CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University volunteers from across the nation will gather in their communities this Saturday to show their Beaver spirit through the annual OSU Community Day of Service.

This rapidly growing annual event includes groups of alumni, students and friends of OSU from across Oregon, the West Coast, and even some as far as the nation's capital.

"In addition to helping with many important community needs, Day of Service is a chance for Beaver alumni to reconnect with their fellow Oregon Staters wherever they live," said Brian Collins, a volunteer in Washington D.C.

There is even a joint OSU-UO project in Philomath, bringing the number of OSU-related community projects to 40. The Philomath project involves student athletes from both universities working on a Habitat for Humanity build and is being organized by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

There are some unique projects such as clean-ups at a zoo, assisting with a low-cost feline vaccine clinic with OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as working with foster care homes and a rescued horse sanctuary.  Other projects include trail clean-ups, working with local downtown associations to clean up shopping areas, and work on community parks and memorials. One crew is working at the famous Portland Rose Gardens. 

Interested alumni and friends can still register for projects in their area by going to The projects take place from 9 a.m. to noon, May 18. Locations include eight in Portland, seven in Corvallis and Albany, six in California, four in Washington State, one in Idaho and one in Washington, D.C.  In Oregon there are also projects in Roseburg, Oakland, Eugene, Salem, Stayton, Dallas, Newberg, Newport, Bend and Bandon.

The Bandon project is a special beach clean-up where participants gather trash and make art sculptures. Volunteers will sort cleaned beach debris by color and assist staff to construct a sculpture of a sea creature out of the debris. See:

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Kate Sanders, 541-737-6220