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Volunteers plant trees on MLK Day of Service

Nearly 100 community members gathered at Westmoreland Park on Monday to plant trees in honor of MLK Day of Service.

Posted: Jan 20, 2020 5:11 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Nearly 100 community members gathered at Westmoreland Park on Monday to plant trees in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

This service event was hosted by the Eugene Parks and Open Space which partnered with Friends of Trees, a local nonprofit, to revitalize the south Eugene area.

Volunteers of all ages showed up and said they hope the planting will contribute toward MLK's vision of environmental and social justice.

Anna Newman, an AmeriCorps volunteer, says service is invaluable for a community.

"Service is such an important thing because it brings communities together for communities that are struggling," Newman said. "It really gives places an opportunity to flourish and brings everyone together that would never meet each other." 

Fifty-four trees were planted in the park, and over 30 in the surrounding area for a total of 90 trees planted. 

The next neighborhood planting for Friends of Trees will take place on Feb. 1 in Eugene.

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