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Portlanders Invited to Join Citywide Cleanup Effort on June 25 and 26

Press Release
SOLVE hosting fifth annual Pick It Up, Portland! event.

SOLVE is hosting its fifth annual Pick It Up, Portland! event on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26. This citywide cleanup event, hosted in partnership with Pacific Power, the City of Portland, and other organizations, is an opportunity for Portlanders across the city to roll up their sleeves and help clean up the city.
Portland is on a fast track to recovering from the pandemic and the associated economic downturn. With Oregon on a trajectory to drop its pandemic-related restrictions by the end of June, Portlanders are gearing up to return to the activities and traditions they’ve missed for more than a year. Enjoying full stadiums at sporting events. Socializing at restaurants and bars. Visiting events at Waterfront Park. Going to movies.
The Pick It Up, Portland! effort will help ensure that Portlanders return to a city that’s cleaner and more welcoming than it was just months before.
“Pick It Up, Portland! comes at an important time for our city. We are expecting many businesses, venues, and other attractions to reopen soon,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “We want Portlanders to feel welcome in all parts of our city when that happens. Cleanup events like this help get us there.”
More than 20 Pick It Up, Portland! cleanup events will take place in neighborhoods across the city. SOLVE will provide volunteers supplies including heavy-duty garbage bags, litter grabbers, safety vests, and vinyl gloves. Volunteers must wear face coverings and closed-toed shoes.
As this city-wide cleanup event approaches, SOLVE is also launching its Pick It Up, Portland! fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $10,000 to help cover the cost of cleanup kits for the future.
SOLVE is also partnering with Transition Projects during the Friday, June 25 Pick It Up, Portland! events. Volunteers can support Transition Project’s work with Portlanders experiencing homelessness by donating men’s underwear and belts at donation drop bins located at the check-in areas for the cleanup events.
To sign up for a Pick It Up, Portland! cleanup event, click one of the links below or go to https://www.solveoregon.org/pick-it-up-portland.

Friday, June 25 

Staggered check-ins from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. These events run until 11:30 a.m. 

Lloyd District 

Sellwood Riverfront Park 

Central Eastside Industrial District 

Downtown Cleanup at The Benson Hotel 

The Pearl District 

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Saturday, June 26 

Event times will be different for each event. Details within each link. Additional projects may be added.

East Portland Cleanups

Peace Memorial Park / Lloyd EcoDistrict Cleanup

Oaks Bottom Refuge Habitat Restoration

St. Johns Clutter Busters - St. Johns Pick Up

Pick It Up, Portland! 82nd Ave Cleanup from SE Woodstock to Johnson Creek Blvd

Brooklyn Neighborhood Cleanup for Pick It Up, Portland!

Foster Floodplain Natural Area & Springwater Trail Cleanup

City Team Portland/City Beautification of East Portland

Park Lane Reformed Church/City Beautification of Rockwood

Imago Dei Eastside/City Beautification of Gleason

Compassion Southeast/City Beautification of Southeast Portland

St. Johns Church/City Beautification of St. Johns

New Hope Church, Mt. Scott/City Beautification of Flavel 

Highland Christian Center/City Beautification of NE Glisan

Overlook Park Cleanup

West Portland Cleanups

Slabtown Cleanup

4th Saturday Cleanup in Northwest Portland

Willamette River Superfund Tour, Litter Cleanup & Nature Walk!