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Make a Difference Day

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.

Make a Difference Day

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.

Volunteer Work Party: Invasive Species Removal in Ridgefield

Help keep the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge‘s beautiful wetlands healthy and welcoming to wildlife by searching for and removing invasive plant species like English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and reed canarygrass. Work alongside conservationists while learning about native wildlife management. There’s a volunteer work party from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the refuge’s River S Unit, located at 1071 S. Hillhurst Rd. in Ridgefield.

Volunteers should wear waterproof boots (although some are also available on-site) and dress for the weather, which is forecast to be a balmy 83º. Gloves, snacks, and drinks will be provided to keep you fueled up—but extra water is a good idea.

Volunteers will meet at the visitor kiosk. First-time volunteers should arrive a little before 9 a.m. to fill out paperwork. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate as long as they have must aperwork signed by a parent or guardian in order to volunteer. Registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, email ridgefieldbulrush@gmail.com or click here.

Keep Ridgefield’s Wetlands Healthy

Help keep the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge‘s beautiful wetlands healthy and welcoming to wildlife by searching for and removing invasive plant species like English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and reed canarygrass. Work alongside conservationists while learning about native wildlife management. There’s a volunteer work party from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the refuge’s River S Unit, located at 1071 S. Hillhurst Rd. in Ridgefield.

Volunteers should wear waterproof boots (although some are also available on-site) and dress for the weather, which is forecast to be a balmy 83º. Gloves, snacks, and drinks will be provided to keep you fueled up—but extra water is a good idea.

Volunteers will meet at the visitor kiosk. First-time volunteers should arrive a little before 9 a.m. to fill out paperwork. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate as long as they have must aperwork signed by a parent or guardian in order to volunteer. Registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, email ridgefieldbulrush@gmail.com or click here.

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Docent Training

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a North Bank treasure, and volunteers are the heart of what makes this place great (well, besides the breathtaking natural scenery and beautiful wildlife). If you visit the Refuge often, or if you’re just looking for a new way to contribute your time to a meaningful (and fun!) cause, you might consider volunteering at the Refuge. There’s a free workshop coming up that can help you get started:

  • Plankhouse Docent Training, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4
    Join the team of amazing volunteer docents who staff the Cathlapotle Plankhouse on weekends or help teach school groups during the week. No special experience needed, just a desire to learn and share the natural and cultural history of the Refuge with others. By the end of orientation, you’ll understand what docents do, learn more about Chinookan life and Refuge archaeology, and be ready to take the next steps to become a part of the team. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sarah Hill at sarah_hill@fws.gov  or call 360-887-4106.

Volunteer Training at Columbia Springs

Become a Volunteer Lead at Columbia Springs and you’ll get outside, learn about the environment, encourage stewardship, and meet other people who love the North Bank’s natural habitat as much as you do. Volunteer Leads help with special events, administration, and outreach efforts to the community. In exchange, they get free training, free attendance to volunteer-only enrichment activities, and the aforementioned rewards for time invested.

The next Volunteer Lead training session will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the 100-acre Columbia Springs natural area located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Hwy. For more information or to register, contact Kaley McLachlan at 360-882-0936 or e-mail volunteer@columbiasprings.org.

Youth Service Day

The last Thursday of every from March through November is Youth Service Day, when young people ages 14 through 19 are invited to serve their neighborhoods and communities through projects that support the public good, such as uprooting invasive English ivy in parks, planting trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek greenway, and sprucing up headstones at local cemeteries, among other things. A consent form is required for teens to participate; click here to download the PDF. For a list of volunteer projects, locations, directions, and to register, call Chante Starr at 360-487-8611 or visit #VancouverVolunTEEN's Facebook page.

Youth Service Day

The last Thursday of every from March through November is Youth Service Day, when young people ages 14 through 19 are invited to serve their neighborhoods and communities through projects that support the public good, such as uprooting invasive English ivy in parks, planting trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek greenway, and sprucing up headstones at local cemeteries, among other things. A consent form is required for teens to participate; click here to download the PDF. For a list of volunteer projects, locations, directions, and to register, call Chante Starr at 360-487-8611 or visit #VancouverVolunTEEN's Facebook page.

