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Service Plunge

August 21-23, 2018 

The Service Plunge provides an opportunity for first-year and transfer students to spend their first days as a University of Portland student volunteering with local service agencies. Students will meet new people, work hard, and immerse themselves in their new Portland community.

Registration for the 2018 Service Plunge opens in June of 2018. Check back for more information then!

  • Service Plunge participation fee: $75
  • Registration will be available to 120 participants on a first come, first served basis
  • Registration will be open until the end of June or until the program is filled, whichever comes first.  This is a very popular program.  Register early.

 Important Details for Participants:

  • At the beginning of August, we will email participants with a packing list, information about airport and train pick-ups, and details about dropping off belongings in their residence halls. *Please note that students will not have access to their rooms during Service Plunge Programming.
  • The Service Plunge begins with check-in on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. The Plunge will end around 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at which time students will be able to settle into their residence hall rooms and enjoy Orientation Weekend.*
  • Simplicity and solidarity are key values of the Moreau Center and are lived out on the Plunge. Participants will not be staying on campus during the Service Plunge. Participants will be sleeping on a concrete gym floor, eating simple meals, and working hard for the community.
  • Showers will only be available on Wednesday, and privacy and personal space will be very limited. The upside: students will get to experience and serve the North Portland community while getting to know their fellow classmates very well!
  • Some possible volunteer activities include sorting clothes at a shelter, landscaping, painting, and cleaning. Because we are coordinating service placements for a large number of students, students will not know their specific volunteer assignments until the Plunge begins.
  • Special Needs: Please contact us with any special dietary needs or ADA accommodations necessary to allow for full participation in this event.
*At this time, exact dates, times, and locations for the 2018 Service Plunge are estimates.


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2016 Service Plunge Video 

During Service Plunge 2016, our large site service project was at Sabin School. We worked on cleaning up dirt paths and creating new ones, reorganizing classrooms with teachers, pulling weeds in the garden, and cleaning up the playground. Our small site projects involved Friends of Trees, Cesar Chavez K-8, Astor K-8, and more! 

To view additional videos from previous Service Plunges, visit our blog.  

 Service Plunge 2017-2

Service Plunge 2017-1