- A Peachy Story for School-Age Kids
Check out this wonderful YouTube offering from New Zealand director, Taika Waititi and a myriad of film stars who read aloud Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, James and the Giant Peach.
- More ways to serve the community
All of you have networks of people you are connected to who are stuck at home and want to do good work for their wider community but maybe don’t know how to do it. But BeaconPDX (https://www.beaconpdx.org) has set up an info page that will tell them: 1) what to shop for 2) how to prepare individual lunches 3) where to drop off the finished product so other volunteers can distribute, and 4) sign-up info to pick a day they will cover. BeaconPDX continues to serve meals in a park in the SE every day for houseless individuals…. but they could use help!
I’m hoping each of you can forward the following link and a word of encouragement: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944aaaf23a2ff2-join
Using this time to serve others is not only a way to stave off the loneliness and depression that comes with social isolation, it’s also a way of giving back to those less fortunate during this difficult time. I’ll also add in all seriousness that it’s fun for the whole family, especially if you let your 2 and a half year old DJ the work party.
- Ways to help during the pandemic
There are many ways that you can serve others during this time of lay-offs, social-distancing and general concern and anxiety. One of our community partners for many years is the Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP), which very much needs volunteers. In order to simultaneously practice safe physical-distancing guidelines (both for volunteers and clients), NEFP has to limit how many people are there on any given day. In order to coordinate and organize what they need on each day of service, Please check the email from Steven Garcia below. This has a link to a google sign-up sheet and some other basic information. NEFP is located at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (4800 NE 72nd Ave. Portland, OR 97218). To read more about NEFP, a ministry of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), click here.
Volunteers are able to sign up for a shift on the following google spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RJPFUbNOGsFcO6EsrJ1rQ60kE6NXp7EB-RNw9gcMQi4/edit?usp=sharing Please note that multiple people can sign up for the same time slot on the spreadsheet.
Our current volunteer roles involve sorting and cataloging donations, packing boxes, cleaning and sanitation, traffic control, hospitality, and distribution. You will find these categories across the columns on the spreadsheet. Volunteers should feel free to sign up under the column and time slot that works best for them. Keep in mind that traffic control and distribution happens only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
All volunteers should expect a small orientation when arriving for better instruction about operations. We are also requiring all volunteers to wear disposable gloves when entering the building and observing a 6 ft. of social distancing.
In terms of a mass send out: we could use a google form to ask for people’s availability, and roles they are interested in, and maybe why they are interested in volunteering to gauge level of interest? Let me know what you think. “
Steven Garcia (He/Him/His)
Northeast Emergency Food Program
Personal assistance during the “stay-at-home” restrictions
This link covers those looking for help buying food, looking for work, rent or mortgage assistance, and other personal and family needs. This list of resources is provided by Portland Community College. Accessing all of the resources you need to support yourself, your family, and your community are critical during these challenging times. Public benefits, resources and services are designed to respond to the needs of the community. When you access benefits and services, don’t worry that you’re taking resources away from someone else in need. https://www.pcc.edu/coronavirus/information-for-students/resources/
Business related issues for managers, owners, and other entrepreneurs
If you are a business manager, owner, or other entrepreneur experiencing various stresses resulting from the current restrictions, the resources provided at the following link are intended for you. This information is provided by Greater Portland, Inc. Greater Portland Inc (GPI) provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, GPI is supported by 90 public-sector partners and private investors who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. https://greaterportlandinc.com/covid-business-resources
The following links were originally posted on the Trinity Cathedral website and include some of the basic COVID-19 information as well as links to The Episcopal Church.