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Volunteer with the Columbia Group!

The Sierra Club is America's largest and most influential grassroots organization. The Columbia Group Sierra Club is an active group of over 7,100 local citizens from the Northwest corner of the state of Oregon. Whether your interest is in activism/conservation, sustainability, hikes, outings, singles events, web design, political efforts, education & outreach, or public relations, we need your energy, ideas, and enthusiasm! You make a difference! We invite you to "Explore, enjoy and protect the planet" with us.

Columbia Group Volunteer Opportunities

Write for the Columbia Overlook

The Columbia Overlook is looking for volunteer writers who have ideas for stories that are germane to the Sierra Club's motto "Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet." We are looking for strong, well-researched, literate nonfiction storytelling about significant environmental and conservation issues, adventure travel, local places with fascinating natural and cultural facts, nature, self-propelled sports and green living happening in and around the greater Portland metropolitan area.

We are always looking for adventure-travel pieces that weave events, discoveries, and environmental insights into the narrative. We are more interested in showcasing environmental solutions than adding to the list of environmental problems. Nonfiction essays on the natural world are welcome. Features often focus on aspects of the Sierra Club's work. Locally we have been working on a number of campaigns to protect Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, and Tillamook State Forest. The Columbia Group Sierra Club uses the Columbia Overlook to help educate the public about these efforts; to inform Oregonians of threats to our forests, rivers, water supply, and air; and to encourage citizens to participate in our organization.

Please do not send slides, prints, or other artwork. If photos or illustrations are required for your submission, we will request them when your work is accepted for publication.

We do not want descriptive wildlife articles unless larger conservation issues figure strongly in the story. We are not interested in editorials, general essays about environmentalism, or highly technical writing. We do not publish unsolicited cartoons, poetry, or fiction; please do not submit works in these genres.

Send submissions to Overlook Editor: Jeff Fryer

Executive Committee Member (ExCom)

The Columbia Group Sierra Club is looking for volunteers for the Columbia Group ExCom. You must be a current Sierra Club Member and at least 18 years old. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: understand and promote the mission of the Sierra Club, attend ExCom meetings and General meetings, lead and provide educational training and/or conservation opportunities to the general membership, promote the Outings Programs, participate in long range planning, actively assist in fundraising activities, monitor - question - and evaluate club activities, provide leadership and vision within the Chapter/Group, and contribute a sense of camaraderie and teamwork.

Contact ExCom Chair: Ted Gleichman

Inner City Outings Leaders

Lead outings that take disadvantaged urban youth and put them in wild areas that they normally would not have the opportunity to explore. Visit the Columbia Group's Inner City Outings page for a description of this volunteer opportunity and contact information.

Columbia Group Inner City Outings

Group Outings Chair

The Columbia Group Sierra Club is looking for a Group Outings Chair. You must be a current Sierra Club Member and at least 18 years old. The Group Outings Chair provides leadership, direction, and oversight to the group outings program. The Group Outings Chair works to make outdoor activities an integrated and vital element of group efforts. Must be a current Sierra Club Member. Must become familiar with Outings Leader Handbook and all Club policies and procedures (national as well as local) that pertain to the group's outings program. Maintains communication & works with the Loo-Wit Group Outings Chair. Maintains communication & works with Columbia Group Inner City Outings Program Chair.

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Outings Leaders

Getting outdoors is what we love, so is sharing the outdoors with others. The Columbia Group Sierra Club is looking for more Outings Leaders. You must be a current Sierra Club Member and at least 18 years old with current basic first aid class. Becoming a Sierra Club Outings Leader is a rewarding experience! As a local Outings Leader, you have the opportunity to share your love of the outdoors by planing and leading Outings for local Sierra Club members and non-members: day hiking, peak scrambling, birdwatching, multi-day trekking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing & more. Local outings introduce event participants to the Sierra Club - often laying the foundation for future participation with the Sierra Club's local conservation efforts.

If you are interested in leading Singles Outings (cross country skiing, hiking, kayaking, etc.) you must be a "certified Sierra Club Outings Leader". Contact Mike Newsham, Outings Chair, to find out how to become a certified Sierra Club Outings Leader.

Contact Outings Chair: Mike Newsham

Political Committee

Volunteers are needed to help prepare candidate questionnaires, determine which races are most important in advancing Sierra Club's goals, and to be involved in candidates interview panels. This is a great opportunity to be effective in ensuring the success of environmental candidates as many voters place a high priority on Sierra Club endorsements.

Contact Political Chair: Rob Milesnick

The Columbia Group Sierra Singles

The Columbia Group Sierra Singles is looking for more Event Organizers, 21 & over, who are Members of the Sierra Club. If you have a favorite singles activity (dinner & a movie, book discussion, art gallery openings, environmental or conservation related lectures, etc.) please consider inviting others to join you by becoming a Sierra Singles Event Organizer for the Columbia Group Sierra Club. Columbia Group Sierra Singles Events are posted to the Columbia Group's Meetup site.

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If you are interested in leading Singles Outings (cross country skiing, hiking, kayaking, etc.) you must be a "certified Sierra Club Outings Leader". Contact Mike Newsham, Outings Chair, to find out how to become a certified Sierra Club Outings Leader.

Contact Outings Chair: Mike Newsham

Volunteer Coordinator

The Columbia Group Sierra Club is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers are essential to the Sierra Club, and out goal is to provide any member who wants to help out the opportunity to do so. The Volunteer Coordinator works closely with committee chairs to match volunteers to volunteer opportunities as they arise. This includes managing a database of volunteers' interests and contact information, and following-up with volunteers who contact us looking for opportunities to get active. This is a great way to learn about the issues we're working on and to meet other active Sierra Club members.

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Volunteers

Current national priority campaigns include but are not limited to: Beyond Coal, Beyond Oil, Beyond Natural Gas, Our Wild America. Current local priority campaigns include but are not limited to: Water Quality & the upcoming Water District Election, Political/Legislative issues. Other local volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to Third Thursday Potluck & Program, Sierra Singles, fund raising, and more. What interests you?

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