Winter in Portland brings short days, long nights, holiday celebrations, extra expenses, and So. Much. Rain. Here are some ways to take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors near and far.
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- Find out the latest information on cold weather shelters all over the Portland Metro area.
- If you need help paying your heating or electricity bills, check out this list of agencies currently offering energy assistance, maintained and updated by 211info.
Find holiday meals and food boxes
- Radio Cab Foundation's Turkey Project will be delivering Christmas turkeys with all the fixings to people living in Greater Portland. If you know a family in need these holidays, or are in need yourself, fill out their Dinner Request Form.
- Lift Urban Portland will have a Christmas meal open to all on December 25 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm; call 503.221.1224 for the address.
- SnowCap will also have a Christmas meal open to all, from noon to 2:00 pm at Rockwood United Methodist Church (17805 SE Stark St.).
Get toys and gifts for your kids
- On December 22 from 1 to 5 pm, Sisters of the Road Cafe will host a Winter Wonderland Kids Day full of gifts, games, movies, food, and arts and crafts.To reserve a spot on the gift list, call 503.222.5694 ext. 120.
- Portland Toy & Joy Makers is providing gifts for children of low income families. Call the Toy Request Line at 503.231.8697 between 9 am and 3 pm from November 16 thru December 20.
Help out your community
- Many local organizations are in need of supplies, food and gifts this season. Bring blankets, socks and other cold weather essentials to one of these agencies in Multnomah County; Hands On Greater Portland has a holiday guide that includes a list of local organizations in immediate need of food, toys, warm clothes, housewares, and other in-kind donations.
- The holidays are an excellent time to teach your children about giving back. PBS Parents has some great tips for teaching your kids about charity. Hands On Greater Portland can connect you with local volunteer projects that are perfect for families with kids of all ages (or grownups of all ages).
There is no shortage of organizations that could put your charity to good use, so how do you choose where to give?
- If you’re looking to give locally, Willamette Week puts together an annual Give Guide featuring more than a hundred Portland nonprofits.
- Consumer Reports has some tips for making sure your donation counts.
- Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance rate charities based on spending, transparency, and more.
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