More than 600 volunteers gathered Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum to launch Project Homeless Families Connect.
Said to be the first event of its kind in the nation, the project mobilized community members and organizations specifically to help homeless families with children.
Don't be fooled by the breathtaking sunsets, top-notch boating and bountiful hauls of shellfish — Puget Sound's health is in danger, members of a special task force say.Many people living in the region have a rosy outlook on the sound, despite dire warnings about dwindling aquatic life and increasing urban pollution.
Such pressures have been widely documented, but the group was surprised that two-thirds of people contacted for a survey rated the sound's health as ``good.''
If leaders aren't able to persuade and inspire the public to get involved in improving the sound's health, ``I'm not sure we can win,'' said Brad Ack, director of Gregoire's Puget Sound Action Team.
``There's this disconnect between what the actual state of the sound is and what people's impression is, because it looks beautiful — the water sparkles, the mountains glisten,'' he said.
Jordan Warren takes a turn at chess during a community event hosted by Nike at its Northeast Portland Factory store on Tuesday. Local dignitaries and store officials attended the event, where Nike awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 18 neighborhood nonprofit organizations. The corporation's annual donations to North and Northeast Portland have totaled $1.2 million since the store opened in 1984.
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is giving $100,000 to help expand the summer food program in Washington and Clackamas counties and to increase the number of summer food program sites.
The grant supports a partnership with the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force and Oregon State University Extension Service in Washington County.
The summer food program serves a free lunch to all children under the age of 18 at local parks and community centers.
For many young men who embark on a life of crime, the jailhouse door can be a revolving one. After a brief period of freedom, far too many find themselves back behind bars again — as many as 68 percent of male offenders between the ages of 18 and 25 end up back in prison, said Felica Otis, clinical director of Volunteers of America's Community Partners Reinvestment Project.
County lines may not stop wandering gang members, but they present big barriers to police officers tracking those gang members. Once out of the officers' jurisdiction, gang members are out of reach for arrest.