Preparing for the Unexpected; Rainwater Harvesting

Preparing for the Unexpected; Rainwater Harvesting

5 Tips for Effective Rainwater Harvesting in Portland Portland averages around 37” of rain each year, mostly coming in the late fall, winter and spring. Ever consider catching some of that rain and saving it for later use? Rain barrels can be a great way to harvest...
Human Solutions’ Family Center – From “Vice to Nice”

Human Solutions’ Family Center – From “Vice to Nice”

What do Human Solutions and Depave have in common? Oddly enough, a vegan strip club. In 2015, Human Solutions acquired property that previously served as a strip club and transformed it into the East Portland Family Center: a family homeless shelter serving 130 adults...
How does depaving help make the Willamette River swimmable?

How does depaving help make the Willamette River swimmable?

Each July, hundreds of Portlanders jump into the Willamette River for The Big Float put on by Human Access Project. But is the Willamette River really safe to swim in? Frequent water quality tests reveal that the answer is yes. Bacteria levels are consistently well...
Welcome to the Depaving

Welcome to the Depaving

Hello, I’m Brynn. I am usually the first person volunteers meet upon arriving at our events. Here’s my Depave story. I was hooked after going to my first depaving event in 2012. I wanted more. More earth between my fingertips. More community building. More...
What does half a staff member look like?

What does half a staff member look like?

Howdy, friends! I’m Meghan, Depave’s newest employee. You might be wondering what kind of person works for such a cool nonprofit. Read on to find out. I didn’t grow up liking the outdoors very much. I didn’t spend summer vacations camping or visiting National Parks....
How I Fell in Love with Depave

How I Fell in Love with Depave

I was thrilled to receive Executive Director Eric Rosewall’s email last year inviting me to apply to be on the board of Depave because just months earlier, I had fallen in love with the organization after an amazing event at the Muslim Community Center. It felt...