Saturday, June 20, 2009

Roosevelt High School Cleanup

Driving through downtown Saint Johns yesterday I took a quick glance at the community reader board.  I saw that there was going to be a cleanup of Roosevelt High School, which is about 5 blocks south of my house.  Ever since moving into the Saint Johns area, I have looked for opportunities to participate in my neighborhood.  This seemed to be a good way to spend my Saturday morning.

Upon my arrival I found out that this cleanup was organized and sponsored by Southlake Foursquare Church in West Linn, Oregon.  After four hours of asking, I did not find another person that lived in the area.  I was amazed that a church near 25 miles south of here has taken an active role in supporting this high school. 

What was also amazing was the number of people involved - there were about 1500 volunteers.  I spent the morning on the east side of the school pulling weeds, edging the lawn along the side, and spreading bark.

I noticed there was local media coverage at this link.

Often I would think back to the days when I had organized volunteer projects for Hands on Portland.  It felt good to perform community service again.  Don't get me wrong, I consider the volunteer work that I do for the Mazamas a contribution to my community as well.  This type seems to make more of a direct improvement to my neighborhood. 

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