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Community Engagement & Service at Linfield College promotes student learning, development, and civic responsibility through co-curricular and curricular service opportunities.

In fulfillment of the mission of Linfield College, “Connecting Learning, Life, and Community,” we aim to:

  • Connect Linfield students as members of the campus, community, and global society
  • Bridge students’ theoretical and practical knowledge through experiential learning opportunities
  • Foster critical thinking, problem solving, and multicultural competencies, and
  • Empower students to become engaged citizens and agents of social and environmental change

Our office supports students on their journey toward civic engagement by maintaining partnerships with over 100 community-based organizations; offering community service consultation to individual students, groups, and faculty; and sponsoring numerous Community Service programs and events. 

CES Upcoming Events

January 27th, 2016 Homeless Count: Please RSVP for this event with the CES Director Joni Tonn. On a mission to end homelessness in McMinnville YCAP partners with numerous volunteers and organizations to count people experiencing homelessness. They collect information on people staying in shelters, correctional institutions, places not meant for habitation and those temporarily staying with friends or family. This information is then reported to the state and HUD (Housing and Urban Development) to identify gaps and progress. This event requires a training a week in advance

  • 1/19 @ 6pm-7:30 Homeless Count training. Any students wishing to participate in the Homeless Count must participate in this training. Transportation to the training site will be provided. 
  • 1/27 @ 9am-2:00pm Homeless Count shift at Co-op. Transportation provided.
  • 1/27 @ 2pm-6:00pm Homeless Count shift at St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen. Transportation provided.

Please sign up in advance, spots are limited but we can be flexible with which count shift you attend. 

January 24th, 2016 12pm Operation Snuggle:
Come to FML to help us make blankets for people in need in the McMinnville community! Blankets will be donated to CWISH (Community Weather Inclement Shelter Help) and the Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission!

January 23rd, 2016 12pm-4:30pm Service Saturday at Camp Smith:
Camp Smith offers us the chance to go out and do some restoration and conservation work at a place where they are teaching students all about good environmental stewardship. Please sign up in advance with CES to attend. 

January 18th, 2016 5pm Hygiene Kits for the Homeless:
Do you take your deodorant and toothpaste for granted? This is an opportunity to provide those basic necessities to people in the community. Help us prepare hygiene kits that will be distributed at the annual homeless person count at the end of the month. Located in the Pioneer Reading Room.

January 18th, 2016 4pm Workshop: Planning A Community Service Project: Hosted by Joni Tonn, come learn the fundamentals of planning and implementing a service project. A great space to ask questions, get feedback, and collaborate with other Linfield change makers! Located in the Pioneeer Reading Room.

January 16th, 2016 8:30am-12pm MLK Jr. Day Of Service: A service day sponsored by CES, Multicultural Programming, and Black Student Union. Come join us to serve in the McMinnville community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Potential service sites include: Miller Woods, YCAP, Saturday Morning Breakfast, the McMinnville Community Center and more.

January 15th, 2016 1:00pm Operation Snuggle: Come to FML to help us make blankets for people in need in the McMinnville community!

January 14th, 2016 5:30pm Food for Thought: Community Engagement and Service:
Join us in Riley 201 to eat pizza and discuss community service at Linfield. This open forum will a place for students to discuss volunteer opportunities, service theory, volunteer management, and much more with the CES staff and Change Corps team.

December 10th, 2015 7-8pm Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Feed: 
Have you volunteered this semester? Come by the 2nd floor balcony in Riley at 7:00 for a pancake feed! We are so appreciative of all the service hours you logged this semester, come enjoy pancakes with all the toppings! 

November 14-22, 2015 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week! 
During this week engage with Change Corps Poverty: Hunger and Homelessness Service Coordinator Kelly Ackerman to learn about this complicated social issue in our local community. Events will be going on all week:

  • ALL WEEK LONG: All-campus canned food drive to benefit YCAP (Yamhill Community Action Partnership). Find large barrels in Mahaffey Hall, Fred Meyer Lounge, Jane Failing Hall, Withnell, Dillin, and Potter Hall to donate canned and non-perishable food
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast at the CoOp 11/14: Shifts for cooking, set up, serving, and clean up available from 7-11:30am, contact Kelly Ackerman for more information
  • Trivia Night 11/16 6:00pm: Come to Riley 201 for trivia all about hunger, homelessness, and poverty. The grand prize winner will choose a local hunger and homelessness nonprofit organization to which CES will donate $50 and they will receive a CES t-shirt!  
  • St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen 11/18 3:45-6pm: Set up, serve, cook, clean, and have conversations with patrons of the soup kitchen. St. Barnabas provides meals for people but also serves as a community gathering space and offers a very unique and engaging experience for volunteers. Contact Kelly Ackerman for more information
  • Birdhouse Painting 11/19: For $4 you can purchase and paint a birdhouse! All money will go to McMinnville YCAP. Riley 201 6-7pm

Make A Difference Day is October 24th, 2015! Thank you to all Linfield friends, family and students who came out and did service with us! M.A.D.D. is the largest national day of community service for the United States and we had the pleasure of logging over 150 hours of service! Community partners served: Tice Woods, McMinnville Community Garden, McMinnville Public Library, Kids on the Block, the annual Mayor's Ball, and more! 

Check out this video from the 2015 ASB trip to Ketchikan, Alaska by Riley Self '16

ASB Participant Recruitment is now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied! You can expect to hear from from our office before 10/25 regarding trip placement. Direct all ASB related question to Sara Gomez


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