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Business District Cleanup & Tree Well Groundbreaking - Old Town/Chinatown

Portland is a strong, resilient city, but it needs help. Join SOLVE on Wednesday, September 20 for our monthly Business District Cleanup, sponsored by Gevurtz Menashe, and Society Hotel to beautify our city, keep our waterways clean, and protect local wildlife from the harmful effects of trash. We will be removing litter from the local streets and business fronts, as well as partnering with the city to improve various tree wells in Old Town, leveling the wells prior to a new topper being added to help keep tree roots healthy and clean! A ‘Tree Well team’ option will be available at check-in and will walk together to the Society Hotel (just a few blocks away) where the ‘Tree Well Project’ will begin. Know that the work you are engaging in has many benefits for our community, our local Old Town businesses, and our environment. Be a part of this amazing project that will have long-lasting effects for this area, and especially for Old Town trees!

Advanced Registration: Is highly suggested but not required. Please sign up (green button below) ahead of time to guarantee your spot.

Meeting Location: We will be meeting outside the Lan Su Chinese Garden Administrative Office on NW 2nd.

Address: 220 NW 2nd Avenue Portland, 97209 | Map Link

What to Bring: Volunteers are encouraged to bring any personal supplies that will help our resources go further such as garbage bags, work gloves, buckets, trash grabbers, etc. If you bring personal belongings wear a backpack so that you can pick up trash hands free. Wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Bring a rain jacket if the forecast calls for rain and wear sunscreen and a hat if it is sunny. This event will go on rain or shine. And it is also recommended that volunteers bring a re-usable water bottle to stay hydrated during the event.

What's Provided: SOLVE will provide trash grabbers, trash bags, work gloves, and high-vis vests.

Restrooms: No public restrooms are available

Parking: Street parking is available. Be mindful of signage and time limits.

Transit: The MAX Blue and Red line stop nearby. You will get off at the Old Town/Chinatown MAX station, walk west on NW Everett St, turn right on NW 3rd Ave, and the Lan Su Chinese Garden will be on your right.

Accessibility: This area is accessible for folks with mobility concerns.

Translation Services: There will be a Spanish speaker present at this event.

Youth Volunteers: Volunteers 13 and under must be accompanied by an authorized adult.

Groups: If you are volunteering with multiple people for this event please register as a Team. See this short guide for how to register as a Team SOLVE | How-To-Guide (

Huge thank you to Gevurtz Menashe for sponsoring this event!

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