A Year of Service

In past years Marylhurst has hosted a “Spring into Service” program during the month of April. This year focused on smaller projects and on consistently offering our community the opportunity to participate in those projects. A few of the things we’ve done:

  • We collected, along with the Sisters of the Holy Names, 3 carloads of “delicates” and bath items for women who have recently been rescued from trafficking.
  • We collected over $250 in cash and gift cards for the agencies who support this women to use as needed.
  • We hosted a blood drive in February and are preparing for a drive on April 2nd.
  • During the height of the cold weather we collected over 80 pairs of gloves for the homeless in our local area.
  • We’ve met with the good folks at the MacDonald Center in downtown Portland to explore how members of our community might be of assistance to their community.
  • We are beginning a relationship with “Our Father’s House” a shelter in Oregon City. We plan to serve a monthly meal to the folks who come to the shelter and to make sandwiches once a month here on campus to be taken to the shelter for the homeless in need of a meal.
  • Members of our community generously share with one-another through the student food pantry located in Marian Hall.

Blessings on you as you find ways to serve others,




Student Food Pantry Opening

Coming January 2011

The Marylhurst University Student Food Pantry is intended to provide supplemental food for students and their families who are in need of this type of support. It will be located in the West Wing of Marian Hall. More details on the way…

Participate in a Homecoming Service Project!


Oregon Food Bank Volunteers

Oregon Food Bank Volunteers

Homecoming Week is coming soon, and this year Marylhurst is bringing everyone together in a new way: through service to our community! Up to 40 Marylhurst University alumni, faculty, staff and/or students have the opportunity to participate in the 2010 Marylhurst University Homecoming Service Projects. Please join your Marylhurst community in one or both of the following service projects:
On Wednesday, October 13th from 10am to 12pm, volunteers will repackage and sort bulk non-perishable food items, fresh produce, and frozen foods at the Oregon Food Bank Action Center to be sent to Oregon families in need. (Please see attached photo for example of service.)
On Thursday, October 28th from 12pm to 3pm, Marylhurst Alumn, Brenda Suteu’s organization, Family Stepping Stones will be hosting its second annual fundraiser and grand opening luncheon celebration. Family Stepping Stones’ mission is to preveent child abuse and neglect through early intervention efforts that focus on developing and supporting children, strengthening parents and preserving the family. Volunteers will take registrations at the door, help set up and break down of the event and work in the kitchen. 

If you are interested in participating in one or both of the Marylhurst Homecoming Service Projects, please contact Amanda Baker, Marylhurst Service Program Coordinator at (503) 534-4063 or abaker@marylhurst.edu by Wednesday, October 6th to attain volunteer details and to secure a volunteer spot. Thank you for your support and participation in the effort to eradicate hunger and serve families in need.

Working together, we can make a difference!

Clean Water

40 Days

The period of time that a $1 donation can provide clean drinking water to a child in one of 100 countries, thanks to UNICEF’s Tap Project. Donate while dining at any of 2,000 participating restaurants during:

World Water Week

March 21st – 27th.

Find one in your area at tapproject.org

Homeless Families: Changing Colors in Times of Adversity

As the crisp breeze of fall sneaks into the Northwest, the sun casts an orange hue on our lush folliage.  Beautiful autumn is here. Nevertheless our community faces challenges of the season. How do families keep warm, stay fed and maintain a roof overhead? 

    “According to the National Coalition on the Homeless (2002), the systemic or structural causes of homelessness, poverty and lack of affordable housing are on the increase… In every state, more than the minimum wage is required to afford a one or two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent. The gap between the number of affordable housing units and the number of people needing them has created a housing crisis for [people with a low-income]… The increases in poverty are partly due to a decline in public assistance programs. Early studies from the Welfare to Work program have concluded that although the total number of individuals who are on government welfare programs has gone down, the number of individuals who are now attempting to subsist on below living wage jobs without medical benefits has increased significantly. These people are always one paycheck away from homelessness.” (My Father’s House, KA)

    “Homelessness is growing exponentially at a rate of 37% each year, and the average age of a homeless person is 9 years old. There are more homeless families than there are homeless singles, and in Multnomah County there are over 3,000 homeless families on any given night.” (My Father’s House: A Community Shelter, OR)

The many organizations throughout Oregon which strive to support families facing homelessness and poverty are reliant on their volunteers.  Through service events and activities, Marylhurst University students, faculty, staff and associates are partnering with different organizations to provide these families the services they need. These organizations include but are not limited to the Oregon Food Bank and My Father’s House: A Community Shelter.

Marylhurst University Food Drive and the Oregon Food Bank: Marylhurst has traditionally held a food drive during the alumni events of Homecoming Week. The University will be collecting non-perishable, protein-rich food items and cash/check donations October 13th-18th.  There will be baskets dispersed all over campus. To contribute non-perishable, protein-rich food, please bring your donation to one of the following drop off points: Flavia Hall,  Marion Hall, The Old Library, BP John entrance, Clark Commons. To contribute funds (Oregon Food Bank’s greatest need), please visit Amanda Baker, Service Program Coordinator at Marion Hall Room 109, call (503) 699-4063, or e-mail abaker@marylhurst.edu. You can also make a donation online. Just click here.

Marylhurst University and My Father’s House: Students, faculty, staff and associates are invited to serve with an extraordinary oragnization whose mission is to meet the needs of homeless families. To find out more about volunteering with My Father’s House, please click here.

As colors change in fall, so do the needs of the season. “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” (Ghandi)

American Leadership Forum Seeks Help

ALF-Oregon is seeking help (either volunteer or internship) with their website — ALF in Action Class XXII Hunger Project — that addresses hunger in Oregon.

Here is what they need help with:

  • Monitor site, route incoming communications; success stories follow up
  • Create go forward communication plan for support of the website
  • Identify what content needs to be refined and how often
  • Work with Class 22 to discuss use of site
  • Tech resource to other classes/senior fellows who wish to use the site
  • PR – push out to public to increase awareness/knowledge (e.g. to schools, etc.)

The primary task is to address bullet #1 above (monitor site and incoming communications). The rest of it can be negotiated with the steering committee of the ALF class, depending on the interest and time availability of the student or intern who takes this on.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robin Teeter at ALF-Oregon: rteater@alfo.org or 503-636-2288.

If you are interested in doing this work for internship credit, please contact Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury, Academic Internship Instructor: knewbury@marylhurst.edu, or 503.534.4025.