Nutrition Education

Volunteer as a member of a team to lead participants in preparing and cooking the week’s menu, eating, cleaning up and sharing tips on cooking, budgeting and more. From shopping for recipe ingredients, to leading classes, to communicating key messages, volunteers make our nutrition education program work.  
Volunteer as a member of a team to lead participants in preparing and cooking the week’s menu, eating, cleaning up and sharing

Cooking Matters

tips on cooking, budgeting and more. From shopping for recipe ingredients, to leading classes, to communicating key messages, volunteers make our nutrition education program work.  

Time commitment and schedule

Each volunteer commits to a six-week class series using Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ curricula. Cooking Matters™ is nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods® Foundation and Walmart.

Volunteers must attend an orientation session one week before classes begin. Classes are held mornings, afternoons or evenings at the same time each week and are two hours per session. We schedule classes on-site at our northeast Portland and Beaverton facilities, and at off-site locations throughout the community.

Volunteers are placed based on the following schedule:


  • In December for classes between January and March
  • In March for classes between April and June
  • In June for classes between July and September
  • In September for classes between October and December

No volunteers are scheduled mid-season, but potential volunteers are welcome to observe a class at any time.

Learn more about volunteering with the Nutrition Education program

For Malheur and Harney counties, contact Brian Son, branch community outreach coordinator at or 541-889-9206.

For all other counties, contact Liz Long, AmeriCorps nutrition education program coordinaor at or 972-223-3372.


Volunteer with Summer Nature Hikes for At-Risk Youth!

Children and youth living in low-income housing are often unaware of the diversity and beauty of the natural world in their own back yards. VOA’s newest program “Kids at Home in the Wild!” seeks to introduce them to the power of the Northwest’s beautiful outdoors to teach, inspire, and heal as part of a foundation to becoming strong, healthy, interconnected adults.You can be the positive role model to bring this experience to youth by volunteering just a few hours a week. Join our team of staff and volunteers on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, June 25th – August 2nd, for hiking, plant identification, survival basics, journaling, sharing, and craft activities.All you need is a love of nature, children of all ages, and working with diverse communities. We will provide initial and on-going training in effective communication, tutoring, and group facilitation.

For more information, please contact Nancy Loso,, 503-595-2009. 

Volunteers of America Oregon

International Volunteers seek American Partners in August


International Volunteers seek American Partners in August


On weekdays from August 6th to the 17th, and on Friday the 24th and 31st of August, Pacific International Academy (an ESL program on Marylhurst campus) will be hosting college students from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan to volunteer in the Portland area. We will be at a different site each day, from the Pickathon Festival clean up crew to Habitat for Humanity to Project Grow to Homeless soup kitchens and outdoor activities.

We need conversation partners to do volunteer service alongside them. They are mostly intermediate speakers and are enthusiastic for a cultural exchange.

We are building the schedule now, and you can join for either a day or the full two weeks. If you email me, I will send you the schedule and you can let me know what dates and places work best for you. 

If you are interested please contact Jenna Roberts at Jenna(at) or call me at 619 788 8313. Thank you!

Design-Build Service-Project this Summer

Marylhurst University, and the Interior Design program, are offering a 1-credit Design-Build Service-Project this summer. Participants will create inspirational panels for the gymnasium at Youth Villages’ Christie Campus. Youth Villages provides residential treatment for children with emotional and behavioral problems.

ID 259 Service Project meets 9:30-12:30 M-F June 25 – 29 & July 9 – July 13 (no homework). The course will be hands-on, team-based, and promote sustainability and social well-being. Summer registration begins May 21.

For more information

Images of amphibians play an important role in the recovery process for Christie Campus residents and the little critters will inform this design-build project. Pictured is the Oregon Spotted Frog, photo by: Kerry Kriger.

Interior Design Marylhurst University SERVICE PROJECT

Want to volunteer and get credit?  Check out this class at Marylhurst for summer term!

IDMU            Interior Design /MarylhurstUniversity

ID 259A                                 SERVICE PROJECT

Term:                           Summer 2012

Credits:                         1

Dates/Times:                Monday June 25th – Friday June 29th AND Monday July 9th – Friday July 13th

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

 Instructors:                    Elizabeth Lockwood  LEED AP – NCIDQ Cert. No. 25473

 Michele Kremers, MBA

 Nancy Hiss, NCIDQ  971.235.1254

Location:                       Admin 409


Course description:        Students will work directly with community organizations to analyze problems, design responses and implement solutions. Course may be repeated for credit. Open to non-majors

 Extended description:     This project continues work with CristieCare of Oregon and YouthVillages, which began in Interior Design Studios 7 and 8.  Students will design and create a surface treatment to improve the quality of life for residents.  ChristieCare will install the work.


Program Outcomes:       Through making, students will understand the impact of interior design in transforming an environment, and improving the quality of life for occupants.

Urban Education Center Clinic Cleanup Project

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Urban Education Center Clinic Cleanup Project 

On Saturday April 14th , Marylhurst volunteers particiapated in the clean up and made a big difference!

The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) is opening a new community clinic and needed help converting an old day care into a usable medical office.    Marylhurst volunteers spent hours cleaning and organizing inside the building.  Volunteers also spent time outside weeding, picking up trash, removing graffiti and mowing the lawn.    It was a great day of service!

Health Panel with Emily Harris this Thursday


Please join us this Thursday!
Health Interactive Panel: Access, Advocacy, Action    
Moderated by Emily Harris, a former NPR correspondent and OPB host
Explore the challenges people face in obtaining health care and learn what you might do to help. This is a “Fred Friendly” type interactive discussion offering a chance to think and learn together. Moderator Emily Harris leads us through a real-life experience, seeking responses from a panel of experts and audience members.
In the fall of 2010, Emily facilitated a memorable and challenging interactive discussion at Marylhurst regarding our food supply system, (exploring the issues of cost, hunger, waste, and nutrition through the web of relationships among farmers, migrant workers, truckers, food service businesses, restaurants, importers and consumers.) This time, the discussion focuses on health care, including financial and physical issues, coming changes, and the gaps left despite the interdependence of multiple sectors. The evening includes exploration of how individuals can affect change in this complex system.
WHEN:            Thursday April 19th 6:30-8:00PM
WHERE:          Marylhurst University, Clark Commons
CONTACT:      Pam Leibrant, 503.534.4063