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Union members give back to the city

On a cold day in December, members of the City Employees Union, AFSCME Local 3786, volunteered their time cleaning up the B Street Trail.

A dozen people chipped in to rake leaves, trim shrubbery and remove hundreds of pounds of leaves and sticks from the trail area.

Our local union decided we wanted to give something back to our community, since most of us live in town and are proud of Forest Grove. The B Street Trail is heavily used and we thought that we could spend a Saturday morning cleaning it up as a token of our appreciation for the community.

With 50 city employees comprising the union, there are members in nearly every city department and there has been a long history of working together between the city and union.

We are all proud to work in Forest Grove and this volunteer day is the beginning of a new tradition for our union. We are planning on clean-up days in the fall and in the spring.

Despite the wet, wintry weather, members of the union even managed to entice friends and family to join them in pitching in. It was nice to meet the family members that came out to help us.

It is sometimes hard to get people to volunteer their weekends for activities, so it means a lot that people gave up a Saturday morning to work in the rain and make the trail look so nice.

Local members Lisa Vanwinkle, Marcey Ranes, James Reitz, Scott Peters and Melissa Vandecoevering were instrumental in the planning and execution of this successful service day.

Marvin Vandervelden

President, AFSCME Local 3786




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