Hillsboro's fourth annual community volunteer event, HillsDoer Day, returns this Saturday, Oct. 6.
The event — which encourages the community to get to know their neighbors, give back and take pride in their city — has various volunteer projects for the whole family.
"Many of the HillsDOer Day sites have projects that can accommodate volunteers of all ages," said Tasha Lovell, the event organizer who works for the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department. "I love seeing youth serve with us and leave a lasting mark on their community."
Projects include assisting in depaving the parking lot of the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club which will will later be transformed into an outdoor play area for kids; assisting in yard work at Saving Grace Maternity Home; cleaning up downtown Hillsboro including picking up trash, removing graffiti and cleaning up planting strips; cleaning up and planting spring flower bulbs at Rood Bridge Park and tidying up the Hillsboro Brookwood Library.
HillsDOer Day began in 2015 when around 100 volunteers helped with various projects at seven different sites. Last year, around 300 volunteers served at eight sites, accumulating more than 1,500 volunteer hours, Lovell said.
"I think the event has grown because it is so community-centric," she said. "People who live, work, and play in Hillsboro have caught wind of it and want to give back. ... People want to invest in where they live."
This year, Sonrise Church has volunteered to provide boxed lunches for every volunteer across all project sites, Lovell said. Any extra boxed lunches will be distributed to organizations supporting people experiencing housing instability.
To see a list of all the projects and to sign up to volunteer, visit hillsboro-oregon.gov.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
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