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Volunteers to help 'SOLVE IT' April 23

Every April the world celebrates Earth Day. And while many in our own communities want to help, they are unsure of what they can do.

SOLVE, the statewide environmental nonprofit, is calling for volunteers to participate in the annual SOLVE IT for Earth Day event on Saturday, April 23, one of the largest Earth Day events in the nation.

Here are the details: 

Who: SOLVE and presenting sponsor Portland General Electric, along with thousands of Oregonians, will mobilize across the state for the 27th Annual SOLVE IT for Earth Day event.

When: April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Volunteers can find more than 130 local projects and opportunities across the state in our natural areas, neighborhoods and more.

How: Volunteers can find local project details and opportunities to get involved at solveoregon.org or by calling SOLVE at 503-844-9571, Ext. 321.

What: Volunteers join together in one of the largest Earth Day events in the country to help our parks, waterways and neighborhoods by picking up litter, removing invasive weeds and enhancing our natural areas.

Why: Litter and marine debris are a serious problem. They flow down storm drains, into the river and out to our beaches and ocean. Often confused with food, wildlife can ingest tiny bits of plastic and other debris which can result in harmful malnutrition, entanglement or strangulation. Even the smallest bits of trash in our environment can beharmful.

Our water, wildlife, and economy are threatened by invasive species. Plants brought from areas outside Oregon can spread quickly. Native plants and animals are pushed out, and entire ecosystems can be seriously degraded or destroyed.

PGE employees, their family and friends, will be pitching in at various SOLVE projects in the communities where they live and work, to celebrate Earth Day.

SOLVE IT for Earth Day is presented by Portland General Electric.

Additional sponsors include:

Legacy Sponsor: Metro.

Major Sponsors: Clean Water Services, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Washington County.

Media sponsors: K103 FM and KOIN supporting sponsors City of Beaverton, Comcast and Skanska

Community sponsors: Advantis Credit Union and Genentech.