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The Civic Engagement Program at SOU works to create a society of active citizens by connecting the campus to community through service. The goals of our program are to:

  1. Engage students in direct service to communities and the environment;
  2. Improve student understanding, knowledge, and awareness about social and environmental justice issues;
  3. Equip students with skills and resources to be effective volunteers and leaders; and
  4. Facilitate community and campus partnerships in order to foster a campus culture dedicated to civic engagement and service

We host quarterly days of volunteer service open to all of the SOU community, organize SOU's annual Volunteer Fair, run the Governor's State Employee Food Drive every February, and support other ECOS programming including the Raider Alternative Breaks' short-term service-learning experiences.

Civic Engagement is a program of ECOS, the Sustainability Resource Center. Stop on by our office in SU 105 and say hello!

SOU Day of Service on Mt. Ashland

Join us on October 1st - the entire SOU Community (students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families) are invited for a day of environmental service on Mt. Ashland! Transportation, lunch, and t-shirts provided for all volunteers. AND Mt. Ashland is providing all volunteers with a $20 off coupon for lift tickets or lessons! Click here for more information and to RSVP (recommended).

SOU Day of Service at Mt. Ashland Ski Resort during Week of Welcome

2nd Annual Volunteer Fair

On October 19th, 2016 ECOS' Civic Engagement Program joining up with SOU Career Connections to host SOU's 2nd annual Volunteer Fair. Local and regional non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other groups will be in the Rogue River Room eager to share volunteer, practicum and internship opportunities with students. Join us and find out about what's going on in your local community to support social justice, the environment, arts, education, and health (and more!). Representatives from the US Peace Corps and AmeriCorps will also be available to talk about post-graduate service opportunities.

If you represent a community organization interested in tabling at our Volunteer Fair, please contact Jill Smedstad, Environmental and Community Engagement Coordinator at to find out how to register.

Governor's State Employee Food Drive

The Civic Engagement Program coordinates SOU's involvement in this annual state-wide food drive. We rely heavily on student and employee volunteers to run this food drive - contact if you would like to volunteer. Proceeds raised during this food drive benefit ACCESS, our local affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank Network, and all of the non-perishable food donated goes right on the shelves of SOU's Student Food Pantry located in the Commuter Food Pantry.

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