Bellevue Chamber CEO: Volunteers help with downtown cleanup

Update: They are not seeking additional volunteers at this time. Cleanup comes after a few stores in Bellevue faced property damage from looters.

  • Monday, June 1, 2020 2:29pm
  • News

Update: Shortly before the event began, the City of Bellevue posted that there was not the extent of property damage originally believed, and so significant amounts of volunteers for cleanup work is not necessary. The Chamber is still hosting a small volunteer cleanup.

After property damage Sunday night in downtown Bellevue by looters, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is hosting a volunteer cleanup at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, for stores in need. Volunteers are asked to meet at Downtown Park and wear gloves and masks and maintain social distancing.

Here is the message from Chamber CEO and President Joe Fain on the cleanup:


We were all shocked and outraged by the violence that ended the life of an unarmed black man last Monday. While we work to rebuild our community, we cannot ignore the pain that so many feel – not merely as a result of history – but because of their own experiences. Unfortunately, a small few sought to exploit that pain for greed and mayhem.

Despite the complexity of the problems our society faces: racial violence and injustice; property damage; economic hardship; and pandemic – the solution is always the same: Help one another.

Dozens of people have reached out to the Chamber to offer help in cleaning up Bellevue after tonight’s looting and vandalism.

Public gatherings still pose a health risk due to Covid-19. To best manage that risk and to maximize the recovery efforts – those who would like to help in the cleanup should meet at Downtown Park at 10 am, Monday morning.

We still do not know the nature and scope of the damage but we recognize that this is also an important time to show support to those impacted businesses. We also expect strict compliance with social distancing recommendations. We ask that all attendees bring appropriate protective equipment (mask and gloves) and we recommend that high-health risk individuals not attend.

This is a watershed day for Bellevue. Our growth and success as a community will undoubtedly place bigger challenges before us. We will rise to those challenges the same way we always have, together.

Best wishes,


President & CEO

Bellevue Chamber

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Bret Chiafalo. File photo
Supreme Court says state can punish WA faithless electors

Justices: Presidential electors, including Everett man, must keep pledge to back popular vote winner

Gov. Jay Inslee issued new guidance allowing the resumption of self-service buffets, salad bars, salsa bars, drink stations and other types of communal food sources in Phase 2. File photo
Buffets and salad bars back on the menu in King County

Gov. Jay Inslee has revised rules to allow self-serve food areas in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening.

Bellevue City Hall. Photo courtesy city of Bellevue
Open seat on East Bellevue Community Council

Applications are due by Friday, July 24

Brian Tilley (left) and Katie Dearman work the wash station Friday at Kate’s Greek American Deli in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Governor’s no-mask, no-service order begins across Washington

“Just do not ring up the sale,” Gov. Jay Inslee said about customers who do not don the proper masks.

King County homeless count: 11,751 people, up 5 percent from 2019

One night a year, volunteers spread out across Seattle and King County… Continue reading

Free masks at the Bellevue Salvation Army. Courtesy photo
Free mask pickup for Bellevue residents

New dates and times for mask distribution this week

Nurse Sylvia Keller, pictured with Gov. Jay Inslee, is on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle in Yakima County. Courtesy photo
Governor doubles down on mask rules

Inslee: Starting July 7, businesses do not serve those who do not wear a mask

State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Politicians get pay raises, state workers get furloughs

A citizens panel approved the hikes in 2019. Unable to rescind them, lawmakers look to donate their extra earnings.

Construction begins for Downtown Park entrance

The previously delayed entryway project is expected to be finished early 2021

Most Read