When it comes to cleaning, we usually spend all our efforts tidying up around the house. We clean our car, our home, or pets. Why not think bigger? Why not work with others in town to clean up the community? There are many great opportunities in the Treasure Valley that allow you to get out and enjoy the city you live in and make a difference for others living near you. Here are five great opportunities to help clean up Boise.
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Scoop the Poop
Although picking up our pet’s poop is not something that we like to do, it is vital to keeping our parks and trails clean. On Saturday, March 9th you can join a group of volunteers to clean up some of Boise’s parks and trails. You can even bring your pets! The Boise Parks and Recreation Department will provide bags and rubber gloves for volunteers. Although this is not the most glamorous job, it is a nice way to get out and enjoy some of Boise’s parks and trails. Learn more about this event here.
Restore Table Rock
Table Rock is a favorite spot for most Boise natives. But years of fire damage and human foot traffic have eliminated some of the critical vegetation in the area. Why not spend a Saturday lending a hand and planting native plants like Sagebrush and Bitterbrush? Restoring this area will help promote the growth of wildlife and replenish what has been destroyed by years of use. The City of Boise will provide the plants – all you need to bring is a good attitude and your favorite gardening tool. For a full description of the event and a schedule of volunteer dates check out the event’s page here.
Clean Up the Watershed
If you enjoy taking walks along the Boise River, then you should consider spending a Saturday helping clean up the paths along the river. Volunteers will work under the direction of City of Boise officials to weed the area, clear paths of debris and clutter, rake leaves, and spread bark to keep the River Campus looking pristine. If you enjoy gardening and spending time near the Boise River, then this is the right opportunity for you. Sign up or learn more here.
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Paint the Town
Paint the Town is always a great time! With this fun community project you get to work with a large group of other volunteers spending a Saturday painting houses in the Treasure Valley for those who are in need. This is not only a great opportunity to help others in your community, but your efforts will restore community pride and make someone else’s home look nicer. For more information about how to participate check out https://nwboise.org/paint-the-town/. This year’s paint the town is June 8th.
Rake up Boise
This volunteer opportunity is brought to you by NeighborWorks Boise. In early November, volunteer a Saturday to rake the lawns of the elderly or disabled. Nearly 6,000 volunteers participated in 2017! For more information visit https://nwboise.org/rake-up-boise/
These are only a few of the ways we can make a difference in our community. Let’s keep our community clean by working together!