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.