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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, December 7, 2013

Hello, Portlanders.   Welcome to Decemb-r-r, which snuck up on us with a light dusting of snow and very cold temperatures.  I stood outside waiting for the Portland Streetcar arrival last night.  I need to tell you - this is winter coat, gloves, and hat wearing weather, so you Portland fashionistas still walking around in shorts and flip flops need to get a clue.  

This time of year is a good reminder to help those Portlanders in need.  Why not give to the Oregon Food Bank or to a  Portland Homeless Shelter?

Oregon Food Bank

From Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank takes a holistic approach to ending hunger by bringing our community together to provide food, education and hope to our neighbors in need.

We provide emergency food to people who are hungry through a cooperative statewide network of hunger-relief agencies, helping 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger by advocating for fair public policies, strengthening community food systems and providing nutrition and garden education to help people become more self-sufficient and resourceful.

Give a meal this holiday season.  Turn $1 into $3 to help fight hunger! Bank of America's Give a Meal Program will add $2 for every $1 donated to help put even more meals on the table for families who struggle with hunger this holiday season. Give at http://go.bofa.com/qc59.

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Adopt a Family this Holiday

Consider adopting a family and providing some holiday cheer this year.  

Salvation Army Adopt a Family

The Adopt-A-Family (AAF) program matches impoverished families with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Without the benefit of an adoption, these families would be looking forward to a very grim holiday. Being adopted is designed to be a once or, on very rare occasions, twice in a lifetime event for recipient families.

When an Adopt-A-Family match is made, the family information and wish lists are sent to the sponsor. The Salvation Army ensures that the family receives the gifts and food during the week before Christmas.

Many adoptees are referred by professional social workers who help deserving families complete an application during required home visits. An inventory of each family’s needs is taken and a Christmas wish list is compiled. This gift guide may include toys, clothing, household items and information regarding the utilities and heating sources. Often sponsors will make payments on utilities or purchase wood or heating oil. Sponsors are asked to provide two or more new gifts for each member of the household and to provide food for the family for four to seven days.

Christmas Family Adoption

(Adopt-A-Family) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization serving the Portland, Oregon Metro area that provides assistance to those who would otherwise not have a holiday celebration. We achieve this by connecting people in the Portland Metro community to families in need.

Our goal is to adopt at least 100 Oregon families this holiday season to provide children with toys, clothing, and other necessities. In addition, we provide the entire family with household essentials and gift certificates for a wonderful holiday meal.

We hope you join us in this endeavor by adopting one of these Portland Metro families and becoming a part of the Christmas Family Adoption Foundation here in Oregon.

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Hands On Portland Holiday Volunteering

From http://www.handsonportland.org/Holiday_Volunteering

Get involved this holiday season!

As the clouds roll in and the skies darken earlier, nonprofits across the Greater Portland area are looking for volunteers like you to brighten the day by lending a hand!

Check out our Project Calendar to find a variety of "done-in-a-day" volunteer opportunities.

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