Nonprofits need help to serve houseless, hungry

Local nonprofits need volunteers, supplies, and money to help on the front lines of this pandemic. Even small gifts can make a big impact.

Find ways to volunteer, donate supplies, or give

List also available in Google doc. (Created March 25 and updated May 15)

Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon has shifted funding to an Emergency Support Fund model due school closures during the pandemic.  The fund will provide emergency funds on a rolling basis to school and community-based sponsors providing meals to students during school closures. You can help by giving a donation to their Emergency Support Fund.

PSU Food Pantry continues to serve PSU students in their new location at 5th Avenue Cinema (510 SW Hall).  They teamed up with the PSU Bookstore to ship food boxes during spring term or students can shop weekly by appointment.  The pantry is accepting food donations and financial contributions to help keep things running. Donations can be made through their website. To coordinate a food donation, contact: pantry@pdx.edu.

Portland Student Pandemic Response was created by two students from St. Mary’s and includes several ways for students and everyone to help frontline workers, and those who are hungry, homeless, and in need.

SEIU 503 COVID-19 Hardship Fund provides cash assistance to any local SEIU 503 member who has faced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Anyone may donate to the fund to assist local SEIU 503 union members.

Meals on Wheels People has been meeting the social and nutritional needs of older adults in our community for 50 years. We have suspended meal service at all of our dining centers in Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties. Service will continue to homebound elderly with a modified delivery model. To limit contact between volunteers and homebound participants, meal delivery will be limited to three days per week rather than five, and we have instituted a “no contact” meal delivery system. Due to the drastic change in its service delivery model, Meals on Wheels People is incurring costs that are unprecedented. How can you help?

  • Donations are encouraged to allow us to continue to provide food and wellness checks for homebound elderly. 
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  • We’re also in desperate need of these items:
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Plastic gloves
  • Handled bags (plastic or paper) we can use to package meals
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  • If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to our Central Kitchen at 7710 SW 31st Avenue in Portland. Call our COVID-19 Hotline for up-to-date information (503) 953-8158.

Central City Concern (CCC) provides intensive services and supports to approximately 14,000 low-income, vulnerable, and homeless individuals and families. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, CCC continues to provide its signature health care, recovery, housing and employment services, while also delivering meals and supplies to Portland’s most vulnerable population. CCC seeks the following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for its frontline health care workers and on-site staff. To donate items, please contact news@ccconcern.org to arrange pickup/drop-off. CCC also seeks donations for two urgent needs: 

  • The COVID-19 Response Fund helps CCC continue to deliver care in the face of challenges associated with COVID-19, including higher costs, more intensive medical services, increased uncompensated care, increased cleaning and safety protocols and the strain that social distancing and other safety measures put on daily operations.   
  • The Rent Assistance Fund provides financial support to CCC clients as they transition out of homelessness, helping to make sure the economic impact of COVID-19 doesn’t derail CCC clients’ hard work in achieving self-sufficiency, health and housing. 
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  • Wish List:
  • N95 masks 
  • Medical face shields 
  • Medical gowns
  • Cloth masks 

Operation Nightwatch Portland provides nighttime hospitality for Portland’s unhoused population to promote dignity, community, and social connection. Downtown service will be closed. Our Southeast Center will be open during the usual times and service will be provided from the parking lot of the Clackamas Service Center. You can make a donation at our website, and we also need the following donated supplies:

  • Wish List:
  • Water Bottles
  • Instant Ice Packs
  • Batteries (AA / AAA)
  • Sun Screen
  • Tarps
  • Rain Gear
  • Hats/ Stocking Caps
  • Shoes/Boots (male 10-15 / female 7-9)
  • Wool Socks
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Pads/Tampons
  • Bandaids

Portland Rescue Mission committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction and despair in the lives of hurting people in need. The mission offers emergency services of food and shelter at the original downtown Burnside Shelter, plus expanded services: 24/7 restrooms, showers, clothing, mail service, referrals and community activities in the Guest Care Center. The Mission is asking for help with donations to provide meals, shelter, and vital care during the pandemic since they receive no government funding. You can make a donation at our website, and we also need the following donated supplies:

  • Needed Items:
  • “Cream of” Soup
  • Bottled Water
  • Coffee
  • Bibles (NLT)
  • New Undergarments
  • Blankets
  • Coats, Hats, Gloves
  • Jeans
  • Twin Blankets
  • Backpacks
  • Women’s Hygiene Products
  • Spray Deodorant
  • Hair Products (all ethnicities)
  • Disposable Razors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel-Size Toiletries

Northwest Family Solutions supports family stability, child well-being, and victims of crime by focusing on the social determinants of health. Some of our services, such as the Food Pantry, cannot be operated remotely, so we are working on acquiring PPE for essential staff members. Donations of PPE supplies would greatly help us in this effort, please call ahead to make arrangements.  For more info about NWFS, check out this video: https://youtu.be/NmFI8Znu5T4.  You can also make a donation at our website.

