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AntFarm
AntFarm is a culturally safe and healthy community space to be utilized for networking, support, and learning.  It is a hub for Woape activities and a community center for the local area with activities occurring on site, in the community, and in the nearby mountain areas.  Youth assist AntFarm professionals with various gardening and construction jobs.  AntFarm Website

Ardenwald Concerts in the Park
At Ardenwald Concerts in the Park, youth have the opportunity to help their community by setting up before, and taking down after the free music concerts.  Ardenwald Website

Building Blocks 4 Kids
The Building Blocks for Kids’ mission is to improve the quality of life for children with health-related needs that are not being met due to a lack of insurance, government funding, and/or family resources.  Youth assist the organization to serve food to community members while they enjoy a summer concert at Carnegie Hall.  Building Blocks 4 Kids Website

Canby Adult Center
Canby Adult Center’s purpose is to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens in the Canby area by providing nutritional, social, recreational, and educational services and helping people remain in their homes.  Youth assist the Nutrition Team at the Adult Center and serve dinners to the elderly.  They also learn skills in the food service industry by assisting with food preparation, customer service, and table setting.  Canby Adult Center Website

City of Happy Valley
The City of Happy Valley is a vibrant community on the edge of the Portland Metro area. They have had the distinction for the past several years of being one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Oregon. Youth that volunteer with the City of Happy Valley assist with the annual Happy Valley 4th of July Family Festival.  At the Festival they will assist in setting up the different activities, helping the community members with various tasks, and cleaning up after the event has ended.  City of Happy Valley Website

City of Sandy
The City of Sandy has a population of 9,570 (2010 Census), and is the commercial center of a rural area with a population of approximately 20,000.  Youth help vendors at the Sandy Saturday Market.  They also help direct members on where to go and assist in setting up and taking down the event.  There are other various events that youth can schedule to help at, they involve assisting kids with crafts and activities – as well as supervising a bouncy house.  City of Sandy Website

Clackamas County’s Housing Authority
Clackamas County’s Housing Authority Resident Services staff transformed an empty field into a community garden by the Oregon City public housing site.  This garden gives low income families the opportunity to grow their own garden and have fresh produce to enjoy.  Youth can help a professional work crew repair projects and maintain the garden. Housing Authority Website

Clackamas River Basin Council
Their mission is to, “foster partnerships for clean water and to improve fish and wildlife habitat and the quality of life for those who live, work and recreate in the watershed.”  Clackamas River Basin Website

Clackamas Service Center
Clackamas Service Center has been serving residents in their community since 1973.  They help low income and homeless individuals/families by promoting self-sufficiency.   Youth who volunteer to work at the Clackamas Service Center assist with serving meals to the community.   Clackamas Service Center Website

Colton Helping Hands
Colton Helping Hands is a rural food pantry that began in 2006.  Not only do they supply emergency food to families in the area, but they also have a resource center to connect residents to other services.  They are also certified to assist people in applying for SNAP (food stamp) benefits.  Youth who assist at Colton Helping Hands help prepare food boxes for needy families.  Oregon Food Bank Website 

Compassion Program
At the Nazarene Church in Oregon City, youth working with the Compassion Program will have the opportunity to help prepare emergency food boxes for those in need in their community. Through breaking down boxes of donated food and clothing to organizing and restocking, the compassion from volunteers is felt by many Clackamas County families in need during this time.  Compassion Program Website

CREST (Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies)
CREST offers outreach and on-site programs for students in the West Linn-Wilsonville school district which began in January of 2002. As a garden assistant for the CREST Program in Wilsonville, youth volunteers will help garden, weed, spread bark dust as well as many other outdoor tasks. This is a perfect opportunity for those who love to garden! CREST Website

Estacada DEFY
Estacada DEFY works with families in Estacada to prevent drug and alcohol use.   On the Fourth of July they hold the annual Big Bang next to the Estacada Library.  Youth are asked to help at the Big Bang Event as well as the parade that precedes this event.  Estacada DEFY Website

Feed the Hungry
At Feed the Hungry, youth will work as part of the kitchen crew to provide a meal to those in the community who may otherwise go hungry. Through St. John Evangelist Episcopal Church in Milwaukie, youth will learn a variety of skills which include food preparation, customer service, waiting on tables, as well as other skills while providing a meal to those who are hungry.

