Thursday, April 18, 2013

We have been busy! Another Martin Luther King Day of Service - 2013

UWT and First Creek Middle School teamed up to host a volunteer restoration and cleanup event during this year’s Martin Luther King Day of Service (Monday, January 21 2013).  Other community partners included the Green Tacoma Partnership, Washington Conservation Corps, Pierce Conservation District, the First Creek Neighbors, University of Puget Sound and REI. 

Despite the cold temperatures and foggy conditions, a total of 167 volunteers (70 youth and 97 adults) participated in the event for a combined total of 680.75 hours.  Approximately 33,346 sq. ft. of land adjacent to First Creek within the Salishan neighborhood in East Tacoma was cleared of invasive plants, garbage and debris.
Thirty cubic yards of green waste in addition to 30 cubic yards of garbage and debris was removed from the site.  This has been one of the largest single site volunteer restoration and cleanup events held in the City of Tacoma.  
The organizers would like to thank all who volunteered as well as the Russell Family Foundation who provided the funding to feed the volunteers. Another restoration and planting event along the First Creek watershed is planned for Global Youth Service Day in April.