Each year, volunteers across the nation gather on the fourth Saturday of October to work towards a common goal: making a difference in their community. On Saturday, Oct. 28, there will be five different volunteer opportunities on the North Bank for large or small groups and individuals of all ages. “Make a Difference Day” is a great way to get active in the community, meet new people, and beautify our parks, green spaces and downtown area. Here’s how you can get help:
Uptown Village Clean Up & Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award Ceremony
9 a.m. to noon, 1919 Main St. in Uptown Village
Ryan Woods was a strong community builder and visionary who connected new friends and built community bonds throughout the Vancouver area. To recognize and build on Ryan’s vision, the City of Vancouver and its partners will host a cleanup day in Uptown Village and Arnada Park and present the 5th annual Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award to this year’s recipient. Following presentation of the award by Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, volunteers will participate in an Uptown Village clean-up and tree planting and mulching at Arnada Park.
“The Butt Stops Here” Park Clean Up
9 a.m. to noon, Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St. in Hazel Dell
This project is a partnership between Clark County Public Works and Vancouver Parks and Recreation. Following a short orientation, volunteers will break into small groups then fan out to different parks and public areas in search of cigarette butts and other litter. A list of target locations will be provided. Volunteers need to provide their own transportation to and from the sports park and cleanup sites. At 11:30 a.m., volunteers will return to the sports park to weigh bags of cigarette butts and litter and enjoy a pizza lunch, courtesy of Blind Onion.
Raymond E. Shaffer Trail Building Work Party
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 7806 N.E. 58th St., Vancouver
In partnership with Washington Trails Association and Vancouver Parks and Recreation, volunteers will help build a new trail at this park. Following a short orientation at 9 a.m., volunteers will lay out the loop trail, remove sod and laydown wood chips for an all season pathway.
Tree Planting at Leverich Park
9 a.m. to noon, Leverich Park, E. 39th St. and E. Leverich Park Way
Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and the City of Vancouver’s Greenway Sensitive Lands Team are partnering to host this annual tree planting event. Volunteers should be prepared for a short hike to the planting location. Tree planting training provided.
LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park Clean-up
10 a.m. to noon, LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park, N.E. LeRoy Haagen Memorial Dr., off N.E. 136th Ave.
Support the adopt-a-park leaders in removing invasive plants at this monthly park clean-up event.
To participate in any of these volunteer events, RSVP in advance by visiting www.cityofvancouver.us/MADD and following the RSVP link for each event. Volunteers attending any of these projects should be prepared for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Minors will need a signed guardian consent form (available at each site or online). Volunteers are also urged to bring gloves, water bottles, and whatever hand tools might be appropriate.