Make A Difference Day 2018 will be Saturday, October 27th, 2018!

Make a Difference Day is a nationally recognized day of service where thousands of people across the country work to improve their community. This year, you can be part of this amazing experience by signing up for one of our 8 projects, ranging from morning to afternoon opportunities.

Registration is required and open! Click here to register.

2018 Projects:

  • Riparian Zone Restoration with Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture: Volunteers will engage in the remediation of unwanted invasive vegetation, along the reach of Oak Creek bounded between 35th St. and where our reach bends to the east | 15 volunteers | Check-In @ 8:15 AM in the SEC Plaza | Estimated Campus Return Time: 3:05 PM | All ages are welcome, guardian must be present for any youth participant.
  • Wood Program with Mary's River Gleaners: Volunteers will be organizing wood to put in a new storage unit | 20 volunteers | Check-In @ 8 AM in the SEC Plaza | Estimated Campus Return Time: 12:30 PM | Ages 12+, guardian must be present for any youth participant.
  • Van Buren House Spruce-Up! with Corvallis Housing First: Volunteers will be cleaning and painting the inside of the historical house that provides housing for people who have experienced houselessness. The house is close to campus | 10 volunteers | Check-In @ 12:15 PM in the SEC Plaza | Estimated Campus Return Time: 5:05 PM | All ages are welcome, guardian must be present for any youth participant.
  • Natural Area Enhancement Project with Chintimini Wildlife Center: Volunteers will be helping develop an outdoor teaching area for on-site nature-based youth and adult education programs | 20 volunteers | Check-In @ 9 AM in the SEC Plaza | Estimated Campus Return Time: 1:30 PM | All ages are welcome, guardian must be present for any youth participant.
  • Sunset Park & Natural Area Care Day with Corvallis Parks and Recreation: Volunteers will be mulching, pruning, cleaning up, and possibly working on boardwalk repair | 60 volunteers | Check-In @ 8:15 AM in the SEC Plaza | Estimated Campus Return Time: 12:30 PM | Ages 8+, guardian must be present for any youth participant.
  • Lincoln School Garden Work Day with Linus Pauling Institute Healthy Youth Program: Volunteers will help put the Lincoln Elementary School Garden to bed for the winter. Volunteers will be covering beds, spreading mulch and doing any last bit of harvesting. Other projects may include weeding, organizing supplies and cleaning out the garden sheds | 35 volunteers | Check-In @ 9:15 AM in the SEC Plaza | Estimated Campus Return Time: 12:30 PM | Ages 18+.
  • Craft N Care with Meals on Wheels: Volunteers will be making Fall-themed paper lunch bags and placemats for the packed meals provided by the organization to senior citizens | 25 volunteers | Check-In @ 8:30 AM in the SEC Plaza | Estimated Project Completion Time: 11 AM | All ages are welcome, guardian must be present any youth participant.
  • Squash, Spice, and Everything Nice with Organic Growers Club, Lewis Brown Farm, and OSU HSRC: Volunteers will be cleaning and preparing squash for long-term storage and donation. Volunteers will also be repacking bulk spices | 30 volunteers | Check-In @ 8:30 AM in the SEC Plaza | Estimated Project Completion Time: 12 PM | Ages 18+.

Registration is required and open! Click here to register.

How we made a difference in 2017:

Last year on October 28th, 2017, we had 105 volunteers from the OSU community who completed 5 different service projects in the community for Make A Difference Day of Service! The service projects were an incredible success, as OSU made a difference by doing all of the following:

  • 5 projects at Craft N Care with Meals on Wheels, Greenbelt Land Trust, Human Services Resources Center/Growing Food Security, Corvallis Housing First, Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary
  • 421 hours of service
  • Summary from each project:
    • Craft N Care: 137 paper bags and 65 placemats crafted for Meals on Wheels
    • Stream Stewardship (Greenbelt Land Trust): Removed invasive species from over 300 ft of land, helped to maintain riverbank
    • Squashing Food Insecurity: Processed and packaged 861 lbs of various forms of squash
    • Corvallis Housing First: Moved 72 side beds, 33 flat beds, 45 wooden planks, 21 beds, 32 steel rails, 7 tables, 2 cabinets, pillows and blankets. Inventoried 30 boxes of clothes and organized one closet
    • Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary: ~150 trees planted (cedar, douglas fir, pine), scotch broom removal, added tree protection

Check out photos from Make A Difference Day 2017 here!