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Community Impact Week 2022

Dates: 10/4/2022 - 10/8/2022

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Community Impact Week, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, powered by Hands On Greater Portland

Community Impact Week will feature volunteer opportunities throughout Clark, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties! This event will highlight our Community Impact work of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, which includes volunteer opportunities supporting early education, disaster & crisis resiliency, stable housing, and racial justice initiatives, among many other ways you can support needs in our community. Join us on one day or many days! Revisit volunteer projects you missed or connect with something new! Community Impact Week is a great way to re-engage in volunteerism, support our community partners, and have a lot of fun along the way. 

Want to find some other ways to help or can't attend one of the volunteer projects? Host a community supply drive! Scroll to the bottom to learn how you can host a supply drive for community partners with important needs. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting Community Impact Week!




Tuesday, October 4th 

9:00am Care for the Trees at Hoyt Arboretum (age 6+)*Impact Week*
Project Day at the Beaverton ReStore (age 14+)*Impact Week* FULL
9:00am Kids! Northwest Children's Outreach's Sorting Party! (age 10+) *Impact Week*

10:00am Thrifting at the Gresham ReStore ( age 14+)*Impact Week*
12:00pm Thrifting at the Portland ReStore (age 14+)*Impact Week*
1:00pm New Beginnings Market Organizing Assistance (age 16+)*Impact Week* FULL
5:00pm Books to Prisoners (age 8+) *Impact Week*

Wednesday, October 5th

9:00am Prepare School Supplies for Low-Income Students (age 12+)*Impact Week* 
9:00am Working Theory Farming Day (age 14+)*Impact Week*
10:00am Kit Building with Community Energy Project (age 16+)*Impact Week*
3:45pm Make Meals from the Heart at Ronald McDonald House - East (age 13+) *Impact Week*


Thursday, October 6th

9:00am Kids! Northwest Children's Outreach's Sorting Party! (age 10+) *Impact Week*
10:00am Fashion Sorting Party (age 15+)*Impact Week*
12:00pm Repair Children's Books for Local Students (age 10+) *Impact Week* FULL
1:00pm Gardening & Apothecary Party at Zenger Farm (age 10+)*Impact Week*
2:30pm Growing Gardens with Growing Kids (age 12+)*Impact Week*

Friday, October 7th

9:00am Hug A Park at Brown's Ferry Park (age 5+)*Impact Week*
9:00am Albina Coop Gardening and Farming Day (age 12+)*Impact Week*
9:00am KairosPDX School Beautification (age 18+)*Impact Week*
9:30am Tryon Creek Steward Day (age 13+)*Impact Week*

Saturday, October 8th

8:45am Plant trees at a Wildlife Refuge with Friends of Trees! (age 6+)*Impact Week*
9:00am "Second Saturday" Work Party in the Sensory Garden (age 6+) *Impact Week*
9:00am Day Of Service at The Rebuilding Center! (age 18+)*Impact Week*
9:00am Friends of Mt Tabor Park Stewardship Event (age 6+)*Impact Week*​
9:00am Enhance Trails at Powell Butte Nature Park (age 14+)*Impact Week*
9:00am Blanket Making Day for Kids (ages 4+) *Impact Week*

4:15pm Serve a Meal at Blanchet House (age 14+) *Impact Week*

Community Supply Drives

Brown Hope

Brown Hope is planting and nurturing seeds for racial justice and healing. We serve and mobilize communities in order to heal our collective soil from the poisons of our past and present, so our future roots can thrive. We provide access, services, and programming for Multnomah County residents.

Supply Drive Name: So Fresh x So Clean

Supplies Needed:

  • Laundry Detergent (avoid powdered detergents, please)
  • Body Wash (children/women’s/men’s)
  • Tooth Paste 
  • Tooth Brushes (individually packaged)
  • Deodorant (men’s/women’s)
  • Sanitary products: super/regular tampons & maxipads
  • Lotion (children/adults)
  • Body wipes
  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Underwear (all sizes)

Who benefits: All community members of Multnomah county that visit the Brown Hope Freestore to receive free supplies and resources.

Drop off contact and support: Krystle May Statler -(email) krystle@brownhope.org (phone) 661 972 1802 

Drop off location: 519 NE Hancock St. Suite A Portland, OR 97212. Drop off on Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm

Community Action

Since 1965, Community Action has fostered the vision of a thriving local community where all residents are empowered to live with dignity, security, and resilience. Leading with this vision, our programs invest directly into the community by connecting people to the opportunities and essential services they need to overcome conditions of poverty. We serve over 30,000 Washington County residents each year with programs that are focused in four core areas: 
  • Emergency Assistance: helping struggling families pay their rent, avoid evictions, keep the lights and heat on, and prevent them from becoming homeless.
  • Housing Stability: helping clients find and maintain stable housing with renter support strategies, providing emergency shelter, and preserving affordable housing stock through energy conservation improvements.
  • Early Childhood Development: providing Head Start programs to ensure children (infant – 5 years) have safe, stable, nurturing environments that foster healthy development and prepare them for kindergarten and supporting the quality of community-based childcare.
  • Family Development: helping families increase their assets and reach their goals through education, coaching, and advocacy.

