By Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Portland, OR (March 4, 2009)- Climaxing months of planning, over one hundred volunteers showed up at Holy Family Parish on S.E. 39th Avenue on Saturday, January 24th, to plant 141 trees in four Inner Southeast neighborhoods. The Woodstock neighborhood planted 60 trees at 31 Woodstock homes- including 26 different species of trees, from semi-dwarf apple trees to native oaks and cedars. Creston-Kenilworth planted another 65, Eastmoreland planted 15 trees, and the Reed neighborhood planted just one this year.
The coordinator for the Woodstock neighborhood, Julie Neburka, was very happy with community participation: “Woodstock neighbors donated generously to both Friends of Trees and to the neighborhood for the planting. Cash donations with matching funds through Friends of Trees totaled $465, and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association contributed $10 per tree. Additional donations of time and the use of pickup trucks made the planting possible. Pots of homemade soup, plates of cookies and brownies, and generous food donations from local businesses kept everyone happy before and after the planting.”
Neburka detailed the food donations: “A top-notch volunteer kitchen crew served a breakfast of Noah’s bagels, coffee from Schondecken coffee roasters, and fresh fruit from New Seasons. Homemade soups were accompanied by deli sandwiches made possible by donations from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, Mezza Middle Eastern Cuisine, Safeway, and Grand Central Bakery. The Woodstock Boulevard UPS Store printed thousands of fliers, and other businesses on the boulevard placed a beautiful poster in their windows, designed by a Woodstock neighbor.”
North of Woodstock, Kate Lopresti, tree planting coordinator for the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, commented on her experience there: “We planted 65 trees, and the neighborhood association kicked in $10 per tree, which was a great help. Property owners on S.E. 33rd donated trees to other neighbors, and Gladstone Coffee added two trees in front of their business.”
Portland Bee- Planting adds 141 trees to four Southeast neighborhoods
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