Make a Difference Day

Joining Vancouver’s Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 25, is a great way to get active in your community, meet new people, and help beautify our parks, green spaces, and downtown area. Volunteers should be prepared for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring gloves, water bottles, and hand tools. Minors will need a parent consent form (available at each site). To learn more or to RSVP, call 360-487-8316. There will be three great volunteer opportunities around Clark County:

  • Uptown Village Clean Up & Presentation of Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award
    9 a.m. to noon, 1919 Main St. in Uptown Village. For more information, contact Jill Brown at 360-487-8641 or jill.brown@cityofvancouver.us.
  • “The Butt Stops Here” Park Clean-Up
    10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St. in Hazel Dell
    Volunteers will break into small groups and fan out to parks and public areas in Vancouver and Clark County in search of cigarette butts and other litter. Pizza—donated from The Blind Onion—will be shared with volunteers from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
  • Annual Burnt Bridge Creek Restoration & Tree Planting Event
    9 a.m., Leverich Park, E. 39th St. and E. Leverich Park Way. Volunteers will work with the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and Vancouver’s Greenway Sensitive Lands Team during this annual tree planting event. Volunteers should be prepared for a short hike to the planting location. RSVP with jeannie@vancouverwatersheds.org.

 

Youth Service Day

The last Thursday of every from March through November is Youth Service Day, when young people ages 14 through 19 are invited to serve their neighborhoods and communities through projects that support the public good, such as uprooting invasive English ivy in parks, planting trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek greenway, and sprucing up headstones at local cemeteries, among other things. A consent form is required for teens to participate; click here to download the PDF. For a list of volunteer projects, locations, directions, and to register, call Chante Starr at 360-487-8611 or visit #VancouverVolunTEEN's Facebook page.

Volunteer Recruitment Event for CCHM

Find out more about volunteering at the Clark County Historical Museum at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the CCHM’s open house and volunteer recruitment event. Attendees will meet the CCHM’s Executive Director Katie Anderson and mingle with current museum volunteers and staff. The CCHM provides a one-of-a-kind volunteer experience for people ages 18 and up who are interested in local history, care about historic preservation, and want to learn more about Clark County’s rich past. But you don’t have to be a history buff to volunteer here—the main thing is, you’ll use your skills and talents to help people, and you’ll become a valued member of a singularly congenial and welcoming community. To learn more, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Volunteer at the Museum

Here are three reasons to volunteer at the Clark County Historical Museum:

  • Feeling good about giving back to your community, etc. etc.
  • Free admission to the museum and museum events, plus working with some of the coolest, smartest, most interesting people on the North Bank
  • Also, free admission

Find out more at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM)’s open house and volunteer recruitment event. (Think of it less as a “recruitment event” and more like a party just for you.) Attendees will meet the CCHM’s Executive Director Katie Anderson and mingle with current museum volunteers and staff (i.e., the really cool, smart, interesting people you’ll be working with).

The CCHM provides a one-of-a-kind volunteer experience for people ages 18 and up who are interested in local history, care about historic preservation, and want to learn more about Clark County’s rich past. But you don’t have to be a history buff to volunteer here—the main thing is, you’ll use your skills and talents to help people, and you’ll become a valued member of a singularly congenial and welcoming community. To learn more, visit www.cchmuseum.org.

Above photograph: current CCHM volunteers. Just kidding! They are actually Vancouver laundry workers, and the photograph is part of the museum’s “Labor: A Working History” exhibit.

Youth Service Day

The last Thursday of every from March through November is Youth Service Day, when young people ages 14 through 19 are invited to serve their neighborhoods and communities through projects that support the public good, such as uprooting invasive English ivy in parks, planting trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek greenway, and sprucing up headstones at local cemeteries, among other things. A consent form is required for teens to participate; click here to download the PDF. For a list of volunteer projects, locations, directions, and to register, call Chante Starr at 360-487-8611 or visit #VancouverVolunTEEN's Facebook page.

Youth Service Day

The last Thursday of every from March through November is Youth Service Day, when young people ages 14 through 19 are invited to serve their neighborhoods and communities through projects that support the public good, such as uprooting invasive English ivy in parks, planting trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek greenway, and sprucing up headstones at local cemeteries, among other things. A consent form is required for teens to participate; click here to download the PDF. For a list of volunteer projects, locations, directions, and to register, call Chante Starr at 360-487-8611 or visit #VancouverVolunTEEN's Facebook page.

Concours d’Elegance Volunteer Training

The Fort Vancouver National Trust needs car-loving volunteers to lend a hand at one of Vancouver’s classic summer events, the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, on Sunday, Aug. 3. Individuals, service organizations, and corporate groups are encouraged to help sell and collect tickets at the gates, serve as vehicle zone attendants, or assist with traffic control. And here’s something to rev you up: all volunteers receive free admission to the event and a parking pass.

