World Vision regards all people as created and loved by God, and respects the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person. As we partner with World Vision internationally, Women of Vision strives to follow World Vision's example in our own local communities to help people have richer, fuller lives. We invite you to join us as we support the literacy of children and shop for the elderly in the New year!
Our first service project is The Children's Book Bank, Tuesday, January 15, 9:30-12:00. The address is 1915 NE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon. Please arrive at 9:15 to check in, as training for the project starts at 9:30 a.m. A donation of one or more books for children in the birth to 6 year age range would be greatly appreciated! The books can be new or used. Multicultural books are a special need. Amazon is a good source if you would like to purchase a book(s).
The Children's Book Bank and Portland Public Schools believe every child can learn to read. But, to learn to read, children need to be surrounded by books at home so that reading becomes a regular part of their lives!
The book gap: For children in poverty, one of the biggest obstacles to literacy development (which begins at birth) is the scarcity of books in the home. While the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books per child in a household, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is a mere 1 book per 300 families!
You will be supporting literacy in our community by volunteering to mend, clean, and organize gently-used books collected during a recent book drive called the Children’s Book Harvest. Book “mending” involves erasing scribbles, taping tears, removing stickers, etc. To find out more about this ministry go to www.childrensbookbank.org.
Please join us for this great opportunity to serve low-income children, ages birth to 6, in the Portland Public School Community, so that they can receive a care package of books to read and enjoy.
Our second event happening on Thursday, January 31st, will be with Store to Door! The mission statement of this organization is "to support independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing an affordable, personal, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service". This program promotes dignity and self-reliance, prevents social isolation, and is affordable and economically sustainable. Store to Door began in 1989 when a few low income seniors, who were unable to shop on their own, asked for assistance from the community. Today they serve 737 clients and hope to reach 1,000 by 2020! For more information please go to their website at http://www.storetodooroforegon.org.
Each week a volunteer calls the client to take their grocery order - the client gets exactly what they want and need. This is much preferable to other food delivery systems that offer a pre-packaged food box or a prepared meal which, oftentimes, includes food they don't want. Store to Door volunteers gather all of the items on the list then the grocery order is delivered by another group of Store to Door volunteers who may also help put the groceries away for the client! Through this service, caring relationships are built, reducing the isolation that many home-bound folks experience.
We will be gathering at the Fred Meyer Beaverton location at 8:00 a.m. to receive our instructions and a personalized shopping list from a Store to Door volunteer. Gathering all of the items on the list(s) should take no more than a couple of hours.
Ladies, let's go shopping, have some fun, and help out our neighbors!
Note: In the event that the teams fill up for either of these projects, you can email [email protected] or [email protected] to be put on a wait list. You will be contacted if someone on the team is not able to make it. A reminder email will be sent a few days before the event with specific details and locations.
Thank you for serving with us and showing the light of Christ to those in need!
Your In Action team:
Linda Hallberg - Chair
April Veit - Team Member
Sandi Baumchen - Team Member
Cathy Abshire - Team Member
|| April Veit & Cathy Abshire