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Service Learning

The Program Planning class uses a service-learning approach to engaging students to collaborate with community organizations.


Colonia Amistad:

Lecturas en Familias is a Spanish literacy program for pre-school to elementary-aged children of migrant farm workers at Colonia Amistad in Independence , Oregon . The educational program provides services and learning methods to teach children and their parents' basic literacy skills.


Forgotten People Foundation:

The Forgotten People Foundation, founded in 2005 by Dr. Jerry Braza and Tuan Nguyen, works with those in Vietnam who are hungry, lonely, elderly, and those who are disenfranchised due to disabilities. The goal of the foundation is to complete construction of the Home for Abandoned and Disadvantaged Children.


Dental HOPE:

Crest and the Boys and Girls Club of America partnered together to create an informational program entitled Dental HOPE (Health Outreach Parent Education). This program is intended to promote and provide resources about oral hygiene that will education families of low-income economic status.


WIC and Community Garden Partnership:

The Women, Infants and Children program is a publicly funded institution through the Department of Health and Human Services. The program provides supplemental food vouchers for the participants as well as providing nutrition education with the help of the local Marion/Polk county Food Share. The Food Share is also in charge of the local community gardens.


Project Play:

Project Play is a group of Western Oregon University students whose working objective is to help Falls City Elementary School make progress in building a new playground.



United Communities Against Meth (UCAM) is a program dedicated to the prevention and intervention of the methamphetamine epidemic in Polk County , Oregon . Western Oregon University students in conjunction with UCAM, based out of the Independence, Oregon YMCA, are working toward making connections in the community to find and create emergency shelters and foster care homes for children.


Simonka Place:

Western Oregon University students are working in correlation with the Simonka Place, a women and children's shelter in Keizer, Oregon, to update the shelter from a sterile environment to one that is welcoming and friendly.


Project Green:

Project Green is an organization based at Western Oregon University that is working to implement programs and activities on the campus to help WOU become more environmentally friendly.


Division of Health and Exercise Science
College of Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361

Fax: 503-838-8370

Phone: 503-838-8908

Diana McAlpine
Administrative Program Assistant

Peggy Pedersen, Ph.D.
Division Chair