Luis Palau Video: Portland City Council moved by outreach

Below is a video of Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish at a City Council meeting confessing his initial skepticism of Luis Palau’s Season of Service and his current praise for the outreach which has brought  thousands fo volunteers to help the needy Portland.

Below is a list of activities through Luis Palau’s Season of Service. For full press release and links go here.

Launch a Season of Service project, or join one that’s already happening.

Click the links above for information about how you can get involved. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Luis Palau Association’s Season of Service coordinator.


Compassion North Clackamas – April 25

Compassion Montavilla – May 2

Downtown Vancouver Cleanup Day – May 16

Compassion Rockwood – May 30

Forum on Church-School Partnerships – June 10
Catch a vision for your church to partner with a local public school.
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Mosaic Church
1832 NE 39th Ave.
Portland, OR, 97212

Compassion SouthEast – June 20

Roosevelt Annual Day of Service – June 20

Westside Compassion – July 11

Canby Care Days – July 18

CityTeam Summer Bash Food Drive – August 15

Community Care Day – August 29

Compassion Health Clinic Beaverton – October


Here are some ideas and opportunities, organized alphabetically by area of emphasis:

* Environment
* Homelessness
* Hunger/Poverty
* Other
* Medical/Dental
* Neighborhood
* Schools

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Luis Palau Association’s Season of Service coordinator.

*In order to qualify as a “Season of Service” project, the activity must directly meet a tangible need in the life of another person or group of people in the community. Decisions regarding project qualification are within the sole discretion of the Luis Palau Association and are not subject to review.


environmentCelebrate Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Join with other Oregonians in community projects that will preserve Oregon’s vitality and beauty for the next 150 years.

Oregon 150 has commissioned SOLV, Oregon Volunteers, and Rural Development Initiatives, Inc. to create Take Care of Oregon Days, a month-long event inspiring citizens across the state to roll up their sleeves and give back to their communities.

We are looking for 20,000 volunteers to join us at more than 500 local sites throughout the state for this historical event in May, 2009.

For more information, or to register to volunteer, please visit us online, or call Brett Lyon at  SOLV at 503-844-9571 x 332, or send him an email. SOLV – Project Oregon: Local cleanup and environmental projects. SOLV has several local projects available throughout the year. This is an excellent choice for churches, ministries, businesses or other organizations that want to improve their local community through restoration, cleanup, enhancement and/or beautification efforts.


homelessnessHome Again Mentoring Project
The Luis Palau Association encourages you to partner with the City of Portland to assist the formerly homeless. A small group from your church can get involved by serving as short-term mentors in structured relationships with homeless families transitioning into stable housing. Find out more here, and contact Megan Palau if you have questions at 503.614.1500. Or, send an email.

Bridgetown Ministries: Night Strike
Serve Portland’s homeless every Friday night under the west end of the Burnside Bridge.


hungerSummer Food Program
When school breaks for the summer, many children from low-income families wonder if they’ll get lunch. Now there are more than 400 sites in Oregon where children ages 1 through 18 can get a free meal and have some fun together during the summer. Opportunities abound for churches, ministries, businesses or other organizations to get involved. New sites may be sponsored, help may be lent at existing sites, or programs for the children being fed at the sites may be created. There is a significant need for help in the tri-county area.

It is suggested that planning for this summer activity begin well in advance. Visit the website for more information or call Robyn Johnson with the Oregon Hunger Task Force at 503-595-5503.

CityTeam Ministries
CityTeam is partnering with The Fish 104.1 FM for a food drive on August 15 at the Quality Inn by the Portland airport. The goal is to collect 20,000 pounds of food.

CityTeam offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of urban women, men, youth and families. Find out more about CityTeam and their different projects, or contact Kim Dilworth.


medicalCompassion Connect
Volunteer at free medical and dental clinics. Compassion Clinics are designed to meet individual needs by providing medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, and social services for low income residents of Greater Portland. They will take place in as many as five metro area locations during the spring and summer of 2009. For more information, contact Milan.


Neighborhood Service
Serve with other believers in your community and make a difference in your neighbors’ lives through prayer and service. Find your neighborhood.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Make an impact through mentoring a child for one hour each week in your neighborhood or at your local school.


Advent Conspiracy
What if Christmas was different this year? What if you gave gifts that lived long after December is over? And what if you could do it while changing the world in a real way, one person at a time?

Need Help Directory
Discover the latest on Christian Service Opportunities throughout our community.

Vernonia, Oregon
Skilled and unskilled support personnel needed for flood damage reconstruction. Contact Michael Do at Compassion First for further information by calling 503-644-9104, or send him an email.


schoolsMost communities have schools that need help in the areas of grounds cleanup, general maintenance, and/or classroom aid. These schools offer an excellent opportunity for churches, businesses, nonprofits or other organizations to get involved in their local community. Involvement can range from helping clean up the grounds during an “emphasis weekend” to longer-term commitments such as providing tutoring assistance.

The most effective way to get involved is to have your organization’s leader, pastor, or the parent of a child attending the school, meet with the principal to discuss the school’s specific needs. Find your closest school.

Adopt A Class
The Adopt A Class program provides positive role models (volunteers) to kids who are at or below poverty level (Title 1). This is a nonprofit volunteer program that assigns volunteers from a business or organization to a classroom in a school. Each volunteer is paired with a student in the classroom. Throughout the school year, there are six simple activities done as a group for each volunteer to participate in. This takes about 10-12 hours of time, total, for the year.

Church and School Partnerships
Learn about how you can establish or participate in a mutually beneficial relationship between your church and a local school.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Make an impact through mentoring a child for one hour each week in your neighborhood or at your local school.

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