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Alternative Spring Break Trips 2015

We just released information and an application to apply for two amazing spring break service trips for 2015. Check out our Alternative Break Program page for more information!

Upcoming Civic Engagement Events

Coming soon!

Volunteer with Civic Engagement

The Civic Engagement Program is hiring student volunteers to work winter through spring terms 2015! Click on the links below for full position description and information on how to apply:

Service Project Support Volunteer - 2-4 hours/week


Past Civic Engagement Programs:

PDX Homelessness Immersion


SOU's Civic Engagement Program is partnering with JOIN: Connecting the Street to a Home, an organization in Portland that works to bridge the gap between the housed and the homeless. JOIN's immersion experience brings individuals face-to-face with homelessness through volunteer work,visits to homeless camps, and meeting with people who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, homelessness. 

Over the course of a weekend, you will confront your fears and stereotypes surrounding homelessness and learn about poverty and social injustice through relationships and conversation. You will sleep on the floor, walk several miles each day, rely on public transport, and live rather simply. 

Trip fee is $35 per student and includes all transportation, lodging, and food - with the exception of meals during transportion to and from Portland. Students selected to participate in this weekend experience will depart at noon on Friday, February 13th and return to SOU the evening of Sunday, February 15th.

By committing to this experience, you will be expected to attend two pre-trip meetings which will include a pre-trip activity. Additionally, the group will work together after the trip to plan an activity applying the immersion experience to our local community.

Camp Latgawa Service Weekend


Fall Civic Engagement Kick-off Service Weekend at Camp Latgawa

October 11-12, 2014

Join the Civic Engagement Program for our first service trip of the school year! This overnight trip will benefit Camp Latgawa, a summer camp located in the Cascade foothills outside of Eagle Point (~1.5 hours away). Service project activities may include: Adirondack Chair Building, Deck Staining, Interior and Exterior Painting, Landscape Beautification and Gardening, Sewing, Raking Leaves, Trail Maintenance, and Wood Splitting. 



Register HERE for our Fall Civic Engagement Program kick-off weekend service trip to Camp Latgawa October 11-12!

Student trip participants will each contribute $10 to the cost of this trip, and the Civic Engagement Program will cover the rest. Lunch and Dinner on Saturday October 11th, and Breakfast Sunday the 12th will be provided, as well as lodging and transportation to/from the project. Cabins are bunk bed style, heated, and have hot showers and restrooms nearby. Bring your own bedding (sleeping bag and pillow) and a warm layer for cool evening temperatures.

Space is limited to the first ten students to register, so sign up now to join us on the fun and rewarding service weekend!

For more information, call 541-552-6454 or email


Coffee Education Night

Coffee Education Night Fundraiser

Please join us on Thursday, May 29 at 6:00PM at Case Coffee Roasters for a fun and engaging evening of coffee conversation. We'll be discussing "third wave" coffee, providing pour over demonstrations, offering cupping (coffee tasting) and more!

All proceeds benefit a dedicated, hard-working group of students traveling to Guatemala in June for a two-week service trip to volunteer in two small coffee farming communities.

Students w/ ID $8

General Public $12

With questions or for more information, please contact Brittany Depew at or 541-552-6454.


Alt Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break

This spring term, 10 students traveled to San Francisco to work in Early Childhood Education. The group partnered with Early Head Start, Head Start and Boys and Girls Club to engage in hands-on, direct service to youth.

Where: Oakland & San Francisco, CA

When: March 23-29, 2014

Who: 9 students and 1 staff leader

How: Check back in April for photos of the group's work.


Arbor Day

Arbor Day Celebration & Campus Beautification

In partnership with SOU Landscape Services, we hosted SOU's 1st Annual Arbor Day Celebration on April 9, 2014. There were presentations, live music, giveaways, and over 6000 new plants will be planted!

Over eighty students, SOU staff and faculty, and community members joined us in planting some greenery, making our campus an even more beautiful place, and celebrating Arbor Day.