MAPLE has encouraged EVE residents to take on leadership roles, so to learn skills such as managing and organizing committee meetings, communication, and time-management. Residents are currently shadowing members of the interim board under positions such as presidents, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and committee co-coordinators. Residents will soon be ready to take on these positions themsleves.
Residents at EVE learned about a new rule at University of Oregon that bans opaque bags. With support from MAPLE, Residents seized on this excellent fundraising opportunity, and personally designed a clear bag with their logo on the front. They set up merch tables near Autzen Stadium, and successfully sold hundreds of bags! Residents generated over $5,500 for their new community fund!
Emerald Village Residents have had the opportunity to install the landscape that connects each of their homes. With support from MAPLE’s own landscape professional, the residents collaborated to put hundreds of plants in their village grounds. They learned the craft of drainage by grading swales and raingardens; and a few helped build the structure for their phenomenal community gathering space. Since the installation, residents have even been talking about producing succulents, herbs, and crops, as the beginnings of a micro-business.