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).
We’ve been hearing some amazing stories from our partners about how your support and outreach has been meeting needs and helping people across the city:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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!
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!