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Walk in the woods

30 Jan

The awesome part about being from Oregon is that I can literally step outside and be surrounded by some of the most gorgeous outdoor sceneries. I took these photos on a hike the other day with my dog. The trail is a 5 mile round trip hike uphill in coastal mountain terrain. The rain had washed a few parts of the trail out but the muddy shoes was worth this gorgeous walk through the woods. I had a bit of fun taking my red jacket and playing with the contrast of the green and red. I’ve made a note to myself to take props on a hike one day.

Cape Arago Pack Trail, right outside Coos Bay, Oregon.

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Another Reason to be a Proud Oregonian

17 Jun

This past year the number of Americans volunteering in their communities jumped by 1.6 million, the largest increase in six years as reported by the government-run Corporation for National and Community Service.

A federal report released on the increased number of community volunteers across America shows that Oregon ranks 11th in volunteer rate nationally. This is awesome news! As a past hard-working staff member for OSU’s Community Service Center, and an avid volunteer this speaks volumes to me about the state I call home.

Oregon ranked even higher at No.7 in the report for average hours contributed per resident. Between 2007 and 2009, about 1 million volunteers in Oregon contributed nearly 134 million hours of service, based on the average over those three years. Oregonians individually volunteered nearly 45 hours of service per year on average. That service combined was worth about $2.8 billion a year.
For more stats on volunteerism in Oregon visit Volunteering in America’s Oregon Profile here.

Interested in other states? Read the press release and find more information here.

Where Oregonians Volunteer. Infograph contributed to the Corporation for National and Community Service.