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A Southeast group gets together to perform needed services around here -- crossing neighborhood boundaries

DAVID F. ASHTON - Here, helping to prune overgrown shrubs, we found LNLA volunteer Terry Lilly.The forecast rainstorms came into Southeast Portland with a vengeance on Saturday morning, June 20, as volunteers from the Lents Neighborhood Livability Association (LNLA) unpacked their gear to help a resident of the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood catch up on his yard work.

Cold rain pelted the eight LNLA volunteers who began hacking away at an overgrown front yard, as well as the backyard jungle of chest-high grass and Himalayan blackberry vines.

"A case worker with Adventist Health told us that this homeowner, Bill, had a medical condition, and could really use a hand with his yard work," related LNLA's Char Pennie.

The organization's name is associated with the Lents neighborhood, Pennie conceded; but, because the LNLA is not a city-affiliated neighborhood association, they're not bound to any specific geographic service area.

"When we find people in Brentwood-Darlington, Powellhurst-Gilbert, and other areas around us that need the help, our 'Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program' volunteers are willing to go pitch in," Pennie told THE BEE. "Since the start of the LNLA, our focus has been to help and inform people. "Instead of getting involved with politics; we just help where we can."

At their monthly meetings, which are held on Mt. Scott, the LNLA brings in city leaders and others to inform neighbors about current issues. Learn more, at their website – www.lentsneighborhoodlivabilityassociation.org


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