Welcome to the Moreau Center’s blog page for volunteer opportunities. The Moreau Center offers University of Portland students the opportunity to serve local, domestic, and international communities while developing the skills, knowledge, and habits to improve the world through hope, compassion and solidarity.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our various opportunities for service and leadership.
Volunteering and project/program leadership is highly valued by employers as a resume and skill builder. We connect students to on-going and one-time volunteer opportunities and offer over 50 paid and volunteer student leadership opportunities.
We encourage our students to make a habit of serving others and foster relationships within their communities.
“How Do I Get Started?”
4 Helpful steps to finding a service site:
1. Check out our “Current Opportunities” link (located under the “Volunteer Opportunities” tab):
You can search for volunteer opportunities either by category or by the time the event opportunity was posted. This is a good option if you know what type of organization/social issue you would like to work with.
2. Check out the “Partner Organizations” tab:
This option will provide you with a list of organizations we have worked with in the past. Searching their websites and contacting their volunteer coordinators is the best way to get in contact.
3. Check out the “Calendar” tab:
This is a great option if you are interested in volunteering on a specific date and/or at a specific time. A variety of volunteer opportunities are posted here; from all different categories, on going, one time, etc…
4. Contact your SJC (Service and Justice Coordinator) located in your residence hall.
Not sure what an SJC is? Check them out here
5. Connect with a CVC (Campus Volunteer Coordinator)
Not sure what a CVC is? Check them out here
“How Do I Get There?”
Riding your Bike
Riding your bike is a great way to get to your service site. If you don’t have a bike on campus Recreation Services has bikes available for checkout through Howard Hall. If you are unsure of which route to take you can visit the City of Portland’s Office of Transportation site for a North Portland Bike Map or the bicycle trip planner by ByCycle.org.
Using Public Transportation
Portland has a very effective public transportation system by way of Tri-met buses and light rail (MAX). Bus #44 picks you up right at the main entrance of campus or near the Public Safety parking lot and can provide transportation to many of your service sites. For help planning your route visit the Tri-Met Trip Planner or Maps & Schedules.
The University of Portland has Zipcar on campus! There are currently three vehicles on campus and many more in the surrounding neighborhoods. Visit http://www.up.edu/publicsafety/default.aspx?cid=6317&pid=610 to learn more about the UP Zipcar program and to register for an account. If you have any questions regarding UP’s Zipcar program, contact Public Safety at x7161.
Moreau Center Vehicles
The Moreau Center for Service and Leadership has seven vehicles available to check-out for volunteer use. The vehicles can be reserved for the Portland metropolitan area only. Vehicles are for community service only, and are available seven days a week. Requests for vehicles must be submitted at least one working day in advance. See the Moreau Center Vehicle Policy for further details. Be sure to have your driver form on file at Public safety before your drive.
Requirements for reserving a vehicle:
Types of Volunteer Service:
- SJC events
- CVC events
- General volunteering – not connected to a class requirement such as practicum, clinical, CSWS, or field placement
- Clubs doing a viable community service project
*Note: there are a few exceptions for course-related service. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Must be a current UP student
- Must be 18 years of age
- Must have a valid driver’s license
Paperwork and Info needed:
- Public Safety Driver Form (submitted to Public Safety prior to driving)
- Public Safety driving course (may sign up in Public safety)
- Name and location of site or event (submitted to the Moreau Center at time of booking)
- Site supervisor name and phone/email contact information (submitted at time of booking or ASAP)
Unsure or need more assistance? Students can also come into our office and speak with our staff about service sites, transportation, service learning, and our alternative breaks and immersions. Email the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership if you’d like to set up an appointment with our staff.