JLP volunteers made a huge impact in the lives of victims of domestic violence over the holiday season. In November, JLP volunteers prepared a Thanksgiving meal and served it to 20 women and children at the Raphael House emergency shelter. Volunteers sat and shared conversation with current and former residents, helping to build relationships and a sense of community for our partner. In December, JLP volunteers served more than 50 families by helping with the Raphael House holiday shop. Volunteers worked directly with current and former residents of the shelter to select perfect gifts for their family members. Other volunteers led crafts and educational activities for kids to offer moms a one-on-one shopping experience. Residents left with bags full of amazing gifts, toys, appliances, clothing, and a warm heart. The women served were so grateful, some moved to tears, for the outpouring of love and generosity. Volunteers were touched by the intimate nature of both RH events and each left with a better understanding of the positive impact the JLP is making in our community.
The Volunteer in Portland committee organized its first ever Harvest Dinner with community Partner, Raphael House, in November. This event was unique in that it not only required League members to attend the event, but also to spend time prior to the event shopping and cooking to provide the food, pre-made. The enthusiasm and eagerness to celebrate the spirit of the season with the Raphael House residents and staff was amazing. Despite the volunteers cooking in separate locations, The harvest meal of stuffing, mashed potatoes, rotisserie chicken, green salad, Polish vegetable salad, pies, and cookies blended perfectly together and was much appreciated by all of the guests. At the dinner JLP served approximately 20 women and children, not including the team of six volunteers. Raphael House has 11 rooms in he emergency shelter, and 3 rooms were vacant - so the attendance at the event far exceeded expectations! This type of event not only supports those families living in shelter, but also helps women and their families that are no longer in shelter to stay connected to Raphael House. By volunteering at the harvest dinner, members contributed to the core mission of the Raphael House Advocacy Center: building relationships and a sense of community for participants who are no longer living in the shelter. Not only was the event meaningful for the families of Raphael House, but also for the women of JLP. Here are just a few comments made by the volunteers " I learned so much more about RH, met some amazing League members and interacted with the participants in a way that made me feel my efforts were making a positive impact in someone's life." and "Such a rewarding and meaningful volunteer opportunity! Already looking forward to the next RH event!"
The VIP committee held planning meetings in July and August to prepare new committee members with all the information needed to work with our community partners for the League year. In August, committee members met with their community partner liaisons to plan events for the 2013-2014 year. September marked the true "kick off" of the VIP year with our first volunteer events. The League's first effort to support the our partners was by collecting $170 in gift cards to purchase school supplies for Raphael House shelter residents. Through this contribution to Raphael House, a number of their shelter children will be able to go back to school with sufficient supplies. VIP's first volunteer event of the year took place at Children's Book Bank on September 9th where League members spruced enough books to provide clean books to 1/2 a classroom of children. The second volunteer event of the year took place at Peninsula Children's Learning Center on September 15th. Volunteers assisted children and their families in craft activities and games at PCLC's 42nd birthday party! It is an important day at PCLC where teachers and families come together to celebrate. VIP has a number of volunteer events planned for the coming months, including more book cleanings at Children's Book Bank, support for CRN's Iron Chef fundraising event, and PCLC's Fall Festival.
Junior League volunteers have been hard at work to make an impact in our community this past quarter:
The Stop Human Trafficking committee is working diligently to wrap up production of ashort documentary film that will bring attention within the community to humantrafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children inPortland. We are in the final editing stages and will be debuting the film in the coming weeks. Click here to view the teaser now.
The Volunteer in Portland committee has been hard at work coordinating community service events with six community partnersincluding Raphael House, Bradley Angle House, Children’s Relief Nursery(Lifeworks NW), Peninsula Children’s Center, Children’s Book Bank, and GirlsInc. Recently, committee members coordinated a book-cleaning event benefitting Children’s BookBank in which over 400 books were cleaned. This event will provide book bundles forabout 50 children in the Portland area who otherwise would not have access tobooks.
Healthy Habits Healthy Kids committee is exploring a partnership with Growing Gardens to help bring nutrition and an outdoor activity to area families. Committee leadership is researching opportunities to co-host an event that will spread the message of making positive choices for healthy eating and living.
The Junior League of Portland is just beginning our 2013-2014 League-year and is developing new ideas and projects that will enable us to help people in our community in truly meaningful ways! We appreciate your support!
The Stop Human Trafficking committee worked diligently to plan and execute their first annual DelicatesDrive to directly benefit survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexualexploitation of children. Many people are not aware that survivors’ undergarments are often taken into evidence when theyare first rescued and, consequently, undergarments are one of the most neededbut least donated items. The Stop HumanTrafficking Committee procured donations of over 1400 undergarments and almost $1200 in gift cards to purchase additional undergarments. These donationssupport Janus Youth, LifeWorks NW and Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC),organizations providing immediate and long-term assistance to survivors ofhuman trafficking/child exploitation. Up to 1500 survivors will be impacted directly through the donations drive. Stop Human Trafficking Committee also is working diligently to wrap up production of ashort documentary film that will bring attention within the community to humantrafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children inPortland. Watch for film debut events around the Portland area this spring. Click here to view the teaser now.
The Volunteer in Portland committee has coordinated over 20 community service events with six community partnersincluding Raphael House, Bradley Angle House, Children’s Relief Nursery(Lifeworks NW), Peninsula Children’s Center, Children’s Book Bank, and GirlsInc. Since June 2012, 91 Junior Leagueof Portland members have volunteered over 200 hours during these events,impacting over 300 families in the community. Recently, committee members coordinated a book-cleaning event benefitting Children’s BookBank in which approximately 560 books were cleaned. This event will provide book bundles forabout 50 children in the Portland area who otherwise would not have access tobooks.
Volunteer in Portland Committee members currently are planning a crock-pot cooking class for residents ofRaphael House who are survivors of domestic abuse. Volunteers will be providing a nutritious meal for the women and their children while hosting a crock-pot recipe demonstration. Each resident willleave with a brand new crock-pot and donated items to get their householdsstarted once they leave the shelter.
Healthy Habits Healthy Kids committee assisted Bridger elementary in securing a $1000 grant for theircommunity wellness event. Committee members currently are working with Bridger to plan this spring event that will spread the message of making positive choices for healthy eating and living.
The Junior League of Portland appreciates your support that enables us to help people in our community intruly meaningful ways!
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