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Jensen: Important to step up and do her part

The power of place: through volunteering


Robin Jensen lives in the Hillsdale neighborhood with her husband, Jeff. They have two children, Amelia, 24, and Kyle, 21. She has a Master's of Science in medical illustration and has worked in that field for 30 years.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Robin Jensen

Jensen has had many volunteer roles over the years, including as a SMART reader at Kenton, Clarendon and Cesar Chavez elementary schools. She served in many capacities at her children's schools including as the chairwoman of the Ainsworth Elementary art and science fairs, chairwoman of the Lincoln High School campus beautification committee, Lincoln webmaster, counseling office volunteer and member of the Lincoln site council.

Jensen is an active member of the board of Friends of Marquam Nature Park and has served as the president of the board. She volunteers as a Marquam Nature Park work party leader, presently co-organizing the Marquam Mosaic project. (fmnp.org/Mmosaic.php).

Jensen serves on the West Willamette Restoration Partnership board (wwrpcoordinator.wix.com/wwrp). She has been a Master Gardener and Oregon Master Naturalist, and volunteered with the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

She believes we all have a responsibility to make this world a better place.

“Whether we are lucky to do that through our paid work or volunteering doesn’t really matter,” Jensen said. "I’m in the fortunate position where I have time to give as a volunteer, so I do.”

Jensen volunteers for Portland Parks and for habitat restoration projects because she understands the need for volunteers to maintain these valuable resources.

Without the volunteer efforts, she added, that these resources “won’t be here for the next generations. Urban natural areas provide more than just a peaceful place for humans to walk, run, think, observe wildlife, meditate and escape the pace of modern life. They also provide habitat for species other than ourselves who enrich our world with diversity and contribute to the water and air quality on which we all depend. We care more and appreciate the work that goes into maintaining parks when we become stewards of the land.

"Because of budget restraints, the parks bureau can’t accomplish much of the work that needs to be done without our help.”

Jensen would like to see everyone contribute in some way to improving their community. She believes that “people develop a sense of stewardship and appreciation for something in which they’ve invested time and energy. Volunteering helps us feel connected to our community and the earth. Often the same people are the ones who volunteer. Unfortunately, the work is endless and individuals burn out, making it even more important for others to step up to do their part.”

Robin Jensen has definitely done her part to make our community a better place. Thank you for all that you do!

Every day, hundreds of volunteers make our community a better place to live. This column features volunteers whose energy and commitment promote a sense of community and inspire us. Do you know a volunteer who deserves some recognition? Send the name and contact information for the volunteer with details about his or her work to Linda Doyle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..