Volunteer On A Project
The Portland Chapter of EWB-USA is currently active on several projects in developing communities around the world. As a member of a EWB-USA, you can serve on projects in many different ways:
Do Short-Term Tasks For An Active Project Team
This is the easiest way to get involved. If you have some time intermittently, but are hesitant to commit to a project team, you can still find ways to contribute. Contact one of the Project Team Leaders from the Active Projects listed below. Ask if there are short-term tasks that you can take on.
Join An Active Project Team
This is your best bet for getting your hands dirty! Contact one of the Project Team Leaders from the Active Projects. They will let you know the details for the next scheduled project team meeting. Most teams can always use an extra set of hands at any point in the life of the project.
Join A Pending Project Team
Pending projects are those that are building momentum, but have not yet completed the initiation process. A lot of initial legwork must be done before a project can be approved as “Active”. Look through the Pending Projects to see if you would like to lend your energy to making any of these projects ACTIVE! Contact the Project Team Leaders to get details on what you can do specifically. If you are in the “legwork” phase of a project and would like to post information about your project on the Pending Projects webpage, contact the Projects Coordinator.
In addition to the Portland Chapter’s active projects, there are other active EWB-USA projects happening in Oregon and the greater Portland area through Student Chapters: Portland State University (PSU-Portland), Oregon State University (OSU-Corvallis), University of Portland (UP-Portland). Check out the Student Chapter Projects to find out more about their projects and how you can act as a professional mentor.
Do you have an idea for a new project? Do you have connections to a community in need of development assistance? Do you know of a funding source to move a project forward? Download the New Projects Packet (pdf) to find out how to get started. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Projects Coordinator.
Request That The Portland Chapter Take On An Open EWB-USA Project
On the EWB-USA website are listed all projects nationwide: current, past, and “open.” Open projects are those approved by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), but not yet assigned to a chapter. If you would like to work with the Portland Chapter to apply for one of these open projects, download the New Projects Packet (pdf) to find out how to get started. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Projects Coordinator.
Serve On The Technical Advisory Committee
All EWB-USA projects must be approved by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Currently the growth of EWB-USA and its ability to take on new projects is limited by the capacity of a single TAC in Colorado. A second TAC for the West Coast Region is being developed to help reduce this bottleneck and provide an example for other regions. We are in need of seasoned professionals, preferably with international project experience, to serve this vital role in the EWB project process. Being a West Coast Region TAC representative requires a strong commitment to the mission and vision of EWB-USA. To learn more about being a TAC representative, contact the Chapter President.