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Volunteers sought for SOLVE IT


SOLVE is currently accepting applications for volunteers to lead Earth Day projects for the 25th annual SOLVE IT Earth Day event. SOLVE IT events will take place across the state on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As a part of SOLVE IT, teachers are encouraged to involve their students in service-learning activities any time between April 21 and May 2. The deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 31.

The SOLVE IT program supports Oregonians who help take care of parks, waterways and neighborhoods by picking up trash, pulling invasive weeds, planting trees and taking care of watersheds. Last year, SOLVE IT helped 6,300 Oregonians volunteer at over 230 sites across Oregon.

Project leaders receive assistance for local Earth Day projects, including free project planning assistance and training, event flyers and pre-event publicity, online volunteer registration, and cleanup project supplies. SOLVE also has a limited number of grants of up to $100 for reimbursement of project expenses.

Since 1990, SOLVE IT volunteers have removed more than 15 million pounds of litter and invasive weeds from illegal dumpsites, neighborhoods, and natural areas. Visit www.solveoregon.org to apply online or call SOLVE at 503-844-9571 or 1-800-333-SOLV (toll-free in Oregon).