SOLVE is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Oregon clean. Each year nearly 50,000 people volunteer for SOLVE projects in more than 180 communities across the state.
The largest project SOLVE sponsors is the beach cleanup, held every spring and fall. At the most recent coastal cleanup, led by Project Coordinator Joy Irby, 23 beaches benefited from the services of SOLVE volunteers.
“This year marks the 100th year anniversary of Oregon’s public beaches and so we’re keeping them clean and being good stewards for our environment.”
Partnering with SOLVE
Every weekend, people can sign up to help with various projects and volunteer events facilitated by SOLVE. On the third Saturday of every month, the Northwest District Association partners with SOLVE to hold a sidewalk cleanup in the Alphabet District in Portland. Fran Goldstein, who coordinates the cleanup, explains why they do what they do each month.
“What I do is I care about the community, and we really have noticed with the city cutting back on their services like not cleaning the streets and things like that we thought from a pride perspective to take care of our own neighborhood and step up as volunteers. Since SOLVE was about community activism and cleaning the environment it was a perfect fit.”
But why is partnering with SOLVE a perfect fit? State Team Leader Quintin Bauer describes the mission of SOLVE.
“SOLVE’s mission is to bring Oregonians together to clean the environment and build a legacy of stewardship.”
Bringing All Oregonians Together
Bauer says the most important goal is bringing all Oregonians together, regardless of age or income, to become stewards of their communities and improve the environment. There are three ways to get involved: donate; develop your own SOLVE project; or just sign up for a SOLVE event, such as the neighborhood cleanup.
Everything you need to know to become a SOLVE supporter can be found on its website, solveoregon.org.