Neighbors helping neighbors
More than 20 volunteers gathered Saturday, July 24, to help one of their Molalla neighbors.
The project was to help a family on Leabo Road maintain their property. Extreme medical issues had hampered efforts to clean up since the ice storm, so a coordinated effort between Molalla Cares and Molalla Church of the Nazarene brought the volunteers to do the work for them.
The property around their home and outbuildings were at risk of fire due to the large amounts of fuel (wood and grass debris) that had accumulated.
Kevin Beede from Boss Excavation arrived the day before with a brush hog and leveled the grass and briars. The Molalla Nazarene men's ministry brought two wood splitters; Canby Excavation provided a dump truck and mini excavator; Interfor Molalla division chipped in with pizza and water; 4 Seasons Landscape and Faulhaber Lawn maintenance supplied labor and equipment; Marv's Pole Barn donated the use of a skid steer; and Trees Plus NW supplied the volunteers with an experienced arborist/climber in Gorden Grimes.
In the end, when the equipment and manpower had finished, the property had been cleared of much of the dangerous fire fuel.
Molalla Cares is a nonprofit that does not charge for its work. The group is all-volunteer and donates to the community.
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