Friends of Trees, Home Depot Aid Homebound Seniors with Leaf Pickup

By Julie Piper Finley
Portland, OR (November 30, 2010)- More than 30 volunteers from Friends of Trees and local Home Depot stores will collect and bag leaves from the yards of 32 homebound seniors in Northeast Portland served by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Loaves & Fishes Center on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The project was the brainchild of Brighton West, program director for Friends of Trees. He had learned of a similar program in Wisconsin and enlisted the help of local Home Depot stores to assist. Volunteers from both organizations will rake and bag leaves in the yards of homebound seniors who requested the service. Leaves will be disposed of at no charge at Sunderland Recycling Facility, courtesy of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
“The City is glad to support Loaves & Fishes Centers in its mission to help homebound seniors with leaf collection and disposal,” said Suzanne Kahn, the City’s Transportation Maintenance Operations Manager.
Each homeowner will also receive a bucket of household cleaning items donated by Home Depot. Volunteers will gather at 84 NE Killingsworth at 9 a.m. on Thursday and go out in teams of four to designated homes.
“This is a great service for our seniors,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. Center Manager David Lomax. “Most are frail and no longer able to do heavy yard work. The volunteers from Friends of Trees and Home Depot are going above and beyond to help our seniors.”
Related Resources:
The Oregonian- Friends of Trees, Home Depot Aid Homebound Seniors with Leaf Pickup
Volunteers Team Up To Bag Leaves For Seniors
Friends of Trees
The Home Depot Foundation