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334-2024

Proclamation

Proclaim April 21-27, 2024 to be National Volunteer Week

Placed on File

Whereas, April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week, which provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers across the city, recognizing the power of volunteerism in addressing local needs, promoting civic involvement, and fostering a sense of belonging and connection within our diverse communities; and

Whereas, the City of Portland acknowledges and appreciates the thousands of Portlanders who partner with City Service Areas making countless contributions to enrich the lives of others and themselves by building relationships, sharing their time and skills to improve the well-being of our city; and

Whereas, the City of Portland’s Vibrant Communities Service Area, including Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Children’s Levy, and the Office of Arts & Culture is a leader in promoting volunteers to stretch City services, connecting us with new communities, and sharing their passion with friends and neighbors alike; and

Whereas, last year Portland Parks & Recreation volunteers helped protect and nurture healthy ecosystems by removing 744,969 square feet of invasive weeds, maintaining 7.1 miles of trails, and planting 23,256 native plants and trees to ensure resilient natural areas in our changing climate; and

Whereas, 700 young athletes learned teamwork, fair play, and that adults really do care about them, from Parks & Recreation volunteer youth basketball and volleyball coaches; and 

Whereas, the Arts Education & Access Fund Oversight Committee (AOC), a team of community council volunteers, play a pivotal role in shaping the artistic and cultural fabric of Portland's youth; and 

Whereas, through the AOC’s diligent oversight of the Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF), they ensure that every elementary school in the city's six districts has the opportunity to enrich students' lives with dedicated arts education, fostering a future where every child, regardless of race, ability, or gender, can access and enjoy the transformative power of the arts; and 

Whereas, community council volunteers for the Portland Children’s Levy improve the lives of children and families by co-creating equitable and community-driven funding priorities and processes; and 

Whereas, council members lay the foundation for a future in which race, ability, or gender, and other identities do not determine the future of Portland’s children; and

Whereas, volunteers seek to reduce isolation and improve mental health by fostering a shared sense of purpose and belonging in our community through volunteering that beautifies and enhances our shared environment, learn new skills together, and connect 
community members with opportunities to help them succeed; and

Whereas, the City of Portland encourages residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to engage in volunteer activities, recognizing that collective action and collaboration are essential for building a more equitable, inclusive, and 
compassionate community. 

Now, therefore, I, Ted Wheeler, Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon, the “City of Roses,” do hereby proclaim April 21-27, 2024, to be

National Volunteer Week

In Portland and call upon all residents to honor and thank the volunteers whose dedication strengthens our community's connections. Let us recognize their efforts, express our gratitude, and commit ourselves to fostering a culture of service and volunteerism throughout the year.

Agenda Items

334 Regular Agenda in April 24-25, 2024 Council Agenda

Placed on File

Contact

Megan Lehman

City Council & Process Policy Advisor

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Regular

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20 minutes