Community members assembled at Stewart Park for the Martin Luther King’s Day river clean-up on Monday January 21. This volunteer-based event started at 10 a.m. Monday morning underneath the Stewart Park pavilion for a 3-hour long community service act in honor of the King. 

Maris Wilson with Umpqua Watersheds and Americorp helped coordinate and lead Monday’s event. As Education Outreach Coordinator, she assisted in rallying people together to help clean up the surrounding area between Stewart Park and Gaddis Park with donated supplies from Umpqua Watersheds and DC Co-op. Wilson said, “I feel really gracious that today’s community came on their day off to pick up trash.” 

About 100 volunteers, ranging in age from child to adult, collected a total amount of 2.29 tons of trash. This is an increased turnout compared to last year’s total of 60 volunteers. Statistics were provided by Maris Wilson from Umpqua Watersheds and Americorp. 

People of all ages came together with family and friends to show their support for the Roseburg community. “We are super excited to get out,” said Jeff Jackson, “and be active as a family,” said Andrea Jackson who attended together with their daughter Grace Jackson. 

This event was sponsored and supported by many additional corporations and businesses including Umpqua Watersheds, Americorp, Winchester Booster Club, DC Farmers Co-op, Blue Zones Project, many more.