Young Oregonians to take part in Global Youth Service Day

by Jared Paben

Global Youth Service Day, an event that celebrates and mobilizes millions of young people who improve their communities through service, will be held April 11-13. Join an existing project, or start a project of your own.

Oregonians are working to plan service projects as part of the event, which is the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

Some examples:

  • In Bend, volunteers plan to bake cookies and drive them to a local senior home or Bethlehem Inn, a homeless shelter.
  • In Corvallis, CSC YouthBuild will be getting the SAGE Garden ready for the spring season. The garden is a one-acre project in which volunteers and community service groups grow more than 30 types of fruits and vegetables for the community's neediest residents.
  • In Hillsboro, the Hillsboro Youth Advisory Council will head to the Jackson Bottom Wetland to improve habitat for the waterfowl, deer, otters, beavers, herons and eagles that live there. They’ll be removing invasive plants and garbage and planting native plants.
  • In Gresham, students who make up what’s called “The Wildside Crew” at Pleasant Valley School will plant over 800 linear feet of native shrubs and plants.
  • In Portland, Everybody Dance Now! Portland will join with Cards for Hospitalized Kids and the Portland Boys and Girls Clubs for a day-long card-making event. Cards will be distributed to youth in hospitals in the Portland area.

To take part in Global Youth Service Day, you can either join an existing project or start a project of your own. If you start a project of your own, you’ll want to add it to the GYSD map.

Click here for more information.

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 135 countries. It’s a campaign of Youth Service America, an international leader in the youth service movement.

Posted on April 4, 2014 in Day of Service.