Rainbow volunteers add color to Maywood Park

Take a look at the beautification effort undertaken by teenagers, at our favorite little city in East Multnomah County‚

Rainbow volunteers Erin Jones, Kayla Als-Huynh, and Amber Person‚ with help from their friend, Colin MacDonald‚ add beauty to the City of Maywood Park with a springtime planting session.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Jim Akers, City of Maywood Park resident, made a point of letting us know when a special beautification project would commence. We made a point of being there.

While the young volunteers said they were too busy to talk with us, Majbritt Baker, and advisor of the Kellogg Assembly #92 of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, told us about their youth group.

“The organization’s focus is on teaching girls, ages from 11 to 20, about the importance of service to their community, country, church, and school,” Baker said. “Assembly #92 is associated with the Parkrose and Eastgate Masonic Lodge.”

Judy White and Majbritt Baker make sure the plan for the garden is followed, and the materials are at hand.

We also met Judy White, “head volunteer” for landscaping and municipal plantings in the City of Maywood Park.

“I’ve worked on the design of our public places with Sam Lund,” she explained. “We have designed plantings for the center of our city, and now we’re working on the southern garden,” said White.

Instead of using gardening services, White said it’s volunteers who weed and plant, so their public spaces will look good throughout the summer months. The City pays for the materials.

“We love beauty here in Maywood Park. It lifts our spirits when we drive or walk by. It helps neighbors be happier when they look around and see pretty growing things.”

When you drive by on NE 102nd Ave., you too will enjoy the work these dedicated volunteers do on behalf of their city.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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