by: SUBMITTED - Jenni Tan

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

On Dec. 14, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will return to the city of West Linn. This is a great opportunity for people to improve their community and to help people in need.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a day of service where volunteers go to houses around West Linn and perform yard services for residents who need some extra help. These residents may not be physically able to do their own yard work or may not be able to pay for yard services.

This service has been very successful in the past and, as a result, this year the event has been expanded to two days. Volunteers will be primarily focused on cleaning up leaves. In the spring, on the second service day, volunteers will focus on other forms of yard work like weeding, removing debris and trimming plants.

This service means a lot to residents in our community. People are always very appreciative of the volunteers’ work, and after the yard work is done, many comment that their yards have never looked better. Volunteers have also made connections with the residents they assist, creating friendships in their neighborhood and continuing to help their neighbors even after the day of service. This can be a great event for families, teams, businesses or any group that is looking to give back.

If you are interested in volunteering for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, please visit the city of West Linn website. Follow the link to volunteer and take the time to fill out an application. They are also looking for residents who need assistance with yard work. If you would like to recommend a person for Neighbors Helping Neighbors or register yourself, please go to and fill out the application or contact Ben Kittelson at city hall: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-723-2525.

Robert Moore Award

The city of West Linn is currently accepting applications for the Robert Moore Award. This award was created this year by the city council to honor individuals who contribute to the quality of life in our community without reward or recognition. If you know someone who volunteers, takes time to help their neighbors and tries to improve the community they live in, please submit their name for nomination. Nominations are due Nov. 1 and a citizen review panel will choose the winners. The award winners will be honored at the Dec. 16 city council meeting.

Leadership Academy and Youth Leadership Academy

Applications are also being accepted for the 2014 West Linn Leadership Academy and the first (ever) West Linn Youth Leadership Academy. This program is designed to help citizens learn about the operation and functions of city government and build relationships with new friends who share an interest in West Linn. For more information and to register, visit the city’s website.

These three opportunities are great chances to give back to, recognize and learn about the city we call home.

Councilor Jenni Tan is a West Linn City Councilor. Stay in touch with her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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