Theresa Thucker

Friends of MAXaction. It’s with a heavy heart that I share this with you. I have been told that Theresa Tucker passed away in her sleep Wednesday. Theresa was an amazing volunteer!

Theresa (in red) started volunteering with MAXaction after our Townhall Work Session November of 2010. That’s the setting for this and the photo below. At the time I barely had an inkling of the wonderful person she was.

Theresa and I recently completed a comparison of the two latest drafts of the adopt-a-station program guiding document. Just Friday I was at her apartment after our MAXaction meeting dropping off books and Christmas decorations she had selected while volunteering at a Rosewood rummage sale.

Theresa was so generous with her time. Here she is seated at the table supporting a  MAXaction cleanup by making sure other volunteers were well equipped with golves, bags, litter pickers, vests, and more.

I want to extend to the family and friends of Theresa from MAXaction and myself a thank you for sharing Theresa while she was with us and our sympathies for the loss.

We will work to share with MAXaction participants plans for a celebration of Theresa’s life.


Meeting 6:30pm Tonight

Join us at Faith Community Church (124th and Burnside, south of the tracks, just east of the Menlo MAX Station and Park & Ride).  It’s wonderful that they are donating space so close to one of our stations! Thank you Pastor Bob!


Theresa Tucker reviewing survey sheets filled out at the Menlo MAX Station

e’ve got a fun meeting lined up focused on the Adopt-a-Station guiding document. Theresa and I have made it through the most recent draft  submitted by TriMet and I’m happy to report that there is some good agreement between that draft and the last one we submitted. We’ll discuss some of the differences and work to achieve consensus on how to respond. Then, we’ll discuss what is missing from the document (volunteer recongnition/reward and progress measurements) and get suggestions as to our next steps for crafting suggested language.

Both sections just mentioned are items that Jefferson Smith has been consistantly requesting as he feels they are critical to maintaining a vibrant program that will maintain a healthy number of participating volunteers.

Our work is leading to a FIRST EVER program that has community members conducting approved activities in partnership with TriMet on MAX platforms and other TriMet property. All the work we’ve done so far and will do yet are worth it to get started on the right foot. Both TriMet and neighbors want the stations to feel safer and more welcoming and we are working together to make that a reality.

Thanks for your help!

Data Entry Complete!! Meeting 6:30pm NEXT Week Friday, May 4


Jerome (pictured above) and I dug through the last 100 survey forms this morning at Heavenly Donuts (102nd and Glisan). Come join in 6:30pm Friday May 4 at Faith Community Church (12414 E Burnside) as we strategize how to follow up.

Spring Portland PEP Grants still available to improve your local community ($5-$250)

The Portland Enhancement Project (PEP)
Making Portland even better one idea at a time.

Greetings Portland Do-Gooders, 

Ever had an idea for a civic project in Portland but didn’t feel you have the funds or support to carry it through? We’d like to help.

A few Portland enthusiasts have started a small annual fund ($1000) to support small-scale projects aimed at making our city an even better place to live.

Portlanders are encouraged to apply for funds for their specific project by May 1st, 2012. Requests for funds can range anywhere from $5-$250. Selections will be made based on creativity and community impact. Check out for past winners and more information.

In order to apply please send the following:

  1. A one page (or less) explanation of what you intend to use the funds for
  2. Two community references (not family members)

Just a few examples of the kinds of things/projects we would fund:

  • Planting flowers in public spaces
  • Community garden start-up
  • Putting together a neighborhood Easter egg hunt
  • Serving coffee on the bridge to bikers and pedestrians
  • Constructing a poetry kiosk in your front yard
  • Buying materials to decorate trees in the park during Christmas time
  • Enhancing a local bus stop with flowers, books, seating, etc…


Email: or visit for more information. 

Note: Some request for project funds may require us grabbing some coffee.

—————– Comment here if you would like support writing down your idea. Let’s do some fun things around the MAX station neighborhoods!


How Do MAX Stations Play a Role in Your Life?

This thought was behind the questions we used to survey the community at three MAX Station last week: Menlo (122nd), Glenfair (148th), and Rosewood (162nd). If you took a survey sheet, but had to catch a train/bus before you could get us your responses, please comment on this post with your thoughts.

Beyond any responses to the above invitation we are well into Phase 3 of this listening project. If you consider planning Phase 1, survey Phase 2, recording data Phase 3, deciding actions to take Phase 4, and taking action Phase 5, then we are SMACK in the middle of the process. Each phase is about building relationships and growing relationships between folks interested in supporting MAX station adopt-a-stop groups.

Phase 1 and 2 are good. We’ve had excellent participation in the planning and surveying. Last week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we gathered a total of 471 survey responses – 281 of those came with contact information!




So now, we are getting the information collected entered into a spreadsheet and we will begin figuring out how to follow up. Comment here and let us know if you’d like to help!



Listening via Survey is Under Way

Yesterday we kicked off our current round of listening at three stations: Menlo (122nd), Glenfair (148th), and Rosewood (162nd). A group of students and their leaders in town from Sacramento to do community service during their Spring Break helped us have 130 conversations with folks around these MAX stations.

Join us between 10am and 2pm today or tomorrow to help make a difference in our community today. We start each day at the 122nd Park and Ride for a check in with TriMet staff and to get our supplies.

The students from Sacramento are very fun to work with and will be with us just this week, today and tomorrow yet.

Adopt-a-Station – Mercury Blog Post

Click here to read a short blog post about the current status of the Adopt-a-Station pilot project.

The author did a good job. I’m grateful that she focused on our desire to make the stations “welcoming gateways to and from our community”.