A Different Kind of Day Off: AINW's Volunteer Service Day

02/13/2019 4:00 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

This post is authored by Jo Reese, VP/Senior Archaeologist with Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. (AINW) in Portland, Oregon.

This year, Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc., (AINW) offered to have Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as our first ever volunteer service day, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., in keeping with his words:

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”

AINW offered to support volunteer efforts for this day by paying for the holiday, if the employee participated for at least 4 to 6 hours as a volunteer in a group activity that was aligned with the theme of Doing for Others.

AINW also collaborated with a local historical society to help them with tasks at their museum, the Zimmerman Historical House.

  • The Zimmerman House Museum is a beautiful turn-of-the-century farmhouse that is down the street from AINW’s headquarters! In keeping with their commitment to help preserve Portland area’s important historical landmarks, several AINW employees descended on the farmhouse to help with landscaping on the museum grounds, and to help with linen folding, inventorying, and other tasks within the museum. The Zimmerman House Museum is managed by the East County Historical Organization (ECHO), who were grateful for the assistance of 14 AINW staff.

AINW employees participated in several other activities:

  • Indian Creek Natural Area Habitat Restoration

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Nadaka Nature Park, for Friends of Trees
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Hands On Greater Portland with SOLVE

AINW’s first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service holiday was a resounding success! To learn more of AINW’s participation, visit our website, and look under AINW Provides on our home page.

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