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Service From Home

Many of you have been asking, “How can I help during the pandemic?”

These are unique times, and each of us, with our own talents can help in unique ways. Unsure where to start? Take a look at this list of ideas to be of service within our families and local communities right now.


HOME
Ask yourself regularly: What does my family need from me right now? How can I help relieve stress my family is experiencing? Not sure… ask a parent (or another family member). How can you surprise your family every day with a random act of kindness?

REACH OUT TO YOUR GRANDPARENTS AND/OR ELDERLY NEIGHBORS
Can’t visit? Call or FaceTime. Play an instrument? Do a livestream “concert” or send them a video of you playing or singing. Write them a letter. If you can, drop off food or supplies at their front door. Make them a card or piece of art. Send them a text. Reach out to anyone you know who might be isolated right now. 

HELP OUT WITH YOUNGER SIBLINGS
Be intentional about helping siblings with homework or leading them in an engaging activity together every day. If your parent(s) have kids at home right now, they may need you to step up. What can you teach? What might you learn together? Create together? Enjoy together? Music, magic, art, outdoor game, reading, walking, exercising, cooking, building, crafting, filming, etc.

CLEAN SOMETHING
Look around. What needs to be done? Dishes? Vacuuming? Dusting? Mopping? Find a corner in your house that is overlooked or forgotten. Clean a disorganized game closet. Clean your own closet. Organize under your bed. Identify clothing and items you can set aside for donation at a later time. Go for a "trash walk" and clean up your neighborhood!

COOK SOMETHING
Prepare a meal, snacks, dessert for your family. Explore the 
Tasty App – it has really helpful and short instructional videos. 

TACKLE A YARD PROJECT
Mow the lawn. Or a neighbor’s. Weed. Plant a garden. Now’s a great time for a spring clean up!

DO YOU SEW?
Check out 
this online community (based here in Portland) that has come together to sew face masks amidst the nationwide shortage.

CHECK IN WITH A SENIOR CENTER, LIBRARY, OR CHURCH
There may be people who are isolated or have specific needs. Some communities have food banks that may be depleted right now. They may have needs you can assist with from home (calling isolated seniors to check in, for example).

SEARCHABLE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Search the service catalog on the Portland Student Pandemic Response (PSPR) website. This is a great resource put together by students for students.

DONATE BLOOD

Blood banks are struggling with donations of blood and platelets.  They provide these to vulnerable populations like cancer patients who continue to fight their illness in the midst of this pandemic.  Donating blood is safe and the Red Cross has instituted even more precautions against COVID-10.  Sign up to donate with American Red Cross https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or with Bloodworks NW https://www.bloodworksnw.org/



OTHER RESOURCES TO SEARCH FOR SERVICE LEARNING IDEAS

Hands on Portland                http://www.handsonportland.org  

The Linus Project                http://projectlinusoregon.org/footer_topics/drop-off.html

Oregon Zoo                        http://www.oregonzoo.org/Volunteer/index.htm 

Multnomah Libraries        http://www.multcolib.org/vol/ 

Jackson Bottom Wetland        http://www.jacksonbottom.org/

Relay for Life http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=57102&pg=personal&px=31169555

The Pixie Project Animal Shelter        http://www.pixieproject.org/

Habitat for Humanity        http://habitatportlandmetro.org/ 

Oregon Public Broadcasting http://www.opb.org/insideopb/volunteering/individuals/

Portland City Team        https://www.cityteam.org/portland/

Volunteer Match                http://www.volunteermatch.org/ 

Charity Walks                 www.charitywalksblog.com/charity-walk-events 

Komen Portland                http://www.komenoregon.org/ 

Animal Aid                        http://www.animalaidpdx.org/helping/helping.php 

Idealist Volunteer Database        http://www.idealist.org/if/as/vol

Schoolhouse Supplies                http://schoolhousesupplies.org/volunteer/volunteer.htm 

Animal Rescue                                http://www.arlgp.org/volunteer/ 

Ronald McDonald House                        http://www.rmhcoregon.org 

Volunteer Ideas        

http://www.ccienterprises.org/give_volunteer_form_01.htm 

Portland Impact                                 http://impactnw.org/ 

Bicycle Transportation Alliance                http://www.bta4bikes.org 

YWCA                        http://www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=9oILKWMCF&b=108146 

OMSI                                https://www.omsi.edu/volunteer 

SOLV                                http://www.solv.org/ 

Hollywood Theater        http://hollywoodtheatre.org/volunteer/ 

Oregon Food Bank

http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/volunteer?c=130234817608192235 

Portland Rescue Mission        http://www.portlandrescuemission.org/ 

MDA Portland                http://mda.org/ways-to-help/volunteer 

Blanchet House                http://blanchethouse.org/

Every Body Athletics        https://www.everybodyathletics.com/volunteer 

Every Child Welcome Oregon         https://everychildoregon.org/volunteer/

Political sites:

http://www.washcodems.org/ 

http://www.multdems.org/ 

http://www.bluedonkeys.com/ 

http://www.gopwashingtoncounty.org/ 

http://www.multnomahgop.com/ 

http://www.clarkcountygop.org/ 

http://www.portlandgreens.org/  

Writing Letters to Service Members:

Operation Gratitude https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters/

Operation Gratitude

ATTN: Letter Writing Program

21100 Lassen street

Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278