Portland, OR. Every summer, Schoolhouse Supplies gathers supplies for low-income students. Local teachers visit the nonprofit’s “Free Store” then distribute the supplies. The 2019 KGW School Supply Drive begins July 30th and will benefit over 60,000 local children. Before school starts, volunteers load the supplies into new backpacks.
By the Numbers: Businesses that hosted supply drives: 97 Official collection sites: 168
By the Numbers:Financial donors: 1000+ Volunteer Hours: 496 Value of donated school supplies: $352,378
From Schoolhouse Supplies:
Schoolhouse Supplies reminds supporters that there are other ways to donate. Here are some programs that will let you support Schoolhouse Supplies while doing your everyday shopping:
The Community Rewards program lets you link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Schoolhouse Supplies. Visit Community Rewards and click on the purple Link Your Rewards Card Now button. Once you are signed in, you will be prompted to search for an organization (our organization ID is #87712). Click the button next to Schoolhouse Supplies, then click Save, and your enrollment is complete! When you swipe your Rewards Card before you make a purchase, we will earn a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer. Be sure to re-link Schoolhouse Supplies to your card if you have not done so since 6/1/16. Questions? Click Frequently Asked Questions on the Community Rewards page.Sign in to AmazonSmile with your existing Amazon.com account and you can support us every time you shop, at no cost to you. Use Schoolhouse Supplies’ unique link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-4223437 to skip the process to search for a charity to support among over 1 million eligible charities. Instead, you’re taken to smile.amazon.com and are automatically asked if you want to support Schoolhouse Supplies Inc.Questions? See the AmazonSmile FAQ for more details.
From Schoolhouse Supplies:
Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.
Our mission — to serve classrooms in need by operating a volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community — is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality education.
We operate Oregon’s first and only volunteer-run Free Store to provide teachers with the classroom supplies needed to encourage the learning process for all students. More info at https://www.schoolhousesupplies.org/
Portland, September 10th, 2015. If you couldn’t join the thousands who flocked to Pioneer Courthouse Square for The Standard’s Annual Volunteer Expo, you’re in luck. We’ve got all the information and website links to explore over 125 local nonprofits that could use your time.
A full list of links of nonprofits is at the bottom of our story.
R. Richard Crockett, (left) is the Program Operations Director & Volunteer Coordinator at Chess for Success.
Classroom Law Project is a non-profit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers, and civic leaders building strong communities by teaching students to become active citizens.
The Standard’s Volunteer Expo has repeat participants year after year, here’s a look at some nonprofits which continue to recruit volunteers:
Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Andy Meeks from Friends of Trees
talks with Casey Rhodes and Clark Hays.
Jenny Chu from Literary Arts
New Avenues For Youth volunteers are a hit every year because they dish out the free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream!
Rachel Randles from Oregon Historical Society
The Volunteers of America recruited some new volunteers!
Special Olympics Oregon has room for coaches and event volunteers.
Newspace Center for Photography promoted its multidimensional photography resource center and community hub for students, working artists, professional photographers, educators, and photo-enthusiasts of all types.
Latino Network’s Edgar Ortega
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area had a colorful display.
The Work for Art’s Community Fund and Arts Education Fund support more than 80 arts and culture organizations every year—encompassing dance, visual arts, music, literary arts, media arts, theater, cultural arts, and arts education.
IMPACT NW drew prospective volunteers who learned that each year over 60,000 low-income children, youth, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities participate in Impact NW’s comprehensive anti-poverty programs.
The YMCA was handing out information about programs.
People who stopped by The Q Center booth were met with a friendly smile.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter staffers promoted their many volunteer options.
Reps from the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon explained their work on behalf of local cats and kittens.
American Red Cross volunteer recruiters had the trademark red vests!
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Oreogn Foundation® is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Northwest Pilot Project began in 1969 as an all volunteer agency to provide basic supports for seniors at risk of losing their ability to live independently.
