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SEEDS Orientation Odyssey

Service project details are forthcoming. Please see the Reed Orientation 2017 webpage for the majority of SEEDS Orientation Odyssey information.

During the SEEDS Odyssey trip, participants will share all meals together and sleep on campus in their assigned residence hall room. Each small group of 10-12 students, led by two returning Reed students, will have its own program of service activities. 

Cost for the three-day, SEEDS community service program is $150, which covers food, transportation, and other expenses. Limited financial aid is available for those with high need to fund the SEEDS Odyssey experience. Requests can be made via the on-line application during registration. SEEDS will respond to you by late July/early August with information about your financial aid request. Please do not send us payment: the business office will bill your Reed College account. Cancellations made on or after August 1st will result in your account being charged $75. Cancellations or non-attendance after August 10 will result in your account being charged $150. 

Note: If you cancel your Odyssey attendance, you may not move in to your residence hall on Friday, 8/18.

Questions or concerns? Please contact SEEDS via 503-777-7563 or email

SEEDS Odyssey Participant Feedback

2016 Participant Feedback

“I got to help out people in need across Portland, make some great friends, and get situated on campus a few days early.  If that's not a win/win/win, I don't know what is!” 

“I made a couple friends, learned more about myself and how I interact with others, and now I'm really excited to volunteer more in the community!”

“The service aspect [of the trip] made me feel great about helping others and gave a broader outlook on the college transition.”

“Our group leaders were incredibly accepting and kind throughout the entire process. They were the perfect balance between friends and teachers, worked as a team not only with each other but also with us, and provided us with a good balance of advice and independence. I cannot thank them enough for this experience."

“The one thing that set this Odyssey apart from past summer activities more than anything else is its organization. There was clearly an incredible amount of time and effort put into the planning of the events and that is what made them so successful."

2015 Participant Feedback

"I LOVED my trip leaders. The entire time they were super up beat and they made the experience one to remember. … Seriously, quality, genuine people.”

“They [trip leaders] were great at making us feel comfortable in every environment we went into, and also answered any questions about Reed we had which made me feel way better about the transition.”

“It felt as though our group's [trip] leaders really made an effort to get to know everyone and foster a sense of teamwork. This made the community service that much more memorable.”

“I thought that the selection of trips was thoughtful and that the work we did was meaningful and helpful, and the people we worked with were friendly and welcoming." 

"I got a stronger understanding of the social concerns that are affecting Portland and even the nation as a whole. At the same time, I also had the opportunity to grow closer to a great group of people..."

2014 Participant Feedback

"I'm so excited about all of the organizations we worked at ... and I'm going to have such a hard time choosing which to get involved with. I learned so much about SEEDS, Reed and Portland in general. I feel a lot more confident going into Reed now that I already have those built in connections."

"I made a lot of friends and got a really solid and supported transition into Reed. I learned a lot about Portland and its problems and about all of the ways I can get involved with the community."

"I learned a lot ...  I am starting to understand the intellectual and ethical approach Reed takes in guiding its students through various experiences and adventures."

"Their [trip leaders] knowledge and experience were absolutely invaluable and I could tell that they truly cared for us."

"This trip was incredibly rewarding as a pre-orientation activity so I will highly recommend this to future incoming Reedies!"

2013 Participant Feedback

"[Trip leaders facilitated] thought-provoking reflections."

"[Trip leaders provided] honest and encouraging tips about Reed."

"[Trip leaders] made participants feel welcome and included."

SEEDS Odyssey Community Partners 

2016 Community Partners

Children’s Book Bank: collects and distributes donated children’s books for low-income families in the area.

Habitat ReStore: raises funds for Habitat for Humanity to build affordable houses and keeps usable materials out of the waste stream.

Janus Youth: among many program offerings, they provide residential care for adolescents experiencing homelessness and drug abuse.

Oregon Food Bank (Portland): distributes emergency food to hungry families, and fights hunger's root causes through public policy advocacy, nutrition and garden education

People's History of Portland Tourwalking tour that highlights the lesser known stories of Portland’s immigrants, social activists, and working class heroes.

Potluck in the Park: provides a hot meal, every Sunday at O'Bryant Square in downtown Portland, to anyone in need.

Wisdom Gardens (Wisdom of the Elders)promotes health and wellness in Portland’s Native American community through horticultural education and healing and to help restore traditional native food systems by maintaining two garden sites.

2015 Community Partners

Abernethy Elementary School Kitchen Garden provides food-based education, on-site garden, and supports farm-to-table values. 

Children’s Book Bank: collects and distributes donated children’s books for low-income families in the area.

CROPS (Community Reaps Our Produce and Shares): A Multnomah County initiative: CROPS Farm, the Inverness Jail Garden, and the Hope Garden.

Focus on Youth’s Seeds of Hope Garden: youth leadership program that incorporates science, math, photography and sustainable gardening for youth experiencing homelessness.

Habitat ReStore: accepts building materials, furniture, appliances, lighting fixtures and other home goods to sell in their stores to raise money for Habitat homebuilding projects.

Home Forward Stephens Creek Crossing: relies on relationships with key community partners to deliver programs and services to fulfill both redevelopment goals and resident goals.

Janus Youth: among many program offerings, they provide residential care for adolescents experiencing homelessness and drug abuse.

Neighborhood House: delivers services for low-income children, families, and seniors to succeed, move beyond poverty, and live independently.

