Outreach Ministries

Portland Backpack

Serving children at risk of hunger by providing food for weekends when food insecurity is highest. Engaging the community in our efforts creates a greater impact that reaches beyond reducing hunger.

Volunteer Activities: Join a food sack packing team, deliver bins of packed food sacks to one of five NE Portland schools, help pass out food sacks in the school on Friday morning.

Contact: Diane Rheos

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Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP)

NEFP is a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. They meet the urgent food and clothing needs of our Portland metro area neighbors, primarily people living in east Portland, but there is no geographic boundary. Open on Saturdays.

Volunteer Activities: Sign up and spend a Saturday afternoon helping those experiencing food insecurity.

Contact: Wiki Smith

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Community of Hope

Community of Hope exists to empower homeless single-parent families to cultivate hope, healing, and stability while living in a safe, supportive environment. Community of Hope supports Portland homeless single parent families in transforming their lives. They build on the strengths families already have while providing housing, classes, resources, and mentoring. This support helps parents take personal responsibility to hold a job, manage finances, steer clear of addictions, develop positive relationships, grow in parenting skills, and make healthy life choices, all in the context of community life.

Volunteer Activities: One time per month making dinner for the community. Volunteers need to take part in a training prior to being able to volunteer in the facility. The families use donations of items for when they moving into their own homes; sheets, quilts, blankets, towels.

Contacts: Kathy Elliott

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Hugs - Socks for the homeless

A Christmas program where we collect socks for men and women who are experiencing houselessness. A dedicated group goes out on Christmas Day to distribute the socks. Spreading love and hugs for toes to show that we care.

Contact: Trudy Pollard