Miracle Theatre Group is The Northwest’s premiere Latino arts and culture organization.
Camp Fire offers opportunities for volunteers who like to work with kids.
Bridge Meadows is a multi-generation housing community serving Oregon’s vulnerable populations; foster youth, adoptive parents and elders (55+).
Here’s a list of links to charities at the The Standard’s Volunteer Expo. Please consider donating your time, and tell them PortlandSocietyPage.com sent you!
Portland, December 7th. More than 800 supporters crowded the Left Bank Annex for Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball. The grass-root charity created by young women in Portland selects a nonprofit each year and “I Have a Dream” Oregon was the fortunate recipient for 2012. Levé board, committee and advisory members posed for a photo before the ball. The group is close to reaching its $50,000 fundraising goal. The Levé’s auction alone raised a ground-breaking $12,000 with items like a tasting wine excursion and a wedding package.
Nonprofits Levé has supported in the past include: p:ear, Mercy Corps, YWCA Yolanda House, Friends of the Children—Portland, Schoolhouse Supplies, Growing Gardens, Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) and Loaves & Fishes Centers.
Advisory board members Hilary Colton and Lisa Wynn
Dave Murphy and past board member Vanessa Authier
Board member Courtney Francis Campbell and committee member Ali Murphy check in guests at Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball.
Ashley Thomas-Pate, Tyler Colville, Gretchen Bennett & Craig Francis
Denis O’Neill, Karen Sheppard, Bobbi O’Neill, Event Chair Maddie Andrews and Ian Smethurst
Board member Kiernan Doherty, Erin Russo Thompson and Dave Thompson
A group of girlfriends founded Levé out of a desire to actively make a difference in our local community. Portland has been our home for the majority of our lives, providing us with a deep connection and passion for keeping the Pacific Northwest’s most vital resources and programming vibrant and successful. For this reason, and the desire to bring together family, friends and the community for a celebration in support of a local nonprofit, Levé hosted its first Charity Ball in 2004.
After our first event, it became quickly apparent that we are in a unique position to catalyze support from a wider network. We feel fortunate to have enjoyed a supportive community in Portland and the consistent encouragement of family and friends in all of our endeavors. For that reason, we share the sentiment that it is our responsibility to give back to the community that has provided us with so much. As young girls, we watched our parents engage with and support the services of local nonprofits. Our action is modeled on their example.
Levé is a completely volunteer-run organization. Our board is made up of young, professional women who are sharing our time, resources and expertise with causes we value. We believe the work we do for Levé is not only making us better individuals and members of our community, but also better employees and students—mastering skills, building leadership and inspiring creativity.
We deliver a proven combination of core services to students: long-term relationships with caring adults, academic and personal/social support services, and creating a “culture of college” within schools and the students’ families.
Since 1990, ten entire 3rd grade classes have been “adopted” with supportive services to help student
dreamers succeed through college. Our organization has been able to more than double graduation rates for these students and impact the community through reduced discipline problems and juvenile delinquency. Nearly 900 students have benefited from “I Have a Dream” Foundation programs in Oregon through this model.
In 2010, we established the first “Dreamer School” in the nation. This bold new initiative will expand the impact from 300 to 3,000 kids per year, all within this decade. Our first Dreamer School, Alder Elementary, is one of the most poverty-stricken schools in the state and serves as a beacon of light for the community with its programs and services. “I Have a Dream” is partnering with over a dozen other non-profit organizations to transform the lives of every student in this school. Within the next several years, additional Dreamer Schools will be added throughout Oregon.
Portland, October 8th. The Timbers’ “Stand Together Week ” is drawing more people into nonprofit work. Organized with the help of Hands On Greater Portland and supported by adidas, Alaska Airlines, Fred Meyer, JELD-WEN Windows and Doors, and KPTV, Stand Together Week includes 40 projects across the Portland metro area benefiting more than 30 nonprofit organizations focused on youth and the environment.
