Archive for December, 2012

Call for 2013 Statesman Journal Articles

Posted on December 31, 2012. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners | Tags: , , |

Happy New Year!  I am setting my 2013 calendar of articles in the Statesman Journal.  I am writing to invite you to be highlighted in 2013.  Each article runs in the Communities section on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  I will write the article and send it to you before sending it to the editor.  I end each article with a call to volunteer and drive interested individuals to our website.  In order to participate, you will need to post a volunteer opportunity for me to send people to.  I am happy to write about a specific event or need or just a general awareness piece about your organization.  If you are interested, please send me a short description of the article topic and the time you prefer to see the article in the paper.  Some dates are already filled and everything else will be first come first served.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.


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Volunteers Needed for Homeless Count January 30th

Posted on December 26, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! | Tags: , , |

Thousands of people in Marion and Polk counties experience homelessness each year, including at least 800 youth according to the 2012 Marion County CHIP report.  The vast majority of these youth and adults are people for whom life has dealt a crushing blow: serious illness, abuse, addiction, inability to work, collapse of a family, and ultimately the loss of a place to live.

The annual Homeless Count, conducted by Community Action and its partners, serves our community in the following ways:

  • Gives a more accurate number of our homeless population and information about the causes of homelessness.  Homeless advocates continue to work toward a Plan to End Homelessness in Marion and Polk counties.  The Count gives us the information needed to improve services to better help people out of homelessness, and prevent it in the first place.


  • Provides a yearly measure to see if homeless program changes are reducing the number of homeless people.  Are the changes made to how we serve the homeless actually working, and reducing the number of homeless people?


  • Accurate homeless statistics are necessary to receive the continued federal support (almost one million dollars annually) for homeless programs in Marion and Polk counties.


A large group of volunteers provide the foundation of the support for the Homeless Count every year. Mobile volunteers spend their time traveling in marked vans to locate, greet and count homeless persons on the street, in parks, parking lots, and other places where homeless people frequent. Stationary volunteers help with a variety of tasks at Homeless Count event locations. This year’s Homeless Count will occur on January 30. The stationary locations are throughout Salem and Woodburn.  All volunteers need to attend the Volunteer Orientation on Monday, January 28th, 6:00-7:30pm.   To find more information and sign-up to help, visit and search for ‘Homeless Count’ and make a real difference in the lives of those in need.

Austin Rowlader is the Community Mobilizer for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. He can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or

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Salem Jumped 4 Spots to be 11th in the Nation in Volunteerism

Posted on December 12, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

Originally posted by Oregon Volunteers

Volunteers in Oregon demonstrated their commitment to strengthening their communities in a variety of ways in 2011 and earned the #8 ranking among the 50 states, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report released today. Oregon’s volunteer rate reached an all-time high with nearly 1.1 million volunteers serving more than 136.7 million total hours, which is valued at more than $2.6 billion.
“Oregon’s move into the top 10 states for volunteering comes as no surprise to me,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber. “Every visit to an Oregon town or city is an opportunity to see local residents engaged at a personal level in their community. Volunteering is a part of Oregon’s culture and DNA.”
The VCLA data is part of the most comprehensive study of volunteering and civic engagement in America.

  • This year’s report not only shows Oregon ranking in the top 10 in volunteer rate but also Oregon’s remarkable jump from #37 to #4 in number of volunteer hours per resident.
  • Oregon’s college students moved into the top 10 for the first time at #8.*
  • Among the nation’s 50 largest cities, Portland ranks in the top five in terms of volunteer rates for ages 16-42.
  • Among mid-sized cities, Salem now ranks #11 in volunteer rate and Eugene is #17 in volunteer hours.

The complete report can be accessed at

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Sharpen Your Volunteer Recruitment and Motivation Skills this January!

Posted on December 4, 2012. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners |

Hey partners! We’ve got an awesome opportunity for you to sharpen up your volunteer recruitment and motivation skills this January. Spots are limited, so make sure to sign up before hand! Here’s all the details: (more…)

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Great Work Y’all!

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners, Volunteering is Hot! |

As 2012 comes to a close, HandsOn Willamette would like to take this opportunity to give you a well-deserved pat on the back. Why? Well, a lot of awesome things have happened in the past year and we want to let you know about all of them! (more…)

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7 Ways Volunteering Can Help Deal With Holiday Stress

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

Today’s post comes from the HandsOn Network.

Why do you volunteer? Many volunteer for selfless reasons, but service can do so much good for the volunteer too! Consider volunteering more often to help others in your communities, social circles, and life, not only for all the wonderful benefits that come from spreading kindness, but also for the great benefits that people experience when they help others. (more…)

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