FIDO - AniMeals
FIDO (Dog Food Bank) created a partnership with Clackamas County Social Services and Senior Meals programs to form AniMeals.  To prevent seniors from giving up their food to feed their cats and dogs, AniMeals delivers 888lbs of cat food and 606lbs of dog food to local senior centers.  Youth that help at AniMeals assist with packaging the pet food and other necessary tasks. AniMeal's Website

Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart
Fills and distributes handmade Christmas stockings to Clackamas County agencies and their clients, young and old. Volunteers, working with the community, seek to brighten the Holiday season by filling the stockings with personal necessities and age appropriate gifts. Youth spend time helping out during fundraisers throughout the year and work with other volunteers during the holiday season.  Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart Website

Friends of Trees
Friends of Trees mission is to bring the community together to plant trees and take care of the Metro area’s green spaces.  They have several planting parties where youth can help take part.  Youth get to learn the importance of caring about the environment and they get to meet other community members who live and work around their area. Friends of Trees Website

Good Roots Garden
Good Roots Food Bank serves families and individuals in need in the Milwaukie/Oak Grove neighborhoods.  In 2011, they cultivated a garden that brings fresh produce to those in need.  Youth who assist with this project often help with the harvest and care of the garden.  Good Roots Website

Good Shepherd Wood Ministry
At Good Shepherd Community Church, volunteers come together to split and stack wood for individuals and families who are unable to pay for heat.  Youth that assist with this project will help volunteers prepare the wood to be delivered to those in need.    Good Shepherd Community Church's Website

Hamlet of Beavercreek
The Hamlet of Beavercreek informs the immediate community about land use actions, community events and meetings.  Their purpose is to enhance livability, sustainability and functioning of the community, and to direct community planning to preserve the rural character of the area.  Through the year they have events at the local Korner Park.  At these events youth are asked to help with the set up and take down as well as cater to those taking part in the event.  Hamlet of Beavercreek's Website

Home Orchard Society
Since 1975, Home Orchard Society has served the community with information and knowledge on growing fruit at home.  While helping at this project youth are asked to complete various gardening tasks to preserve the Orchard.  Home Orchard Society's Website

Hopkin’s Demonstration Forests
Hopkin’s Demonstration Forest is a 140-acre privately-owned forest open to the public for self-guided exploration, tours, workshops, and education programs. We also share our knowledge of forest management and ecology through workshops, and provide opportunities to learn by doing during community workdays. Youth will assist guides and volunteers with projects such as trail maintenance, weed removal or brush clearing.  Hopkins Demonstration Forests Website

Infiniworks
Infiniworks is a Milwaukie based organization that focuses on the City of Milwaukie and the individuals who reside within or just beyond the city limits.  They focus on citizens who are at risk of ending up involved with the Code Enforcement officers and/or those who are know by community leaders and organizations to be in need of assistance.  Youth that help at Infiniworks projects will assist in the yards of local individuals/families with landscaping and debris removal.

Kiwanis Thrift Store
At Kiwanis Thrift Store the income received goes to help funding the local and regional programs of the Canby Kiwanis Foundation. Youth who work for the Kiwanis Thrift Store work in a retail setting sorting and stocking shelves, organizing aisles and providing general clean-up.  Kiwanis Thrift Store Website

Lake Oswego Farmers Market
Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday from May 15 - October 9. Vendors will be offering such delights as fresh produce, flowers, pork, beef, plants, jellies and jams and cheeses. Youth assist in the market by helping out in the doggy daycare area while customers have the opportunity to shop. Lake Oswego Farmer's Market Website

Luscher Farm
Luscher Farm is on 100 acres of land in Lake Oswego.  It was once a dairy operation owned by Rudie and Esther Luscher, in 1990 the land was purchased by the City of West Linn.  The land and buildings are now used to educate individuals about local food and organic plant production.  Youth who volunteer at Luscher Farm assist at a Work Party at the Community Gardens.  They help gardeners with various tasks and they are able to learn more about gardening.  Luscher Farm Website

