Entire University of Portland freshmen class to volunteer around the Portland metro area on Saturday, Aug. 30
The entire University of Portland freshmen class will volunteer on Saturday, Aug. 30 as part of the University’s “Building Community: Serving to Learn” event. All students from the class of 2018 – a record-setting estimated 1,085 — will participate in a half day program, which marks their first full weekend as University of Portland students. The freshmen will be joined by current students, faculty, and staff, sending more than 1,200 UP volunteers into the community.
University of Portland began “Building Community: Serving to Learn” in 2005 as a way to unite all of its first-year students in a day of service. The service program aims to build community among new students in a non-traditional setting and to teach practices of sustainability and service in the surrounding area.
The students will be divided into smaller groups, and they will volunteer at 21 different sites throughout the Portland area, including Arbor Lodge, Baltimore Woods, Boys and Girls Club (MLK), Burnt Bridge Creek, Forest Park, Frenchman’s Bar, Friends of Trees, George Middle School, John’s Garden, Peninsula School, Rebuilding Center, Roosevelt High School, Sauvie Island (Howell), Sitton, SLUG Garden, St. Andrews Nativity School, Terwilliger Parkway, Tryon Creek, University Park Baptist Church, Water Center, and University of Portland River Campus.
Senior student Megan Lester is organizing this half day of community service and discussion for all first-year students, in coordination with the Shepard Freshman Resource Center and the Moreau Center.
The program is organized by the University’s Shepard Freshman Resource Center and the Moreau Center. For more information contact Brenda Greiner at the Shepard Freshman Resource Center at (503) 943-7895 or [email protected] .
The day’s schedule:
8:15 am: Meet at the Chiles Center/Breakfast
8:45-9 a.m.: Send-off to designated sites
12-1:15 p.m.: Return to campus, pick up lunch, discussion in small groups
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