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?


Craft 'N Cares create crafts and cards for local community organizations to meet unique community needs and spread and share cheer. They can include making cards, cat toys, placemats, center pieces, seasonal decorations, and more!


There are no current 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!


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 in collaboration with OSU Program Council during the Javacoustics series for the Fall Term Craft 'N Care series! We decorated paper bags and created placemats that will be used to delivery and serve meals at Meals on Wheels

The Senior Meals dining room program serves hot, nutritious, midday meals, and offers companionship to seniors who are at least 60 years of age and their spouses, and to Native Americans who are at least 55 years of age. These meals are served in locations throughout Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties. 

The Meals on Wheels program is designed for homebound seniors and people with disabilities under 60 who receive Medicaid services, and are unable to get to a dining room in their community. Our home delivered meals are delivered by volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers. Learn more about Meals on Wheels and how to get involved here.

We had about 55 total volunteers throughout our four week series as well as Make a Difference Day and we crafted: 

  • 180 paper bags
  • 75 placemats
  • about 5000 service 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 service hours