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Volunteer Campus Walking Tour: August 7th

ohsuEver wonder where the Knight Cancer Institute is located, or how to get to Starbucks from the Biomedical Research Building? Research & Academic Volunteer Services will be offering bi-monthly walking tours of the Marquam Hill campus starting August 7, 2014 from 10-10:45am. Tours will cover a general loop around campus (attractions include: MacKenzie Hall, Sam Jackson Hall, the main hospital, Doernbecher and South Marquam Hill campus) and will include historical and information highlights along the way.

Ready to join us? Sign up by emailing RAVolunteer@ohsu.edu. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for both indoor/outdoor exposure – we'll be going rain or shine! Need special accommodations? Please contact us to discuss.

Curious how to get to Shriners or the VA from Richard Jones Hall without having to go outside? Stay tuned for our "underground tour" series starting this Fall!

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Volunteers Parking Options Expand - Any Diamond Permit Lot Permissible (All Fees Apply)

After the announcement of the parking subsidy discontinuation, RAVS was informed that volunteers are no longer bound to the three lots that were previously limited to park in previously. With appropriate fees paid, volunteers may now park in any 1, 2 or 3 diamond permit parking lot. Volunteers may create an online account with the OHSU Transportation & Parking website, allowing patrons to purchase 1, 2, and 3 diamond parking permits in advance, or purchase from the Marquam Hill Information Center, or Transportation and Parking Customer Service office day-of. For hourly parking, volunteers can continue to utilize nearby paystations in designated paystation lots. To learn more about what lots are available, and how to create an online account with Transportation & Parking, visit their website here.

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Volunteer Parking Changes Effective July 1: 50% Off Rate Discontinued

Research & Academic Volunteer Services has been notified that the 50% off daily parking rate subsidy for volunteer parking will no longer be available in FY15. We had hoped for further internal funding to absorb (or supplement part) of the existing subsidy, but were unsuccessful at this time.

Currently, RAVS volunteers have been using a coupon code which gives them 50% off daily parking rates at OHSU pay stations. This coupon code will no longer be valid on July 1, 2014. We have notified hosting departments that they may set up their own coupon code for discounted parking for their volunteers last week – feel free to follow up with them directly to see if they have anything to offer you.

Several other transportation options, many at discounted rates, are still available to our volunteers:

  • Tri-Met or C-Tran bus pass: Annual pass at the subsidized rate of $318/year
  • Portland Street Car: Free
  • Biking: Eligible to participate in the 20/20 ride program
  • OHSU Shuttle: Free
  • OHSU Tram: Free

After July 1, 2014 we do encourage you to continue keep your license plate number(s) up to date in Volgistics, should the Parking Office ever need to identify you and or your vehicle – we can verify your volunteer status with our office.

Questions? E-mail us at

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Annual Test Due? New OH Hours & Appointment Request Processes Announced

(UPDATED 3/11/14) Occupational Health (OH) has implemented a new database. Effective last week, OH will no longer be offering their walk-in hours on Wednesdays. Volunteers will need to complete a series of "surveys" in order to be seen. This will be able to be done on any computer that is web based. If you are located in a "high risk area" or have been told you need to be TB tested annually (plus an N-95 mask fitting), please reference this letter for information on how to set up your account in their new database, and request to be seen.

Please contact or if you have any questions.

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More Opportunities

Casey Eye Van Vision Screening

Looking for a new or perhaps a second opportunity? Stay up to date on all new volunteer opportunities!

Annual TB/N-95 Mask Fitting Due?

A new process for requesting services has been rolled out by Occupational Health (OH) this year. They have a new database and need you to

  1. Create an account
  2. Complete a series of questionnaires, and
  3. Call to make your appointment


OH will not schedule an appointment with you until you have completed steps 1 & 2 above.

Please reference the detailed instructions here

Spotlight opportunities for current volunteers

compassThe Department of Pediatrics is hosting the Vermont Oxford Network at OHSU May 15-17, and is looking for some assistance in guiding the conference attendees from location to location. Interested? Contact Sarah Fuller: fullsar@ohsu.edu. The conference includes attendees from 11 other hospitals across the nation, with an anticipated attendee list of just over 90 health care professionals. Pre-med students - this might be a good opportunity to network! See more information and shifts available here.