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 an annual effort to seek to engage young Portlanders in a common cause: supporting dozens of local nonprofits that work to improve life in our community. Created in 2004 to hook Willamette Week readers 35 and younger on the giving habit, this goal remains the primary focus. But the Give!Guide has grown sufficiently since its founding — from $24,000 collected in 2004 to numbers over $3 million last year. Potluck in the Park is honored to be one of only 139 nonprofits in 8 categories, to be chosen to participate this year. The minimum gift can be as small as 10$ 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 (announced on Facebook) has an opportunity to be chosen at random to win a great incentive prize. This years prizes include Trailblazer tickets & a signed Damian Lillard jersey, $500 Powell’s Books shopping spree, a visit to your school by Timber Joey, a Trek Allant 7.2 bike, and more. Visit our Facebook Page for Big Give Days!
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’s winners received awards, including prizes of $4,000 each.
How do I participate?
It’s easy! Just click. Beginning November 4th, 2015 you can make your donations by visiting giveguide.org/#potluckinthepark
All proceeds benefit Potluck in the Park and support our mission to nourish and enrich Portland’s individuals in need.
Emcee: Margie Boule
Tickets available at: www.charityauction.bid/pianomadness
$75 – 2 drinks, appetizers, dinner, show
$45 – 1 drink, appetizers, show
Table and sponsorship options available. For more information, contact email@example.com If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation.
1410 SW Morrison
Portland, Oregon 97205
Please take a few moments to watch this short video and learn more about Potluck in the Park.