Vancouver volunteers to make a big difference on nation’s largest day of service

Vancouver’s annual Make a Difference Day will be Oct. 26

VANCOUVER — 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 Sat., Oct. 26, the city of Vancouver and its community partners will offer several different volunteer opportunities appropriate for large or small groups and individuals of all ages.

Vancouver’s Make a Difference Day celebration is a great way to get active in the community and meet new people while you help beautify our parks, green spaces and downtown area. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver
Vancouver’s Make a Difference Day celebration is a great way to get active in the community and meet new people while you help beautify our parks, green spaces and downtown area. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver

Vancouver’s Make a Difference Day celebration is a great way to get active in the community and meet new people while you help beautify our parks, green spaces and downtown area.

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 partners will host a cleanup day in Uptown Village and present the 7th annual Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award to this year’s recipient.

Following presentation of the award by Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, volunteers will participate in an Uptown Village clean up or help spread bark dust at the Clark County Historical Museum.

“The Butt Stops Here” Public Spaces Clean Up

9 a.m. to noon

Various sites available at sign up

This project is a partnership between Clark County Public Works and Vancouver Parks and Recreation. Volunteers will sign up to volunteer at 12 different parks and public spaces in search of cigarette butts and other litter. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Tree Planting at Leverich Park with Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington

9 a.m. to noon

Leverich Park, E. 39th Street and NE Leverich Park Way

Help plant of trees and shrubs along Burnt Bridge Creek to improve the water quality and with Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington. Meet at the picnic shelter at Leverich Park for registration and snacks. Orientation begins at 9 a.m. Gloves, tools, and a snack will be provided.

Marine Park Beach Cleanup with the Water Resources Education Center

9 a.m. to noon

Water Resource Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way

Help remove trash left behind by visitors along the Columbia River beach at Marine Park. Training, gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. Meet in the lobby of the City’s Water Resources Education Center.

To volunteer at any of these events, please RSVP in advance at www.cityofvancouver.us/MADD.

Volunteers should be prepared for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Minors will need a signed guardian consent form (available at each event or online). Volunteers should also bring gloves, reusable water bottles, hand tools and a spirit of service to the community.

For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/MADD.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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