Annual SOLVE-IT in Sandy becomes popular feel-good activity

That once-a-year four hours of community service available to everyone is fast approaching, and it’s one of the most popular city activities.

The SOLVE-IT in Sandy event is among the four most popular community or family activities for local residents.

The sixth-annual SOLVE-IT in Sandy is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

Gather with family, friends and neighbors at 9 a.m. that day at the Community Center for assignments and supplies. Choose from a variety of cleanup sites along streets, trails, parks and in other public spaces.

Tasks include collecting trash, spreading bark dust and removing invasive species, each activity taking from one to four hours.

Work sites include parks, sidewalks, roadsides, bus shelters and public parking areas. Tickle Creek Trail enthusiasts can join a group dedicated to improving that site by collecting trash, removing invasive species, cleaning bridges and trimming vegetation.

Rain or shine, about 100 volunteers show up in Sandy each year to lend a hand and make their hometown a better place.

“This is more than just trash pickup,” said Nancy Enabnit, Community Services director. “This is about community pride. It’s an Earth Day celebration. We have people who have come out every single year, and it’s a good way for youngsters to get involved doing something for their community.”

In addition to the citywide cleanup day, a commercial paper shredder will be at the center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to offer free paper shredding.

“Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce the risk of becoming an identity theft victim,” Enabnit said.

This family-friendly Earth Day celebration also features information on water conservation and a rain barrel give-away. Call 503-668-5533 in advance to sign up for a free rain barrel. There is a limited number available, and priority is given to city residents and SOLVE-IT volunteers.

“Enjoy refreshments and special giveaways,” Enabnit said, “and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with doing something good in your community.”

SOLVE-IT in Sandy originated with the SOLV organization, a nonprofit group that for 25 years has been organizing individuals and groups to care for Oregon’s natural resources.

For more information, visit, call 503-668-5569 or register at

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