Help At-Risk and Homeless Children in Portland

Sep 7, 2012

It's Back to School Time

Our Resident Backpack Stuffers
Our Resident Backpack Stuffers

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:

  • Spread the word by sharing this report with friends and family or via Facebook and Twitter.
  • Text GIVE 9496 to 80088 to donate $10 to provide school supplies to an at-risk child in Portland.*
  • Host a back to school party and ask friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to bring a backpack and/or school supplies.
  • Make a donation as a gift to friends, family and co-workers on GlobalGiving.

*From US mobile phones. Messaging and data rates may apply.

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 Vision
We envision a world which supports education for all girls and boys so they may reach their unlimited potential in school and life.

Our Mission
Global 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

1/2 Mile Kids Run - Getting Warmed Up
1/2 Mile Kids Run - Getting Warmed Up
Start of the 5K
Start of the 5K
1 Mile Runners.... And they
1 Mile Runners.... And they're off



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Karla Bean

Portland, OR United States

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