COVID-19 Outreach
Imago Dei is working alongside city partners to serve those in need of food, supplies and other support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the midst of this global pandemic, many of our neighbors are facing job loss, food insecurity and other major challenges. Imago Dei is collaborating with several partner organizations across the city to see how we can help “love our neighbor as ourselves” (Mark 12:31).

Know Me Now

Know Me Now aims to reduce prison-return rates in Oregon by building family-centric support systems—in homes and neighborhoods—that empower the transitioning person’s right to change, grow, and enhance their legacy. Know Me Now focuses its reunification efforts on the parents, the kids and the correctional staff. Get involved today by making a kit or writing a letter.

Ways to get involved

My NeighbOR

My NeighbOR, launched by Every Child Oregon, provides an online portal for foster families and youth impacted by foster care to share their needs in real-time. My NeighbOR’s goal is to bring tangible support to foster families and help preserve placements.

At the moment, there are many items foster families need, and here are the ways you can help:  

  • Sign up to let us know what you might have to give towards a foster family here. 
  • Put together a Flash Box for a foster family in your community. These 12-gallon plastic tubs are full of family activities, necessities, gifts for foster parents and gift cards. Valued at between $125-$150, these can be put together by neighbors or groups or made individually. Once complete, just let us know here,  and we’ll give you information about the nearest drop site.
  • Amazon Wish Lists – We’ve created a wish list for DHS offices as tangible needs come through. (Click on links provided):
    • East Branch DHS– (Imago Dei’s adopted office) 11826 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220
  • Share this video through email, friends, family and social media channels to help us spread the word that My NeighbOR is an available resource for relative and general applicant foster parents.

Refugee Care Collective

With lost jobs and the requirement to stay inside, many refugee families are facing a seemingly impossible situation.

There have been hundreds of requests for basic items, including toilet paper, cleaning supplies, diapers, non-perishable food and other immediate necessities. Many of these items are financially out of reach for these families and increasingly difficult to find.

Refugee Care Collective is committed to meeting these needs by sourcing and safely delivering these essential items. Go to refugeecarecollective.org/relief to learn how you can get involved.

Meals on Wheels People

Meals on Wheels People is dedicated to meeting the social and nutritional needs of older adults in our community.

Right now, they need people who are willing to deliver meals to the homebound elderly.

Click here to volunteer.

HOLLA Mentors

With schools closed, many families are facing food insecurity and losing valuable tools for education. HOLLA Mentors is standing in the gap. Visit hollamentors.org to get involved.

Oregon Food Bank

The Oregon Food Bank is a statewide network of 21 regional food banks and approximately 1,200 food-assistance sites to help our neighbors facing food insecurity throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

Due to the pandemic, they’ll need all hands on deck for food distribution. Click here to volunteer!

MU County Temporary Homeless Shelters

Many homeless shelter volunteers and employees have had to quickly adapt to an increase in workload due to coronavirus. Multnomah County is looking for more volunteers who can lend a helping hand.

Other volunteer roles are available as well.

Click here to volunteer!

Resources to share with others

  1. This list of resources was compiled and is being updated by Congressman Earl Blumenauer and his team. It includes information about meals, shelters, entertainment, utilities and more!
  2. Looking for food access during the COVID-19 pandemic? Partners For a Hunger Free Oregon has an extensive list of resources.