SOLVE, Portland Business Alliance, and Portland Lodging Alliance, with the support of Harsch Investment Properties, held a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with volunteer litter cleanup projects throughout Portland.
Nearly 400 volunteers attended the cleanup event and collected more than 4,300 pounds of litter and debris from city sidewalks, parks, and business fronts.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service was in conjunction with SOLVE’s Downtown Monthly Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Days. Since they began in September, more than 1,500 volunteers have removed over 17,000 pounds of litter.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event kicked off from four different locations throughout Portland including Providence Park, The Benson Hotel, Northwest Academy, and Urbanite, located on Southeast Martin Luther King Boulevard. By hosting multiple locations, SOLVE was able to safely accommodate a higher number of volunteers for the cleanup effort.
Volunteers received heavy duty garbage bags, vinyl gloves, a safety vest, and a litter grabber before spreading out to clean the Rose City. 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 February 24 and March 18. Disposal for the Downtown Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Days is donated by Central City Concern.