Let’s Make Mini-Wreaths 2021

Photos of wreath making with text for the community hordiculture

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Lents neighborhood (you’ll receive the address in your email if your application is accepted)

Please join us on Sunday, December 12, 2021 for our third annual community-based therapeutic horticulture winter activity in partnership with Larkspur Portland: making foraged mini-evergreen wreaths!

This activity will be a fun and accessible way to engage your senses in wintertime nature and connect with your neighbors.

All materials and tools will be provided, and you are welcome to also bring your own foraged materials if you’d like to include them in the project. If you have wire-cutters and/or a pair of pruners, please bring them for your personal use. We will be working with a variety of evergreen boughs, branches, winter-hardy herbs, dried plants, feathers, mosses, lichens, etc..

If you are physically able to, you are encouraged to also take a nature walk and forage for materials to include in your project, as an additional way to connect with nature and engage your senses.

This activity will be appropriate for all ages. Children younger than 9 will need assistance to complete the project.

If you are interested, please fill out this registration form and we will follow up with you as soon as we can. Space is limited to 12 people. We encourage everyone interested to apply. Our organization is especially devoted to increasing accessibility to BIPOC & LGBTQ+ folks.

This class will be led by Kasia Terra (Larkspur Portland), a horticultural therapist living in East Portland.

Start by filling out the application HERE.

Questions? Feel free to contact us HERE!

Land Back Meal: Generosity Teachings with Local Native American Community

graphic of cooked turkey and two pies with citris garneshes in organge and brown tones and Fall leaves surrounding them

On Thursday 11/25, at 12PM, all who are hungry or who simply wish to connect with their community, are invited to join us in the east parking lot at Lents Park for hot food and community conversations, “Land Back Meal: Generosity Teachings with Local Native American Community!”*

This is an event by the community, for the community, and we could use more support to make it happen! We are still coordinating food/cooking/warm beverages, as well as working to get the word out to folks who might not be on social media or who live outside, so if you’d like to help with either food, volunteering, or promotion, please contact us so we can coordinate!

We’ll also have available free pet food, personal hygiene supplies, warmth/safety supplies, and more. If you’d like to donate anything like socks, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, or other supplies, please DM/contact us so we can coordinate — or just show up!

Still needed::
Beverages
-tea bags
-hot cocoa packets
-apple cider packets
-bottled water / seltzer water

Food
-Side dishes — if you wish to contribute a side dish, please DM us on Instagram @eastpdxcollective or contact us HERE, ASAP
-Non-perishable items (like energy bars, nuts, cereal, crackers)
-citrus fruit

Supplies
-warm socks
-gloves
-blankets
-sleeping bags
-tents
-hand warmers
-bags (plastic or paper)

Pet Supplies
-Cat and dog food is always appreciated
-Dog coats/sweaters
-Leashes, collars, harnesses

Come connect, share, learn, reflect, eat with your community, and help us reach more folks who could use some community support right now.❤️‍🩹

Please note: this event is part of the weekly Lents Community Care Fair that takes place every Thursday at Lents Park, with support from Portland Street Response. However, our regular partners won’t be there this week. This means that services/goods like Covid shots/boosters, haircuts, groceries, OHP/SNAP application assistance, books, etc. will resume on Dec. 02!

Lents Community Outreach Fair

Flyer depicting supplies for communtiy care, hot soup, vaccines pet supplies, all free

 Every Thursday from October 21, 2021 until December 2, 2021 from 10am to 2pm, please join us for a weekly wellness & friendship fair right here in our Lents community, connecting unhoused and housed neighbors to needed supplies, nourishment, and services — and to each other!

If you’ve been needing help signing up for OHP or SNAP, need a rapid Covid test, or want to get a Covid or flu vaccine — come see us Thursdays at Lents Park!

We’ll also have hot meals, pet food/supplies, wound care, hygiene and safety supplies, and more — all FREE for everyone, rain or shine!

Who will be there:

Portland Street Response, @pdxsaintslove@eastpdxcollective@careoregon@drbnwbridge, Providence, University of Portland School of Nursing, and others!

DONATIONS NEEDED: @eastpdxcollective is running a pet supply booth and we need more dog and cat food, as well as accessories like leashes, harnesses, treats, brushes, coats, and more. If you have anything to donate, please bring them tomorrow at the event and we’ll gladly take them off your hands and distribute them to those in need!

Come say hi, make friends, get what you need, and/or find ways that you can plug into your community!

Lents Heatwave Preparation: Supplies Needed

Lents Heatwave Preparation: Supplies Needed

Call to action 💦🌡 — we’re planning on doing another round of Cooling Station + distribution events this week in the Lents Area — and we could use the following supplies, if anyone wants to drop off anything (DM for address) anytime between now and tomorrow at noon:

-electrolyte drinks (even just a six-pack or whatever you can afford) or powders

-water bottles

-FOOD (anything that’s individually wrapped, like sandwiches, or portioned in ways in which it’s easy to hand out. So far, we have 36 peanut butter&jelly sandwiches; folks who are houseless seem to really appreciate meal-type of things, beyond snacks. Some folks will be hungry and stuck at their camps because it will be too hot to venture out and/or some can’t afford the risk of leaving their belongings behind without someone supervising)

-SNACKS. We could use granola bars, energy bars, nuts… things that are rich in protein, salty, and not too high in sugar.

-FRUIT: people tend to ask for bananas and citrus fruit

-Cooler(s). Collectively, we have about 3-4 coolers but we could use more! Styrofoam coolers are great too because we can drop them off with folks with ice and supplies in them.

-ICE

We could also use sharp containers to leave with folks (Google what can make a good sharp container to see if you have anything around your house that we could repurpose)

If you have ideas for anything else that would bring people comfort in this heat, please ask. We are willing to distribute almost anything that people give us. The schedule for distribution is as follows:

-tomorrow (Wednesday): distribution starting at noon: we’ll be making runs to nearby camps and checking in with folks about their needs, dropping off supplies, and letting them know about the Cooling Station
-Thursday &Friday: Cooling Station at Lents Park, 12-5pm; distribution throughout the day.

Thank you so much, everyone! Hope everyone has a way to stay cool this week, and if you have the bandwidth, please check on your neighbors to ensure they’re safe also!