Our Act-Oh-Vism team strives to connect with each other and engage with the community we live in through volunteer efforts such as Project Community Care. In September, team members enthusiastically raked, weeded, and laid bark dust at Franklin High School to help ready the school and welcome the students back for the new school year. At the core of activism is the heart and desire to contribute to positive changes to the society we live in. At OH, volunteering is one of the many ways we help make those changes.
Project Community Care started in 2001, as Community Care Day. This attempt to clean-up school grounds before the start of the school year was intended to supplement a dwindling budget. Over the next decade an annual grant helped expand the program to include 500-1000 volunteers beautifying upwards of 50 schools. The program was re-branded to its current name, increasing participation dramatically. The program has grown to an average of 7000 annual volunteers helping about 65 area Portland schools and academic spaces.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank