I have a dream for I-205

By Shelli Romero

First Planting of the Season-100 Trees in Parkrose
I Have A Dream volunteers helped plant 100 trees (Becca Wolf)

ODOT and Friends of Trees kicked off the third season of the I-205 Multi-Use Path greening project last month. The Oct. 22 planting in the Parkrose Centennial area of Portland took place near TriMet’s Park and Ride facility and along the east side of I-84 just north of Sandy Boulevard.

The “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon, an organization whose mission is to help children succeed in school and college, brought twelve people including two staff, one of their own volunteers, and nine young Dreamers. Becca Wolf, a Program Coordinator with the Class 10 Dreamers, has been with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon for four years.

All 58 kids Becca began working with four years ago will receive an $8,000 scholarship when they graduate from high school and go on to college or trade school.

“We want our kids to have the opportunity to plant trees,” said Wolf. “They will later drive by with their families and see the trees they planted. There is a pride that comes with that for people who take part in helping their community.”

–Romero is Public Policy & Community Affairs Manager, ODOT-Region I.