NorthWest Housing Alternative builds new homes and new opportunities for seniors, families, veterans and people with special needs across Oregon. Our front line staff continue to provide essential services to residents in NHA properties, now providing food and we are delivering medications and other necessities to those who need assistance. Here are some ways you can help: make a donation at our website or consider being a volunteer.

Portland Homeless Family Solutions empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term. PHFS continues to provide, and even expand, critical services to families experiencing homelessness in our community. They need your help now more than ever, here’s how: make a donation at our website or help us get much needed supplies, including:

  • Amazon Wish List
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  • Donate Shelter Supplies: 
  • Disposable masks**
  • Gloves**
  • Purell Disinfectant Spray**
  • Clorox Wipes**
  • Toilet Paper**
  • Paper Towels**
  • Single use thermometers**
  • Fresh fruit (apples/grapes/oranges)
  • Fresh vegetables (anything!)
  • Milk (shelf stable and regular) 
  • Cereal, granola, and oatmeal
  • Bread and tortillas
  • Non-perishable foods (canned tuna, pasta sauce, pasta noodles, mac & cheese, ramen, canned chili, canned vegetables, canned beans, peanut butter, jelly)
  • Frozen party size entrees (pasta, enchiladas, chicken pot pie, casseroles, soup, etc. Homemade or store bought)
  • Emergen-C or Airborne
  • Infant formula 
  • Baby Wipes
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  • Donate Food Boxes: Drop-off Tuesday and Thursday between 9am-11am.
  • Mac & Cheese, Ramen 
  • Cereal and oatmeal 
  • Canned beans 
  • Canned veggies
  • Bread
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Spaghetti Os
  • Canned or boxed soup 
  • Canned tuna/chicken 
  • Rice
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Salami or smoked sausage (that doesn't need refrigeration before opening)
  • Fresh or canned fruit
  • Condiments 
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, shelf stable milk
  • Snack food (granola bars, goldfish, applesauce, fruit leather, popcorn, crackers, etc.) 
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Paper plates, napkins, plastic flatware 
  • Can openers

Oregon Food Bank - #EmergeStronger Efforts Financial contributions go much further than food donations in moments like these, and your support will help to bolster food distribution in hard-hit communities across the state.  Visit their website (link above) for top 3 ways to get involved!

Oregon Workers Relief Fund Causa, Latino Network, Voz Worker Education Project, and Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) have created this fund to get dollars in the hands of Immigrant Oregon workers who are being left out of the Federal Stimulus package. 100% of the donations will go directly to community members in need who cannot access unemployment insurance benefits.

Familias en Acción is working to strengthen the health and well-being of Latino families and communities.

NAYA, Native American Youth and Family Center, works with youth and families to promote healthy living through positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and promotes the values of sobriety, family stability, culture, active lifestyles, and education.

Latino Network is a Latino-led education organization, grounded in culturally-specific practices and services, that lifts up youth and families to reach their full potential.

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) serves the holistic needs of immigrants, refugees, and mainstream community members in Oregon and SW Washington.

Lift Urban Portland is working to reduce hunger and improve the lives of ​low-income residents ​of Northwest and Downtown Portland. It is delivering food boxes amid the pandemic.

Snowcap Community Charities is a philanthropic organization created to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services. It is delivering food boxes amid the pandemic.

The Sunshine Division is delivering up to 1,000 food boxes every week to local families. Their biggest need is cash donations to buy food. 

Human Solutions operates two shelters for people experiencing homelessness (one for women, one for families). We need volunteer meal providers to drop off sack lunches and heat-able prepared meals that our staff can serve: sign up for a date here. We also need donated items like: hand sanitizer, diapers size 5 and 6, baby wipes, and hygiene items (soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash). Questions? Contact Shawna at volunteer@humansolutions.org or 503.278.1637.

Feeding our Neighbors is a step-by-step guide that empowers people to deliver meals to their houseless neighbors in a time of great need. It was created by Right to Survive and Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative.

PDX COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network is a new grassroots group of volunteers helping those hardest hit by COVID-19. They are prioritizing those who are sick, unhoused, disabled, w/o pay, elderly, undocumented, trans, queer, and people of color. Its facebook page shares how to get help and how to give help. You can make a financial donation, volunteer your time, or donate items including personal hygiene items, medicine, food, cleaning products, and pet food.

Oregon Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Resources Collaborative created a list of local nonprofit needs and ways to help.

Volunteer with the Joint Volunteer Information Center (Multnomah County and the City of Portland's collaborative volunteer response to COVID-19).

