2012-2013 Community Service Fact Sheet

Service Hours

  • 165,629 total service hours were provided by the Willamette community
    • CLA Undergrad - 57,863
    • CLA Service-Learning - 15,070
    • Graduate Schools -89,204
      • Atkinson – 6,062
      • College of Law - 8,988
      • Graduate School of Education - 74,154
    • WU Faculty and Staff - 3,492

Community Organizations

  • 182 community organizations were impacted by the Willamette community
    • 104 community organizations in Salem
    • 29 community organizations in cities throughout Oregon (Portland, Stayton, etc. - not including Salem)
    • 43 community organizations in cities located throughout the United States
    • 4 community organizations in cities located around the world


  • 23 service-learning classes
  • 433 students participating in service-learning classes/class components
  • 15,070 hours of service
  • 11 disciplines represented (Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Psychology, Education, History, Sociology, and Rhetoric )

Some examples of Service Learning Initiatives by Willamette University Students during the 2012-2013 academic year:

Bush Elementary Tutoring and Mentoring Program

  • Bush Elementary School, a public school serving approximately 250 students, is a neighbor of Willamette University. With the loss of its after-school academic enrichment programs and Community Service Learning Coordinator in 2007, Bush Elementary School sought the assistance of Willamette University student volunteers to help tutor and mentor its students. The Tiger Club, the primary program of the Bush Elementary Mentoring and Tutoring Program, was established to provide tutoring through a structured curriculum to boost students' understanding and academic achievement.

JumpStart: New Student Orientation to Community Outreach (NSOCO)

  • NSOCO is a pre-orientation program for new incoming students. These students work with community organizations such as OR School for the Deaf Community Garden, City of Salem Parks and Recreation, Union Gospel Mission, Family Building Blocks, Willamette Humane Society, Marion Polk Food Share, Colonia Libertad, Bush Elementary School, Juntos Podemos, Wilson Retirement Center, Salem Hospital, HOME Youth Resource Center and the Chemawa Indian School.

Take a Break (TaB) alternative spring break

  • Take a Break (TaB) is a student-led alternative break program that places small groups of Willamette University students, staff, and faculty in communities across America to engage in community service and experiential learning.

Into the Streets

  • Intro the Streets is Willamette University’s day of service on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff provide service on this day to organizations throughout the Salem area.

Student Organizations

Best Buddies - Willamette University students form one-to-one friendships with their buddies, individuals in the community with developmental disabilities. Members participate in activities such as movies, kick-ball, and community service.

Bearcats Offering Others Meals (BOOM) - Willamette Students serve bi-weekly hot breakfasts at the Salvation Army to individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

Sexual Assault Response Allies (SARA) - Willamette University volunteers provide hotline service every weekend and walk-in office hours support twice a week. Members also support Reality Check, Sex Signals, Sexual Assault Awareness Week, and Take Back the Night.

Willamette Garden and Compost Society -Willamette University Students support compost efforts on campus and help out each week at Zena Farm, building and tending to the compost piles.

Kaneko Community Partnership Committee - Willamette University volunteers provide service with the South East Salem Neighborhood Community Center serving dinners, raking leaves, participating in community garden work parties, volunteering at the after school program, and sponsoring a rummage sale fundraiser.