Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Upcoming Funding Proposals & Opportunities

This is going to be a fantastic year! We are on the brink of several funding proposals and opportunities, including:

1. A NOFA for Learn and Serve will soon be released and they are encouraging partners to be pre-identified. In the past we have been able to pass through funding with Learn and Serve grants to ORCC members. We will begin the partner identification this month beginning with the below call.

2. We will soon be releasing a NOFA for our AmeriCorps*VISTA program placing full-time volunteers on campuses to coordinate engagement efforts. The volunteers would serve beginning in August 2009, and campus sites will be identified in early 2009.

3. We have additional slots available through our Students In Service program recognizing student service with education awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,362.50.

For more information on upcoming proposals and resources, we invite you to attend a conference call that will explain these opportunities and gauge your interest on other upcoming proposals.

Conference calls will be held:

Thursday, November 13 2pm (3pm non-members)

Friday, November 14 8am (9am non-members)

Tuesday, November 18 4pm (1pm non-members)

Call-in information will be provided when you RSVP for the call; please RSVP to Emily at 503-725-8140 or elg(at)

Continuums of Service Conference, Committee Opportunities

Continuums of Service Conference - Seattle, WA - April 16-18, 2009

Save the date! This conference, one of the first regional service-learning conference in the country, has been instrumental in providing opportunities for faculty, administrators, students and community partners to convene, learn, teach, and strengthen the service-learning field since it's inception in 1996.

Your leadership is vital in shaping the 2009 conference: building on the successes we've had and taking the conference to the next level. This year we hope to create greater focus, increase rigor, and strengthen and expand the service-learning networks across the western region. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Advisory Committee

We are underway with planning for the 2009 Continuums of Service conference! We invite you to consider joining a team of your colleagues from across the western region to serve on the advisory committee for this important event. The time commitment is as little or as much as your time and interest permits and we will do all of our planning via conference calls. The next call is Thursday, November 12: 11-12:00pm.

To participate in this Advisory Committee, please contact Emily Gilliland at 503-725-8140 or elg(at)

Proposal Review Committee

RaeLyn Axlund, Research and Assessment Director at Washington Campus Compact, will oversee the review process. If you are interested in participating as a reviewer, please let her know at raelyn.axlund(at) You can still participate even if you plan to submit a proposal yourself - you just won't be given your own proposal to review. The call for proposals will be released on Wednesday, November 12.

Washington Campus Compact staff will conduct an internal review of all submitted proposals in order to group them by topic. We will then match each set of proposals with at least two reviewers who have expertise and interest in the specific topic.

The role of a COS proposal reviewer will be to:

* Participate in a conference call to discuss the process for reviewing proposals: Thursday, December 11, 1-2:00pm PST.

* Review and evaluate a topic-specific set of proposals using a predetermined set of criteria: December 12-18.

* Participate in a conference call to discuss your set of proposals and make recommendations for the final selection of presenters: Friday December 19, 11-12:00pm PST.

If you would like to participate in the COS Proposal Review Committee, please contact RaeLyn Axlund at raelyn(at)

AmeriCorps*VISTA, Students In Service Accomplishments

AmeriCorps*VISTA Program

In the first six months of 2008, eight Oregon Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA Members:

- Recruited 1,057 volunteers who served 11,966 hours

- Established 87 new community partners connecting colleges and universities

- Planned and implemented 78 service projects

- Supported 50 faculty in implementing service-learning in courses.

Thanks to these impressive accomplishments, Oregon Campus Compact has been granted additional VISTA Members for August 2009, which will be an added resource to campuses and communities across the state. We will soon be releasing a request for proposals for this coming service year, which begins in August 2009.

If your proposal is accepted, a full-time VISTA member would serve on your campus and enable your institution to better respond to pressing issues facing low-income communities by improving the quality of and capacity for campus/community service and service-learning programs.

