In the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, rolling red trash barrels down the sidewalks with their "trash pickers" in hand, a sizeable group of volunteers headed out along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses on the very hot summer Saturday morning of June 26.
These hearty folks were some of the 1,515 volunteers who removed trash from business fronts, parks, and neighborhoods on 82nd, as well as 24 other projects across the city that day – all a part of SOLVE's fifth annual "Pick It Up, Portland" day.
Organizers made sure everyone had plenty of water as they headed out to pick up litter and other debris – and planting colorful flags at the site of hypodermic needles that was collected later.
"Yes, this is part of Pick It Up Portland; but for us, it's just one of a series street clean-ups that we are doing this summer, with the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association – made possible by a grant through Venture Portland," explained the clean-up committee's chair, Alisa Fairweather, who is also Director of Community Engagement at the University of Western States.
"It's important for us, as a business association, to do this – because our businesses here have really 'taken a hit' during the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year," Fairweather told THE BEE. "We're doing this as a way to show these businesses how much we care about them, and give them a little extra help in keeping things looking nice and inviting.
"And, since it is our neighborhood business district, we're helping make the Avenue of Roses look a little 'rosier' today!"
The result? In just two hours, in record-setting heat reaching 108 degrees, volunteers filled 23 bags of trash, which removed an estimated of 800 pounds of trash and garbage from the Avenue of Roses.
Learn more about the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association at their website: www.82ndaveba.com
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