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Hundreds of Portlanders Clean Up City Ahead of Reopening Celebrations (Photo) - 07/19/21

Hundreds of Portlanders Clean Up City Ahead of Reopening Celebrations


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

***Media Advisory***

What: Downtown Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Day 

When: Wednesday, July 21. Volunteer check-in from 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM. 

Where: Four locations throughout Portland, including The Benson Hotel, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the I-405 Corridor and Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Media Crews: Arrive by 9:00 AM at Pioneer Courthouse Square 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.

SOLVE with support from Plaid Pantry 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, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the I-405 Corridor, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. 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. 

This event is part of the city’s ‘Reopening Weekend’ where festivities, including a performance by Pink Martini in Pioneer Courthouse Square, will occur. Volunteers who attend this Downtown Portland Cleanup Day are sending a direct message that they support their city and want to see it cleaned up ahead of these upcoming celebrations. 

July’s Downtown Portland Cleanup Day is sponsored by Plaid Pantry and is a part of Project C.A.R.E.S. Throughout July, Plaid Pantry is offering their customers an opportunity to donate to either SOLVE or Sunshine Division using $1 donation slips as they complete their purchase. 

Volunteers are encouraged to bring non-perishable goods to July’s Downtown Portland Cleanup Day to donate to Sunshine Division at drop bins located at each check-in site. Donated items will go directly to local families and individuals in need of food security. 

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. 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. 

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 for more information.

Contact Info:
Larissa Gordon, SOLVE | 860-942-9108 |



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