Union Gospel Mission is looking for churches and businesses bold enough to declare "Undie" days and collect new underwear and socks for people who are homeless or in need.
Union Gospel Mission is asking that churches declare Sunday, Sept. 21 as "Undie Sunday" and collect new socks and underwear for men, women and children in need.
Businesses are asked to declare Monday, Sept. 22 "Undie Monday" and ask employees to collect new socks and underwear.
The underwear drive is part of Union Gospel Mission's annual "Operation Overcoat" clothing give away event. Operation Overcoat takes place Saturday, Sept. 27 where thousands of articles of clothing are distributed to people in need.
To participate in Undie days contact Stacy Kean at 503-274-4483 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Albina Community Bank, Pie Footwear of Northeast Alberta Street, and Teva are teaming up to benefit Soles4Souls, Inc. at the Alberta Street Fair on Saturday, Sept. 13.
Soles4Souls is an international nonprofit group that distributes shoes to the needy worldwide.
It's estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets. Shoes in all conditions can be donated. Worn-out shoes will be recycled through Nike's Re-Use-A Shoe program, and all other shoe donations will benefit the Portland chapter of Soles4SoulsTM, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that has distributed more than 3.3 million pairs of shoes worldwide.
Individuals and businesses can donate shoes at Pie Footwear, located at 2916 NE Alberta St. or any of Albina Community Bank's five local branches through Friday, September 19, 2008. Teva Footwear will donate $1 per shoe collected to the Waterkeepers Alliance.
Pie Footwear is located at 2916 NE Alberta St.
For more information about Albina Community Bank, please call 503-287-7537 or visit www.albinabank.com.
Nike Grants Awarded
This month Nike awards $100,000 to 20 North Portland non-profit organizations during celebrations at the Back Your Block event at the Nike Factory Store, 2650 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Each year, the Portland Factory Store Grant Program honors non-profit, community-based organizations that serve North and Northeast Portland with programs that focus on youth sports and recreational/physical activities, education and mentoring opportunities, and economic development opportunities focusing on minorities, women and youth.
Grant recipients this year include: Albina Head Start Inc, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest, Chess for Success, Community Cycling Center, Community Transitional School, Easter Seals Oregon, Ethos Music Center, Friends of the Children, Humboldt School, Incight, Junior Achievement, Columbia Empire, Inc., Lao American Foundation Inc., Q Community Center Native American Youth and Family Center, New Avenues for Youth, Portland Taiko, Portland Youth Builders, Portland Youth Golf Association, Self Enhancement, Inc., and The Oregon Zoo Foundation.
Parents Hold Voter Registration Drive
Head Start parents are taking advantage of a new federal law that allows voter registration to take place at Head Start sites, allowing more individuals the opportunity to register.
With the assistance of the Portland League of Women Voters, parents have arranged for locations and times for voter registration.
The registration time for all locations is 3:30-5:30 p.m. The dates and locations are:
Monday, Sept. 29, 6841 N Interstate Ave., and 3674 SE Gladstone Street; Tuesday, Sept. 30, 606 NE Ivy St., and 4514 SE Flavel St.; Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4219 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., and 7600 NE Glisan St.; Thursday, Oct. 2, 6930 N Kerby Ave., and 909 NE 52nd Ave.; Friday, Oct. 3, 911 N Skidmore St., and 9009 N Foss St.