Organizers are working to schedule at least 500 service projects to involve more than 20,000 Oregonians. Four hundred of the projects are expected to be coordinated through SOLV’s community-driven beautification and enhancement programs as well as its Down By The Riverside program, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Oregon Volunteers and RDI will support an additional 100 projects that meet non-environmental community needs.
The first projects to register are in Independence, Monmouth, Salem, and Silverton. The cities of Independence and Monmouth will host a Community Beautification Day, and community members are encouraged to volunteer for various cleanup projects as well as clean up and beautify their own properties. In Salem, volunteers will canoe along the Willamette, picking trash along the way. They will then bike back to celebrate their accomplishments. The City of Salem is also organizing volunteers to remove ivy along the Willamette river bank. And in Silverton, they are building a nature trail in the wetlands which will provide access to good bird watching sites and educate people about the importance of this ecosystem.
Volunteers can go to www.oregon150.org and follow the “Get Involved” links to the Take Care of Oregon project to register.
Project coordinators can also go to the website to schedule their projects. Coordinators will receive an array of services including promotional materials, training and technical assistance, and small grant funding, along with the opportunity to have volunteers register online for their projects. Those without access to the internet can call SOLV at 1-800-333-7658 for registration assistance.
For new coordinators, training sessions for October and November are scheduled in Albany, Baker City, Cave Junction, Corvallis, Grants Pass, Hood River, Lincoln City, Milton-Freewater, Ontario, Reedsport, Roseburg, and Sutherlin. There are also two webinar sessions scheduled. In all, more than 30 training sessions have been scheduled around the state to support new coordinators. Registration is available on the website.
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Melisa McDonald, Oregon 150 Executive Director said, “This event was envisioned by the Oregon 150 commission over a year ago, and is one of six signature events to commemorate Oregon’s birthday. It’s a great way for people to be involved in the celebration while making a difference in their local communities. Take Care of Oregon Days will provide a lasting legacy, not just through the completed projects, but by the increased volunteer capacity our state will gain.”