Volunteers Help Clean Up North Portland’s Delta Park

Delta Park clean up
Volunteers help clean Delta Park. (KATU)

Volunteers picked up garbage and debris at Delta Park in North Portland on Sunday.

The city of Portland put out a call for help, and about a dozen volunteers from “Help a Brother Up” in Vancouver came out.

Volunteer Ronnie Harris said he was born and raised in Portland, and wanted to do his part to keep the city clean.

“The people who are living here have come out and helped us, because they do want it clean. Don’t you want your front yard clean?” Harris said.

Harris said he knows a lot of people complain about the trash in the city, but not enough people do anything to help.

He hopes more people will volunteer what they can.

The city and metro have tools to help you report problems with homeless camps or illegal dumping.

Click here for more information.

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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.

Happy Non-Profit Day!

Get-Involved-Banner-Photo-01Non-profits have a special place in my heart. I’ve been affiliated with a number of them for over 10 years. I would like to honor one in particular today though. I started off interning with SMART Reading (formerly Start Making a Reader Today) in college and continued the relationship long after I graduated. I am currently a contractor for them, helping with their marketing materials. I truly believe in SMART Reading’s vision, to help children with their reading skills, therefore helping them in other aspects of their lives. The excerpt below is taken from SMARTReading.org.

One child at a time. One volunteer at a time. One book at a time.

At SMART Reading, we hold to one simple truth: Reading matters. It’s an early gateway skill that paves the pathway for future success. Without it, kids are simply less likely to graduate high school, find employment, or successfully avoid other hardships like poverty, homelessness, hunger, and injustice.

Since 1992, SMART Reading has been pairing adult volunteers with children to provide reading support and books to keep. SMART Reading volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-guided environment.

Our Vision

An Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading.

Our Mission

To spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book.

If you can volunteer your time or are in the position to donate, please do. Follow this link to do so: SMART Reading.