PC! PAST PROJECTS
Collections for Causes
Groceries (2016), household items & toiletries for low-income residents of Stephens Creek Crossing & Raphael House (2017)
Items for Welcome
Boxes for foster children /
Embrace Oregon ('17,
Costumes & dress-up props for hospitalized kids / Chelsea Hicks Foundation ('17, '18. '19)
Zip-Up onesie PJs & slippers/socks for hospitalized tw/eens / Chelsea Hicks ('20)
Pots, pans, & other household items for refugees & low-income families served by Community ('21)
Winter essentials for our unhoused neighbors living in Downtown Portland / St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church's Hospitality Program ('21)
Cooking meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House-East ('17, '18)
Cooking and serving dinners at the Portland Homeless Family Solutions ('17. '18)
Delivering donated food from Safeway to Urban Gleaners and Blanchet House for distribution to the hungry and unhoused ('17, '18, '19, '20, '21)
Creating & delivering THANK YOUs! to Emergency Workers on Christmas Day ('17, '18, '19, '20)
Art and Creativity
Sewing weighted lap pads and neck wraps as therapeutic "hugs" for the Giving Connection to distribute to survivors of youth sex trafficking ('17, '18, '19)
Decorating placemats for seniors served by Meals on Wheels People; Creating Valentine cards for Meals on Wheels People, nursing home residents, and pediatric patients through Chelsea Hicks Foundation; and Making Thanksgiving cards to accompany Jewish Family & Child Service gift cards ('17-current)
Crocheting "plarn" (plastic yarn) sleeping mats for our houseless neighbors (donating mats to St Andre Bessette Church in Old Town, Portland, for distribution) ('19, '20)
Emergency Kindness Events/Collections
Collected essential supplies for communities impacted by the devastating Pandemic and Oregon Wildfires in 9/20 as well as 7/21
. . . including Yamhill Co., through Community Wellness Collective ('20)
Sewed, knit, and crocheted "Joey Pouches" and more for the injured Australian Wildlife that survived the 1/20 bushfires . . . and dog blankets & cat toys for Project POOCH & Cat Adoption Team ('20)
Collected and delivered groceries, household items & toiletries for Furloughed Federal Workers at PDX Airport ('19)
Collected supplies and filled backpacks for migrant children awaiting court days with families at the MX-US border through Little Mercies ('19)
Delivered water and water bottles to homeless shelters and the Blanchet House when temperatures in Portland soared to 116! (6/21, 7/21)
COVID-19 Pandemic Programming
The pandemic and stay-at-home quarantine of 2020 may have canceled our line-up of Positive Charge! PDX projects and events, but we put our creative juices to work and pivoted to move forward with our mission of amplifying kindness while building community.
During the early part of the pandemic, while everyone was required to "Stay Home - Stay Healthy," we tuned in to sing together to famous Broadway musicals.
Met each Friday at noon to talk about topics of interest to our community including Gardening, Pandemic Budgeting, Charitable Giving, Resilience, and Awareness of and Kindness for our Migrant and Houseless Communities.
Professionals in various fields stepped up to mentor young adults (and the rest of us!) through a series of Zoom discussions aimed at building career & life skills. We've posted the talks on our YouTube channel.
An event we could safely attend in person while safely distancing, and so popular we scheduled an encore event! Assisted with painting and construction with the amazing Cascadia Clusters tiny home project.
One very powerful and life-saving Lunch Lounge presentation we had was on the topic of Suicide Prevention, learning about signs to look out for in ourselves and others, as well as when and how to step in and be an advocate. Please see the recording of this very important session. Our presenter, Rebecca Duncan, Suicide Prevention Counselor, also provided us with a list of local and national, life-saving resources, available by clicking the above red link.
Our very favorite master gardener, Jan McNeilan, gave two great talks for us on Zoom: one on spring gardening and another on preparing your garden for winter. Click on the red buttons to link to the YouTube recordings. ('20, '21)
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."
-- Margaret Mead