All Posts   Posted:   April 30, 2015 by Corey Verch - Dennis' 7 Dees Landscape Design Manager

The first ‘Day of Service’ was held on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2009. The purpose of the annual event is to give professionals in the landscape industry an opportunity to plan, organize, and carry-out volunteer service projects that benefit their own communities. Hundreds of volunteer landscape projects take place each year at schools, community parks, military memorials, libraries, non-profit establishments and museums across the country.

The Day of Service is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (now NALP, but previously known as PLANET), the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. NALP members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. For more information on NALP, visit www.landscapeprofessionals.org

Healthy and beautiful green spaces are a vital part of our communities. Day of Service unites landscape companies across the country in a day of public service and education about the importance of taking care of these important resources. Since the event’s inception in 2009, industry professionals have completed approximately 1,000 projects across the nation with the help of more than 12,000 volunteers at an estimated value in time and materials of more than $4 million. 

For this year’s Day of Service project, Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping centered on improving numerous landscape issues for a non-profit housing complex of very underprivileged families in SE Portland.  Lincoln Woods is a 74 unit family housing complex managed through Human Solutions (www.humansolutions.org) that is home to low income families with over 200 children in total living at the complex. They develop permanent affordable rental housing, manage real estate assets for quality and stability, and provide comprehensive resident services based on understanding that affordable housing is only the first step towards families achieving self-sufficiency.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

Our landscape improvements helped to increase tenant pride, safety and quality of life by providing raised garden boxes and vegetable starts for the kids to plant, fixing numerous drainage problems, installing hardscapes for access to parked vehicles and beautifying the common areas with new plants and bark chips.

It was indeed a great day!  We had planned for around 10 volunteers showing-up throughout the day to help with these various tasks, but much to our surprise and delight we had more help than we ever anticipated.  The tenants of Lincoln Woods, the majority of which are Somalian and Russian immigrants, came out in huge numbers.  Most of these were elementary school children who were simply all too happy to help.  Over 30 of these kids showed-up to work even before catching the bus for school. 

That same willingness to help continued into the afternoon when the kids returned from school in time to plant a variety of vegetable starts in the raised gardens they had prepared earlier that day. They now have something they can tend to, care for and watch grow over the next few months that will reward them for their services at the end too.

 

Want to know how you can help give back to Human Solutions? Join us for our 2015 Annual Golf Tournament on September 17th at Langdon Farms.

The first ‘Day of Service’ was held on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2009. The purpose of the annual event is to give professionals in the landscape industry an opportunity to plan, organize, and carry-out volunteer service projects that benefit their own communities. Hundreds of volunteer landscape projects take place each year at schools, community parks, military memorials, libraries, non-profit establishments and museums across the country.

The Day of Service is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (now NALP, but previously known as PLANET), the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. NALP members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. For more information on NALP, visit www.landscapeprofessionals.org

Healthy and beautiful green spaces are a vital part of our communities. Day of Service unites landscape companies across the country in a day of public service and education about the importance of taking care of these important resources. Since the event’s inception in 2009, industry professionals have completed approximately 1,000 projects across the nation with the help of more than 12,000 volunteers at an estimated value in time and materials of more than $4 million. 

For this year’s Day of Service project, Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping centered on improving numerous landscape issues for a non-profit housing complex of very underprivileged families in SE Portland.  Lincoln Woods is a 74 unit family housing complex managed through Human Solutions (www.humansolutions.org) that is home to low income families with over 200 children in total living at the complex. They develop permanent affordable rental housing, manage real estate assets for quality and stability, and provide comprehensive resident services based on understanding that affordable housing is only the first step towards families achieving self-sufficiency.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

Our landscape improvements helped to increase tenant pride, safety and quality of life by providing raised garden boxes and vegetable starts for the kids to plant, fixing numerous drainage problems, installing hardscapes for access to parked vehicles and beautifying the common areas with new plants and bark chips.

It was indeed a great day!  We had planned for around 10 volunteers showing-up throughout the day to help with these various tasks, but much to our surprise and delight we had more help than we ever anticipated.  The tenants of Lincoln Woods, the majority of which are Somalian and Russian immigrants, came out in huge numbers.  Most of these were elementary school children who were simply all too happy to help.  Over 30 of these kids showed-up to work even before catching the bus for school. 

That same willingness to help continued into the afternoon when the kids returned from school in time to plant a variety of vegetable starts in the raised gardens they had prepared earlier that day. They now have something they can tend to, care for and watch grow over the next few months that will reward them for their services at the end too.

 

Want to know how you can help give back to Human Solutions? Join us for our 2015 Annual Golf Tournament on September 17th at Langdon Farms.