Willamette West Habitat for Humanity needs your help!

Summer’s here and I hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather! We’ve been working hard on the construction site and recently broke ground on a new neighborhood – BraunerBrook – that will eventually be the home to 9 new partner families! However, as you are all aware, Habitat needs volunteers on and off the construction site and we’ve got a few opportunities coming up that will take you away from building homes and on to other ways in which to help us achieve our mission. Below are the opportunities I have coming up. Please let me know if you would like to lend a hand with either project (one involves construction in bit of a different way). I truly appreciate all you do for us! THANK YOU! Washington County Fair·  We have a booth at the Washington County Fair this year! We are seeking volunteers to fill shifts on Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29. We need 2 volunteers per shift, so please check out the dates and times listed below and sign up to help out! It’s bound to be an exciting weekend at the fair!Washington County Fair
    The Habitat ReStore resells donated gentle used construction materials, furniture, appliances and other items to the public. The funds raised then go directly to Habitat to build homes. The Build Material Recovery Program was recently established to utilize materials that originally were going to the landfill when developers and homeowners did remodeling projects. The opportunity would entail removing cabinets, appliances, flooring, doors, windows, fencing and any materials from a home (that will soon be demolished) to be resold at the ReStore. It’s a great way to get your hands dirty and still help out Habitat! Below are the days I need 3 volunteers to help with a project off of West Union Road. Please let me know if you would like to help out!

Erin Maxey

Volunteer Services Coordinator

Willamette West Habitat for Humanity

5293 NE Elam Young Parkway | Suite 140Hillsboro | Oregon | 97124Work: 503-844-7606 x111 | Cell: 706-280-8487Fax: 503-844-7806www.habitatwest.org


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
E-mail nutritioneducation@oregonfoodbank.org

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

For all other counties, contact Liz Long, AmeriCorps nutrition education program coordinaor at llong@oregonfoodbank.org 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, nloso@voaor.org, 503-595-2009. 

Volunteers of America Oregon http://www.voaor.org/

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)piaschools.edu 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 http://idmu.org/2012/05/14/designbuild-this-summer-at-marylhurst/

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

nhiss@marylhurst.edu  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!