Serving the Hungry in O’Bryant Square, Rain or Shine
Rain or shine, 52 weeks a year, hundreds of needy people have a hot meal and a community gathering place because generous supporters like you. Understanding food is a human right and hunger is a human wrong. Every Sunday for twenty-five years Potluck in the Park volunteers have prepared and served healthy wholesome meals with dignity and kindness. The secret to Potluck in the Park’s staying power is the story of its people. Our tenacious teams of career-volunteers have inspired thousands of other volunteers to donate their time, talent and money to fight hunger in Portland. Their dedication and passion has made Potluck in the Park a touchstone for a community in crisis.
1930’s Hobo SignsDuring the Great Depression of the 1930’s “hobo signs” were scratched on pavement or fence posts in front of houses across the country. The symbol of the smiling cat meant, “Kindhearted Woman” – someone who could be counted upon for a friendly word and perhaps a warm meal. In hobo language it was a high complement; today it still is. Potluck in the Park has adopted the smiling cat to symbolize what we stand for: A safe haven, rain or shine. We have been serving warm meals to those in need since 1991.
Potluck will be celebrating 25 years of service with another big BBQ and Resource Fair on Sunday, August 28th. This is a very special celebration – the last one was our 20th Anniversary in 2011. We will move to the South Park Blocks on the PSU campus for the day to have more room and shade and will be barbecuing on site. Note the special start time of 2pm this Sunday only.
What is Give!Guide?
Willamette Week’s Give Guide (G!G) is Portland’s easiest path to year-end giving. G!G showcases small, medium and large organizations whose missions fall into eight categories: Animals, Civil & Human Rights, Creative Expression, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness and Human Services. In thirteen years, G!G has raised over $16 million for hundreds of local nonprofits. Last year, WW readers gave $3,501,400 to 143 Portland organizations and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Potluck in the Park is honored to be one of only 139 nonprofits in 8 categories, to be chosen to participate this year. The minimum gift can be as small as 10$ so it makes giving for almost everyone affordable. Please help fight hunger in Portland.
What are the “Big Give Days”?
Any donor who makes a minimum gift of $10 through Give!Guide (on days listed below) has an opportunity to be chosen at random to win a great incentive prize. Over the past few years, G!G has experienced significant giving on these days. Last year, these four days raised over $887,650 combined. Examples of incentives: a bicycle; a ping pong party ice cream party for 80; a case of distilled spirits.
Nov. 3 – Portland Trail Blazers – 2 lower-level tickets to 2 games and a signed jersey from C.J. McCollum.
Nov. 10 – Powells Books – $500 Shopping Spree.
Nov. 17 – Portland Thorns & Timbers – 4 tickets to a 2017 Portland Timbers home match with a team signed jersey and 4 scarves. 10 tickets to a 2017 Portland Thorns home match, postgame autograph passes and a team signed jersey. 10 tickets to a 2016 Portland Timbers2 home match.
Nov. 29 – Bike Gallery – Bike Giveaway.
Dec. 8 – Salt & Straw and Pip’s & Bounce – Salt & Straw ice cream party for 60 people at Pip’s & Bounce ping pong bar.
Dec. 15 – TBA
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The Skidmore Prize
Last year G!G raised $3,145,095 with 10,276 individual gifts. Every year, Willamette Week honors four Portlanders 35 and under who do fabulous work for local nonprofits by awarding them the Skidmore Prize. Winners must work at a local nonprofit, be 35 and under, and make $35,000 a year or less. This year there are 2 prizes (1500 & 500$) to the non-profit in each category with the most donors 35 & under.
It’s easy! Just click. Be watching for links to the 2017 Give!Guide coming in November of 2017.
Mark your calendars now for Potluck in the Park’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the historic Tiffany Center in Portland, OR. Don’t miss this exciting evening of music and community involvement featuring performances by:
TOM GRANT and band
MICHELE VAN KLEEF
Click here to purchase tickets or learn more about this exciting event benefiting Potluck in the Park, a volunteer driven, grass roots, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which has been serving a free hot meal to anyone in need since 1991 every Sunday at O’Bryant Square in downtown Portland.
Tickets available at: www.auctria.com
$75 -Silver level table seating, appetizers, family style dinner, two complimentary drink tickets, and concert
$45 -Theater concert seating in ballroom, includes appetizers, one complimentary drink ticket per guest, and concert
Table and sponsorship options available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation.
Location: TIFFANY CENTER
1410 SW Morrison
Portland, Oregon 97205
“We are honored to partner with Potluck in the Park to host a Free Christmas Dinner again this year. When Potluck in the Park leadership approached the Museum three years ago to host the annual event, due to the closing of the YWCA, we knew it was something we wanted to do. The Portland Art Museum aspires to be a resource for all and we are honored that our celebrated facilities and collections can be used to serve those most in need. It is truly a unique opportunity for the Museum and Potluck in the Park to not only nourish bodies, but also souls.” — Brian Ferriso
We’re pleased to say that volunteer opportunities for our annual free Christmas Dinner fill up fast. Be watching for the opening of registration, if you are not signed up to receive our newsletter – click here to sign up and you will be notified when registration for volunteering is open. There will also be a need for pies and cakes for desserts. CLICK HERE for baked goods details.
HOLIDAY GOODIES NEEDED
Potluck in the Park welcomes donations of homemade or commercial non-perishable pies, cakes, cookies and pastries for our Christmas Day Dinner and Sidewalk Coffee Pastry Cart. You can bake yourself, purchase, or even ask your local coffee shop or bakery for a donation of their Christmas Eve pastry leftovers.
We also need No-Sugar, Low Sugar and Gluten Free desserts and fresh bananas for our diabetic and “dentally challenged” guests.
How you can contribute:
For baked goods, please use our contact form to let us know how you wish to contribute. Or you can donate directly to Potluck in the Park through our secure PayPal link, just click on the red DONATE NOW button at the top of the page.
Please take a few moments to watch this short video and learn more about Potluck in the Park.