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Volunteers Wanted for a Green Playground Build

Volunteers Needed for a Green Playground Build

No construction experience needed.

Human Solutions needs 35 volunteers for the BIG BUILD DAY on August 13th to build, assemble and install the playground equipment at an affordable housing complex located at 2609 SE 145th Ave. in Portland. Build Captains will lead groups in putting the equipment together and completing the side projects, which include constructing some raised beds for a community garden. The day will run from 8:30 am to around 3:00 pm, and breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

We also need 5 Build Captains to help at during the prep days (August 11th and possibly the 12th). The day will consist of prepping the site for the build, pouring concrete, cutting wood, and will also include an orientation on the roles Build Captains will play the August 13th Build Day. The day will start about 8:30 and run until around 1:30. The orientation will run from 12:00 to 1:00. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

We also need lots of tools!!  If you are interested in being a volunteer and/or a Build Captain, we will provide you with a list of the tools we need to make the project a success.

Human Solutions received a grant from KaBOOM! and The Home Depot Foundation for a new playground at Arbor Glen, one of our 14 affordable housing complexes. Arbor Glen is home to 68 low-income families and the site lacks fun spaces for kids to play. KaBOOM! has built over 1,600 playgrounds throughout the country, but this is their first ever Green Playground. The new play area incorporates equipment manufactured by Big Toys, Inc. in which the decks are comprised of 100-percent recycled milk jugs and the posts for the playground are made with 80-percent post-consumer recycled content.  We will also be enhancing the grounds at Arbor Glen by adding a picnic area and a community garden area.

The mission of Human Solutions is to help low-income and homeless families gain self-sufficiency by providing affordable housing, family support services, job readiness training and economic development opportunities. This will be a very fun project that will improve the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged youth.

If you can help, please contact Wes Namba, Development Associate for Human Solutions at [email protected] or 503.548.0221.