The Learning Garden

The Learning Garden at the Oregon Food Bank has spaces available to help on Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Here’s what The Learning Garden is about:

Oregon Food Bank’s two Learning Gardens offer programs to address the root causes of hunger through increased nutrition, self-reliance and community food security. Goals include reducing the root causes of hunger, increasing the number of residents who grow a portion of their own food, supporting development and retention of Oregon’s growers and reducing the number of at-risk youth who will use emergency food as adults. OFB’s two Learning Gardens are vibrant gathering spaces that bring the community together to grow vegetables, relationships and hope.

The Gardens have approximately 1 ½ acres to care for.  Last year they raised almost 8,000 pounds of fresh food!

The Volunteer Coordinator or the Learning Garden Director can be reached at 503.282.0555 or email volunteer@oregonfoodbank.org

Christmas in July at Marylhurst

The Marylhurst University community will be collecting canned food for The Oregon Food Bank.  Baskets will be placed by mid-week (July 22nd) in buildings around campus including the BP John Administration Building, Flavia Hall, Shoen Library, and the Bookstore.

The Food Bank also appreciates monetary gifts.  From their website:

For every dollar you donate, OFB can move five pounds of food through its food distribution program. A $10 gift means enough food for an emergency food box that will feed a family of four for three to five days.

The Human Resources office will collect cash and check donations.  Checks should be made out directly to The Oregon Food Bank.

Human Resources – BP John Administration Building
Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy 43)
PO Box 261
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261
Phone: 503.699.6256
Toll free: 800.634.9982, ext. 6256
FAX: 503.635.0139

Visit the Oregon Food Bank website if you have specific questions about the agency and to learn more about hunger in the Oregon community.

It’s “All For Good”

AllForGood

This website, All For Good, helps you find volunteer activities suited to your interests and location.  Here is how it works:

All for Good (AFG) is a simple-to-use web application that helps you find volunteer opportunities in your local community. You can get started by entering search terms (e.g. “seniors” or “education”) at the top of the All for Good home page. Once you enter these initial keywords you’ll be taken to a page of relevant results that will also display a map that pinpoints where the opportunities occur, as well as a location search bar that will let you enter in different cities, states and zip codes to search.

It also allows you to share information about volunteer activities on your social networks:

All for Good allows you to “share” your volunteer opportunities with people in a variety of ways, including through Twitter and MySpace. You can also sign into networks like Facebook, Yahoo, Friend Connect and more. Start by logging into your account in the upper-right hand corner of the All for Good homepage. Then, when you find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you, click “like” underneath it. When your friends use the site they will then see your name beside opportunities you selected. With networks like Facebook, you’ll also have the option to send that event directly to your activity stream.

All For Good: it’s all good.

Our New Coordinator Is Coming Soon!

In mid-August, Marylhurst will welcome Amanda Baker as our new AmeriCorps/VISTA Service Program Coordinator.

Welcome Amanda! We’re looking forward to having you work with us to launch this program!

A special thanks to Emily Gilliland at Oregon Campus Compact for all of her help in finding such great candidates.