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Our communities and our shared environment are in desperate need of collaborative solutions. When we work together we can get the job done more efficiently and more sustainably. Many hands make light work and that is why Ocean Blue is calling on Portland area businesses and nonprofits to show up and collaborate for the causes we care about most.
Check out local Portland nonprofits and businesses collaborating with Ocean Blue to tackle community wide issues. By Karisa Boyce
Every year, the Ocean Blue team reaches out to local PDX businesses in support of year end fundraising efforts. Proceeds from the campaign support clean Portland stream and river projects. These businesses are being eco-leaders in their community by giving back to Ocean Blue volunteers and donors.
Ocean Blue also reached out to 152 Portland area nonprofits this year. The nonprofits are part of a community wide fundraiser called the Give!Guide. G!G is put on annually by the popular local publication, Willamette Week. The Ocean Blue Team asked all 150 of the charities to donate and collaborate for a neighborhood cleanup at McMenamins Kennedy School. The nonprofit who donated and cleaned up the most litter took home all proceeds from the day.
McMenamins Kennedy School kindly provided their front lawn for cleanup volunteers to meetup and bring their collected litter. Volunteers from Bridges to Change, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and 350PDX joined in the efforts. Bridges to Change brought the most support for the collaboration, picked up the most litter, and took home all proceeds.
The Ocean Blue team is incredibly grateful to these Portland area Nonprofits and Businesses who love our local waterways and the Ocean as much as we do!
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Bridges to Change
Bridges to Change strengthens individuals and families affected by addictions, mental health, poverty and homelessness, which is in alignment with Ocean Blue’s mission to conserve and protect the world’s Ocean, beaches, and rivers. At almost every one of our 200 annual cleanup events volunteers pick up litter left by people who are homeless to prevent it from being washed into waterways by heavy rains and flooding. Social issues are environmental issues, and it is essential that organizations work together to address these issues holistically.
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
PICA offers interactive performance-based events and exhibitions in PDX. Their programs catalyze conversations about contemporary culture, featuring a twice annual residency program for artists who want to integrate multiple forms. The Creative Exchange Lab is an example of the holistic approaches our world needs more of right now. Ocean Blue welcomed PICA’s representative who donated and volunteered at the cleanup.
This grassroots organization focuses on getting folks engaged in climate change initiatives and has a vision for enlightened social and political systems that prioritize renewable energy sources. Ocean Blue was happy to also have a 350PDX representative join in for the cleanup.