|Submission Date||March 4, 2016|
Oregon State University
EN-12: Community Service
Number of students engaged in community service:
Total number of students :
Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:
Total number of student community service hours contributed during a one-year period:
Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
A brief description of the practice of including community service on transcripts, if applicable:
Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)?:
A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:
There are several OSU employee community service initiatives that include both direct and indirect service. These include an Annual Employee & Family Service Day that engages volunteers in direct service addressing food insecurity at a local community garden and food share. Additionally, faculty and staff are invited and participate in varying degrees in all of the Center for Civic Engagement annual days of service (Make A Difference Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Earth Day of Service, and Day of Caring with United Way).
A large number of employees put on fundraising events and donate food and money to the annual food drive that takes place during the month of February: http://communications.oregonstate.edu/events/events-and-projects/food-drive. The 2014 food drive contributed over 525,547 pounds of food to the Linn Benton Food Share.
Each year thousands of OSU employees participate in the Oregon State Employee’s Charitable Fund: http://www.oregon.gov/GCFS/pages/index.aspx. Several departments including the Dean of Student Life alignment and Business Affairs have instituted a policy that all employees are allowed to use 8 hours of paid time per year to support community service projects.
OSU Extension programs and education helped improve the lives of Oregonians across the state.
• OSU Extension employees had more than 2.4 million interactions with Oregonians via face-to-face meetings, phone consultations, webinars, newsletters, emails, field visits and assistance at OSU Extension offices.
• A reported 94,438 school-aged children engaged in 4-H Youth Development activities statewide. Program areas emphasized include STEM, healthy living and citizenship. Today’s 4-H’ers are tomorrow’s scientists, community change agents and global leaders.
• OSU Extension’s mobile-friendly online catalog website provides access to more than 900 research-based publications that help Oregonians improve their lives, homes, businesses and communities. In 2015, more than 7,000 printed publications have been distributed and catalog materials have been downloaded more than 100,000 times. The catalog includes books, PDFs, apps, videos, podcasts, e-books, posters and websites.
Additionally, more than two million Oregonians participated in Extension programs or contacted Extension for information, and more than 110,000 school-aged children engaged in 4-H activities statewide. Program areas receiving emphasis included healthy living, civic engagement and science. Over 14,000 volunteers contributed service to the state. This collaboration with volunteers resulted in a significant public good, a contribution of over 1 million hours of service, the equivalent of about 567 FTE.
The website URL where information about the institution’s community service initiatives is available:
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