Portland, OR. For over 100 years, Toy and Joy Makers has promoted the spirit of helping children and their families during the holiday season. Last year the organization provided toys to 7,529 children. The annual toy drive was founded by the Portland Fire & Rescue in 1914 to help local families in need around the holidays. It’s run by volunteers, and last year 6,150 volunteers helped out.
Toy & Joy Makers depends on donations of toys and cash for supplemental toy purchases. The organization also relies on volunteers to help with toy distribution during the holiday season and with storage at its distribution center during the rest of the year.
Toy donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
• Any Portland fire station
• Portland Toy & Joy Makers office in NE Portland (Please call ahead to arrange for pickup or to drop off – 503-823-0922)
Volunteers help sort donations.
When called upon, volunteers from Toy and Joy Makers are also able to help families throughout the year.
“Toy & Joy Makers” mission for over 100 years has been to promote the spirit of helping children and their families in our community during the holiday season. When called upon, we are also able to help families throughout the year. This mission manifests itself by providing qualified families in need with appropriate gifts for their children. These efforts bring joy to both givers and receivers during the season and throughout the year.
“Toy & Joy Makers” celebrates 107 years and counting of helping children.
“Please Continue To Help Make A Christmas Wish Come True For Some Girl or Boy”
Our primary service – Portland Toy & Joy Makers helps the needs of low-income families in the Portland area to give their children toys for Christmas. (We follow federal income guidelines.)
Our current program involves getting ready to set-up our distribution center. We are also setting up programs for our show and tell events. Board members are meeting with businesses who we feel can help us with donations of money, supplies, inventory, PR and building location.
Program Goals:* To provide leadership that encourages community Toy & Joy Makers partnerships that result in helping children and their families.
* To strive to ensure that no child should go without receiving gifts for Christmas.
* To reduce a child’s tragedy of losing their toys due to fire, flood, earthquake and other natural or man made disasters.
* To manage the resources and provide the support necessary to accomplish our mission.
* Our timeline, of course, is the Holiday Season. We do not want to cut our program. Without additional financing that is our only choice.
Our history – Portland Fire & Rescue’s Toy & Joy Makers started giving toys to needy children in 1914. [more…]
In past years, we have accomplished our targets with the help of the continued budget we request. When we find our program running short of toys, we have gone to the television and radio stations and made our plea to the public and to businesses. Buying toys at Christmas time is costly and limited. So far, each year we have reached our target number of children.
The present & future – The Board of Directors is responsible to make our program work. We have been adjusting to many changes and now we must look to more outside help.
This project will allow us to continue our program and to look at additional ways to bring in more community participation. To show the city and its leaders that this is a long established community program that is worthwhile and a valuable PR program for the City of Portland.
Duplication prevention – We work with other agencies in our area to check for duplication of clients. We all feel we have a good handle on this. We do not share equipment or facilities with other agencies. Our program is the largest in the State of Oregon and has a long respected history in working with state and local agencies.
Community outreach – We have been working in our neighborhoods since 1914. Our role in the community involves working with schools and the teachers to find and assist families in need and working with schools to teach children about giving and helping their community. We work with businesses to show them how they can get involved helping with toy collection or donation programs. During our main season, we contact and work with state and local agencies that assist low-income families. This is one way we prevent duplication of giving.
Our great volunteers – Commitment of volunteers and staff involves many long hours during the peak season. We have 20 to 25 volunteers each day helping at our headquarters (during December). Staff members are also there every day. We all believe in this worthwhile program and will continue to support it through good and bad times.
Portland, OR. Do you have an old computer you’re not using? You can donate it to a nonprofit called Free Geek to help meet a 4,000% increase in the number of requests for computers so low-income people can get online. A good portion of requests come from students who suddenly need to get online in order to participate in K-12 education or college. Many people are reaching out on behalf of aging parents who are no longer able to visit their doctors and others are desperate for access to mental health or addiction treatment services.
If you donate, rest assured, your data will be secure. “Data security is our top concern when receiving donations – and we will thoroughly wipe (or physically destroy) any hard drives that we receive,” explains the organization. In the first weeks of the pandemic, the organization saw the demand for used laptops spike from about 300 requests per month to 3,000 per week. “Folks need the internet to be able to see a doctor, to pay their bills, do work so they can continue to get a paycheck or get an education,” said Hilary Shohoney, director of community development for Portland nonprofit Free Geek. “It touches every area of our life right now.” But an estimated 17% of Portlanders aren’t connected to the internet. In rural parts of the Northwest, that number balloons to nearly 40%. With the coronavirus pandemic all but canceling face-to-face interactions, the internet is no longer a luxury — it’s a necessity. “For us, the numbers changed exponentially,” Shohoney said. Here’s a link with info on donating: https://www.freegeek.org/get-involved/donate-technology
Free Geek accepts donations of computers and other electronics at its Portland facility. It offers a donation receipt you can use for tax purposes. (Photo credit, OPB)
On April 1st, Free Geek sold its first round of machines to students at PSU who didn’t have laptops for remote studying through its Low Cost Tech Community Program.
