Want to do something RIGHT NOW to help alleviate the hunger crisis in YOUR COMMUNITY? Follow our lead . . . and organize a “One Can Wednesdays,” a “Two Cans Tuesdays,” or . . . whatever day you choose!
Kept from offering in-person volunteer events because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Positive Charge! PDX finds ways to fulfill our mission of "doing good deeds" and "building community." This opportunity is an easy, family-friendly, "just-add-water" project you can implement in your neighborhood. TODAY.
One food item delivered to a food pantry each week is one more than the previous week. Multiply that by all your neighbors who are happy to do this every week. You are now AMPLIFYING KINDNESS. Sweeten the delivery to the pantry with HANDMADE CARDS you make with your family and friends that the pantry will deliver with their food boxes.
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
You've got this! 💖
ONE CAN WEDNESDAYS RECIPE . . . just add YOU!
2 Choose a date-range for your collection and your pick-up day. We tied the Bridlemile neighborhood summer collection to garbage/recycling day, figuring everyone was already walking out to the curb with their garbage/ recycling cans; they'd easily remember adding a can for "Montmore Monday" or "One Can Wednesday."
3 Assemble a team to pick-up and deliver the food weekly. Having a kick-off event in your neighborhood park is a good way to get volunteers—and meet your neighbors. You can easily track everyone's availability and coverage areas on a Google spreadsheet that's accessible to everyone in the group.
4 Alert your garbage service that people will be leaving cans, boxes, or bags of food at the curb on the morning of garbage collection—and to leave them for the food pick-up volunteer. Your local garbage company may want to co-sponsor your collection.
5 Make and post flyers in your neighborhood and promote the collection in your neighborhood newspaper, on your neighborhood NextDoor, and more. Feel free to use our flyer (above) as a template!
Make Protective Masks for Portland Medical Needs
Positive Charge! PDX
had such a great group of sewers show up to make lap pads and neck wraps for victims of sex trafficking, and then to make joey bags for furry victims of the Australian bushfires, and then to sew catnip toys and dog beds for area animal organizations. Then, with the threat of Covid-19, we stepped up to
MAKE FACE MASKS AT HOME
for family members, friends, and neighbors as well as our courageous frontline workers.
Even as the days of Covid-19 have evolved into a new normal and cloth masks are now available at many stores, they are still being requested by Providence and other community groups. So your efforts will be needed for the foreseeable future.
There's a great group in Portland managing the information about specific local needs, so we direct you to the
Facebook page for
where you'll find a great overview video, a mask pattern, an FAQ sheet, and more.
Covid-19 Stay-at-Home Recommendation Got You Decluttering?
Think Community Warehouse!
Positive Charge! PDX had planned a cool collection of pots and pans for our neighbors in need served by the wonderful folks at Community Warehouse. Due to the threat of Covid-19, Community Warehouse was closed and unable to accept donations until they reopened. Ever making lemonade out of lemons, PC! PDX rolled with the changes! So, our clever 4/20 Pot Collection was postponed until Covid is behind us.
In the meantime, WHILE YOU'RE HANGING OUT AT HOME AND DOING SOME DECLUTTERING, we ask that you:
Consider donating to
Community Warehouse, which is now open but accepting limited items that are most needed such as
Sofas, Loveseats, Sm. Kitchen Tables,
Coffee Tables, & Sm. Desks
Be sure to check out their website for the latest "accepting list," as this changes often.
Or Sponsor a Home 2 Go Essential Item Kit
for a family in need.
For inspiration about the good work of Community Warehouse, click here.
We had to postpone a bunch of events because of the novel coronavirus threat. . . .
But, hey, there's no stopping this group on a mission to brighten the world! In its place, we invite you, ON YOUR OWN, to create and deliver:
Handmade THANK YOU cards
to thank our FANTABULOUS
healthcare, grocery, USPS, UPS, FedEx, pharmacy, bank, gas station
employees for working hard and risking their health to make our lives easier!
THE THREAT CONTINUES, AND
SO DOES THE NEED FOR
A LITTLE LOVE!
TOGETHER, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!