Download the application at www.columbiariverconcours.com/volunteer. Volunteers may request certain jobs and shifts (which are just a few hours long, so no one gets tired of looking at all those beautiful cars). There’s a short volunteer training session on Saturday, July 26. Need more information? Contact Natalie Crippen at 360-992-1808 or send an e-mail to volunteer@fortvan.org.

Youth Service Day

The last Thursday of every from March through November is Youth Service Day, when young people ages 14 through 19 are invited to serve their neighborhoods and communities through projects that support the public good, such as uprooting invasive English ivy in parks, planting trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek greenway, and sprucing up headstones at local cemeteries, among other things. A consent form is required for teens to participate; click here to download the PDF. For a list of volunteer projects, locations, directions, and to register, call Chante Starr at 360-487-8611 or visit #VancouverVolunTEEN's Facebook page.

Volunteer for Concours d’Elegance

The Fort Vancouver National Trust needs car-loving volunteers to lend a hand at one of Vancouver’s classic summer events, the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, on Sunday, Aug. 3. Individuals, service organizations, and corporate groups are encouraged to help sell and collect tickets at the gates, serve as vehicle zone attendants, or assist with traffic control. And here’s something to rev you up: all volunteers receive free admission to the event and a parking pass.

Download the application at www.columbiariverconcours.com/volunteer. Volunteers may request certain jobs and shifts (which are just a few hours long, so no one gets tired of looking at all those beautiful cars). There’s a short volunteer training session on Saturday, July 26. Need more information? Contact Natalie Crippen at 360-992-1808 or send an e-mail to volunteer@fortvan.org.

Invasive Weed Eradication Training

Volunteers are needed to find them and—ahem—root them out around Mount St. Helens and in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Learn how to identify, document, and eradicate invasive weeds by attending free training workshops in Vancouver and Kelso, offered by the Pacific Northwest Invasive Species Council. Volunteers who attend the trainings are asked to commit to at least two surveys over the 2014 field season on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The free training classes are:

  • Friday, June 20, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, 10600 N.E. 51st Cir., in Vancouver (check in at the front desk)
  • Saturday, June 21, 9:30 a.m to noon at the Cowlitz County Administration Building, 207 Fourth Ave. N., in Kelso (room 300)

RSVP to Julie Combs at pnw.ipc.org@gmail.com or call 615-812-5295 to reserve your place at either workshop. For more information about the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, visit www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens. For more details about the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center, visit www.mshslc.org. To find out more about Gifford Pinchot National Forest, see www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot.

Invasive Weed Eradication Training

Volunteers are needed to find them and—ahem—root them out around Mount St. Helens and in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Learn how to identify, document, and eradicate invasive weeds by attending free training workshops in Vancouver and Kelso, offered by the Pacific Northwest Invasive Species Council. Volunteers who attend the trainings are asked to commit to at least two surveys over the 2014 field season on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The free training classes are:

  • Friday, June 20, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, 10600 N.E. 51st Cir., in Vancouver (check in at the front desk)
  • Saturday, June 21, 9:30 a.m to noon at the Cowlitz County Administration Building, 207 Fourth Ave. N., in Kelso (room 300)

RSVP to Julie Combs at pnw.ipc.org@gmail.com or call 615-812-5295 to reserve your place at either workshop. For more information about the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, visit www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens. For more details about the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center, visit www.mshslc.org. To find out more about Gifford Pinchot National Forest, see www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot.

Down with Invasive Weeds!

Bad weeds! Bad, bad, bad weeds! Volunteers are needed to find them and—ahem—root them out around Mount St. Helens and in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Learn how to identify, document, and eradicate invasive weeds by attending free training workshops in Vancouver and Kelso, offered by the Pacific Northwest Invasive Species Council. Volunteers should plan on completing at least two surveys during the 2014 field season on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

If you’d like to help but can’t attend the training sessions, why not join the Weed Rodeo on Saturday, June 28? Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help the Mount St. Helens Institute get rid of the invasive scotch broom that’s choking the mountain’s slopes. Volunteers should meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Coldwater Lake Boat Launch parking lot to sign in and get equipment.

The free training classes are:

  • Friday, June 20, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, 10600 N.E. 51st Cir., in Vancouver (check in at the front desk)
  • Saturday, June 21, 9:30 a.m to noon at the Cowlitz County Administration Building, 207 Fourth Ave. N., in Kelso (room 300)

RSVP to Julie Combs at pnw.ipc.org@gmail.com or call 615-812-5295 to reserve your place at either workshop. For more information about the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, visit www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens. For more details about the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center, visit www.mshslc.org. To find out more about Gifford Pinchot National Forest, see www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot.

Above photo: purple starthistle (Centaurea calcitrapa)