Street Roots is collecting donations to support its Street Roots vendors and the Coronavirus Prevention and Action Team, which is taking supplies and information out to those living without shelter.

JOIN serves individuals and families experiencing homelessness. It has an urgent need for packaged food, bottled water, reusable bags, hand sanitizer, masks, toilet paper, gloves. Please email info@joinpdx.org or call ahead to make arrangements: (503) 936-4804. You can also make a donation at https://joinpdx.org/covid-19-response/

P:ear Mentor helps homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation. They continue to help youth. Here is a list of needs: Note: p:ear serves between 100-150+ people to-go meals each day.

  • To-Go Meal Items (Homemade or Store Bought):
  • Bread or loaves of bread for slicing
  • Burrito fillings (veggies; onions; meats - chicken, beef, pork; rice; beans; cheese; burrito-size tortillas)
  • Sack lunch fillings (healthy snacks, water and juice drinks, fruit, high quality sandwich meats, etc.)
  • Baked goods (cookies, tarts, brownies, 7-layer bars, granola bars, anything else easy to serve and individually package in large quantities)
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  • Other Food Items (Store Bought):
  • Fruit juice & juice boxes
  • High quality sandwich meats
  • Peanut butter & jams
  • Cage free eggs
  • Granola/Clif bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Canned foods (meals and hearty soups)
  • Fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas)
  • Single serve oatmeal
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  • Supplies:
  • Disposable Napkins
  • Gloves & face masks
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Disposable napkins
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Sanitizers & cleaners (70%+ alcohol based)
  • Adult socks (non-ankle socks preferred)
  • Adult underwear (various sizes, all genders)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tarps
  • Tents
  • Vitamins (gummies preferred)
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  • Baby Items:
  • Diapers, sizes 3-6 & toddler sizes (Pull Ups)
  • Baby wipes (organic)
  • Baby formula (organic)
  • Baby & toddler Fruit Snacks (organic)

Donations of fresh produce, masks for youth, baked goods, and other needed items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at 338 NW 6th Ave. Have other ideas? Contact our volunteer coordinator, Tony, at tony@pearmentor.org

Portland Street Medicine: provides free medical care to people without housing and is playing a crucial role to make sure our most vulnerable neighbors have reliable information and access to care during this crisis.

The Q Center is accepting soap, hand sanitizer, diapers, non-perishable food, and other supplies. You can drop off supplies at 4115 N Mississippi Ave in Portland from noon to 8 p.m. M-F. Look for the totes in the lobby or outside main door for putting supplies in.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Resources for PDX (and beyond) by Congressman Earl Blumenauer is a list of basic needs resources. All of these groups likely need donations and volunteers. 

Sisters of the Road, a nonprofit Cafe in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown working to create systemic change that will end poverty and homelessness, continues to serve to-go meals and coffee to those experiencing homelessness. Help them meet the need.

List of nonprofits shared by Bridgeliner including Portland Street Medicine and Blanchet House.

Neighborhood House is the largest food pantry on Portland’s west side, providing emergency food boxes to more than 1,400 individuals every month. It is one of many nonprofits that had to cancel a fundraiser and now needs support more than ever. 

Oregon Community Foundation is collecting donations to give out grants to local nonprofits on the frontlines of COVID-19 response.

MRG Foundation is collecting donations to support organizations that address systemic inequities and whose work focuses on both supporting most-impacted communities at this time and anticipating the long-term effects of the outbreak. 

Social Justice Fund NW, a grantmaking organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental inequities, launched an emergency fund to support Social Justice Fund grantees working to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Donate to the fund in order to help nonprofits reach those most in need. 

BBPDX created a list of ways to help those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers and donations to continue serving critical meals to those in need. https://www.mowp.org/

Blanchet House is serving more than 10,000 to-go meals a day. They need help to sustain food service at a time when other options are closing: 

  1. Send plastic or wax paper To-Go Containers and Cups.
  2. Collect Clothing. They need warm adult-sized clothes to give to meal guests.
  3. Donate. SHARE a fundraiser with your friends on Facebook. Start a fundraiser on website. 
  4. You can volunteer only if you are 100% symptom-free and are not a member of a CDC designated at-risk group for COVID-19. Arrive at 6 am, 11 am, or 4:30 pm.
  5. Help pack to-go meals and run them to doors for handing out. Organize clothing in our clothing closet.
  6. Email them at volunteer@blanchethouse.org. There are parking permits for volunteers. Park in the lot adjoining the building (NW 3rd & Flanders) or on the street alongside the building. Be sure to get a permit from the staff to put in your car window.

Submit your nonprofits’ needs to homelessness@pdx.edu. For more updates follow us on twitter: @homelessnesspdx and Instagram: @homelessnesspdx.