It was a busy year for VIP! We had monthly book cleanings at CBB, and a few extra cleanings that were for just provisionals. In September, we worked with RH to staff their Happy Girls Run and with PCLC to staff their annual birthday party. In October, we staffed PCLC's Fall Festival. We made Thanksgiving Dinner for BA in November and staffed RH's Holiday Shopping event in December. In January, we had two crockpot events, one at BA and one at RH and coordinated the creation and delivery of toiletry baskets for CRN with the provisionals. In March we hosted a sewing party to make bibs for PCLC and book bags for CBB. We staffed Girls, Inc's Power of the Purse in March. In May we will be hosting a Mother's Day brunch at RH and staffing PCLC's Spring Festival.
The Volunteer in Portland commitee had a number of meaningful volunteer events in the past months including a book cleaning at Children's Book Bank in which enough books were cleaned and prepared to supply one and a half head start programs.
Shortly before Thanksgiving, JLP members preppred and served a Thanksgiving dinners for residents at Bradley Angle House. This provided a warm meal and a sense of home to those who have been displaced from their homes.
Just before Christmas members of the Junior League of Portland volunteered at Raphael House in their "holiday shop". Members assisted current and past residents with holiday shopping for their families. Without the holiday shop, many of these women and families would have no gifts for Christmas.
Volunteer in Portland has been busy with a number of volunteer events this fall.
We had a successful event at our partner, Peninsula Children's Learning Center's for their 44th Birthday Party on Sunday September 14th! Our lovely Junior League ladies helped serve cake, ice cream, refreshments and supervise in the always fun bounce house! Peninsula is always grateful for the League's volunteer service as it provides a much needed break for their staff.
We also continued our monthly Children's Book Bank Book Cleanings. At the most recent cleaning, League members cleaned enough books to fill 30 bags for 30 children in underserved schools throughout Portland.
This month VIP held our first Children's Book Bank Volunteer event. During this event, our volunteers cleaned hudreds of books to be distributed to local children. These books go to children who do not have books in their home.
We also supported Peninsula Children's learning Center in their annual Birthday Party. The time spent there brought joy and laughter to children from low income and at risk homes.
VIP also supported Raphael House's Girls On the Run fund raising events by providing volunteers to the aid stations along the run course. The volunteers provided motivation and encouragement to runners along the way, all in support of Raphael House.
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