There are a number of ways individuals and groups can take action. Read below to explore several on-ramps to supporting our local social system and foster care families.
Stand in the gap for vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services.
NW Children’s Outreach
Northwest Children’s Outreach accepts, sorts and cleans gently used clothing, shoes, coats, toys, books, and new toiletries, formula and diapers that are shared with very vulnerable children living in the metro area. The nearest drop site is located inside the Westside Church of Christ: 5525 SW Menlo Drive, Beaverton, OR 97005
Drop times are Mondays & Wednesdays 7pm – 8:30pm and Thursdays 9:00am – 12:30pm. Volunteers (individuals, families or groups) can schedule time to assist with sorting and packing orders.
With Love is a local not-for-profit organization serving young foster families within the Portland-metropolitan area. They provide high-quality resources at no cost. Their mission is to “support foster families by providing safe, clean, and quality clothing and supplies for children ages 0-5, while exuding love and honor.”
In partnership with With Love, WCC seeks to help meet specific organizational needs through directing willing volunteers to their website where they can sign up to serve in their Tigard warehouse as well as better understand how their gifts and talents can be put to use in supporting and growing this thriving non-profit.
Department of Human Services Partnership
Boxes provide children in foster care with special items during a time of crisis like sitting in a DHS office, leaving the hospital or aging out of foster care.
Caring for vulnerable children means supporting those on the front lines who work with these children. Hospitality teams deliver monthly treats to DHS staff and plan larger appreciation events.
Continuous needs emerge for children and families at DHS offices that cannot always be met with state resources. Community members can tangibly meet these needs.
Office Buddies spend time with a child at the DHS office when he or she is being taken into foster care and is awaiting their next placement.
Currently, DHS has a significant need for adults to volunteer time in transit with a foster child who is visiting with his or her birthparent(s). This is a unique opportunity to provide consistent relationship to a child in their monthly rhythm of parental visitations.
Preventing children from entering foster care means coming alongside families long before they get to a breaking point. Volunteers from the community have an important role.