Greetings from Global Backpack Project.
GBP is pleased to have Umpqua Bank as a new partner in our efforts to support at-risk children in Portland and Vancouver. Our friends at Umpqua Bank sponsored the Back to School Fun Run, provided free ice cream to participants at the fun run, held a backpack and school supply drive at the Multnomah Village branch, and awarded GBP a grant for backpacks and supplies. We are grateful for everything Umpqua has done to make this year our best year yet.
Our friends at Eddie Bauer in Washington Square had a terrific backpack drive on August 10th, collecting 41 high-quality backpacks for GBP. They also sponsored the water station at the fun run, making sure our runners stayed hydrated and healthy at the event. Stay tuned for the next backpack drive at the Eddie Bauer store in Washington Square.
This year, GBP will give new backpacks and school supplies to more than 1300 homeless and at-risk girls and boys around the globe. As a nonprofit that is run entirely by volunteers, it is the dedication and hard work of committed individuals that makes this possible. We are especially grateful to our core volunteers: Brittany Stover, Darci Nielson, Emmanuelle Jarmon, Jennifer Donovan, Lynn Joyce, Reena Gupta and Thad Jarmon. They have contributed countless hours to ensure children have the tools they need to succeed in school and life.
GBP is pleased to be part of such a great community. Thank you for making a difference.
Karla Bean and Samir Naser
Summertime is almost here! What are your plans for these next few months? Here at Global Backpack Project we are busy planning our second annual Back to School Fun Run which will take place on August 25th in Portland's Willamette Park. Through the Back to School Fun Run, we seek to engage, inspire, and have fun! This community event benefits at-risk girls and boys by providing sturdy new backpacks and school supplies to those who might otherwise start school without the tools they need to succeed.
The 5k fun run/walk is an out-and-back course that takes place along the beautiful Willamette River. The entire path will be on paved surfaces, crossing no major streets. Strollers are welcome. In addition, there will be a 1 Mile Kids Run and a 1/2 Mile Kids Dash. Music, activities for the kids, and food and drinks - fun for the whole family! Advance registration is recommended, but will also be available on race day. More information and complete event details are available by visiting the GBP website.
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or as a sponsor, send an email to Karla at email@example.com to learn how you can make a difference and help to make this year's fun run another great success!
We hope you will be able to join us for the second annual Back to School Fun Run to celebrate the beginning of school and bring a smile to a child in need.
Thank you for your continued support of Global Backpack Project. Together we can help children succeed in school, one pack at a time.
Warm regards,All of us at Global Backpack Project
It may surprise you to know that the past few months have been very busy for GBP. Back-to-School season is not the only time we deliver backpacks and school supplies to local children. The need for basic school supplies continues throughout the school year, and GBP is here to help! We have recently delivered sturdy new backpacks and school supplies to children at the Goose Hollow Homeless Family Shelter and to New Avenues for Youth in Portland. We also reached at-risk students in Vancouver, WA by delivering packs and supplies to girls and boys attending Columbia River High School and Skyview High School.
We are well on our way to reaching our goal of delivering backpacks and supplies to 1000 children this year! We need your help to do this. We have some really fun ways for you to get involved:
1. Set your alarm for 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, March 13th for Global Giving Match Day. Your donation will be matched at 30% by Global Giving if your donation is made before the funds run out. This is a terrific way to make your dollar go even further - so get up early, grab your coffee, get your donation matched at 30% and put a backpack and school supplies in the hands of a child. What a great way to start the day!
2. Join the GBP crew at the Wonder Ballroom on March 22nd at 8pm for a Benefit Reggae Concert. Get ready for some big fun and big sound! This is sure to be a great time while raising money for organizations that help children succeed in school - including GBP! Bring a backpack to the concert and receive a GBP t-shirt! Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door. Read more >>
3. Save the date for the Second Annual Back to School Fun Run on August 25th at Willamette Park. Run or walk at your own pace to put a smile on a child's face. Email us to learn how your business can get involved or to volunteer. We need your participation to make this year's fun run another great success.
With the back-to-school season well behind us, our volunteer-run organization continues to work to fill the needs of local school children and youth. For the second year in a row, Oregon officials reported that more than 20,000 students in Oregon don't have permanent homes and 24 percent of children are at the poverty level. Many of Oregon's families simply cannot afford backpacks and school supplies for their children.
This year, with your help, Global Backpack Project provided more than 750 children and youth with backpacks and school supplies.
We can still do more for kids! We have set a goal to deliver sturdy new backpacks to homeless teens for the holiday season. We are partnering with New Avenues for Youth, a great local organization offering programs and services that empower Portland's homeless youth to exit street life.
We need your help! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our project today. Together we can help a student feel prepared for school. Together, we can show a child someone cares.
Thank you for making a difference in our community.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
A brand new school year is about to start! Here at GBP, we have been very busy these past few months to ensure that children start the school year on the right foot. Here are some highlights of our most recent activities:
GBP Hosts its First Annual Back to School Fun Run
A beautiful morning gave way to a truly successful event. On Sunday, September 2nd, GBP held its first annual Back to School Fun Run. More than 150 people came out to participate in the Fun Run. Runners/walkers of all ages enjoyed a 5K along the beautiful Willamette River. Our younger runners were full of energy and excitement as they participated in the ½ mile run or 1 mile run (and in some cases, both!). There was plenty of good music, food, children’s activities and all-around fun had by all.
Staff and youths from one of our partner organization, Native American Youth and Family Center, were out running the 5K and sharing their talent at our face painting station bringing smiles to many children. NAYA works to enrich the lives of Native youth and families through education, community involvement, and culturally specific programming.
The Back to School Fun Run was generously supported by many local businesses, corporations and individuals. Their support has meant that funds raised from participant registrations will go directly to benefit children and youth by providing sturdy new backpacks and school supplies to those who might otherwise start school without the supplies they need to succeed.
Backpack Delivery to Portland Family Homeless Solutions
Last week, our youngest resident backpacks staffers helped get 20 backpacks ready for families served by Portland Family Homeless Solutions, demonstrating that we are never too young to start getting involved. Portland Family Homeless Solutions provides temporary emergency shelter to homeless families with children, access to transitional resources so they can achieve self-sufficiency; and advocates for the elimination of family homelessness. We invite you to visit their website to find out more about the great work that they do in our community.
GBP partners with local organizations to help local children succeed in school by providing them with the tools they need to reach their full potential. We focus on serving homeless youth and families as well as vulnerable and at-risk youth. We are proud to partner with Neighborhood House, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, New Avenues for Youth, and Native American Youth and Family Center.
Want to help us ensure each child in Portland has a backpack in hand in 2012? Here's how you can continue to help:
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About Global Backpack Project Global Backpack Project is a grassroots, community-based non-profit run entirely by volunteers in the Portland area and around the globe.
Our VisionWe envision a world which supports education for all girls and boys so they may reach their unlimited potential in school and life.
Our MissionGlobal Backpack Project exists to encourage a desire for learning by helping children feel prepared for school. With the help of local communities and partner organizations, we seek to make a difference in the lives of children, just as they seek to make a difference for themselves and their communities.
Thank you again for your on-going support of Global Backpack Project.
Best wishes from all of us at GBP.Global Backpack Project
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