From Free Geek:
Free Geek continues to provide computers to those in need and we need your reusable laptops.
Our current focus is on receiving Macbooks and laptops with i-series processors. Secondarily we have a need for desktop computers, LCD monitors, mice, webcams and headsets. This is the aspect of our work that is essential at this time and we hope that most other hardware donations can wait until safety concerns and our capacity improve.
For hardware donations we offer the following options:
Public Drop offs (limited hours and quantity) In the parking lot on the northeast side of our building. We will have collection bins set outside the warehouse entrance. Please be prepared to unload your own vehicle and form a line if needed. For the safety of our community, we ask that you wear a face covering and maintain a 6 foot distance from staff and other donors at all times. If you don’t see John at the warehouse door when you arrive during one of the following times: please call the Warehouse Desk at (503) 232-9350 x 124. Receipts will be available by request, this can be expedited by attaching your name and email address to your donation.
Friday April 24, between 10:30am and 1pm
Saturday April 25, between 3pm and 5pm.
Thursday April 30, between 10:30am and 1pm,
Friday May 1, between 10:30am and 1pm
Saturday May 2, 2020 between 3pm and 5pm.
Drop off by appointment for 10 or more computers, or large loads of other equipment.
Please email [email protected] to let us know what you have and when you would like to bring it by.
Availability may be limited but we will work to accommodate your needs.
You can mail your donation to
Free Geek: Hardware Donation, 1731 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214.
We can pickup your equipment (limited availability, fees apply)
Currently this works best if can arrange for your items can be brought outside and, for larger volumes, secured onto pallets.
Beaverton, April 23rd, 2013. Nike awarded $250,000 to charities in the six-county Portland area at its Nike Employee Grant Fund award ceremony. The event was was held at its Factory Store in NE Portland. All 25 winning organizations were there to receive their award from Nike Paralympian gold medalist and rugby wheelchair athlete Will Groulx.
Nike Paralympian Gold Medalist and rugby wheelchair athlete Will Groulx with grant recipient representatives Andre Ashley, Sports Management Supervisor, Portland Parks & Recreation and Kaig Lightner, Director of Coaching, Portland Community Football Club. Grant: To launch the Portland Community Football Club, a community-based soccer club emphasizing the principles of equal access to sport and diversity, and providing affordable, high-quality soccer for Portland youth.
Nike Paralympian gold medalist and rugby wheelchair athlete Will Groulx and grant recipient representative Christine Getman, Education Program Coordinator, Incight. Grant: To raise awareness and promote inclusive recreation opportunities in the community through a 12-week hand-cycling series for individuals with disabilities.
The 25 local nonprofits and schools received the funds through the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation for its Spring 2013 cycle.
The Nike Employee Grant Fund, which was established in 2010 and is administered in a unique partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), supports projects that encourage physical activity in meaningful ways, especially those that create early positive experiences for children through physical education, sports and play. Since its launch, it has provided 144 grants to organizations and schools that contribute to making Oregon and Southwest Washington great places to live and work.
The Spring 2013 award recipients include a wide variety of organizations in greater Portland, including New City Initiative, a program to increase participation in extracurricular sports and activities among children and youth who have experienced homelessness, and Incight, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to become contributing members of society.
“These 25 award winners provide innovative programs and passionate dedication to improving our community through physical activity opportunities for young people, as well as offering sustainable social and environmental solutions,” said Kathy Webb, Nike Community Investment Manager and administrator of this program.
“We are proud to support these local projects and connect Nike employees with our communities, not only through the grant making process but through their continued volunteerism efforts with these important organizations.”
Nike employees are integrally involved with the Nike Employee Grant Fund grant making process. With OCF oversight, a Nike employee advisory committee develops grant recommendations. Employees at Nike World Headquarters continue their involvement by volunteering their time and professional experience to help the winning nonprofits achieve their overall objectives. When it launched in 2010, the program was the first of its kind for OCF to partner with a company to bring its grant making and community knowledge to help employees have a greater impact.
“Our team is very excited, as the Nike Employee Grant Fund will help power our second annual PDX Summer Handcycling Series for athletes with disabilities,” said Dan Friess, Executive Director of Incight, a Spring 2013 grant recipient. “Together with our partner, Oregon Disability Sports, we believe strongly in Nike’s mantra, ‘If you have a body, you are an athlete.’ With Nike’s tremendous support, we are looking forward to engaging more riders and Portland area families with inclusive recreation.”
