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City of Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway with Depave board member Teresa Huntsinger.
City of Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway with Depave board member Teresa Huntsinger.
100 Depave Volunteers Help Kick Off Transformation of Hillsboro Community Space at Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club (Photo) - 10/10/18

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2018

Hillsboro, OR -- On Saturday, October 6, 100 volunteers of all ages gathered at the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club (560 SE 3rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123) to take part in a work party which involved ripping up approximately 4,000 square feet of asphalt to make way for a rain garden, nature play area, and outdoor seating.

The Volunteer Work Party was organized by Portland-based nonprofit Depave and Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area. The event was part of the City of Hillsboro annual community service day HillsDOer Day and attracted Club members, Depave enthusiasts, as well as volunteer groups from Tuality Healthcare and corporations including AWS Elemental, Opsis Architecture, Old Navy, and Intel; also, local politicians City Councilor Anthony Martin and City of Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway participated.

Learn more: https://depave.org/event/inukai-bgclub/

How to help: To inquire about sponsorship of this project, please contact ica@depave.org">erica@depave.org. Organizers are actively seeking additional funding and donations of building materials to offset the costs of this community-driven effort.

“It was terrific having so many community members take part in the transformation of this space. When we free our soil, often we too feel liberated, and we witnessed that feeling of empowerment on Saturday,” said Depave Executive Director Erica Mattison. “Depave is excited to get to work on the next steps, which include building and installing nature play elements, outdoor seating, a mini stage, and a rain garden. It is special for Depave to collaborate with such an engaged partner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area, as we involve numerous agencies and businesses in this transformation to benefit the hundreds of youth who access services at the Club each year.”

Staff, families and members at the Boys & Girls Club are eager to complete the project later this fall to improve safety, make the space more welcoming, and allow kids to have a more functional space to play. Rachel Schutz, Area Director of Youth, Family, & Trauma Informed Services and the Inukai Family Club stated, “I couldn’t possibly be more excited about this project, the impact it will have, and that we get to include our community and families in the process! We at Inukai have been trying to get something done with that space for years now, and it means the world to me that Depave stepped in to make it happen! This project is critically needed to give our youth a safe, accessible, place to play in nature, something that has limited access at our Club and surrounding neighborhood.”

Project Sponsors, Partners, and Funders:

Special thanks to Clean Water Services. In addition, thank you to: Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Hillsboro Grocery Outlet, Hillsboro Water Department, GreenWorks PC, Mutual Materials, R&H Construction, ReBuilding Center, Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Tuality Healthcare Foundation, and Urban Forest Pro. To add your business or organization, contact ica@depave.org">erica@depave.org.

About Depave:

Depave is a Portland-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit which promotes the transformation of over-paved places to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement. We engage communities and reconnect urban landscapes to nature through action-oriented projects, education, advocacy and stewardship. Utilizing a community-based model, Depave has partnered with dozens of organizations to complete approximately 60 transformative green infrastructure placemaking projects in the Portland Metro area over the past decade, creating a host of social, environmental, and economic benefits. Learn more at depave.org

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) empowers more than 4,000 youth each year to discover their full potential by providing safe facilities staffed with trained, caring youth development professionals who deliver horizon-broadening programs when school is not in session. Clubs are designed to support youth and teens as they develop the qualities they need to achieve academic success, become responsible leaders, and live healthy lives. Learn more at bgcportland.org.

Inukai back lot before Depave work party
Inukai back lot before Depave work party
Depave, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area Partner to Transform Hillsboro Community Space (Photo) - 09/27/18

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2018

Event Details

When: Saturday, October 6, 10am - 2pm

Where: Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club, 560 SE 3rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123

What: Volunteer Work Party hosted by Depave and Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area where volunteers will make way for green space and nature play area for the kids by removing asphalt in the Club courtyard. The event will be part of the City of Hillsboro annual community service day HillsDOer Day.

Who: Community members of all ages and abilities from Hillsboro, Beaverton, Portland and beyond, including Club and Depave staff and their supporters. Registration is requested.

How: Depave will pre-cut the site so it is ready for volunteers to use the provided equipment (prybars) to lift up, break off, and cart off the asphalt so it can be taken off site to be recycled. For safety reasons, volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and legs must be covered.

Price: Free

Details and registration: https://depave.org/event/inukai-bgclub/

How to help: Sign up to participate! To inquire about sponsorship of this project, please contact ica@depave.org">erica@depave.org. We are actively seeking additional funding and donations of building materials to offset the costs of this community-driven effort.

“This event serves as the kick-off to an exciting new partnership between Depave and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area, hopefully the first of many joint projects to create vibrant outdoor spaces that help community members connect with each other and nature,” said Depave Executive Director Erica Mattison. “The Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club plays a crucial role in the development of hundreds of youth per year and we are eager to help transform the outdoor play area from an old, paved parking lot to a space that is more welcoming, green, and engaging.”

Staff, families and members at the Boys & Girls Club are eager to kick off the project to improve safety, make the space more welcoming, and allow kids to have a more functional space to play. Rachel Schutz, Area Director of Youth, Family, & Trauma Informed Services and the Inukai Family Club stated, “I couldn’t possibly be more excited about this project, the impact it will have, and that we get to include our community and families in the process! We at Inukai have been trying to get something done with that space for years now, and it means the world to me that Depave stepped in to make it happen! This project is critically needed to give our youth a safe, accessible, place to play in nature, something that has limited access at our Club and surrounding neighborhood.”

Project Sponsors, Partners, and Funders:

Special thanks to Clean Water Services. In addition, thank you to: Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Hillsboro Grocery Outlet, Hillsboro Water Department, GreenWorks PC, Mutual Materials, R&H Construction, ReBuilding Center, Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Tuality Healthcare Foundation, and Urban Forest Pro. To add your business or organization, contact ica@depave.org">erica@depave.org.

About Depave:

Depave is a Portland-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit which promotes the transformation of over-paved places to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement. We engage communities and reconnect urban landscapes to nature through action-oriented projects, education, advocacy and stewardship. Utilizing a community-based model, Depave has partnered with dozens of organizations to complete approximately 60 transformative green infrastructure placemaking projects in the Portland Metro area over the past decade, creating a host of social, environmental, and economic benefits. Learn more at depave.org

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) empowers more than 4,000 youth each year to discover their full potential by providing safe facilities staffed with trained, caring youth development professionals who deliver horizon-broadening programs when school is not in session. Clubs are designed to support youth and teens as they develop the qualities they need to achieve academic success, become responsible leaders, and live healthy lives. Learn more at bgcportland.org.