Metropolitan Family Service Café Program
The Oak Grove Elementary Café and Lot Whitcomb Elementary Café are part of the Metropolitan Family Service Café Program.  It is an award winning after school and summer program that not only offers classes to students but also provides snacks and transportation.  Youth will be asked to help with various activities at the Café programs; assisting students with homework, serving students meals, helping teachers with their classrooms, helping in the office and much more.  Metropolitan Family Service Café Program Website

Milwaukie Museum
The Milwaukie Museum was originally a farmhouse built in 1865.  The owners, United Grocers, donated the house to Milwaukie Historical Society.  Now it is restored and in a different location where citizens can enjoy the history of their city.  Youth who volunteer at the Milwaukie Museum help maintain the museum by completing various tasks.  Milwaukie Museum Website

Molalla Beautification
Molalla Beautification takes place every year during the summer.  Dan Leighton, the Molalla Diversion Panel Coordinator, organizes projects and finds organizations that need help in the Molalla area.  The youth who participate in Molalla Beautification help Dan complete the tasks which include; parade clean-up, helping at the Buckeroo grounds, painting fire hydrants/curbs, and yard work.

Molalla Buckaroo Association
Molalla Buckaroo Association formed in 1923 and organized the rodeo, which had been in Molalla since 1913 (the year that the railroad came to town).  The members of the Molalla Buckaroo Association are volunteers.  Youth who participate with the rodeo will help these members set-up and clean-up the grounds as well as various tasks such as helping vendors and working at the front gate.  Molalla Buckeroo Association Website

Molalla River Watch
Molalla River Watch was created in 1992 by citizens who wanted to protect and preserve the Molalla River and its tributaries.  Youth who participate with the Molalla River Watch will help at various events with clean-up and at the same time they too will be educated about conservation for present and future generations.  Molalla River Watch Website

MSeed Thrift Store and Outreach
MSeed Thrift Store is opened in 2011 and assists adults with alcohol/drug addictions.  Proceeds from MSeed Thrift Store and Outreach cover the cost of sending adults out of state to various recovery programs.  Youth who volunteer at this project will be assisting other volunteers sort through donations and prepare them to be placed on the store shelves.  MSeed Thrift Store and Outreach's Website

Nature's Permaculture
Nature’s Permaculture was developed in 2009 in Bend, Oregon.  They have since expanded to Boring, Oregon where they have 5 acres.  Their initial focus was soil restoration, and models to address food security issues in the region.  Youth who help at Nature’s Permaculture will assist with various projects around the farm including construction and gardening.  Nature's Permaculture's Website

Oregon City Farmer’s Market
The Oregon City Farmer’s Market offers the community an opportunity to support local farmers and businesses as well as to enjoy the bounty of foods that are grown and made here in the community.  Groups come in and educate the shoppers on nutrition as well as sustainability and protection of the environment.  Youth who participate with the Oregon City Farmer’s Market are able to help set-up, clean-up the market as well as assist any vendors that need assistance.  Oregon City Farmer's Market Website

Oregon Ferret Shelter
The goal of Oregon Ferret Shelter is to care for all homeless ferrets until permanent loving homes are found.  They offer sponsor programs as well as foster programs.  Youth who volunteer at the shelter assist with various tasks; answering phones, filing paperwork, as well as cleaning cages.   Oregon Ferret Shelter Website

Oregon State University Extension
Oregon State University Extension Service provides Tree School once a year.  Students of the Tree School are able to learn about everything from bee keeping to chainsaw operation and safety.  Youth are able to sign up for Tree School and assist in setting up and taking down the event as well as directing people where to go.  OSU Extension Website

Philip Foster Farm
Philip Foster Farm is a historical site in Estacada.  Philip Foster was a pioneer (one of Oregon’s earliest) and he helped create Barlow Road for incoming covered wagons.  The farm that he owned with his wife is now a place where the community comes together to celebrate holidays and events.  Youth that volunteer at Philip Foster Farm will help set up for various events as well as clean up afterward.  Philip Foster Farm Website

ReCycle
ReCycle is a bike ministry supported by the Oregon City Evangelical Church.  The mission of ReCycle is “every child should have a bike”.  Donated bikes are repaired and cleaned by the volunteers and given to individuals in need.  Youth that help at ReCycle will be able to add repair and restoration to their resume.  ReCycle Article in the Portland Tribune

Safety Street Booth
The Safety Street Booth offers everyone a chance to have fun while learning about safety.  They offer young children a driving course as well as a comic book that educates them about street safety.  Youth that assist with Safety Street Booth helps teach the importance of street safety to young children.

