Day of Caring & OSU Community Day of Service will be Saturday May 18, 2019!

The annual Day of Caring invites Oregon State students, staff, faculty, and their children/dependents to contribute to community through service projects focused on environmental restoration, food security, health and wellbeing, youth development, and more! The 2019 Day of Caring is co-sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association and United Way of Benton and Lincoln Counties. This event is offered in conjunction with the OSU Alumni Association's Community Day of Service which has nationwide projects for OSU Alumni. #BeaversGiveBack

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” -- Edward Everett Hale

A Summary of CCE Day of Caring 2018 Projects:

6 service projects with 7 community partners/organizations (United Way, SAGE, Corvallis Parks & Rec, Produce for the People, Healthy Youth Program, Meals on Wheels and Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services)

79 volunteers

206 hours of service

  • Sunset Park and Natural Area Day Care with Corvallis Parks & Recreation: Volunteers cut down 5-6 tarps full of blackberry bushes, hawthorne bushes, and ash broom plants, helping with invasive species control.
  • Leonard St. Community Garden Clean-up with Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services: Volunteers weeded the whole garden of thistle, mulched each row of produce, and handed out garden potluck invites to neighbors.
  • Seasonal Garden Prep with SAGE: Volunteers weeded 4 beds to prep for tilling.
  • Annual Plant Sale and Lincoln Carnival Set-up with the Healthy Youth Program: Volunteers hung up bunting, weeding, ticket sales, facilitated booth activities, plant sales, set-up chairs, and set-up the golf course.
  • Garden Project with Produce for the People: Volunteers weeded about 10 garden beds, laid down straw, and moved compost.
  • Craft N Care with Meals on Wheels: Volunteers decorated 80 lunch bags, and made 10 friendship bracelets.

To see photos from the day, check out our Facebook Album!

The 2017 Day of Caring Service Day was held on Saturday, May 20. We had 60 volunteers from the OSU community who completed 6 different service projects in the community! The service projects were an incredible success, as OSU volunteers made a difference by doing all of the following:

  • 6 service projects with 7 different community organizations/non-profits (United Way, Leadership Corvallis, SAGE, Trillium Family Services – Children’s Farm Home, Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary, Greenbelt Land Trust, and Grace Center)!
  • 60 volunteers
  • 165.5 hours of service
  • Summary from each project:
    • Central Park Clean-Up: Sanded and painted the playground, two tables, and one bench
    • Let’s Pull Together with Greenbelt Land Trust: Cleared about 200 yards up a trail at Forest Dell Park of invasive species, filling an entire dumpster with removed invasive species
    • Spring Gardening at SAGE: Poured mulch all over pollinator garden, unpacked 2 plots, weeded 4 plots, and laid compost over 1 plot
    • Trillium Family Services – Children’s Farm Home: Planted 2 large beds of wild flowers, set up drip irrigation system, installed plastic sheeting in beds to prevent weeds, mulched 3 rows of the garden
    • Habitat Forest Restoration with Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary: Removed and pruned scotch broom from back of property and in expansion area
    • Craft N Care with Grace Center: Painted and created about 25 floral and spring-themed wall decorations for Grace Center

Thank you to United Way and to all our fantastic volunteers for making Day of Caring 2017 such a great success!

The Center for Civic Engagement coordinated this event with United Way of Benton and Lincoln Counties.

OSU partners with United Way of Benton and Lincoln counties to offer a spring Day of Caring service day each year. Day of Caring was previously run out of New Student Programs and Family Outreach as part of CONNECT. The program moved to spring and the Center for Civic Engagement during the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Day of Caring was established in 1992 by the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish.

In 1999, the Day of Caring was renamed the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring in honor of Larry Richardson, a long-time volunteer of the United Way and the community, and past president of the  Charlottesville Broadcasting Company.