For more information and to receive a RFP, please contact Emily Gilliland at 503-725-8140 or elg(at)

Students In Service Program

Students In Service is Oregon Campus Compact's education award program for student service. This program provides AmeriCorps education awards for students who complete hours of service in the community.

Reported results from member exit survey of 228 Students In Service members:

• Mentored 661 individuals

• Spent 29,481 hours working with youth

• Recruited 1,149 college volunteers who served over 11,000 hours in the community.

• 100% reported a positive experience in the Students In Service program.

• 94.7% reported that as a result of their experience in SIS they have improved their workforce skills (for example, communication, collaboration, time management.)

• 90.6% have a strong commitment to continuing to volunteer after college.

In mid-November, Oregon Campus Compact will have Education Award slots available for campuses who do not currently have a Students In Service program.

For more information and to receive a RFP, please contact Emily Gilliland at 503-725-8140 or elg(at)

Statewide Faculty Survey Launch

In early 2009, Oregon Campus Compact, in partnership with the Western Region of Campus Compact (WRCC), will launch a statewide faculty survey.

This project will collect common data across the eight-state WRCC identifying (a) current community engagement and community-based research practices; (b) possible strategies to motivate and support new faculty to do community engagement and/or community-based research; (c) best practices by which to support faculty who already incorporate community engagement and community-based research into their work; and (d) the potential impacts of community engagement and community-based research on faculty, students, campuses, and communities.

Voter Turnout among Youth Hits High Mark; Campus Efforts Play a Role

Turnout among 18- to 29-year-olds reflects a new spirit of engagement among younger voters. College-based voter registration and education efforts, including Campus Compact’s nonpartisan 2008 Campus Vote Initiative, played a major role in raising awareness of the importance of civic participation among these voters, as well as others, nationwide.

November 6, 2008

Boston, MA – Some 22–24 million voters in the 18- to 29-year-old age group went to the polls on Tuesday, a turnout rate that hasn’t been seen in decades, according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Those under 30 made up an estimated 18% of all voters, only a small increase over the last election, but that increase translates into at least 2 million more young voters than went to the polls in 2004.

“The high voter turnout demonstrates young people’s desire for—and success in—getting their voices heard,” says Maureen F. Curley, president of Campus Compact. “It’s a strong indicator of their increasing willingness to take responsibility for the health of their local, national, and global communities.”

Curley praised get-out-the-vote efforts on colleges and universities across the country. “We saw campuses of all types working to encourage civil discussion of critical issues, stress the importance of participatory democracy, and give students the information they needed to register and vote.”

Colleges and universities used a variety of approaches to encourage student engagement. At the University of California Santa Barbara, students going door-to-door in the dorms registered 2,400 voters in a single night. Students at North Carolina Central University helped run major registration drives in adjacent communities. Springfield College in Massachusetts registered students as they moved into the dorms and set a goal of registering every eligible student. Ohio’s John Carroll University created an election web page, sponsored an election-related discussion series, and set up voter registration locations across campus.

Hundreds of other campuses established similar efforts, aided in many cases by Campus Compact’s 34 state offices. These offices were active in promoting election-related activities through the organization’s nonpartisan 2008 Campus Vote Initiative, which served as a clearinghouse of information for students.

Curley notes that these campus efforts reached well beyond the under-30 cohort. “Programs like Campus Compact’s 2008 Campus Vote Initiative were designed to engage college students of any age—including the increasing number of older students,” she says. “In addition, many campus programs included a community element, where students helped register and remind non-students to vote.”

In addition to voter registration and education, campuses worked to ensure that registered students followed through and voted. To gauge the success of these efforts, Tufts University created the Campus Votes Challenge, which provides third-party verification of the undergraduate voting rate at participating schools. To date, 60 colleges and universities from across the country, representing more than 400,000 students, have registered for the challenge.

“The Campus Votes Challenge is a great way for schools to measure their impact,” praises Curley. “It’s not enough to register students to vote, you’ve got to make sure they get to the polls to make their voice heard. This year, it appears that students have spoken, and spoken loudly.”