Serving our Community in honor of MLK



Each year, Northwest Youth Corps honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service and social change by organizing volunteer service projects for staff to get engaged and do good for the community. 

At our Washington office, staff members volunteered with the Tacoma area Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for those in need. The team spent the day installing siding on a new townhome and kept spirits high through frigid temperatures by rocking out to early 2000’s hits on the radio!

Washington office staff members volunteering with Tacoma area Habitat for Humanity

Unfortunately in Oregon and Idaho, devastating storms caused severe tree and infrastructure damage cancelling service day projects and leaving thousands in the area without electricity for more than a week. In the wake of these storms, Northwest Youth Corps was quick to see the community in need and was proud to volunteer services to the restoration of local parks in the Eugene/Springfield area.

Northwest Youth Corps Oregon staff using pole saws, chainsaws, and chippers to remove downed trees and debris at Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Day Island Park in Springfield. OR.

Knowing that many employees did not get the opportunity to serve their communities due to the ice storm, Northwest Youth Corps organized a company-wide service day on February 1st during an already planned all-staff summit with local non-profit Food for Lane County. Food for Lane County, that strives to reduce hunger by engaging the community to create access to food, was delighted for the extra hands. Collectively NYC staff from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho filled three pallets of completed food boxes, processed 3,500 pounds of Masa (approximately enough to make 133,000 tortillas), removed blackberry from garden fences, and hauled more than 250 wheelbarrows full of leaves to prepare garden beds for the upcoming growing season.

While the daily work of Northwest Youth Corps honors the legacy of Dr. King with its focus on service, community, and future generations, Northwest Youth Corps cherishes the opportunity to get staff outside of our own offices and engaged in serving the community. 

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