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The Sept. 3 event is sponsored by SOLVE, the Portland Business Alliance, the Portland Lodging Alliance, and others to support downtown.

COURTESY SOLVE - Volunteers at an earlier downtown cleanup event.A downtown Portland cleanup rally has been announced for Thursday, Sept. 3.

The event will be hosted by SOLVE, the Portland Business Alliance, the Portland Lodging Alliance and others. It is open to the public for anyone who is interested in volunteering for the cleanup effort.

According to the announcement, SOLVE has hosted several cleanups in downtown Portland since June, supporting hundreds of Portlanders who have wanted to care for their community through volunteer litter cleanup. The purpose of the Sept. 3 Downtown Portland Cleanup is to send a clear message to the Portland community that the Portland business district is an open, saf and clean place to visit, while inviting the community to join the effort.

"This is an all hands on-deck situation," explained George Schweitzer from The Benson Hotel. "Businesses in downtown Portland need help right now. This is an event for businesses to come together, along with the Portland community at large, to show that we are a strong and resilient city; that we can come together to restore our downtown and bring business back."

Kris Carico, CEO of SOLVE, agreed, saying, "SOLVE prides itself on offering a safe space for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their community. A volunteer litter cleanup brings everyone together because it is a simple activity that all can support. At the end of the day, it's about caring for the place we call home."

The announcement said the event will begin at multiple locations throughout downtown to accommodate the need for social distancing during volunteer check-in, while also allowing for the maximum number of interested volunteers to participate, given group gathering restrictions. The event will follow all of SOLVE's COVID-19 safety guidelines, including requiring participants to wear a face covering, maintaining a minimum of six feet of distance and providing sanitized cleanup equipment to volunteers, among other measures.

Volunteers will focus on removing large items of litter and debris, while also focusing on picking up cigarette butts that often end up in storm drains and pollute the nearby Willamette River and other waterways.

Community members who would like to get involved in the volunteer event can pre-register at solveoregon.org.


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