We are stewards of the sea and the lake and the land. We live and play in a stunning corner of the world, and our residents and visitors are committed to protecting it as best we can. Working side-by-side with guests to our area is the most enriching way to do that. Working side by side you become one of us. This phenomenon has been coined “Voluntourism”. So we are proud to offer a variety of projects to enhance your vacation.
Some expenses of volunteer trips are tax-deductible if you itemize expenses and volunteer for a recognized charity. For General Information click here. For more specific information read IRS Publication 526, and ALWAYS check with your accountant.
THE OCEAN AND THE BEACHES
SOLVE: VOLUNTEER FOR A DAY
SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings together individual volunteers, service and conservation groups, businesses and government agencies in activities to restore our natural spaces and provide educational opportunities to encourage environmental stewardship. At the SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup thousands of volunteers head to their favorite spots on the coast. Every beach is cleaned up of litter and marine debris, from the California border to the Columbia River. Cleanups occur in March and September. SOLVE also organizes and participates in tree plantings and invasive weed pulls throughout Oregon. To check out the SOLVE calendar, click here.
TRASH FOR TREASURES
A blown glass float is a rare find – except on the beaches of Lincoln City, where more than 2,000 of them are found each winter. Annually we put out the number of floats reflected by the year – so 2001 floats were placed in 2001, 2002 in 2002, etc…. When you find a float, call the Visitor and Convention Bureau, 800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274, and register your float. We will send a Certificate of Authenticity and information about the artists who crafted your float. Special drawings are held monthly at the Visitors’ Center for glass floats. Bring a bag of beach trash to the Visitors’ Center, 540 NE Hwy 101, and fill out an entry form. Handicapped persons with a handicap sticker number are also eligible to enter and win a monthly float drawing.
SAVE OUR SHORELINE CAMPAIGN
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District seeks volunteers in the Spring and Fall to take part in Save Our Shoreline projects. Volunteers work with Devils Lake shoreline property owners, District staff and a landscaper to do native planting projects. Most projects are small to medium scale and consist of removing the current vegetation which is normally turf. Volunteers then re-plant the area with plants that improve wildlife habitat, decrease erosion and improve water quality. No landscaping experience is necessary.
SALMON-DRIFT CREEK WATERSHED
WATER QUALITY ASSURANCE
The Salmon-Drift Creek Watershed Council is a non-profit organized to give the North Lincoln County areas better representation on watershed issues. The area for this council is from the Salmon River watershed to Siletz Bay, including Rock Creek, Schooner and Drift Creek drainages. Volunteers are needed to in the following areas: website development, office assistance, water quality monitoring and field work.
For further information on volunteering, please call 541-996-3161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WETLANDS AND PRESERVES
THE CONNIE HANSEN GARDEN
The Connie Hansen Garden, located at 1931 NW 33rd Street in Lincoln City, Oregon, was developed between 1973 and 1993 by Constance P. Hansen, “Connie”, who was an enthusiastic gardener, both a collector and an artist. After her death, the Conservancy was formed to save the garden from destruction. The volunteers of the Conservancy are stewards of the horticultural, artistic and ecological style, as well as the spirit, of the late Connie Hansen. It is the mission of the Conservancy to preserve, restore, maintain and continue to develop the Garden to provide a focus and a facility to encourage education and involvement with gardening and related arts in the community. Volunteers are the life of the Connie Hansen Garden. There are a variety of jobs that need to be done to keep a public garden in order, from weeding and digging to hosting the Garden Shop, writing news releases, planning events and lots more. Volunteers don’t have to work hard, or fast to be useful. The more hands that share the work of the garden, the easier it is. If you would like to be a volunteer, come to the Garden any Tuesday, or call or email us. We’ll be glad to work with you to find the time and task that suits you best.
Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy
P.O. Box 776
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-994-6338 | www.conniehansengarden.com
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY IN OREGON: CASCADE HEAD
Do you want to experience nature, and learn about imperiled species and wild habitats, all while meeting and working alongside others who love nature? The Nature Conservancy has many volunteer opportunities across Oregon.
Cascade Head Preserve
This spectacular coastal headland near Lincoln City provides critical habitat for the endangered Oregon silverspot butterfly and Cascade Head catchfly. Volunteers can assist with a number of activities, such as the removal of invasive plant species or the maintenance of trails and bridges. For more information or to register, please visit this website, e-mail email@example.com, or call 503-802-8100. Contact: Molly Dougherty.
US FISH & WILDLIFE
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service provides conservation and other services to the entire Oregon Coast, including the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge at the south end of Lincoln City and the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge a few miles north. Activities include invasive species removal, tree planting, cleanup, monitoring and restoration, and interpretive activities. Because of the nature of the activities, groups of six or more, ranging in age from 10 and up, are preferred. School and corporate groups are welcome.
For information on current activities and opportunities, contact Dawn Grafe by email Dawn_Grafe@fws.gov
OTHER TRAILS AND PASSAGES
LINCOLN CITY URBAN RENEWAL
The Lincoln City Urban Renewal Department is active in developing open space trail systems, restoring existing trails, brushing new trails, landscaping, and building bridges over wetland areas. The Department frequently uses volunteer groups to assist with these activities. For information on current or upcoming projects, contact Kurt Olsen, Urban Renewal Director, 541-996-1003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE NORTH LINCOLN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Promoting Art, Heritage and Culture The North Lincoln County Historical Museum was founded in 1987 through the initiative and hard work of The North Lincoln County Pioneer and Historical Association. Beginning with one hundred and ten charter members in a small storefront, NLCHM now has a permanent home, a small staff, and a dedicated group of volunteers. Located in what historically was the village of Taft, the museum’s exhibits, research library, offices and store are in a two-story, sixty-year-old building. This building was built in 1941 as the Taft-Nelscott-Delake Fire Hall, and later was occupied by City Hall until it was deeded to NLCHM in 1995. The mission of the museum is to provide the public with an educational resource dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of North Lincoln County History.
Volunteers at the museum may be tasked with any of the following duties: research, greeting visitors, working in the museum store, helping the curator with the collections, work in the garden, guide tour groups, and more! For more information on volunteering, call Anne Hall at 541-996-6698 or email her at email@example.com
HELPING OTHERS GROW: FEEDING, TEACHING OR READING
LINCOLN CITY FOOD PANTRY
The food pantry is open to the public on Tuesdays 4-6 and Thursdays 2-6, and help is often needed during those times. There are other times when help is needed, mostly stocking shelves, on a “call and see” basis.
For more information on volunteering at the Food Pantry contact Tilly Miller at 541-764-3194 or 541-994-3699
DRIFTWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library, located at 801 SW Hwy 101, 2nd floor north, always has small projects available for volunteer participation, including sorting books for sale, cleaning tables, counters, and bookshelves with sustainable cleaning supplies. They may also be of assistance in directing volunteers to opportunities for teaching or reading to young people and the elderly.
For information on current and future projects, contact Deirdre Reynolds, Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-996-1262.