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Burnside Coat Giveaway

PHOTO: Greater Solid Rock Church of God in Christ Outreach Ministries (Kingdom Builders), 1705 NE Dekum St., is holding its annual Winter Drive, collecting blankets, coats, and socks, hats and gloves are also accepted. 

The Kingdom Builders will collect donations until Saturday, Dec. 13. Then, the Day of Giving will be on Saturday, Dec. 20 in downtown Portland, at 4th Burnside from 10-12 p.m. They need volunteers for that day and others as well.

Last year’s drive helped 250 people, this year their goal is 400 people. All items are for women, men, and children. They’re seeking new socks, hats and gloves. The blankets and coats can be used but please make sure they are clean before you donate.

The Kingdom Builders have been helping underprivileged Portlanders for 11 years, feeding and clothing homeless and people who are in need every third Saturday of the month from 10-12 p.m. in downtown Portland at 4th and Burnside.

Now the Lord has blessed and elevated the Kingdom’s Builders team to minster to a group of women who are in drug and alcohol recovery a 12-step program through the Portland Rescue Mission- Shepherd’s Door.

Drop off donations at the church Sundays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and Tuesday nights, 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information contact Shannon Olive at 503-875-1725


Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Health Fair

Join the sorors of Portland Alumnae Chapter are bringing together a community of professionals to share valuable information about creating and maintaining a holistically healthy lifestyle.  There will be speakers, screening services, food vendors and some movement activities.  Come learn how to be a better you, while we work together to be a better us!

The event is Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-  2 p.m., at the June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 N. Albina St. Portland. Cost: 2-3 canned food donations.

Find more information at http://www.portlanddeltas.org, and follow the links to “events.”


Portland Parks 11th Annual Turkey Swim

Portland Parks & Recreation is gearing up for the 11th Annual Turkey Swim. Now through Nov. 21, Portland Parks & Recreation pools will be hosting six drawings for a free frozen turkey.

The entries will be handed out with paid admission for all drop-in aquatic activities (Lap Swim, Water Fitness and Play Swims) at Portland Parks & Recreation pools. Each of the six pools will draw a name and six lucky winners will have a turkey on us. Lucky winners will be notified on Friday, Nov. 21 (need not be present to win).

Enter at:

  • Buckman Pool, 503-823-3668, 320 SE 16th
  • Columbia Pool, 503-823-3669, 7701 N Chautauqua Blvd
  • Dishman Pool, 503-823-3673, 77 NE Knott
  • East Portland Pool, 503-823-3450, 740 SE 106th
  • Mt. Scott Pool, 503-823-3183, 5530 SE 72nd
  • Southwest Pool, 503-823-2840, 6820 SW 45th Ave


Black Women for Peace Special Gala

“Honoring Our Supporters” is a special awards event by Black Women for Peace, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Ambridge Center – Sellwood Room, 1333 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

With special music featuring Eldon T. Jones, the evening features spoken word artists Bronson Enos, Micah Fletcher and Jessie Jones. 

Championing youth as catalysts for peace in their communities, the group is bestowing a full slate of community service awards, including the Peace in Action Award, which this year goes to the 11:45 Initiative and to the Multnomah Youth Commission, Rob Ingram, Youth Summit against Violence.

RSVP by Friday, Nov. 14 to BWFP.PDX@gmail.com.


Free American Diabetes Association Expo & Walk

On Saturday, Nov. 22, the American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This free event is for people of all ages and includes healthy and fun activities for the whole family. The EXPO also provides the community with a unique opportunity to get free health screenings and flu shots, participate in healthy cooking and exercising demonstrations, talk to exhibitors and listen to leading experts about diabetes prevention and management.

Prior to the start of EXPO, the American Diabetes Association will hold its annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes fundraising event at the Oregon Convention Center. The public is invited to join and walk to Stop Diabetes inside the warm exhibit hall from 9:00 - 10:00am and then attend EXPO. To learn more and register to walk, visit www.diabetes.org/portlandstepout.


University Students Offer Technology Tips to Seniors

Students at the University of Portland are teaming up with the Hollywood Senior Center in Northeast Portland to help seniors better use today’s technology.

People age 55 and older are invited to attend the free technology clinic Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40 Avenue, Portland.

Attendees can bring their cell phones, laptops or tablets and work one-on-one with a student to get questions answered. Students can also help answer questions about software or programs used at home.

The event is free and open to seniors in North and Northeast Portland. Please call 503-288-8303 to register, however.


