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Programs & Opportunities

  • Friendship Brigade


    Friendship Brigade offers volunteer opportunities at Center 50+, which is a senior center operated by the City of Salem. Rooted in the belief that no one should feel forgotten or alone, the Friendship Brigade is an innovative, new community care and nursing home visitation program. Volunteers focus on spending time with seniors to make connections and offer projects that help to mitigate isolation. Our volunteers develop relationships with seniors to foster connections and social engagement that is sometimes difficult for those who reside in senior care facilities.

  • Language in Motion

    Language in Motion students

    Language in Motion (LiM) is an innovative, cooperative, community-engaged-learning program through which study-abroad returnees, international students, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students aid local K-12 teachers by creating and presenting language and cultural activities in the classroom. Our volunteers are able to develop their public speaking and teaching skills while sharing what they love about different cultures and language learning.

    The Willamette LiM program facilitates a weekly Japanese language and culture club for middle school students. We also provide one-time (or ongoing) multicultural presentations to classrooms and groups in the Salem-Keizer area.

  • S³: "Service, Society, and Self" Pre-Orientation Program

    This pre-orientation program is offered annually in August (before Opening Days) and participation is open to any new incoming student. Participants will learn about themselves, the Salem community, and how they can be agents of social change through their own leadership experiences.

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  • Tiger Club

    Friendship Brigade students

    Tiger Club is an ongoing program that partners Willamette students with 4th and 5th graders at nearby Bush Elementary School. During weekly after-school activities and lessons, Willamette volunteers engage with Bush students providing academic and social enrichment through games, tutoring, presentations, and reading. Tiger Club curriculum is based on the student's interests, classroom needs, and the mission of Bush Elementary.

Willamette University

Office of Civic Engagement

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6463 voice
503-370-6407 fax