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Keep the Portland Memory Garden Beautiful (age 0+) *Hands On*

Hands On Managed projects offer you an opportunity to join a group of volunteers on a done-in-a-day project led by a Hands On Volunteer Leader

Gardening makes beautiful memories. Help prepare the Portland Memory Garden for another season of meaningful outdoor experience for individuals and caregivers coping with memory loss disorders, and make your own memories too! This is a great family friendly project. Garden tasks include weeding, grooming, sweeping, general cleanup. Most tools are provided but please bring garden gloves; if you absolutely do not have access to garden gloves please email the project leader through HandsOn. Rain or shine, please dress for the weather. Light refreshments served.

The Portland Memory Garden, a non-profit organization started in 2001, is dedicated to sharing the beauty of nature with those coping with memory disorders as well as with their caregivers. It is a free, secure, community resource for respite, recreation, and inspiration, maintained predominantly with assistance from about 30 volunteers.

The Portland Memory Garden is one of only 2 public gardens in the U.S. designed specifically for people with memory-affecting diseases and for their loved ones. Located in Ed Benedict Park, this little jewel provides 4 seasons of safe, accessible, and botanically rich experience.

*Please let us know if you are a group or individual with disabilities or other special needs- we want to be prepared to meet everyone’s needs and abilities for their outdoor volunteering experience. Email the HandsOn project leader after signing up.

COVID-19 Information:

The novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") is a contagious and potentially life-threatening disease.  Reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community is a shared responsibility. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Hands On volunteer activities, all volunteers are required to:  

  • Follow all COVID safety-rules at their volunteer site or project
  • Wash their hands, at a minimum, before and after their volunteering
  • Maintain physical distancing while volunteering, to the extent practicable
  • Wear a cloth or disposable face covering at all times while volunteering.  

Hands On appreciates your interest in volunteering to help our community in this time of extraordinary need. As part of some volunteer activities, you may risk exposure to COVID-19. If you or any member of your household is experiencing any symptom of COVID-19, or has exhibited any symptom in the past 14 days, please do not sign up for a volunteer activity at this time. Please contact the Opportunity Coordinator if you have any questions about Hands On’s COVID-19 safety rules and the expectations for volunteers. 

Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers of any age can attend this project; any volunteer under age 15 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

  • If you plan to bring your children or other guests to the event, you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team. You can then sign up your team for this project.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project: Youth Volunteer Release Form

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot! Need help signing up? Call 503-200-3355.

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Senior Services
People with Disabilities, Other

Minimum Age:15+

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