Service Learning

Mt. Scott students model our core value of Citizens through monthly off-campus service opportunities. All students take part in supporting our local community, while building practical and people skills, strengthening connections with each other, and making an impact in areas that are meaningful to them.

Our current service learning partners include:

St. Andrews Memory Care Assisted Living Facility
St. Andrews Memory Care is a compassionate and caring environment for individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Each month Mt. Scott students spend time with the residents to develop relationships and cross-generational learning. Students take walks with residents, share tea and cookies and conversation, and lend a hand wherever needed.

Kindness Farm
Kindness Farms is a regenerative urban farm in SE Portland. Students support the operation of the farm through planting, harvesting, weeding, building wooden berms for planting, creating pathways
and planting areas, and more!

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a unique green space in SE Portland. Students support the healthy function of this natural area through tree planting, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, and
fence building, while learning plant and animal identification.

Laurelwood Center
Laurelwood Center is one of Mt. Scott Learning Center’s newest neighbor, a shelter supporting women and couples experiencing homelessness. Each month students prepare and serve a healthy
hot meal for shelter residents, as well as provide miscellaneous cleaning and support services for the shelter.

ReBuilding Center
The ReBuilding Center is the nation’s largest non-profit reuse center for salvaged construction and remodeling materials. Students support their efforts by loading and unloading vehicles, carrying donated building materials into the warehouse, sorting materials, painting, pulling nails, sweeping, measuring doors, and more.

Black United Fund
The Black United Fund assists in the social and economic development of Oregon’s underserved communities and contributes to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups. Students assist with a variety of indoor and outdoor cleaning and organizing projects.

Wild Lilac Child Development Community
Wild Lilac is a nonprofit school in the Foster-Powell neighborhood working with children from six weeks to six years old. Students assist with childcare, reading, playing games, conducting art activities, gardening, and cleanup projects.

Northwest Children’s Outreach
Northwest Children’s Outreach is an all-volunteer organization that “stands in the gap” for children, helping to meet their needs and the needs of their families. Students help size clothes to put in totes, sort toys and books, package diapers, and organize hygiene kits.

Oregon Humane Society
The Oregon Humane Society is dedicated to helping animals in need. OHS provides animal adoption, education, medical, and human law enforcement programs. Student volunteers engage in activities that directly and indirectly benefit the animals at OHS. This includes walking dogs, socializing with dogs, cats, and small animals, maintaining a clean and healthy environment, and much more!