Vancouver honors volunteers with tree planting

Vancouver honors volunteers with tree planting

VANCOUVER — City of Vancouver Volunteer Programs and Urban Forestry added six trees to the Volunteer Grove at Centerpointe Park at Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard at Pacific Way. The Volunteer Grove recognizes civically minded residents and groups who have donated at least 50 hours of volunteer service to the community. Now in its fifth year, the Volunteer Grove tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony to celebrate the honorees in March

“Each year, we plant trees to symbolize the commitment of our volunteers,” said Hailey Heath, the city’s volunteer coordinator. “The Volunteer Grove reminds us of the legacy created by these residents who choose to donate their time to strengthen their community. Planting trees has never been more essential, and we are grateful for these volunteers whose dedication to our community has now inspired the planting of more trees that will be enjoyed for decades and beyond.”

The 2022 honorees and nominators are: Randall Franklin of the Vancouver Office of Neighborhoods, Barney Levie of the Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps, Paula Person of the Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps, Bob Knauer of the Vancouver Police Department, Jean Avery of the Urban Forestry and the Vancouver USA Walking Club of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

Nominations for the Volunteer Grove are accepted year-round and submitted on behalf of individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a significant and positive impact in the community.