NETNC and various community groups have recurring and special events they need volunteer help to carry out.  Being a volunteer is a great way to meet new NE Tacomans and get to know your neighbors better, as well as contributing to the health of the community.  Here’s a list of both recurring and special events with a brief description and a way to register or contact the organizers.

Recurring events: 

Julia’s Gulch work parties every 2nd Saturday morning, 9am-noon:  (From Friends of Julia’s Gulch)  Park at Viewpoint Park NE and follow the path to the picnic table.  Wear sturdy foot wear, garden gloves, and dress for the weather.  We will meet rain or shine to spread gravel on paths and remove Himalayan blackberry plants.  This is a lovely time to be in the Gulch.  The red flowering currant and Indian Plum are in full bloom, the leaves are unfolding, and the birds are making a racket.  Heather will provide a hot drink and snacks.  We hope to see you there!  Check for more details.

Special Events: 

Metro Parks Tacoma Clean-Up On Parks Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 22rd, 2017, from 9am-lunch:  Metro Parks sponsors this work-morning, and brings basic tools.  You should dress for the weather and bring gloves, woods clean-up tools, and, if you can, a wheelbarrow.   Activities include invasive species removal, trimming, weeding, spreading wood chips on the trails and gathering areas, etc.   See Metro Parks Tacoma’s web pages for this event;   please register there if you are a group of 10 or more.

Northeast Tacoma Clean-Up Day, Saturday, June 17th, 2017:  This annual event is an opportunity for all occupants of single-family or duplex houses to drop off household waste, tires, appliances, odd pieces of metal, etc. at Meeker M.S..  Saves a trip to the Transfer Station on S. Mullen St. and having to pay to drop off.  Every eligible household will get a post card a week or so before the event listing acceptable and non-acceptable materials (no hazardous materials, for example).  NETNC sponsors this event in partnership with the City’s Environmental Services and Community-Based Services staff.

NETNC needs volunteers to help check in arriving residents, unload folks stuff from vehicles into dumpsters, provide water and food to volunteers, etc.   Please let us know your interest in helping, and indicate limits to the kind of work you can do.  Contact Jim Philp, the event coordinator for NETNC at or 253.952.0509.