The projects and volunteer opportunities affiliated with Stand Together Week range from leading youth activities to outdoor/garden maintenance and construction projects. In total, Stand Together Week will bring together nearly 1,000 volunteers, including Timbers players and staff, supporters and members of the community. Volunteer opportunities are offered through Sunday, October 14th. Click here for a link to the Hands on Greater Portland sign up page!
Timber Joey volunteer with Fred Meyer at Portland YouthBuilders for Stand Together Week (L.M. Parr/Portland Timbers)
Community Cycling Center volunteers.
1,000 volunteers will be involved over the course of the week.
Timber Joey volunteers with fans at Ockley Green K-8 School for Growing Gardens as part of Stand Together Week. (Matthew Ellis for Portland Timbers)
Portland Timbers forward Kris Boyd (9) volunteers with fans at Ockley Green K-8 School for Growing Gardens as part of Stand Together Week on October 8, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. (Matthew Ellis for Portland Timbers)
Bright Dike and Timbers Joey with volunteers that helped prepare reclaimed lumber at the ReBuilding Center in North Portland during Stand Together Week . (Justin Silvey/Portland Timbers)
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced that during the first six months of 2012, it awarded $274,200 in grants to Portland-area nonprofits. The grants focus significantly on neighborhood revitalization, with $158,000 going to local community development nonprofits focused on building and rehabilitating affordable housing facilities, foreclosure prevention services and homeowner counseling, and providing other services intended to help families with homeownership.
“Challenges in the housing sector such as lack of affordable homes can hinder economic recovery and vitality, so I’m pleased to see Bank of America’s leadership in focusing their philanthropic resources on building stronger neighborhoods,” said Steve Messinetti, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. “The $75,000 grant we just received will provide enough funding to build an entire new house for a waiting family-in-need. And beyond the dollars, Bank of America’s employees will be helping build the home, too, with volunteering being a part of the partnership.”
The majority of funds are part of a recently announced $22 million in housing-related grants that will impact more than 650 nonprofit organizations serving low- and moderate-income communities in 34 states. Locally, Bank of America provided grants to 20 nonprofits in the Portland area, including: Innovative Changes: to provide operating support to reach 1,200 low-income individuals with financial education, credit building, coaching, asset building and small dollar loans in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties.
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East: to sponsor one new house-build in Oregon’s largest Habitat development in the Centennial Neighborhood. Portland Housing Center: to invest in the HomeOwner Basics program and provide 1,300 individuals with homeownership counsel. Habitat for Humanity Willamette West: in support of a home in the new Hillsboro development of nine houses for local low-income, hardworking families.
The other grant recipients include Albertina Kerr Center Foundation, Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions, Friends of Tryon Creek Park, Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington, Japanese Garden Society of Oregon, Northwest Business Committee for the Arts, Oregon Children’s Theatre Company, Oregon Food Bank Inc., Oregon Opportunity Network, Portland Business Alliance Charitable, Portland Opera Association, Reach Community Development, Rebuilding Together Portland, Schoolhouse Supplies, Wy’East Economic Development Institute and Young Entrepreneurs Business Week.
“Bank of America is committed to strengthening Oregon’s communities by supporting local nonprofits that are effectively addressing critical community needs, and that are having the greatest impact in their reach and outcomes,” said Monique Barton, senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Bank of America in Oregon and Southwest Washington. “This latest philanthropic investment we’ve made will impact more than 3,000 individuals and families in the Portland metro area alone, and that’s something our local employees are proud to be a part of.” Supporting housing nonprofits is one component of the company’s three-pronged philanthropic focus on housing, jobs and hunger — three areas that are vital to stimulating the national economic recovery. Bank of America recently issued a request for proposals for nonprofits providing education, job training and workforce programs, and will issue a similar request related to critical needs and hunger later this fall. The company continues to focus on low- and moderate-income communities that have been hardest hit in the economic downturn. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/foundation. Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility Bank of America corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at http://www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community. For more Bank of America news, visit the Bank of America newsroom. www.bankofamerica.com
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