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January Volunteer Opportunities


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service

United Way & Hands On are teaming up to make it easy for us to make a difference through volunteer service this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Find details on signing up in this post – spots fill fast, so register early! Review the opportunities at the HandsOn Greater Portland website today. Here are some of the fun ideas in Washington County:

  • Beautify and maintain local schools and libraries
  • Help pack perishables at the Oregon Food Bank
  • Build homes with Habitat for Humanity, or lend a hand behind the scenes at the ReStore
  • Lead an afterschool program at a rec center
  • Prepare and serve meals at a local homeless shelter
  • Sew, knit, crochet or quilt for at-risk youth

Sign up early - spots usually fill before Christmas! (We will not be updating this preview, so please be sure to check the page for current opportunities; sometimes, new opportunities are also added.)

Interested in volunteering as a team from your office?  You can select one of your team to serve as captain, and that person may reserve up to ½ of the available spots for any event.

Project Homeless Connect

Spread the word to your clients about this opportunity to access many services on the same day: 

Project Homeless Connect   January 25, 2019   9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sonrise Church, 6701 NE Campus Dr., Hillsboro, OR 97124 United States



Offers critical services from key partners to help those that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Dental, vision, haircuts, foot care, clothing, massage, chiro, over 60 agency partners, breakfast and lunch, plus water and coffee all day. First come , first served.  ALL are welcome. (There will be no pet care at this event.)


Consider volunteering to support this important project:

Project Homeless Connect occurs on a work day, and all volunteer hours must be conducted on personal time off or outside of work hours. However, there are many roles that may allow you to fit volunteering into your schedule. Please contact HandsOn Greater Portland with any questions about volunteering and signup.


Employee Bookshare Drive

Sustainability helps maintain the Employee Bookshare to give well-loved titles a new home. Re-using books is a great alternative to tossing or recycling them – it helps make the most use of the resources consumed to print them in the first place.


Help keep the shelves stocked:

  1. Bring in your own used books during December and January. Please select material appropriate for the workplace.
  2. You can drop books off on the bookshare shelves in the Courthouse cafeteria or near the restrooms in the Washington Street Conference Center. Or, place them in the collection box outside the Sustainability office at suite 380 of the PSB.
  3. If the shelves look a bit sloppy, give them a quick tidy-up to help manage this shared resource.
  4. Borrow a book while you are there! Loans are on the honor system – you are not obligated to return books.
  5. Post this flier in your office and encourage your co-workers to participate.


Do you enjoy reading and want to share your favorite finds? Contact us to learn more about a Bookshare Club pilot this spring!


2019 Green Bags


Sustainable Habits for the New Year

Please be sure to rsvp to no later than 7 days before the event if you’d like to join us. In the event we need to reschedule due to lack of interest, all rsvp&#’;d

Sustainable Habits for the New Year

Thursday January 17, 2019

Public Services Building, Third Floor, Room 390 (west side of building)

Doors open at noon, presentation begins at 12:10 and will end by 12:50

Last summer we explored how to change an old habit or start a new one. This January, join Sustainability to take a look at some common sustainability habits and make a plan to change one successfully and with ease.

Habits we will explore include:

  • Drinking less bottled water
  • Eating less meat with Meatless Mondays
  • Reducing your energy bill by warming yourself up first
  • Swapping some drive alone trips for transit, walking or bike riding
  • Shortening showers to 5 minute to reduce water waste up to 60%
  • Bring your own idea for a sustainable habit you want to change or start!

During this class, start working on a habit related to sustainability that you want to change and take away a plan to get started. Based on the popular book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Watch this short video for a summary of the book!

RSVP required for headcount to by January 10.


Previous Green Bag Resources

Have a burning sustainability question or idea for a future class? Please e-mail !


2018 Green Bag Presentation Series - Resources (previous sessions)

Supporting Community Social Justice and Economic Equity... Together –A Panel Discussion

Presenters included Katherine Galian, Community Action; Nancy Milligan-Mock, Washington County HHS Developmental Disabilities; Maggie Riley, Craft3.

Katherine's presentation

Nancy's presentation

Maggie's presentation

Drive It and Drop It!; Presented by Alan Bates, ReachNow



2017 Green Bag Presentation Series - Resources

Electric Vehicles –Great at Work, Great at Home;  presented by Catherine Teebay, Forth

Information about the electric vehicles in the Fleet

Information about the Forth EV showroom and test drives


Urban Cycling Clinic; presented by The Street Trust

Information for bicycle riders at Washington County

Information about the Bike Fleet (under Active and Sustainable Transportation)

Make Your Own Green Cleaners; presented by Nancy Nordman, Master Recycler

Video recording


Information from Metro on making Green Cleaners

Eat Smart, Waste Less; presented by Isabella Barcelona, Solid Waste and Recycling

Good and Cheap free cookbook online

Naturescaping 101; presented by April Olbrich, Tualatin River Watershed Council


Naturescaping information from Tualatin SWCD

Clean Water Heroes information from Clean Water Services

Naturescaping information from ODFW

Reuse in Home Décor; presented by Rena Satre-Meloy, Community Warehouse

Tips for buying used furniture

Green and Healthy Lunches; presented by Amanda Nelson, New Seasons

Tips for packing a more sustainable lunch

Waste Tips

Tips for Reducing Lunch Waste

Pack a Power Lunch

Lunch Box Love

Food Waste Toolkit for the Office

Food Waste Infographic

Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Home; presented by Jen Coleman, Oregon Environmental Council

Toxic free environments information

Healthy Homes Kit

Getting to One Can; presented by Betty Shelley

(This Green Bag was postponed and in its place, a presentation on recycling was given by Tony Hair, Solid Waste and Recycling)

Future Less is More Classes

Washington County What to Recycle and Where (searchable database)

Metro Find a Recycler (searchable database)


Kick the Can Employee Challenge

Sustainability hosted a very successful challenge of employees Kick the Can challenge logo 2018with deskside garbage cans to give them up for at least two weeks in January. Based on an Employee Suggestion, the goal is to raise awareness of garbage generation and encourage employees to leave their desks to toss out trash.

Did you miss the event? It's never to late to take this challenge! You can still earn a commemorative magnet at any time.


This challenge will:

  • Improve your awareness of waste generation.
  • Help you reduce how much garbage you produce. 
  • Help promote employee wellness by encouraging staff to leave their desk to throw out waste.
  • Reduce of the purchase and use of trash can liners.
  • Increase recycling rates.
  • Help us meet the County goal of reducing garbage by 25%.

If you've already given up your can, you are doing your part. Thanks!

This project was tested with a small group of employees in fall 2017. We learned that keeping a small washable cup or container on the desktop for waste helped with daily accumulations. Many found they enjoyed the extra movement during the day to go to the trash can. All participants reported that their garbage amount dropped or stayed the same –none increased.


Contact us at and sign up to start the challenge any time. (You can take the challenge any two weeks you choose.)

Just include your name, department/division, and your mailstop number.

You'll be asked to give up your deskside can for two weeks after taking a short survey. At the end of the two weeks, you'll take a similar survey to share anything that has changed for you, and you will have the opportunity to take your can back. You will receive a commemorative magnet as our thanks for participating!


For More Information:  

Sustainability Education Coordinator

Phone: (503) 846-8825 


RSVP optional but appreciated by email or call.