On April 13, University of Oregon students will give back to the communities in which they live by participating in a day of service. “Takin’ it to the Streets” is an annual service project aimed to improve near-campus area neighborhoods and bring neighbors together with a shared activity.
From 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., four service projects involving more than 60 UO students and 20 neighborhood and city partners will be completed in near campus neighborhoods.
- In the Fairmount neighborhood, volunteers will improve walking paths and remove secondary invasive species from the forest floor of Hendricks Park.
- In the Fairmount neighborhood near the South University neighborhood, volunteers will improve Washburne Park by completing planting, landscaping, tree well and bench maintenance projects.
- In the West University neighborhood, volunteers will partner with Friends of Trees coordinators to plant street trees.
- Volunteers will distribute door to door “Thunder Can” fliers regarding pick up and storage placement of refuse and recycling cans in South University neighborhood.
A celebration follows with remarks from Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, UO Vice President for Student Affairs Robin Holmes, lunch for volunteers and music by UO co-ed a cappella group Mind the Gap.
Media are welcome to attend the service projects and the celebration at 1 p.m. at West University Park, E. 14th Avenue and Hilyard Street. Leaders from the University of Oregon, City of Eugene and neighborhoods will be available for interviews.
Takin’ It to the Streets: UO Student Day of Service in Campus Neighbors is a collaborative effort of the University of Oregon (Government and Community Relations, the Holden Center, UO Student Alumni Association), the City of Eugene (Parks and Open Space, Neighborhood Services, City Manager’s Office,) and near campus neighborhoods (Fairmount, South University, and West University neighborhoods).
CONTACT: Karen Hyatt, UO Government and Community Relations, 541-520-4672