Supply Drive Name: Bilingual Book Drive for Head Start

Supplies Needed:
Donate NEW books to kids living in poverty that Community Action and Head Start serves. We need new books for kids aged birth to five years that meet the guidelines below, and given the diversity of our students, we are seeking bilingual books and books in Spanish as well as books in Arabic, and Somali, Kurdish, Pashto, and Farsi.

Book Guidelines, Children aged birth – 3 years
  • Board Books 
  • Cloth Books
  • Wordless books
  • Texture Books
  • Farm Books
  • First Words books 
Book Guidelines, Children aged 3 – 5 years 
  • Books with pictures that help tell the story
  • Stories that can be read in 5 – 10 minutes 
Please NO USED BOOKS or books that have a media focus such as Disney or other movie/television theme. Please avoid books with holidays or religious themes.

Who benefits: Children living in poverty often enter kindergarten lacking the foundational skills needed for learning to read. Early reading experiences in the home are essential to developing these important skills.

Drop off contact and support: Kristy Reddick, Corporate & Community Partnerships Manager with Community Action - (email) kreddick@caowash.org (phone) 503-431-9306

Additional needs: Community Action has additional supply needs, including nonperishable food, basic household items for families, diapers, hygiene kits and more. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Kristy Reddick, Corporate & Community Partnerships Manager with Community Action at kreddick@caowash.org or 503-431-9306.

NAMI Clackamas

NAMI CLACKAMAS is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone impacted by mental health issues through support, education, and advocacy. ​Our vision is one of hope, health, acceptance, and community for everyone impacted by mental illness.

Supply Drive Name: Keep Art Alive

Supplies Needed:
*New unused supplies only* 
Our art supplies wish list includes Fifteen (15) of each of the following items:

  • Sets of 24 watercolor pencils 
  • Sets of 42 gel pens including metallics
  • Sets of 48 watercolor pans
  • Small spray bottles 
  • Basic drawing pencil sets
  • White erasers
  • Bottles of masking fluid
  • Sets of 12 colors acrylic paints
  • Sets of 64 crayons 
  • Sets of waterproof micro-line black pens 
  • 9”x12” watercolor pads
  • 6”x9” watercolor pads
  • 8”x10” mixed media sketchbooks 
  • 8”x10” acrylic painting pads
  • Sets of 24 colored pencils
  • Sets of 24 double ended markers

In Addition:

  • 30 adult coloring books 
  • 15 boxes of crayons

​Who benefits: NAMI Clackamas’ Open Minds Art Studio and Creative Connections are weekly art groups for adults affected by mental health issues. The groups are open to anyone 18 and older that suffers from mental health conditions, or has family members or loved ones that suffer from mental health conditions, and provides them an opportunity to socialize and create art together in a casual, relaxed environment. 

Most of our participants are adults who cannot afford to pay for art supplies, art classes, or admissions-based art opportunities, so being able to provide the art supplies that most don't have and cannot afford will allow us to continue coming together, creating art, and supporting each other’s mental health recovery journeys.

Drop off contacts and support: Sheri Mascorro (email) Volunteercoor@namicc.org, (phone) 503-272-1255 and Gary Marschke (email) gary@namicc.org, (phone) 503-344-5050
Supplies should be dropped off at the NAMI Clackamas office at 10202 SE 32nd Ave., Bldg. 500 Suite 501, Milwaukie, OR 97222. Call Sheri or Gary to coordinate drop off days/times.

Blanchet House

The misson of Blanchet House is to offer food, shelter, and aid to all those in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored. Assist the transformation of each life we touch with compassion and dignity.

Supply Drive Name: Make Care Kits for Blanchet House

Supplies Needed: Care kits include basic items that many Blanchet House guests need everyday. When you give care kits, you are showing kindness and compassion for a fellow human being going through difficult times and enduring cruel living conditions. Commonly, they include a small article of clothing, some hygiene supplies, and a snack, packed in a sealed bag. For ideas and directions on how to make a care kit, please see our website: https://blanchethouse.org/care-kits/ 
We ask that you avoid adding these items to your care kits: medication, pills, liquid hand sanitizer, or mouth wash. Do not pack care kits in paper bags. We ask that you only include new items in care kits.

Who benefits: Blanchet House distributes care kits to guests that join us for our meal services. Blanchet House serves 1800 meals per week and can hand out over 200 care kits during a meal service.

Drop off contact and support: Call to schedule a drop off time with Jon Seibert, jseibert@blanchethouse.org 971-930-4320. Drop off care kits off at Blanchet House located at 310 NW Glisan, Portland.