Summer Term 2022

Student Food Pantry (Wednesday team) 

Wednesdays, June 22–September 7; 3:45–6:15 p.m.

The Student Food Pantry opens its doors and provides free food to students who show their student ID on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The students are welcomed by a caring student volunteer (you!) and guided through the selection of food from our well-stocked shelves and coolers.

Precautions are being taken to prioritize the health and safety of student volunteers and food pantry users. Students will be required to wear a mask at all times, and 6-foot social distancing is required.  

This Duck Corps team will take place at the Student Food Pantry just off campus. There will not be transportation provided for this project as it is right next to campus. 

Volunteer spots: 3

Register for Food Pantry Wednesday Team


Student Food Pantry (Thursday team) 

Thursdays, June 23–September 8; 3:45–6:15 p.m.

The Student Food Pantry opens its doors and provides free food to students who show their student ID on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The students are welcomed by a caring student volunteer (you!) and guided through the selection of food from our well-stocked shelves and coolers.  

Precautions are being taken to prioritize the health and safety of student volunteers and food pantry users. Students will be required to wear a mask at all times, and 6-foot social distancing is required.  

This Duck Corps team will take place at the Student Food Pantry just off campus. There will not be transportation provided for this project as it is right next to campus. 

Volunteer spots: 3 

Register for Food Pantry Thursday Team


Past Duck Corps Teams

Positive Community Kitchen

Every week volunteer teen and adult chefs come together to prepare organic healing meals for community members fighting life-threatening illnesses. The Duck Corps team will be working in the kitchen prepping and cooking food each week as well as cleaning the kitchen.

Duck Corps members do need to complete the following before serving at PCK:

  • 2022 PCK application: Takes about 5-10 minutes online
  • PCK waivers: Signed and returned via email or brought to your first shift
  • Background check: Will be sent by the community partner through Sterling Volunteers in a separate email. This is required for all adult volunteers annually. They cover half the cost and ask that you cover the other $19.50. If you are unable to pay for this, please let us know.
  • Oregon Food Handlers Card: You can use this link or any Oregon-approved site. Send a copy to duckcorps@uoregon.edu or bring it to your first shift.

Volunteer spots: 4


Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley

In this role, you will provide support in a classroom setting to youth and can assist in a variety of program areas. Support is needed with homework, mentoring, physical education, group games and with art and enrichment. If you love kids, love to be active, creative and outgoing, and consider yourself a team player who is responsible and dependable, we would love to have you as a volunteer!

Volunteers are typically assigned a cohort of youth that they will help work with. Each cohort has two assigned program staff, so volunteers will not be responsible for the group, but will be expected to help support different activities, and engage with and get to know youth. There are opportunities to do more odd jobs if wanted as well (sorting Lego bins, data entry, supply gathering, etc.)

A volunteer application and background check are needed in order to volunteer. Both will be sent once you register for the team.

Volunteer spots: 6


Eugene Mission

Do you want to have a positive impact on homelessness in your community? Come volunteer at the Eugene Mission! During your first week of volunteering, you will attend an hour and a half meet and greet tour of the Eugene Mission which provides a great opportunity to see the work being done at the Eugene Mission firsthand, ask questions and find ways to engage. Eugene Mission has a variety of volunteer spots available. During the meet and greet tour, you all will discuss your passions and skillsets to find the appropriate placement. Some options of what you can choose to do are: organizing donated items in their Donation Warehouse, assist residents into moving into apartments, working in a garden, and many other opportunities! Check out their website to learn more.

Volunteer spots: 4


SSC Produce Drop

The Student Sustainability Center (SSC) is a collaborative space for student-led initiatives that foster equity, environmental vitality, and economic well-being in the present and future. The SSC hosts a Produce Drop on campus every week for students experiencing food insecurity to get healthy food. This Duck Corps team will work the Produce Drop by helping students pick out produce and walking them through the process. Students may need to lift 20–30 pounds.

Volunteer spots: 3


HIV Alliance

HIV Alliance was founded in Eugene in 1994 to support people living with HIV/AIDS and prevent new HIV infections. As a volunteer, you will help with making safer sex and naloxone kits that are handed out to community members through their outreach locations, clean the office and the garden, support development with their annual fundraising event, and miscellaneous tasks as needed.

In order to volunteer, you will need to provide a background check and proof of vaccination (TB, Hep B, and COVID-19).

Volunteer spots: 6


Grassroots Garden

FOOD for Lane County’s two gardens—the Grassroots Garden and the Youth Farm—grow fresh nutritious food for distribution through the FFLC network of partner agencies while providing opportunities for youth and adults to grow, learn, and contribute to their community. More than 2,000 children and youth visit the gardens each year, and youth and adults gain skills in gardening, nutrition, and community building. This Duck Corps team will be assisting in the garden; alternative options in enclosed tunnels and greenhouses will be given in case of rainfall.

Volunteer spots: 6


Native Plant Nursery

The Native Plant Nursery works to protect and enhance the diversity of native plant communities within the City of Eugene natural areas and restoration sites. As a volunteer you will be performing a variety of nursery tasks and maintenance, seed cleaning, weeding, transplanting, and other necessary tasks to take care of the plants. This is a great opportunity to learn about the value of native plants. 

Volunteer spots: 6


Bristol Hospice 

Every hospice relies on volunteer support to provide excellent end-of-life care to each patient and family. As a hospice volunteer you will be given choices as to how much and what types of things you want to do. Some examples of typical volunteer duties are:

  • Providing companionship to a patient and their family
  • Being a comforting and supportive presence
  • Providing a respite time for the patients' caregivers

We have high standards for our volunteers, as they work with a vulnerable population in healthcare. We require an interview, application, background and reference check, drug test (do not test for cannabis), and vaccination proofs. Training is done through Relias portals and recorded past meetings and will be done in the first team volunteer time week 1.

Volunteer spots: 6