) works in a multi-issue, anti-racist way on social justice issues. The Back2Back (B2B) program exposes and challenges both overt bigotry and institutionalized forms of oppression. For more information, contact CALC at 541-485-1755, back2back@calclane.org.

Hate Crimes Guide
The Hate Crimes Guide website includes legislation, landmark cases and other information about discrimination.