Division of Student Services

SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service) builds mutually beneficial relationships within the Portland community to foster sustainable and positive change. SEEDS is committed to expanding the scope of the academic mission and supporting Reed students in developing tools for self-reflection and passion for lifelong community engagement.

Reed College SEEDS program


Check out our calendar of events.

Weekly Community Engagement Programs 
One-time Community Engagement Events 

Trips & Projects

Are you a community partner or potential community partner? Learn more about ways to connect with the Reed community here!

Are you a faculty of staff member? Learn more about opportunities for faculty and staff here!

Are you looking for information about the Committee for Civic Engagement or Project Pericles? Learn more here!

Are you looking to engage with a Portland-area community organization around a particular theme or issue? Check out our Resources and Opportunities page for information on local organizations.

Weekly Community Engagement 

Starred (*) programs qualify for off-campus Federal Work Study
  • Are you FWS-eligible? Get paid to work with organizations in Portland! 
    • Follow 6-step process to get started
  • Not FWS-eligible? You're welcome to volunteer!

Weekly programs coordinated by Reed students

*SEEDS @ Lane Classroom Support 
*SEEDS @ Lane After School Support
SEEDS Community Cycling Program Reed P.E. class
*Off-campus Federal Work Study internships 

All other weekly programs

  •  Map of 20+ SEEDS community partners
    • sign into gmail account to access map
  • *S.M.A.R.T (Start Making a Reader Today)
  • Community based learning in Reed Psychology courses:
    • *Clinical, *Motivation, and *Developmental
  • Reed College Science Outreach Program
  • Opportunities offered through Portland-area community organizations

One-time Community Engagement Events

Note: one-time events are not eligible for off-campus Federal Work Study. Find FWS-eligible opportunities here.

Weekend Community Engagement events
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
On-campus blood drives<
Community Day Service Event 

Trips & Projects

Note: community engagement trips & projects are not eligible for off-campus Federal Work Study. Find FWS-eligible opportunities here.

Orientation Odyssey - for incoming 1st year & transfer students
Sophomores Rising Social Justice Odyssey - for rising 2nd year students 
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service trip
Davis Projects for Peace - $10,000 summer project award
Project Pericles - Debating for Democracy (D4D)