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Philanthropy & Activism Opportunities

There are many ways to engage in one's community. Direct volunteer service is not the only way to become a civically engaged citizen. For example, philanthropy and activism are some ways in which to get involved and help create change in a community.

Philanthropy allows one to donate money, foods, household items, and/or time to raise money or in-kind donations to help meet community needs.

One of the best ways to become more engaged in the community is to be an advocate for change and to work for infrastructure or policy changes that can create more long-term impacts and solutions to issues of public concern. Activism and advocacy help to address the root causes of community issues.

Below is a list of philanthropic and/or activism-centered community partners and organizations. We encourage you to contact them to find out about how you can get involved!

For specific involvement opportunities, check out our Philanthropy and Giving and our Activism and Advocacy webpages!


Jump to Activism - centered organizations

Philanthropic Organizations:



Relay for Life 

Description:    At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!

The OSU Relay for Life organization would love volunteers to join and create a Relay for Life team. Each team will create fundraisers of their choice to donate to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. May 17th-18th is the Relay event during which we will camp out in the MU Quad for a night of relaying against cancer, entertainment, food, games, prizes, and more. It's an amazing opportunity and we hope you create a team with your friends, peers or classmates!

Contact Info:   Julie Knapp: knappju@onid.orst.edu

Website:          www.osurelay.com | http://www.facebook.com/OregonStateRelayForLife2013


Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence (CARDV)

Description:   The mission of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence is two-fold:

  • To provide services and support to those affected by sexual and domestic violence, and
  • To provide education and leadership within the community to change the societal conditions that cultivate these forms of violence.

CARDV is currently in need of both monetary donations and in-kind donations. For more information on how you donate funds, please see their donation page. All in kind donations should be NEW and UNOPENED unless otherwise noted on their wish list

Contact Info:  For questions about donations to CARDV please contact Crystal Kelley at: 541-758-0219 x301 or email.

                    If you have questions about in-kind donations, call our office at 541-738-8319, ext. 307 or email Lucy Daumen

Website:         http://cardvservices.org/



Home Life, Inc.

Description: Home Life Inc. is an organization that provides housing and care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Home Life assists people with disabilities to enjoy active, productive and empowered lives. Each program promotes independent living skills and community integration. Home Life is a second family to many of the clients, therefore, we strive to serve our clients through each stage of life. Our programs continue to evolve and change to meet the needs of the new generation as well as our aging population. Home Life operates 34 homes that houses their clients.

Contact Info: For questions about donations to Home Life please call 541-753-9015.or email homelife@peak.org.

Website: http://www.homelifeinc.org/



Grace Center for Adult Day Services

Description: Grace Center’s mission is to provide comprehensive quality services to meet the adult day care needs in our community. Grace Center strives to become a model of excellence in adult day care services.

Adult Day Service Programs have been operating around the country for years. Ours happens to be the only such program in the Corvallis and Linn-Benton County region, offering unique on-site services to older adults, with physical, mental and social stimulation as well as health monitoring and care management. 

Contact Info: For questions about donations to Grace Center please call 541-754-8417 or email office@gracecenter-corvallis.org

Website: http://gracecenter-corvallis.org/



Furniture Share of Benton County

Description:   Furniture Share, serving Linn, Benton, and surrounding counties, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization in operation since 1998 that diverts furniture from the landfill and redistributes quality used furniture, at no cost to individuals and families in need to improve family interactions, increase comfort and safety in homes, the ability to sleep comfortably, eat meals together, and study comfortably to increase wellness, independence, physical and mental health.

Contact Info:  T: 541-754-9511 | F: 541-738-0478

Website:         http://bfs.peak.org/index.php




Vina Moses Center

Description:   It was Vina Moses' vision that the center would provide household items to the neediest residents of Benton County free of charge. Our policy continues this tradition and ensures that your donations go directly to those in need in your community. Your donations of clean household goods are always needed at the Vina Moses Center. Please bring your donations at the rear of the store . That way we can assist you with carrying your donations, giving you a receipt for your records and answering any questions you may have about the center. All donations are tax deductible

Contact Info:  Call Vina Moses for more information 541-753-1420.

Website:          http://www.vinamoses.org/donate


Up ‘til Dawn, St. Jude Research Hospital

Description:   Up ‘till Dawn is a fundraising campaign for St. Jude, which is a non-profit research hospital that serves sick children. This is a great opportunity for the Greek community, or any other large group of students, who can host a letter writing campaign for a couple hours to raise money for St Jude. The event involves sending 35 letters to friends and family with the goal of spreading awareness and helping raise money for the kids of St. Jude.  The letters, envelopes and postage are provided. 

Contact Info:  Alyssa G. King, Event Marketing Representative, ph: (206) 526-8900, email: alyssa.king@stjude.org

Website:          http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2d43a631893a8110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD&vgnextchannel=f7d7bfe82e118010VgnVCM1000000e2015acRCRD

Activism - Centered Organizations:


RESULTS, the power to end poverty, New Activist Orientations and Trainings

Description:  The RESULTS mission is to create the public and political will to end poverty by empowering individuals to exercise their personal and political power for change. They combine the voices of passionate grassroots activists with strategic grass-tops efforts to leverage millions of dollars for programs and improved policies that give low-income people the health, education, and opportunity they need to thrive. RESULTS focuses on three areas of advocacy: global health, global education, and microfinance and economic opportunity. RESULTS works on both domestic and global poverty issues. Consider participating in an activist skill building training. Check out what other college students and campuses are doing with RESULTS.

Contact Info: For more information, contact Lisa Marchal at lmarchal@results.org

Website: http://www.results.org/ and http://www.results.org/skills_center/for_new_activists/


Ceasefire Oregon

Description:  The Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation works to reduce gun violence by educating the public and providing opportunities to dispose of unwanted firearms. Volunteers can get involved in gun turn ins, distributing information to the public, and more.

Contact Info: Call Ceasefire Oreogn at 503.220.1669 or email them at info@ceasefireoregon.org

Website:         http://www.ceasefireoregon.org/coef/cfoef.html

Contact Info

Center for Civic Engagement
158 Snell Hall (MU East) Corvallis, OR 97331-1610 beaver.volunteer@oregonstate.edu
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