Share your Stimulus to help out local organizations that serve our neighbors
For some of us, the recent stimulus payments are essential - replacing lost income and helping get by until we beat this pandemic. For others, the need is not as great. We are encouraging people to donate what they can and to donate to local programs that serve the most needy in our East Washington County communities.. Please consider reaching out to these organizations, learning more, and helping as you can. Contact us at EWCDems@gmail.com if you have ideas for other local organizations to add to this list.
Add 1 cent to your donation to let the recipients know that you are a neighbor reaching out to help in these hard times. Instead of donating $10.00, make it $10.01 to say "I am your neighbor."
Packed with Pride (PWP) is a volunteer nonprofit program that has been providing food boxes to our school families in need since mid-March. 25% of our students utilize the schools' free and reduced meals program. When COVID-19 closed the schools, there was an immediate concern for those students, and the many others whose families lost jobs. Since March, PWP has been creating 850 food boxes a week. 25,000 have been distributed to date!
Our families need your help. PWP needs your help to keep going. PWP runs exclusively on donations. PWP partners with food suppliers and the Oregon Food Bank. But many essential foods are in short supply at OFB. Cash donations and grants to PWP are used to buy food to fill in those gaps, and the supplies needed to safely fill and distribute the 850 boxes each week. Please donate today at: https://tinyurl.com/PackedWithPride/. And ask your employer if they match charitable contributions. Questions or grant opportunities can be emailed to: mailto:PackedWithPrideCommunity@gmail.com
Just Compassion - is a coalition of religions, service, civic and business organizations that have joined together to network and share resources. We strive to create a safe and hospitable environment and a community centered response to the needs of those without homes and those living in poverty in East Washington County, Oregon. You can learn more and donate at: http://justcompassionewc.com/donate
Community Partners for Affordable Housing is dedicated to building quality affordable housing opportunities with services and programs in Washington County and SW Portland. We have been part of the local response to this growing need for 27 years. Your contribution to CPAH helps us continue to develop and maintain affordable housing and to be sure that our residents are able to be successful. Nearly 50% of those we house are children, and many of our programs are targeted to ensure their success in school. Other resident programs focus on eviction prevention and housing stabilization for our resident families and our vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities. Doug Plambeck, who served out community for so many years was instrumental in helping braid funding to house many of our neighbors. Donate at: https://cpahoregon.org/donate/
Sherwood Helping Hands- Sherwood Helping hands is a ministry of Sherwood United Methodist Church, reaching out to those who are hungry in body or spirit. With the help of our members and countless volunteers from our community, we are feeding hundreds of hungry families every month. For more information on how you can offer a helping hand or if you are in need call 503-625-7975 or, visit the Helping Hands Facebook page.
Family Promise of Tualatin Valley - Family Promise of Tualatin Valley was formed as a grass roots effort in October, 2016 and opened its doors to serving families experiencing homelessness in March, 2019. As a non-profit organization, our mission is to help families achieve sustainable housing and independence through a community-based response. We accomplish this by providing emergency shelter and wraparound services that include extensive case management, family mentoring, and life skills training such as budgeting. We receive referrals from our support networks in Washington and Clackamas counties.
In March of 2020 when Covid hit we moved our guests out of our rotational host sites and into local motels with kitchenettes so they could shelter in place safely. While the shelter options diminished, our local city and county leaders sought ways to shelter those at highest risk of Covid-19. By expanding the system we already had in place, Family Promise of Tualatin Valley is now providing 15 rooms of shelter to those who need it most. In addition to families, we serve seniors who have need of housing. Our community partners are graciously providing food assistance to all of our guests. You can donate at: https://www.familypromiseoftv.org/donate
Tualatin School House Pantry - The mission of Tualatin Food Pantry is to provide emergency food to qualified households in a welcoming environment. As a part of the Oregon Food Bank, we also share in their mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes because we believe that no one should go hungry. We operate with a volunteer staff that is dedicated to serving others. Several other services are co-located at the same location. Donate at: http://schoolhousepantry.org/index.php/buy-online/cash-donations/
The Good Neighbor Center - is dedicated to providing safe, emergency housing and supportive, empowering services to families with special services to stabilize children in school. Good Neighbor Center is an emergency shelter serving families who are housing insecure. We provide a place to stay and everything they need while in the shelter such as food, clothing, hygiene, linens and more. We work with them to help overcome the barriers that resulted in their current situation while providing resources and services that include resource navigation, worksource assistance, Life Skills, Rent Well, a Housing Stabilization Program and a robust program for the children including childcare/preschool, virtual learning support and summer school.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (St. Anthony's) - Must show proof of residence in zip codes 97223 or 97224. One food box per month. Open six days a week. Web: www.satigard.org/st-vincent-de-paul.
The St. Francis Food Pantry is a shopping style pantry and clothing closet. No appointments are necessary. Open to all clients We receive donations from St. Francis Parish, New Seasons, & community sponsored food drives. They ask we let people know that they can shop the pantry as many times as they need to during the month. We understand that not everyone has adequate food storage capabilities and can't always store food for a month.If you are interested in donating to our pantry or hosting a food drive, contact Bobbi Fallon. https://www.stfrancissherwood.org/social-action-ministries
Willowbrook Food Pantry - For residents of Tigard, Tualatin, and Sherwood. Willowbrook has been serving families in the Sherwood, Tualatin, and Tigard communities since 2002. On average, Willowbrook helps to feed over 100 families each month. More information and https://journeysherwood.org/willowbrook.
Bethlehem House of Bread -Curbside pick-up during pandemic, normally shopping-style food pantry. (across from Metzger Elementary School). (503) 639-3181. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.tigardumc.com/pathways/bethlehem.
Local Businesses - Use a little of your stimulus money to treat yourself while helping out a local business. Order a take out meal from a local restaurant, buy an online stage or musical performance, indulge in a bakery treat. Some ideas are here. And you can find many more by thinking about what you want to do when the pandemic is controlled - where do you want to eat and recreate? What can you do now to make sure that it is still available?