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Community Impact Week 2023

Dates: 10/3/2023 - 10/7/2023

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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 3rd 

9:00am Stewardship Crew at Hoyt Arboretum (age 6+) *Impact Week*  
1:00pm Repair Children's Books with The Children's Book Bank (age 10+) *Impact Week*  FULL
1:00pm Gardening Party at Zenger Farm (age 10+) *Impact Week* 
3:45pm Make Meals from the Heart @ Ronald McDonald House East(age 13+) Tue*Impact Week*

5:30pm Books To Prisoners (age 8+) *Impact Week*

Wednesday, October 4th

9:00am Working Theory Farming Day (age 14+) *Impact Week*
10:00am Fashion Sorting Party with Dress for Success! (age 16+) *Impact Week*​ 
3:45pm Make Meals from the Heart at Ronald McDonald House -East (age 13+) *Impact Week*

Thursday, October 5th

9:00am Toiletry Sorting Hygiene Services for the Homeless(age 8+) *Impact Week*  FULL
9:00am Kindness Farm Fall Farming Day (age 4+) *Impact Week*

9:30am Support the Free Store for Teachers (age 12+) *Impact Week*  FULL
1:00pm Make Bonding with Books kits at Children's Book Bank (age 12+) *Impact Week*

Friday, October 6th

12:00pm  Natural Area Stewardship at Columbia Children's Arboretum (age 6+) *Impact Week*
ARPNI Knock N Talks w/your Neighbors (age 18+) *Impact Week*

Saturday, October 7th

9:00am Rescue Native Plants from Weeds (age 8+) *Impact Week​ 
9:00am Winter Weatherization Kit Building with CEP (age 12+) *Impact Week* FULL
9:00am "Kids! It's All About the Kids!" (age 10+) *Impact Week* 
9:00am Sensory and Rain Garden Development (age 12+) *Impact Week*

10:00am Playground Paint Party (age 16+) *Impact Week*
10:00am Albina Coop Gardening and Farming Day (age 14+) *Impact Week*

Community Supply Drives

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: Assemble 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: 

Please do not include literature, medications like Tylenol or Advil, or liquid hand sanitizer. 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: Care kits can be dropped off Mon-Sat, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m. Please avoid dropping off during meal services when our staff is occupied.

Pull up to the entrance on Glisan, leave your items in the car, knock on the door to get our attention, and a staff member will retrieve your donation. If you’d like a donation receipt, we will provide one. You can also call us at 503-241-4340 or email

Refugee Care Collective

Refugee Care Collective serves and empowers diverse populations of refugees as they rebuild their lives in Oregon. Our Immediate Assistance Programs provide critical assistance as resettled families initially arrive, and our Mentorship Programs come alongside families long-term as they then work toward self-sufficiency. As families arrive in Oregon after fleeing war, violence, and persecution and then face the immeasurable challenges of rebuilding, they are surrounded by wraparound support and a community who cares.

Supply Drive Name: Refugee Restart Kit

Supplies Needed: Refugees arrive to Oregon with few possessions, and have to quickly build their lives again. Restart kits are plastic tubs filled with essential household items, and a complete set is formed by eight unique restart kits – one for each area of the home. 

• View the Restart Kits List or School Supplies List and choose the one you want to build.
• Gather new items and place them in a plastic tub or box that can close. Please do not tape the container.
• Consider including a handwritten and unsealed welcome note with your kit, after reading our Welcome Note Guidelines.
• Label the top of the container with the restart kit name.

Who Benefits: The kits are received by newly arriving families and individuals, meeting a tangible need and communicating a message of welcome better than anything else initially can. It’s a first step in saying, “You are not alone. We are for you. You are welcome here.”

Drop off contact and support:  Drop off at the next Collection Day! Fill out the RSVP Form with what restart kit(s) you’re bringing. These events are hosted at our Tigard Warehouse: 10160 SW Nimbus Ave, Suite F-3, Portland, OR 97223. 

• Saturday, October 21st from 10am-1pm

We ask that you drop your donation off at the back of the building (warehouse door: F3b). You’ll find us at the welcome mat!

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