PORTLAND, Ore. — Local organizations and volunteers plan to help clean up Portland this Monday, Jan. 18, as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
SOLVE, the Portland Business Alliance, and the Portland Lodging Alliance will all be out cleaning different areas of the city. Volunteers can meet at four locations: the Benson Hotel, Providence Park, Northwest Academy, and Urbanite. Check-in goes from 8:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
Volunteers will be provided with cleaning supplies, as well as safety information, before fanning out to clean along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and other areas of the city.
All spots are filled up right now, but you can still put your name on the waiting list.
The Sunshine Division is partnering with Kaiser Permanente to provide 90,000 meals in honor of Martin Luther King Day. While the group has suspended all volunteer work due to the coronavirus pandemic, they do have more information on volunteering as opportunities arise on their website.
Boxes will be handed out between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday. To receive a box, you can visit one of the Sunshine Division’s food pantries:
Non-profits have a special place in my heart. I’ve been affiliated with a number of them for over 10 years. I would like to honor one in particular today though. I started off interning with SMART Reading (formerly Start Making a Reader Today) in college and continued the relationship long after I graduated. I am currently a contractor for them, helping with their marketing materials. I truly believe in SMART Reading’s vision, to help children with their reading skills, therefore helping them in other aspects of their lives. The excerpt below is taken from SMARTReading.org.
One child at a time. One volunteer at a time. One book at a time.
At SMART Reading, we hold to one simple truth: Reading matters. It’s an early gateway skill that paves the pathway for future success. Without it, kids are simply less likely to graduate high school, find employment, or successfully avoid other hardships like poverty, homelessness, hunger, and injustice.
Since 1992, SMART Reading has been pairing adult volunteers with children to provide reading support and books to keep. SMART Reading volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-guided environment.
An Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading.
To spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book.
If you can volunteer your time or are in the position to donate, please do. Follow this link to do so: SMART Reading.