The Service Plunge provides an opportunity for first-year and transfer students to spend their first days as a University of Portland student volunteering with local service agencies. Students will meet new people, work hard, and immerse themselves in their new Portland community.
Registration for the 2017 Service Plunge will open mid-June 2017.
Service Plunge participation fee: $75
Registration will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Important Details for Participants:
At the beginning of August, we will email participants with a packing list, information about airport and train pick-ups, and details about dropping off belongings in their residence halls. *Please note that students will not have access to their rooms during the trip.
The Service Plunge begins with check-in on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. The Plunge will end around 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at which time students will be able to settle into their residence hall rooms and enjoy Orientation Weekend.
Simplicity and solidarity are key values of the Moreau Center and are lived out on the Plunge. Participants will not be staying on campus during the Service Plunge. Participants will be sleeping on a concrete gym floor, eating simple meals, and working hard for the community.
Showers will only be available on Wednesday, and privacy and personal space will be very limited. The upside: students will get to experience and serve the North Portland community while getting to know their fellow classmates very well!
Some possible volunteer activities include sorting clothes at a shelter, landscaping, painting, and cleaning. Because we are coordinating service placements for a large number of students, students will not know their specific volunteer assignments until the Plunge begins.
Special Needs: Please contact us with any special dietary needs or ADA accommodations necessary to allow for full participation in this event.
During Service Plunge 2015, our large site service project was at Sabin School. We worked on cleaning up dirt paths and creating new ones, reorganizing classrooms with teachers, pulling weeds in the garden, and cleaning up the playground. Our small site projects involved Friends of Trees, Oregon Food Bank, Purpose Playground, Astor K-8, and more!
To view additional videos from previous Service Plunges, visit our blog.