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The volunteer effort aims to beautify the city before the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival begins

INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Volunteers pick up trash in downtown Woodburn for the 2014 Woodburn Proud Clean Up Day.The annual Woodburn Proud Clean Up Day is taking place on Saturday, March 18, beginning at 8 a.m. at Woodburn City Hall (270 Montgomery St.). The clean-up day, which usually draws about 150 volunteers, is organized by Woodburn Proud in partnership with the City of Woodburn.

Volunteers will be picking up trash along Highway 214, along Highway 99E and in downtown Woodburn. The City of Woodburn will provide transportation from City Hall to the clean-up sites and the city's Public Works Department will provide gloves, bags and trash grabbers to volunteers.

Woodburn Proud Clean Up Day started in 2009 with the goal of beautifying the highways before thousands of people enter the city for the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, which starts on March 24 this year.

Rhonda Judson, an organizer of the event and treasurer of the board of Woodburn Proud, said the event fits into Woodburn Proud's mission of uniting the community and bettering the city's reputation.

"We are proud of Woodburn and we want everybody to be impressed," Judson said.

Student volunteers can receive documentation for four hours of volunteering by participating in the event. Volunteers do not need to sign up beforehand, but are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and to dress for the weather.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. to go through an orientation, sign release forms and receive supplies.

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