Portland Groups to Celebrate MLK Jr. with a Day of Service

FILE – In this 1960, file photo, Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Atlanta. (AP Photo, File)

Local organizations and volunteers plan to help clean up Portland this Monday, Jan. 18, as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

SOLVE, the Portland Business Alliance, and the Portland Lodging Alliance will all be out cleaning different areas of the city. Volunteers can meet at four locations: the Benson Hotel, Providence Park, Northwest Academy, and Urbanite. Check-in goes from 8:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers will be provided with cleaning supplies, as well as safety information, before fanning out to clean along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and other areas of the city.

The event is part of SOLVE’s monthly efforts to clean up the Rose City. More information about the non-profit, including how to register for Monday’s event, can be found online.

All spots are filled up right now, but you can still put your name on the waiting list.

The Sunshine Division is partnering with Kaiser Permanente to provide 90,000 meals in honor of Martin Luther King Day. While the group has suspended all volunteer work due to the coronavirus pandemic, they do have more information on volunteering as opportunities arise on their website.

Boxes will be handed out between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday. To receive a box, you can visit one of the Sunshine Division’s food pantries:

  • 687 N Thompson St, Portland, OR 97227
  • 221 NE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230

Some groups, like the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, decided to postpone their annual ‘day of service’ events to help curb the spread of COVID-19.