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News Release
TOMORROW: Portlanders wrap up Earth Month by cleaning up Downtown Portland with SOLVE - 04/28/21

Downloadable image file: A team of volunteers get ready to clean up Portland.

***Media Advisory***

What: Downtown Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Day

When: Thursday, April 29. Volunteer check-in from 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM.

Where: Four locations throughout Portland, including The Benson Hotel, Providence Park, Northwest Academy, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Media Crews: Arrive by 9:00 AM at Providence Park on SW 18th & Morrison for strong visuals of volunteers checking-in and removing litter in downtown Portland.

This event will have plenty of visuals and make for great community packages, VOs and VOSOTS.

Available interviewees will include: 

  • Kris Carico, Chief Executive Officer, SOLVE
  • Jason Green, Managing Director, CBRE

SOLVE, Portland Business Alliance, and Portland Lodging Alliance, with support from CBRE, Turner Construction Company, NAIOP Oregon, and Aspect on Sixth are joining forces to host a Downtown Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Day.

This event will take place at four locations throughout Portland, including The Benson Hotel, Northwest Academy, Providence Park, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Volunteers will arrive between 8:45 AM and 9:30 AM at the project site they signed up for to prevent crowding at check-in. Once receiving their cleanup supplies, volunteers will listen to a short safety debrief before fanning out and cleaning throughout the Downtown Corridor.

SOLVE is partnering with Transition Projects to host a hygiene product drive during this event. Volunteers are encouraged to bring toiletry items to donate at donation bins during check-in. Volunteers can find a full list of needed items on SOLVE’s website, www.solveoregon.org.

This event is part of SOLVE’s monthly effort to bring volunteers together to care for the Rose City through the simple act of picking up litter. Since these events began in September, more than 2,300 Portlanders have removed over 23,000 pounds of litter from city sidewalks, business fronts, and green spaces.  Each piece of litter removed not only helps protect the Willamette River from unwanted pollution, but it also helps bring foot traffic to downtown Portland and to the businesses that operate there.

SOLVE will be following their COVID-19 Safety Guidelines which includes requiring all volunteers to wear a mask at all times and to maintain social distancing. Disposal for the event is donated by Central City Concern. 


About SOLVE SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model of volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas, and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. You can follow SOLVE on Instagram and Twitter at @SOLVEinOregon and Facebook at @SOLVEOregon.

About Portland Business Alliance The Portland Business Alliance is greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to create opportunity and advance well-being for all who live and work in the greater Portland and SW Washington region. Our vision is a healthy and resilient business ecosystem. Visit PortlandAlliance.com for more information.

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