HillsDOer Day, Hillsboro's volunteer event, returns Saturday
Hundreds of volunteers will take to the streets on Saturday for Hillsboro's annual HillsDOer event.
"This is our third year, and I think we're finally starting to get some traction," said Dacia Bakkum, HillsDOer Project Specialist. "I think we have more events than we've ever had before, seven or eight, and some of them are pretty sizable — 50 to 80 volunteers."
The first year, HillsDOer drew around 100 volunteers. This weekend, Bakkum expects between 200-300 volunteers and some of the events are already full.
Registration for two events sponsored by Hillsboro Public Library, one to prep and price books for the fall sale and an event repacking food at the Oregon Food Bank, has been closed. A bulb-planting event at Shute Park has also been closed.
Bakkum said, unlike the first two years, she has had nonprofits come forward and ask about HillsDOer day. She hasn't had to turn down any proposed projects.
"Part of the hope for this thing is to create ongoing volunteerism and to use this event as a catalyst for community engagement and getting people involved and getting people engaged with their friends and neighbors," she said.
The majority of the openings are with nonprofit projects. Up to 30 volunteers are needed to "spruce up" the Hillsboro Boys & Girls club, at 560 S.E. 3rd Ave., where workers will repaint, clean organize and update landscaping.
A second project will clean up litter in the neighborhood surrounding the Boys & Girls club.
The largest project, an effort to transform affordable housing units at Terra Buena Terrace Community, 1901 S.E. Minter Bridge Rd., needs up to 80 volunteers. Workers will help repaint and repair four to six homes run by Rebuild Together Washington County.
M&M Marketplace, a Latino swap meet, will partner with DePave to remove the portions of the paved parking lot and vendor area. The project will install a permeable surface for outdoor stalls, new murals, native landscaping and other new features.
The smallest project with open slots is an effort to refurbish the playground at Hillsboro Friends Church, 332 N.E. 6th Ave.
Spruce Up the Hillsboro Boys & Girls Club
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 560 SE 3rd Ave, Hillsboro
Contact: Rachel Schutz, (503) 640-4558
Paint the Community with Rebuilding Together Washington County
8 a.m. - 3 p.m., 1901 SE Minter Bridge Road Hillsboro
Contact: Danielle Schira, (503) 644-4544
Help "Green-Up" the M&M Swap Meet with DePave
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., 346 SW Walnut Street, Hillsboro
Contact: Eric Rosewall, (503) 544-8837
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 560 SE 3rd Avenue, Hillsboro (look for the SOLVE signs)
Contact: Joe Morse, (503) 844-9571 x321
Revitalize the Playground at Hillsboro Friends Church
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 332 NE 6th Avenue, Hillsboro
Contact: Bernice Bosnjak, (503) 648-1814