Dear Portland: What YOU can do today to help our homeless beat the odds!
Check out the email I got from our friend Adrienne at Central City Concern and SPREAD THE WORD! Thanks!
Subject: Homelessness is not Pretty
In fact – it’s a real challenge to “brand homelessness”. The pictures aren’t cute. The stories are often difficult to swallow. A significant life transformation is challenging to capture in print. The damage from past behaviors, to many, seem unforgivable.
Behind every homeless person, every addict, and every mentally challenged human being, is usually a very compelling story. We have a solution for a new beginning – Central City Concern’s Community Volunteer Corps. Our volunteers beat all odds to get up and out of the streets and their debilitating challenges. They volunteer 80 hours of their time and service to a variety of non-profits in Portland (Portland Parks & Rec, Free Geek, ReBuilding Center and others) to get back on track to find employment and improve our community.
Through CVC, confidence and skills are built, volunteers feel good about themselves for the first time in a long time, and they have the chance to “finally give back after taking so much.” This program paves the way to self-sufficiency.
We need your help, in a few ways:
- Join me for the CVC Fundraiser “180 degrees” on May 26th, 5 – 8 PM at NORTH advertising www.north.com. David Dahl from Dave’s Killer Bread will speak and TEZETA – an American and Ethiopian Funk Band http://tezetaband.com/ will guarantee you dance. You can buy your tickets here http://bit.ly/ercbf0 .
- Donate an auction item(s). We need higher ticket items ( house/cabin for a weekend (we need one on the beach), art, landscape services, RV, etc.) – be creative. If you’ve got something, please let myself or Kathy Pape know at Kathy.email@example.com .
Now pass this on to someone else, please.
Director of Business Enterprises
Central City Concern