Spokane prepares for spring with a week of volunteer projects

Spokane prepares for spring with a week of volunteer projects

SPOKANE, Wash. - April is National Volunteer Month and to celebrate those who give their time and talents, the City of Spokane has decreed April 12-19 as "Spokane Gives" week.

Although it's a month away Spokane Mayor David Condon wants to get started now.

"I think it's a great time for us to focus in the core area where we bring many thousands of people over the spring months," Condon said. "It's a great time to spruce up the area whether it be Riverfront Park or I-90."

The city announced Monday that it has teamed up with corporate and non-profit partners to maximize their reach for volunteers. United Way, Empire Health Foundation, Windermere Real Estate and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union are the first partners to join the initiative.

"We're honored to create opportunities and advocate for people to give up their time and their talents to create the type community they want to live in," said Tim Henkel, president and CEO of Spokane United Way.

To make this possible, the city created SpokaneGives.org, a portal for volunteers to find and record work, all in one place.

"Spokane Gives will establish a network of opportunities that will match volunteer opportunities and interest with community needs," explained Condon.

The ultimate goal of the initiative is to encourage volunteering year-round.

Spokane Gives Week kicks off with the city-wide volunteer event "Cleaning from the Core" on April 12. City staff hopes to recruit 400 volunteers to sweep roads, plant bulbs, pull weeds and paint over graffiti from Riverfront Park to Interstate 90.