Portland Police Seek Public Input on Directives

The Portland Police Bureau is in the process of reviewing its directives. At the beginning of every month, the Bureau posts directives asking for public review.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following directives:

  • 060.50, Tips and Techniques and Safety Bulletins
  • 210.05, Field Training Program
  • 210.21, Leaves of Service
  • 412.00, Employee Retraining Program
  • 690.00, Training - Precinct/Division

Community members are encouraged to read the directives and provide drafting comments at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new directives are posted.

These directives will remain posted and comments collected for thirty days, from Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 through Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.


GirlStrength and BoyStrength Volunteers Needed

Portland Police Bureau is looking for men and women to volunteer with the WomanStrength , GirlStrength and BoyStrength self defense and violence prevention programs.

WomenStrength and GirlStrength have a 35 year history of success and trained over 110,000 community members in the Portland area. BoyStrength is an exciting new program for boys ages 10-14 that provide boys with options, strategies and skills to make healthy choices and be leaders in non-violence.

Volunteer instructors are trained by professionals in the field of violence prevention. No experience necessary. Men and women from all backgrounds, abilities and ages (over 18) are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: Feb. 5, 2015. Strength Instructor Training Starts: Feb. 21, 2015

Volunteer Information and Application: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/BoyStrength

For more information call 503-823-0239.


Free Screening of Documentary on Stigma of Addiction

A special screening and public discussion of the groundbreaking film "The Anonymous People" will take place on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Greater Portland Bible Church (2374 SW Vermont St. in Portland). The event will be preceded by a social hour at 6 p.m.

Hosted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Center for Public Advocacy and Hazelden in Springbrook's Alumni Chapter, this moving documentary tells the story of the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

It features the diverse faces and voices of recovering people who are fighting against the stigma of addiction that has kept them silent and hidden for decades.

Following the screening, a discussion with the audience will be moderated by William Moyers, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations. It will also feature panelists Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life; Dr. Andy Mendenhall, Medical Director at Hazelden in Beaverton; James O'Rourke, Attorney at Law; Dr. Jeffery Young, psychologist at Hazelden in Springbrook; and Patty Katz, cofounder of Hands Across the Bridge.

Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by visiting www.hazelden.org. The film trailer may also be viewed at the same page.


Celebration for North Portland Tool Library 10th Anniversary

The celebration and fundraiser for the North Portland Tool Library is Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the PAUSE kitchen and bar, 5101 N Interstate.
Featuring delicious food from PAUSE and RAFFLE drawings for items and gift cards from local businesses.

WHAT: 10th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – a fundraiser for the North Portland Tool Library

WHERE: PAUSE Kitchen & Bar – 5101 N Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR

PRICE: PAUSE is generously donating 25% of all food and beverage sales from 5-10pm to the North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) – so please eat and drink up! Additional donations to NPTL are gratefully welcomed.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, 5pm – 10pm

More Info: For details email: info@NorthPortlandToolLibrary.org or call: (503) 823-0209

The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource that loans a wide variety of tools to North Portland residents free of charge!

“Power Tools to the People”


Groundwork Portland Annual Fundraiser and Network Social

Groundwork Portland is excited to celebrate this year's accomplishments and growth with you at our Annual Fundraiser and Network Social:

Tuesday, December 9, 6:00-9:00pm at El Centro Milagro-425 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214.

This will be an exciting event featuring inspiring stories from environmental justice changemakers of all ages. Enjoy delicious food, drinks, silent auction and the opportunity to meet Groundwork Portland representatives, partners and allies. We look forward to seeing old and new friends at this event to continue our work with Portland area communities. Here are the details again:

What: Groundwork Portland 5th Annual Fundraiser & Network Social

Time: Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: 425 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Thank you for your support to Groundwork Portland. Achieving environmental and social justice for all is one of the pressing issues of our time.


Volunteer Tax Preparers Needed for Free Tax Assistance Program

NOTE: Potential Volunteers can ONLY sign up through the website www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Clackamas, Oregon - AARP Foundation will be providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. But first, the program is in need of volunteers to help prepare tax forms.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide thrives due to the remarkable efforts of its volunteer base. With nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers helped and growing, there are always opportunities for new volunteers. Lack of experience shouldn't stop anyone from volunteering. Tax volunteers must complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership on-site greeters, and those who can provide language assistance in Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese.

Last year, 1,197 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in Oregon helped more than 80,795 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 134 sites in Oregon including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

For volunteer information and an online application, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown tremendously since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. Nationwide, in 2014, 35,000 compassionate volunteers at over 5,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $257 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service or to volunteer.

About AARP Foundation:

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.


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