During this time of social distancing, we have remote volunteer opportunities and internships available to help people in need, protect public health and the environment, and keep our community civically engaged.
Regardless of your schedule, you can volunteer with OSPIRG Students and make a difference. Whether you can volunteer once a week or once a term, OSPIRG Students provides a unique opportunity to work on meaningful issues and help your community in a time of need.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
100% Electric Buses – Help collect photo petitions and build a powerful coalition of groups on and off campus. With the crisis in Australia which has killed half a billion koalas, kangaroos, and other animals; to the wildfires in our own backyard—we need to act now to stop burning fossil fuels. Transportation is the largest contributor to global warming pollution in Oregon. That’s why we’re calling on our cities to transition to 100% electric buses! It’s possible—Portland has already made a similar commitment. Our cities can lead the way for more cities and states across the country to transition to a 100% renewable energy society!
Zero Hunger, Zero Waste: Hunger and Homelessness – Organize online fundraisers for a local poverty relief agency.
New Voters Project – Help register voters. For a democracy to function and thrive, citizens need to be engaged in the political process. Our generation is the largest and most diverse group of potential voters in the country, with our own ideas and values. We have the power to elect the next generation of leaders who care about the things we do, and who will fight for our vision for the future, but only if we vote.
Wildlife Over Waste – Help collect petition signatures and meet with decision makers. Nothing we use for five minutes should pollute our environment for hundreds of years to come. 98% of foam cups and containers end up in our oceans and landfills where they can injure and kill wildlife like sea turtles. We’re calling on our campuses to lead the country and ban unnecessary single-use containers.
Free Open-Textbooks – Meet with faculty members about using open-source free textbooks to save students thousands of dollars.
Hold the Antibiotics: Wendy’s – Collect photo petitions calling on Wendy’s to stop server meat raised with our life saving antibiotics. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine recently estimated that up to 162,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic resistant infections, which would make them the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly two thirds of medically important antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for use on factory farms. We know we can get factory farms to stop misusing our life-saving medicines if their biggest customers commit to buying meat that’s been raised without routine antibiotics.
Communication Skills – Improve your public speaking and writing skills, and learn how to work with the media to get media coverage. Get experience speaking in front of groups and advocating a position one-on-one.
Campaign Skills – Learn the basics of running a campaign – recruiting and training volunteers, generating grassroots support (petitions, letters, calls), building coalitions, organizing large events, campaign strategy, and advocacy skills.
Leadership Skills – Learn how to run meetings, work with teams, plan large events, develop other leaders, mange volunteers, and manage your time.
Apply today! Fill out the contact form and we will call you to schedule an internship overview and interview. You can also volunteer to make an impact!
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