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Empowered on Powell Butte -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior dedicated his life to service and selflessness. To honor his legacy, we will talk about environmental justice regarding race in America and all participants will receive both email and paper lists of ways to engage in anti-racist work in addition to planting trees in a high need area in Portland. Due to COVID-19 this year we will have less group dialogue but will share free resources on environmental racism, anti racist work folks can engage with and education.

COVID-19 safety: This is a very small event with 10 people per group dividing up at Powell butte to two sites, all outdoors. All participants are required to wear a mask at all times even while outdoors and maintain social distance guidelines. Please see full list of our guidelines at the bottom of this page*

WHEN- Monday, January 18, 2021


WHERE: Powell Butte Visitor Center– 16160 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97236. Public transit accessible by #9

WHAT TO BRING: Our events are rain or shine! Please dress for the weather: warm and rain layers, sturdy shoes. Masks required, please bring a full water bottle. We will provide masks for those who need one, hand sanitizer, tools and training.

WHO: Everyone is welcome- Sign up here, space is limited. if you are under 18 and are planning to attend without a parent or guardian, your parent will need to sign the online waiver for you, contact [email protected] with questions. Please do not show up if you did not sign up, we have limited space and need to keep folks safe.

Not all volunteer positions are planting jobs! We have jobs for multiple abilities. Typical jobs include: photography/videography, and litter pick-up are typically other options.

Big thank you to The Mintkeski Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and Portland General Electric for their generous funding for the volunteer program.


This event will be in a small group of 10 people outdoors only with social distancing and masks required.

We are working with our partners to hold events only when we can reasonably provide measures to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Here are the precautions we will be taking at this and other events:

· Smaller group sizes
· Post signs with hygiene protocol at event sites
· Keep active watch of CDC and County/City Health Department updates
· Review protocol with all volunteers at the beginning of each project
· If food is provided, it will be pre-packaged

We ask that our volunteers:

· Bring and wear a mask
· Bring their own full water bottle
· Bring their own gloves for outdoor projects
· Wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water before coming
· Maintain social distance from others during events


January 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Powell Butte Natural Area
16160 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97236
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