Volunteers Needed for Habitat’s Portland Neighborhood Initiative September 22

Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a “Love Your Neighborhood” (LYN) event Saturday, September 22. This Portland LYN initiative focuses on community development and repair through partnerships with homeowners and community stakeholders.

Highland’s Habitat for Humanity and other Housing Solutions Mission Team is soliciting your help to beautify the Boone Square Park which is an Olmstead park. This historic park was opened to the public on July 1, 1891 and is in the middle of the Portland neighborhood. We want 30 or more volunteers from Highland to participate! Sarah Wolff with the Olmstead Conservancy will be helping. Scope of work includes: weeding and removing landscaping; edging walkways; mulching and painting playgrounds; painting picnic shelter; painting bleachers, backboards, and goals at basketball court. All equipment and supplies will be provided. If there are plenty of volunteers and/or the work goes quickly, there is a vacant lot across the street that needs lots of brush removal and weeding.

The event is open to all age groups. Families can participate in activities such as flower pot painting, mulching, playground clean-up, repair and painting. The decorating and planting of the flower pots that are given to the neighbors to put on their porch is a vital part of showing love to the neighborhood. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian with them.

We are also excited about sponsoring a Home Repair in the Portland neighborhood! We need 10-15 adult volunteers to work on this part on the LYN event.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Duncan and 19th Street. Work will start around 9:30 a.m., break for lunch, then finish by 3:00-3:30 p.m. A wonderful lunch for the volunteers and neighbors will be provided by HFH.

Sign-ups and more information will be available in the Commons this Sunday, September 16, or you can text Jim McBee.