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Cash4Books Employees Volunteer at Cathedral Park

As we mentioned in a previous post, Cash4Books employees recently participated in a clean-up of Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon. You may be asking “Why is it called Cathedral Park?” Glad you asked….

Cathedral Park Portland, OR

The view of the underbelly of the St. Johns Bridge as seen from Cathedral Park. Photo credit: Joan Stevens

The original plan was to clean up the riverbank running on the west-side of the park.  However, thanks to the wettest spring on record in Portland, there was no riverbank.

Park Bench Submerged

Something's not right here. Photo: Joan Stevens

Fortunately, not all of the park’s residents were upset with this situation:

Ducks Swimming

"Quack, quack" Photo: Joan Stevens.

So instead of cleaning the riverbank, we headed over to the nearby Baltimore Woods restoration project. We spent several hours cleaning trash and debris from the area. Despite occasional scrapes with blackberry bushes and shrubs we had a great time clearing the area and we were glad to be able to help! Our haul (see below) included a tire, shopping carts, about a dozen articles of clothing, a shovel and for some reason a “for sale” real estate sign.

Cathedral Park/Baltimore Woods Clean-Up

The Clean-Up Crew! Photo Paul Schertz

A big thanks to SOLV for coordinating this event, as well as many other volunteer events in Oregon. If your’re in Oregon, check out solv.org for more about the organization and for information about other volunteer opportunities. For those living outside of Oregon, visit volunteermatch.org.

Cash4Books Cleans-Up Local River by Canoe

Aluminum Canoe – $1000.00. Life Vest – $100.00.  

Getting wet and dirty with your co-workers to make our rivers clean – priceless! 



Guided by the Tualatin Riverkeepers, Cash4Books employees donned life vests, grabbed their paddles, and donated their Saturday morning to retrieve garbage littering the local Tualatin River. The event was one of 150 restoration projects taking place throughout Oregon – part of SOLV’s annual Beach and Riverside Cleanup. 

Working from canoes, Cash4Books collected everything from lawn mowers to picnic tables from the waterway. Volunteers paddled approximately two miles along forested riverbank scouring the shallows for garbage and debris. Although most were expecting to find Coke cans and plastic bags, the trash found along the river was on a grander scale. A rogue dock, too large to fit within the canoe, was towed to shore for removal. Volunteers even recovered a mattress and bed frame. Unfortunately, the box spring was never found. 


   Although once a vacation destination, the Tualatin River is now one of the most polluted rivers in Oregon. Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a nonprofit organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River System. Last year alone, TRK volunteers donated over 10,000 volunteer hours to projects including nature education, habitat restoration, paddle trips, and advocacy. They plan “to restore nearly 250 acres of flood plain habitat on the Tualatin River, protecting water quality, reducing flooding and creating homes for wildlife” this year! 

For more information about their mission, and how to get involved, please visit Tualatin Riverkeepers. 

Cash4Books employees after removing trash from the Tualatin River