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.

Marshall Park resident Angela Duarte has lived in Southwest Portland for 11 years and manages integrated media and marketing programs for UBM Tech, a division of United Business Media. She is married to Tony and has two children, Sierra (Wilson '11) and Tariko (Wilson '16). Angela Duarte

Playing an active role in her children’s education, she has a passion for volunteering in ways that have a direct impact on our students. Despite a busy work schedule, each year she looks for volunteer projects and then brings her energy and commitment wherever the help is needed.

When her children were students at Capitol Hill Elementary School, she worked on the school auction, the third-grade play and the fifth-grade promotion. She was a Girl Scout leader, the chairwoman of the yearbook for four years, handled PTA communications and was a classroom parent. Duarte also was the Jackson Soccer Club president and registrar when her daughter was still in elementary school.

Later at Jackson Middle School, she worked on the eighth-grade legacy project, eighth-grade promotion, the school auction and the track program.

At Wilson, Duarte worked on grad night and the school auction. For four years she helped the three Wilson women's soccer teams with administrative needs during training camp and tryouts and helped with fundraising. For the past five years, Duarte and her husband have volunteered for the Wilson track and field program, helping with the long jump at all of the Wilson track meets.

This year, Duarte is involved in the Wilson Fields Improvement Project, a grassroots community campaign to bring artificial turf and various improvements to Wilson High School's fields. As the volunteer communications chair, she is passionate about the project and ready to make this goal a reality. Viewing the facility updates as having far-reaching effects beyond Wilson, Duarte believes the much-needed improvements will address the growing demand for the fields by numerous schools and community groups throughout our area.

“The renovated fields will offer access to sports fields all year long for students and our Southwest community,” she said.

The goal is to raise $1.2 million by April. The stadium field would be completed by August. Working to raise the funds, Duarte said, help is needed. To donate or for more information, go to or contact Angela Duarte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All donations are tax deductible.

Wilson Principal Brian Chatard describes Duarte as a self-starter: “Her consistent drive and enthusiasm keeps the fields project moving forward."

“We appreciate all of her incredible efforts for our community!” said Erica Meyers, Wilson business manager.

Giving back to her community is important to Duarte. Instead of thinking that volunteering is something you do for other people, she sees it as an exchange.

"Volunteering brings a sense of satisfaction,” she said, “to help get things done and to help with projects that have a direct impact on our students.”

Duarte said volunteering is a wonderful way to bring people together with common interests and provides a great opportunity to make new friends.

Through her volunteer work, she is also a positive role model for her children and shows them how important these efforts are in bringing everyone together to make the community a better place.

Duarte says when you volunteer, "you can make a positive difference and give back to the community to make it a better place for our families to live.”

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..

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