Want to make a difference in someone’s life, but find your schedule seems too busy to get engaged off campus? Want to craft and support a great cause at the same time?

Check out CCE's series of Craft ‘N Care projects!

What to Expect

Craft 'N Care is about meeting community needs and brightening the days of others through crafts and cards while learning about a local nonprofit agency. CCE wanted a way to make service opportunities more accessible to the busy lives of OSU community members while still making a meaningful contribution to our community partners. During a Craft ‘N Care service project, you can expect to make a variety of different crafts to be donated to local senior living facilities, homes for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, children's hospitals, homeless shelters, troops, animal shelters, and/or youth organizations. These crafts are typically used as decorations for upcoming events, seasons, or holidays or simply to brighten up the environment of the buildings, and especially the lives of the people that use them!

CCE staff will plan all crafting projects. Come prepared to get creative!

When

CCE does our best to schedule Craft ‘N Care service projects multiple times every term and usually during dead week. After all, what college student wouldn't love taking a study break to do MEANINGFUL arts and crafts??

Project times are normally over the span of 3 hours. Volunteers are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows.

Where To Go

Craft ‘N Care events take place in a variety of public spaces on campus, depending on availability. In the past, MU Java Stop and Java II in the Valley Library have partnered with CCE to host these projects to give students a chance at a cup of coffee, a relaxing atmosphere, and a convenient location to stop by. We also often offer crafting in the Involvement Lounge in the Student Experience Center 112.

How To Participate

No sign up is required. Simply keep an eye out for social media postslistserv announcements, or posters around campus for upcoming project dates. Bring your friends, roommates, family, anyone!

Fall Term Craft 'N Care

Thank you to each of the volunteers who joined us Wednesday Nov 12 for the Fall Term Craft 'N Care! We crafted paper turkeys and winter and fall hanging decorations for CARDV and Grace Center. 

The Grace center provides Adult Day Service Programs. These programs provide seniors and disabled adults opportunities for exercise, socialization, and cognitive therapy while their family caregivers receive the benefit of respite. These services help prevent physical and cognitive decline of its participants as well as caregiver burnout, thus delaying and/or eliminating living facility/nursing home placement. Grace Center has been promoting health and dignity through their adult day services since 1983 and remains the only adult day program in the Corvallis and Linn-Benton County region with specialties in Memory Care and Post-Rehabilitation. To learn more about Grace Center click here! 

The mission of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) is 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. To learn more about CARDV click here! 

We had 9 total volunteers and we crafted: 

  • 8 paper bag turkeys
  • 4 strings of paper leaf garland
  • 22 winter themed hanging decorations
  • 4 tissue paper wreaths
  • 18 total volunteer hours

Past Projects

Winter decorations for residents of Corvallis Manor & Home Life, Inc.

  • 33 tissue paper wreaths
  • 19 party hats
  • 60 painted ornaments
  • 25 volunteers
  • 75 service hours

 

Recycled Craft 'N Care, in partnership with RecycleMania, for residents of Corvallis ManorHome Life, Inc., and Grace Center for Adult Day Services

  • 27 handmade greeting cards
  • 41 lip pins
  • 12 egg carton Chinese dragons
  • 11 toilet paper roll owls
  • 4 paper ornaments
  • 5 Mari Gras masks
  • 7 strings of Mari Gras beads
  • 15 volunteers
  • 45 service hours

 

"After Dark Gives Back", in partnership with University Housing & Dining Services, for clients of Meals on Wheels Portland

  • 52 personalized placemats
  • 40 volunteers
  • 120 serivce hours