Volunteers to assist in community improvements on MLK Day of Service
Vancouver, WA. – Volunteers will turn Monday, Jan. 21, into a day of service by picking up litter, pulling invasive weeds, restoring an orchard and planting thousands of trees in Clark County and Vancouver.
In 1994, Congress declared Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January, to be a national day of service. It is the only federal holiday intended to be “a day on, not a day off.”
Several local projects still need volunteers, including:
• Foley Community Orchard: Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon to help remove blackberry vines, prune branches and mulch around pear trees on Northwest 21st Avenue off of Northwest 119th Street. Parking is available in the unpaved lot at the nearby Country Store, 1804 N.W. 119th St.
• Blandford Canyon Invasive Plant and Litter Removal: Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon to help remove English Ivy and litter in the Dubois and Blandford Canyon Greenway East area. Volunteers will meet at Dubois Park at Palo Alto Drive and California Way in Vancouver.
Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. To register for either project, visit parkhero.org or call (360) 487-8344. Please bring gloves, rakes, hand pruners and wheelbarrows, if possible. Youth younger than 18 must provide a signed minor consent form, which is available on the same website.
Volunteers are working year-round to improve parks, trails and open spaces. During 2012, they donated nearly 13,000 hours in city and county parks alone. If you would like to get involved or find out more, please visit parkhero.org.
Additional volunteer events on Jan. 21 are being organized by other organizations. They include:
• Pacific Community Park Demonstration Garden: Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to assist with weeding, pruning and planting groundcover. Washington State University Extension will provide a brief presentation. The park is on Northeast 172nd Avenue, off Northeast 18th Street. For more information or to register contact Serena Calder of Clark County Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121 ext. 5290 or Serena.Calder@clark.wa.gov.
• Waterfront Trail Upkeep/Work on Outdoor Classroom: Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and noon at the Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants along the Columbia River Renaissance Trail and start construction of the ‘Look See Meadow’ outdoor learning area. For more information or to, contact Bev Walker at (360) 487-7114 or visit tinyurl.com/WRCMLK.
• Tree Planting at Fort Vancouver High School: Join the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and Vancouver Public Works’ Sensitive Lands/Greenway Team in planting trees along Burnt Bridge Creek. This event is part of wetland restoration at the intersection of 65th Avenue and 18th Street. Volunteers will meet at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th Street, at 9 a.m. for refreshments and a short program. Tree planting will end at 1 p.m. For more information or to register, call (360) 852-9189 or visit www.vancouverwatersheds.org/events.