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Volunteers improve the homes, and lives, of senior citizens in Portland
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Thursday May 4, 2017 - 12:30 PM
 
PORTLAND, Oregon - Sixteen volunteers from the City of Portland and nine from Wells Fargo descended on a small house in N.E. Portland last Saturday, April 29, completely transforming the property for the permanently disabled senior citizen who lives there.

The homeowner looked on in amazement as the hard-working volunteers cleaned out all the garbage and debris that had filled the backyard, mowed the overgrown lawn, painted the house interior and exterior, weeded, spread bark dust, cleaned and completed a few miscellaneous projects to make the house safer.

The renovation was organized by the nonprofit Rebuilding Together Portland, which Wells Fargo supported this year with a $15,000 grant.

The workers were among 1,200 volunteers who improved 36 homes and three nonprofit facilities in the Portland metro area last Saturday through Rebuilding Together's annual, one-day, mass cleanup.

"This is the first project I've been a part of where we came in the morning and the house looks one way. And when we leave, the house looks completely different," said Wells Fargo volunteer David Anderson. "It's amazing to see the transformation."

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company. Last year Wells Fargo's approximate 6,000 employees in Oregon and SW. Washington volunteered 50,216 hours for 3,362 local schools and nonprofit agencies (second largest number of hours among all Oregon companies).