Oregon Food Bank (Beaverton & Portland): distributes emergency food to hungry families, and fights hunger's root causes through public policy advocacy, nutrition and garden education.

People's History of Portland Tourwalking tour that highlights the lesser known stories of Portland’s immigrants, social activists, and working class heroes.

Sisters of the Road: Sisters offers a space to build community, empower ourselves, learn from one another, dine with dignity and organize for justice and human rights for all.

VOA Family Relief Nursery: an intervention/prevention program for families and children. Strengthening families at serious risk of child abuse/neglect or of losing custody.

2014 Community Partners

Children’s Book Bank: collects and distributes donated children’s books for low-income families in the area.

Focus on Youth’s Seeds of Hope Garden: youth leadership program that incorporates science, math, photography and sustainable gardening for youth experiencing homelessness.

Free Geek: restores old technology, redistributes the products, and teaches internet and job skills in exchange for community service.

Neighborhood House: delivers services for low-income children, families, and seniors to succeed, move beyond poverty, and live independently.

Oregon Food Bank (Beaverton & Portland): distributes emergency food to hungry families, and fights hunger's root causes through public policy advocacy, nutrition and garden education.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): seeks to ignite an education transformation at the intersection of science, technology and design, and weave a thriving innovation district into the fabric of Portland.

Portland Women’s Crisis Line: seeks to empower those who experience violence and to end the oppressions and violence which causes them to seek out our services.

Portland Youth Builders: supports young people who are committed to changing their lives to become self-sufficient, contributing community members through high school completion programs, vocational training, counseling, and support.

Potluck in the Park: provides a hot meal, every Sunday at O'Bryant Square in downtown Portland, to anyone in need.

Saturday Academy: strives to engage all motivated young people, including those from under-represented communities, in hands-on, in-depth learning by connecting them to community experts as educators and mentors.

Zenger Farm: working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.

2013 Community Partners

Beaverton Giving Gardens (Tualatin Valley Gleaners): provides food, aid and other assistance to the low-income, disabled, children and elderly in the Tualatin Valley, Oregon area.

Bikes for Humanity: provides affordable refurbished bicycles to riders of all economic backgrounds.

Children’s Book Bank: collects and distributes donated children’s books for low-income families in the area.

Family Relief Nursery: an intervention and prevention program for fragile families at risk of abusing or neglecting children, or of permanently losing custody of children.

Free Geek: restores old technology, redistributes the products, and teaches internet and job skills in exchange for community service.

Friends of Oaks Bottom: volunteer organization working in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation for the promotion, preservation, and management of Oaks Bottom through habitat restoration, trail maintenance, guided hikes, and information programs.

Habitat for Humanity: seeks to revitalize neighborhoods, build affordable and sustainable homes, and empower families through homeownership.

Milagro Theatre: aims to give a prominent voice to the local Hispanic community- and especially under-served youths- through artistic expression.

Neighborhood House: delivers services for low-income children, families, and seniors to succeed, move beyond poverty, and live independently.

Oregon Food Bank (Beaverton): distributes emergency food to hungry families, and fights hunger's root causes through public policy advocacy, nutrition and garden education.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): seeks to ignite an education transformation at the intersection of science, technology and design, and weave a thriving innovation district into the fabric of Portland.

Portland Parks and Recreation

Portland Youth Builders: supports young people who are committed to changing their lives to become self-sufficient, contributing community members through high school completion programs, vocational training, counseling, and support.

Potluck in the Park: provides a hot meal, every Sunday at O'Bryant Square in downtown Portland, to anyone in need.

Project Grow: promotes independence in developmentally disabled adults through involvement in organic farming, music, yoga, and art.

Rebuilding Center: provides used building and remodeling materials for the benefit of communities, with the goal of promoting sustainable practices.

St. Vincent de Paul:seeks to help those in need, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, handicap or religion.

Sunday Parkways: promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city's largest public space - its streets - to walk, bike, and roll.

2012 Community Partners

Bradley Angle: provides services such as a 24- hour crisis line, transitional housing, support groups, community-based advocacy, and culturally specific programming to all people experiencing or at risk for domestic violence.

Children’s Book Bank: collects and distributes donated children’s books for low-income families in the area.

Dignity Village: city-recognized encampment of about 60 people formerly experiencing homelessness.

Free Geek: restores old technology, redistributes the products, and teaches internet and job skills in exchange for community service.

Habitat ReStore: raises funds for Habitat for Humanity to build affordable houses and keeps usable materials out of the waste stream.

Human Solutions: provides housing and support services to low-income families in the area.

Janus Youth Program: provides residential care for adolescents struggling with homelessness and drug abuse.

Milagro Theatre: aims to give a prominent voice to the local Hispanic community- and especially under-served youths- through artistic expression.

Neighborhood House: provides services such as food, housing, employment, and other short- and long-term needs, relying completely on community support.

Oregon Food Bank (Beaverton): distributes emergency food to hungry families, and fights hunger's root causes through public policy advocacy, nutrition and garden education.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): seeks to ignite an education transformation at the intersection of science, technology and design, and weave a thriving innovation district into the fabric of Portland.

Portland Parks and Recreation Summer Camp

Project Grow: promotes independence in developmentally disabled adults through involvement in organic farming, music, yoga, and art.

Schoolhouse Supplies: a nonprofit organization that provides free school supplies to public schools.