PORTLAND, Ore. — A group of volunteers picked up about 200 pounds of trash around Providence Park ahead of the MLS Cup final this weekend, according to nonprofit SOLVE Oregon.
The nonprofit, which hosts cleanup efforts around the state to help improve the environment, said 38 volunteers showed up Wednesday morning to get rid of litter surrounding the Portland Timbers stadium.
The Timbers will face New York City FC for the championship match this Saturday.
SOLVE Oregon said it provided the volunteers with safety vests, litter grabbers, gloves and trash bags, and they got to work.
"I want to make sure this place looks great. I've been doing this for over a year now," said Timbers season ticket holder Christine, one of the volunteers who attended the cleanup.
Outreach Coordinator Larissa Gordon said these cleanups help boost morale in the city.
"During our downtown Portland cleanups, we've had over 5,000 volunteers," Gordon said. "This started in September of 2020. With those 5,000 volunteers, we have picked up over 5,000 pounds of trash."
Former Timbers player Nat Borchers now serves as the team's community ambassador, and said hosting the MLS Cup final means a lot for the city.
"You drive around the city, you see that there's just a lot that needs to go into picking up. We need to come together and do that," he said.
The next downtown SOLVE cleanup will be on Dec. 16. People can go to this website if they're interested.