Students and Community Members Team Up to Beautify Eugene Neighborhoods.
Despite the rain falling throughout the day, more than 100 students and close to 30 members of the community teamed up on April 19 to beautify the neighborhoods around the UO as part of the fifth annual CommUniversity Day.
Participants took part in four different CommUniversity Day activities: on the western side of campus, trees were planted, food was collected for the UO food pantry, and trash was picked up; while on the south side of campus, trees were inventoried.
“Despite the weather, the students were dedicated to do these projects, and they were excited and enthusiastic,” said Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Relations Susan Burton ’09. “It was great to see them there, excited about giving back to the community they live in.”
Aided by the Friends of Trees, 30 trees were planted in less than two hours. The same energy that saw the UO soccer team defeat Portland State 3-0 the previous evening was on display too, as the entire squad showed up and led the way during the food drive.
“The soccer team came out, and after two hours they were soaking wet but had bags full of food,” said Burton.
The event ended with a reception for the volunteers in a nearby park, at which Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy spoke. Robin Holmes, the UO’s vice president for student affairs, was also in attendance.
CommUniversity Day was put together by the Office of the Dean of Students, the UO Student Alumni Association, Government and Community Relations, the Holden Leadership Center, Friends of Trees, the City of Eugene, and the South University and West University neighborhoods.