Livability Committee and Adopt-a-Block Update

By Jody Guth

While the corona virus has kept the majority of us homebound – other than  for essential services – I’ve found that the streets have reflected this slowdown of activity. Less activity does equate to less trash but several adopt-a-blockers I’ve spoken to have been equally less motivated, myself included. Less people on the streets to collect garbage equates to certain areas not receiving “the love” a thorough trash pick-up will provide. 

Almost as an answer to that reality, I noticed a lone soul picking up trash along MLK Jr. Blvd the other day on my way to the store.  Pulling over to the curb and rolling down my window I asked the good Samaritan if he lived in Eliot, did he wish to join the Eliot Adopt-a-block program, and what was his name!  Fortunately he answered “yes” to the first two questions, and I happily added Michael Schwern as the newest member of our team. 

Michael lives on the corner of Rodney and Tillamook. He’s been living there for three years and lived for another number of years not far from his current home. He told me he was motivated to help pick up based on his affiliation with Burning Man and their ethos of “leave no trace”. He felt compelled to do so along MLK as a way to give back as he supports the peaceful protests and vigils that make their way through Eliot. I thought it a wonderful way of supporting our neighborhood and the surrounding streets. Michael would like to adopt Sacramento Ave between Rodney and MLK plus other areas of need during his daily walks. Thanks, Michael, and welcome.  

In addition to Michael, I met another Eliot neighbor, Julie Cushing, who was picking up garbage along Rodney Ave. Julie also felt compelled to give back and make a difference.  She said she hated seeing trash in the streets and wanted to do her part. When I asked Julie if she wanted to join the adopt-a-blockers as well, she was happy to join and becomes the latest member of our little group. Julie lives on the corner of Rodney and Thompson, and has been in the neighborhood for 20 years. She would like to help out on Tillamook from Rodney to MLK, parts of Russell, and Williams. Wow…thanks, Julie! 

Both she and Michael will be entered into the drawing coming up in a few days for those in the Adopt-a-Block family. They and/or you could be the lucky recipient of the $100.00 gift certificate to your local New Season grocery store, who we randomly pick each quarter. My trusty pal, Adrian, will draw the name from a current list of 28 trash-eliminators, and I’ll notify the winner. The odds are pretty sweet.

I encourage anyone with a desire to lend a hand to email me at jodyguth@gmail.com to join. (If you prefer phone its 503-331-1511 which is a LAND line, so no texts). I’ll get you stocked up with gloves, garbage-picker-uppers, and bags for trash.  The trash can be left for pickup by the city on the corner or address of your choice. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll get you set up with numbers, and everything you need to help keep Eliot lookin’ good. 

Got Trash? Community Collection Events Near to You (UPDATED- CANCELLED EVENTS)

UNFORTUNATELY ALL COMMUNITY COLLECTION EVENTS LISTED BELOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED THIS YEAR. SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION OR INCONVENIENCE.

Metro Central Station is still open if you have items to deposit in the landfill or to recycle. The address is 6161 NW 61st Ave and hours of operation are 8am-5pm daily. See link for more details: Metro Garbage and Recycling and Hazardous Waste

Community Collection Events

The Eliot Neighborhood Association is not holding a Community Collection Event/Spring Clean Up this year. Below are listed three events where you can still take your unwanted items that would normally go to the Metro Central Station or to be reused/recycled. See each neighborhood association’s websites or NECN for collection guidelines and also any changes to planned events because of the coronavirus.

Humboldt & King Neighborhoods
5/9/2020  9AM-1PM
Emmanuel Temple, 1033 N Sumner 

Sabin/ Sullivan’s Gulch / Betty Walker Neighborhood Cleanup
5/16/2020 10AM-2PM
Maranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th

Vernlawndia (Vernon Woodlawn Concordia Neighborhoods) 
5/30/2020 8AM- 2PM 
PCC Workforce Training Center 5600 NE 42nd Ave