Today, 31 volunteers cleaned the blocks surrounding the houseless support organization JOIN PDX at 1435 NE 81st Ave. SOLVE Oregon coordinated the event and provided cleaning supplies. Crews focused their efforts on the neighboring parking lot for Eastern Cathay Restaurant and other nearby streets.
JOIN sponsored this event, with many staff from the host organization joining community members in cleanup efforts. The cleaning event kicked off at 10 AM and ran until 12:30 PM. During that time, volunteers filled dozens of trash bags with litter and gathered piles of discarded car parts. SOLVE-trained staff collected over fifty hypodermic needles and safely disposed of them.
SOLVE event coordinator Peter Brewer said that his organization appreciated the support from JOIN. He recognizes that this section of Portland suffers from intense litter and indicated that his group intends on returning to this location more frequently for future cleanups. Upcoming events will appear on SOLVE’s online calendar.
Images courtesy SOLVE Oregon.
Update: Volunteer count updated from 27 based on final counts from SOLVE.
Disclosure: The author of this article volunteered for this cleanup even.
UPDATE – Due to projected high temperatures, SOLVE Oregon canceled this afternoon event. All Pick it Up, Portland! morning events will continue as planned.
In one week, volunteers across Portland will make a group effort to clean the city. The coordinated events are part of an annual SOLVE OregonPick it Up, Portland! program, celebrating its fifth year. On Saturday, June 26th, Montavilla residents can participate in the cleanup efforts and help remove the ample amounts of trash in the area.
Pick it Up, Portland! in Montavilla will run from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, with participants gathering in Montavilla Park’s parking lot. SOLVE prefers participants signup in advance on the group’s website, although drop-in volunteers will be accommodated while cleaning supplies last. Participants receive trash gabbers, gloves, Trash bags, and safety vests to use during the two-hour cleanup.
SOLVE cleanups occur year-round, and there are always opportunities to help clean. The Pick it Up, Portland! cleanup weekend seeks to jump-start the cleaning season and help make Portland a cleaner, healthier place for all.
Disclosure: the author of this article organizes SOLVE cleanups and is leading this event.
Last Saturday morning, 53 volunteers gathered in Montavilla Park to collect litter in the neighborhood. SOLVE and Detrash Portland coordinated the event with local support from the MNA Clean Team. Crews walked along NE 82nd Ave and NE Glisan street, filling 63 bags of trash.
By the end of the event, an estimated 750 pounds of trash piled-up at the park, waiting to be hauled away. Residents of Montavilla and volunteers from all over the city participated. With the success of this event, plans for future SOLVE cleanups along 82nd Ave are underway. Those cleanups will occur with the support of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association and the Montavilla Neighborhood Association. Interested volunteers should watch the SOLVE events page for those cleanups and others like them happening throughout Portland.
Disclosure: The author of this article serves on the NMA Board
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