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Hundreds of Volunteers Arrive to Clean Up Downtown Portland
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PORTLAND, Oregon - February 24, 2021 - SOLVE, a Portland Business Alliance, and Portland Lodging Alliance, with the support of The Standard, held a Downtown Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Day today with amazing results.

278 volunteers attended the cleanup event and collected nearly 3,000 pounds of litter and debris from city sidewalks, parks, and business fronts.

This event was the sixth of SOLVE's Downtown Monthly Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Days to take place. Since they began in September, nearly 2,000 volunteers have removed nearly 20,000 pounds of litter.

These monthly Downtown Cleanup events demonstrate the power of individual grassroots efforts. Each event provides volunteers the necessary cleanup equipment, disposal, and instruction to create a positive impact on their city through cleaning up.

This morning, volunteers arrived at four project locations, including The Standard, The Benson, Providence Park, and Northwest Academy. After checking-in, volunteers spread out, cleaning up a wide area of Portland's downtown. By hosting multiple locations, SOLVE was able to safely accommodate a higher number of people who wanted to join the cleanup effort.

"Downtown Portland, home to more than 100,000 employees and hundreds of businesses and restaurants, is the economic engine of our region. We're proud to sponsor today's clean up and to do our part to ensure that shoppers, diners, employees and business owners feel safe and welcome in their downtown again," said Bob Speltz, Senior Director of Community Relations at The Standard.

After cleaning the surrounding area, volunteers returned to their check-in site to add their garbage to the disposal pile.

Common items found included cigarette butts, disposable masks, and take-out containers. All volunteers were required to wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing throughout the event.

The next Downtown Volunteer Litter Cleanup Days will be held on March 18. Disposal for the Downtown Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Days 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. Visit solveoregon.org for more information.

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.