The next Nike awards cycle is open, with $300,000 in cash grants being offered to nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties in Oregon and Clark County in southwest Washington). This cycle will be an increased focus on programs that have positive impact through physical activity or sport, in step with Nike’s support of First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active Schools program, which was announced in February 2013.
“Nike’s goal is to create a world where physical activity, play and sports are highly valued and an expected, enjoyable part of life,” said Webb. “Our local communities are filled with organizations that are dedicated to creating early, positive experiences for kids in sport, physical education and active play and we encourage them to apply for funding.”
Applications are due June 1, 2013, and are available online at www.oregoncf.org/nike. Spring 2013 Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation Awardees
The following 25 organizations received Spring 2013 grants:
Above Coping (Portland) – To bring the joy of skateboarding to youth with chronic health conditions and life-threatening illnesses.
Adelante Mujeres (Forest Grove) – To develop a model that addresses access to food, nutrition education and healthy lifestyle habits, and food-based entrepreneurial development.
Child Advocates, Inc. (Oregon City) – To advocate for a safe, healthy and permanent home for abused and neglected youth through trained citizens who live in the same communities in Clackamas County.
Child Care Development Services, Inc. (Portland) – To help childcare providers assess their environments and use best practices to write and implement nutrition and physical activity guidelines to help children learn healthy habits early.
Clackamas Women’s Services (Oregon City) – To teach at-risk boys relationship and conflict resolution through sport-related and learning activities, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer modeling.
Family Stepping Stones (Gladstone) – To help families stay safe, together and thriving by providing therapeutic early childhood development services for children and comprehensive family support.
Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon (Portland) – To empower girls with the knowledge, skills and attitudes critical to being in charge of their bodies and sustaining a healthy sense of self in today’s challenging environment.
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East (Portland)– To develop a 6,000 square-foot lot into a community garden, fruit tree orchard, open play space and public pathway to promote healthy eating and walking to school.
“I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon (Portland) – To effectively utilize shared resources for matching vulnerable youth with mentors as part of a large-scale collaborative model at one of Oregon’s underserved schools.
Incight (Portland) – To raise awareness and promote inclusive recreation opportunities in the community through a 12-week hand-cycling series for individuals with disabilities.
Mt. Tabor Little League (Portland) – To provide equipment and uniforms for the newly merged Taborvilla Little League (formerly Mt. Tabor and Montavilla Little Leagues) allowing the league members one identity.
New City Initiative (Portland) – To increase participation in extracurricular sports and activities among children and youth who have experienced homelessness.
Northwest Youth Corps (Portland) – To provide low-income high-school youth a paid stewardship to help restore Johnson Creek and lead volunteers in a day of service.
Oregon Human Development Corporation (Portland) – To cultivate confident and joyful youth who enthusiastically pursue their career and life goals through education, internships, training and entrepreneurship.
Oregon Public Health Institute (Portland) – To prepare childcare providers to become leaders in promoting children’s health by creating environments that support good nutrition, fitness and limited screen time.
Oregon Zoo Foundation (Portland) – To introduce 400 low-income and minority youth to the benefits of outdoor camping and conservation. Twenty teens from similar backgrounds serve as counselors.
Portland Parks and Recreation (Portland) – To launch the Portland Community Football Club, a community-based soccer club emphasizing the principles of equal access to sport and diversity, and providing affordable, high-quality soccer for Portland youth.
SCRAP (Portland) – To expand the environmental education program to K-12 youth with an emphasis on outreach to Title 1 schools, children and their families in North and Northeast Portland.
St. Andrew Nativity School (Portland) – To equip at-risk youth for improved participation on basketball and volleyball teams so they can experience teamwork and sportsmanship, and develop new skills and confidence.
The Black Parent Initiative (Portland) – To address the disproportionate number of black youth in foster care through culturally specific, family-focused interventions, and providing expanded duration of services for those already in the system.
The Dental Foundation of Oregon (Wilsonville) – To support the Tooth Taxi, which provides free dental care, oral-health education and dental hygiene kits to uninsured children and youth of migrant and seasonal workers.
About NIKE, Inc.
NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit www.nikeinc.com and follow @Nike.
About The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)
OCF, created in 1973, is the largest foundation in Oregon, with assets of nearly $1 billion. OCF’s endowment comes from thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations that have created more than 1,600 funds from which grants are distributed to support the critical work that nonprofits are doing in Oregon. Grant and scholarship distributions in 2010 were $60 million. OCF is governed by a volunteer board of directors and relies on more than 1,600 volunteers around the state to provide local perspective on community needs. Information at oregoncf.org.
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