Portland Marathon 2016

Every year, Post 58 volunteers at the Portland Marathon, handing out water to marathon participants and cheering our loudest. For Post members, this event can count as a fundraiser or a service project, and despite the early wake-up time, it is always well-attended.

Here are some photos from the event, which took place on October 9th:

Image Courtesy of Mia Hamacher. Original Work. (Portland Marathon 2016)
Image Courtesy of Mia Hamacher. Original Work. (Portland Marathon 2016)
Image Courtesy of Mia Hamacher. Original Work. (Portland Marathon 2016)
Image Courtesy of Mia Hamacher. Original Work. (Portland Marathon 2016)
Image Courtesy of Mia Hamacher. Original Work. (Portland Marathon 2016)

June 2016 Service Project

Thimbleberry plant
Image by Lillian Peters. Original Work.


Thimbleberries: an acrostic poem about the June Service Project. By someone who is Not A Poet.

How hard is it to find a volunteer group on Powell Butte?

Impossible. But here are some thimbleberries. Oops, they’re for the birds.

Maybe the group is over there?

But, no, they aren’t.

Luckily we have other options. Garbage pickup in SE parks?

Enthralling — we will make our own service project.

Before we begin: garbage bags, gloves, loud music for the car ride.

Enter Powell Park.

Rule #1: No picking up sharp objects/ needles.

Rule #1 remains unbroken. Instead we pick up: cigarette butts, food wrappers, a puzzle piece, plastic bottles, some pencils, more wrappers, more cigarette butts.

Impromptu pull-up contest. I forget who wins.

Ended: the park is immaculate.

So,  let’s make a quick stop and find some more thimbleberries.

March 2016 Service Project

On Saturday, March 26, the Post summited a mountain. A volcano, even. Pretty good start to the season right?

Well… okay… it was Mt. Tabor.

However, with plenty of sunshine and good temperatures, we still had an awesome day and made a lot of progress on some of the slopes. We pulled Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, while other volunteers moved mulch. We even dug up what can only be described as a blackberry tree. (It was growing over actual trees.) In the middle of the event, we all came together to take a break, eat snacks, and learn about how a healthy environment on Mt. Tabor supports migratory birds and contributes to maintaining other healthy ecosystems around Portland. One volunteer even found a bird’s nest, which was passed around. Overall, it was a fantastic service project, and one that I would definitely recommend in the future.

– Lillian Peters

January 2016 Forest Park Service Project

A group of Post members met at the Birch Trailhead of Forest Park on Saturday morning along with a group of volunteers from the general public. After some quick welcome info, we went off trail onto a hill covered in English Ivy. We were volunteering with the Forest Park Conservancy and the No Ivy League helping them pull ivy to save the native ecosystem. We worked for around 3 hours and had a great time uprooting large networks of ivy. The hosts of the project even provided snacks, so it was a great experience overall!!

Iris Ellenberg

Volunteers planted 40 Sword Ferns and cleared 10,000 square feet of ivy.

Jan 2016 Trail Tending Service Project

When Rosa rolled up to my house in her trusty Subaru, Winston, with Ori on Saturday morning, I knew it would be a good day. We drove up highway 30 to the Linnton trailhead, where a few Mazamas, Forest Park Conservancy people, and Evan and Will waited for us with coffee and vanilla Oreos. They lent us gloves and led us to their impressive collection of trail tending implements, ranging from shovels to picks that resembled conspicuously large ice axes. Hefting two tools each, we followed the trail, until we were instructed to start hacking at and smoothing the trail to create a back slope and maximize possibility for rain to run off. After a couple hours, we posties were moved to gather debris to cover off-trails that shouldn’t really be there. This was possibly due to our enthusiasm or because they were hoping to protect the roots under the trail from Ori. Either way, there isn’t a much better way to spend a Saturday morning than moving dirt and branches in a beautiful place with great people.

Sierra Smith

January 2016 Gardening Service Project

To honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory, many people in the Portland area volunteer over MLK day weekend, in an series of events called the United Way MLK Weekend of Service. This year, the Post joined about 1,800 people in contributing 5,400 hours of service. The project we worked on was clearing garden plots at Pier Community Garden.

Highlights of the event included:

  • the initially sunny day
  • a history lesson from Dash
  • finding a tiny rodent skull
  • learning what a hula hoe is and how to use it

Together with the other volunteers, we cleared almost 10 garden plots!

– Lillian Peters

Image courtesy of John Afryl, Hands On Greater Portland. Original Work. (Service Project Jan 2016)

Dog Mountain Trail Maintenance

This month’s service project has already been completed. It was a very successful trail maintenance hike up to the summit of Dog Mountain! It was on December 5th through the Washington Trail Association. There was plenty of great food and snow all along the way!

Ori Alon

Image courtesy of Mary Green. Original Work. (Service Project Dec 2015)
Image courtesy of Mary Green. Original Work. (Service Project Dec 2015)
Image courtesy of Mary Green. Original Work. (Service Project Dec 2015)
Image courtesy of Mary Green. Original Work. (Service Project Dec 2015)

November 2015 Service Project

Dharma Rain Zen Center Friends of Trees Service Trip:

I should always be in bed at 9AM on a Saturday; with that being said, my second favorite place to be is at the Dharma Rain Zen Center. It was 30 degrees out, with nary a cloud in sight, and I was trying to decide if wearing gloves in “children’s large” was emasculating. I settled on adult medium and set off with my trusty compatriot Caroline. Soon, we were uncovering never-before-seen rocks and dirt with our oddly shaped shovels, and before long, we were lowering a potted tree into the ground. It felt vaguely like the time I had to watch “The Miracle of Life” in health. Caroline and I then proceeded to be slower than everyone else, but also to play more charades than everyone else. The tradeoff was well worth it, as was the project in general.


Dashiell Shulman

October 2015 Service Project (Sierra)

This month, the service project was helping the Audubon Society prep for their semiannual backyard habitat plant sale. They help out our habitat right here in Portland by selling thousands of native plants to be planted all around the city. We helped by moving the plants around, organizing them by species. It was super fun and I’m honestly a little confused why more people didn’t show up. I mean, who doesn’t want free doughnuts, to dress up in wacky costumes that Iris brought (did I mention this was on Halloween?), and spy a cool red bellied frog, all while making our city greener and our air more oxygenated?

– By Sierra Smith