Sandy Community Action Center
The Sandy Community Action Center is a hunger-relief agency serving low-income residents of the Oregon Trail School District.  Youth who complete community service hours at this site work in the thrift store and assist with sorting through, pricing, organizing items as well as cleaning.  On Fridays and Saturdays youth can volunteer to serve meals to needy individuals/families.  Sandy Community Action Center Website

SOLV
SOLV provides work targeting stream habitat reclamation through the removal of invasive species and planting of native species. 
SOLV Website 

St. Vincent De Paul
St. Vincent De Paul is a food pantry in Canby, they provide food to 200-300 families per week.  Youth that assist with this Ministry prepare and hand out emergency food boxes, they may also be asked to help clean and/or organize the storage rooms and breaking down boxes.  St Patrick Catholic Church Website

West Linn Food Pantry
West Linn Food Pantry is a private, non-profit service that provides food boxes for families in the West Linn and Lake Oswego areas.  When youth assist with this food pantry they help by preparing the food boxes.  West Linn Food Pantry Website

West Linn Ivy Pull
West Linn Ivy Pull consists of volunteers gathering to pull noxious and invasive species from nearby parks.  Without the help of these volunteers, trees and other plants would be smothered and killed.  Youth can assist at these ivy pulls once a month - they help other volunteers get rid of the noxious weeds and invasive plants.  West Linn Ivy Pull Website

Wilderness International
Wilderness International, a non-profit conservation organization based in Canby, works to help as many people as possible experience the wonder and joy of nature.  Youth volunteering with Wilderness International will learn conservation through landscaping, environmental reclamation, public space beautification, and invasive species removal.  Wilderness International Website

Willamette Christian Church
Willamette Christian Church offers meals to low income and needy individuals/families on Sunday morning.  The youth who volunteer with the kitchen crew will help serve meals as well as hand out groceries to people who might otherwise go hungry.  This gives youth the opportunity to pick up skills within the Food Service industry such as preparation, customer service, waiting on tables, proper set-up, clean-up, serving meals and pouring drinks.  Willamette Christian Church Website

Wilsonville Community Sharing
Wilsonville Community Sharing helps provide emergency food supplies to those in the Wilsonville area that are low-income/needy.  They not only provide enough food to last a person 2 days, but they supply house hold needs and also hand out information on how to get assistance with other needs such as housing and medication.  Youth can assist with Wilsonville Community Sharing and help prepare the food boxes.  Wilsonville Community Sharing Website

Wilsonville Festival of the Arts
Wilsonville Festival of the Arts celebrates the different types of art; music, movies, painting, play writes, reading and writing.  They have trolley rides and demonstrations of different fitness activities – along with several concerts and family entertainment.  When youth participate with Festival of the Arts they will help with the set-up and clean-up of different events as scheduled.  Wilsonville Festival of the Arts Website 

Current Project Payback Partners

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Wilderness International
Wilderness International, a non-profit conservation organization based in Canby, partners with the Juvenile Department in the administration and delivery of Project Payback services.  Wilderness International has been and continues to be central to the success and expansion of Project Payback since 2009.  Wilderness International’s Website

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
The BLM provides work projects at BLM recreational sites across Clackamas County. They offer Project Payback crews a positive work experience where they learn about caring for and enjoying our natural resources. BLM Website 

City of Canby
Canby provides work projects which include park maintenance opportunities to improve opportunities for community members to enjoy these areas that the city sets aside for outdoor experiences.  City of Canby Website

City of Gladstone
Gladstone provides work projects which include construction and native habitat restoration in park settings along the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers. City of Gladstone Website

City of Milwaukie
Milwaukie provides work projects which include landscaping maintenance, graffiti removal, and trash pick-up.  City of Milwaukie Website 

City of West Linn
West Linn provides work enhancing the Walnut Grove at Mary S. Young Park through the removal of invasive species.  City of West Linn Website

Clackamas County Roads Department
The Roads Department provides work clearing trash alongside Clackamas County roads.  Roads Division Website

SOLV
SOLV provides work targeting stream habitat reclamation through the removal of invasive species and planting of native species. 
SOLV’s Website 

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