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!

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!

Community Showers & Foot Care

A teal green flyer depicting graphics of a person under a shower and sitting in a chair while another person washes their feet. Text reads "Community Showers & Foot Care. Free access to hygeine services in a safe and welcoming enviornment.

Starting TODAY until Nov. 28: Community Showers and Foot Care will be EVERY MONDAY, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Lents, brought to the community by a partnership between Portland Street Response, University of Portland School of Nursing, @cultivateinitiatives@eastpdxcollective@pdxsaintslove and @drbnwbridge.

Every Monday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
at Lents Park, east side, next to the mural on the Pickles Stadium Building.

Can you help us reach the folks who need this the most by spreading the word in the community and sharing this flyer with your channels? 🙏🏽

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

-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

-warm socks
-sleeping bags
-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 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.


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!

Supplies Needed at Lents Cooling Station


We’ll be hosting another Cooling Station in Lents tomorrow and Friday to help folks cope with the very high temps. As we’ve learned from the last heatwave, we are disproportionately impacted in the Lents area and the lives of many people, including our houseless neighbors, are at risk. We need:
-styrofoam coolers
-sunscreen SPF 50 or higher
-non-perishable high protein snacks (salty!)

Can you help? If you can donate any of these supplies, please bring them to Refuge Coffee House today and/or tomorrow, between 1pm and 5pm only*!

Thank you, community, for coming together to support each other!

(*Important: Please don’t drop off donations outside of these hours. We are very thankful to Refuge Coffee Shop for being willing to collect donations for our community and don’t want their space or business overwhelmed, so it’s important to respect that window of time. The Cooling Station will take place at Lents Park, Thursday 7/29 12-5pm and Friday 7/30 12-7pm

Thank you, everyone!!

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mutual Mental Health First Aid promotional flyer

East Portland Collective has joined forces with Portland Street Response (PSR) to bring our Lents/East Portland community a skills-based training course that teaches every day folks the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use. At the end of the training, participants will receive a nationally-recognized certification (similarly to the one you’d get from a First Aid training) and will hopefully feel better prepared speaking to and helping a neighbor, friend, or family member in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Read more about the training below.

This training is part of our ongoing joint efforts to decrease the stigma around mental health and houselessness, and increase our community’s resiliency. There is normally a cost associated with obtaining the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certificate; however, that fee will be waived for East Portland Collective participants, thanks to the generosity of Portland Street Response. To further increase accessibility, we will also provide lunch to all participants, as well as childcare and interpretation upon request.

There are 20 spots available for the August 18, 2021 training. To apply, please fill out this form no later than August 2, 2021. We will notify you no later than August 4, 2021 if you’ve been admitted or placed on a waiting list.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches everyday people how to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health challenges (depression, anxiety, etc.) and substance use issues, and then gives people the tools to help someone who needs support or professional help.  

MHFA does not teach people to become the therapist or to provide treatment; it simply teaches someone how to identify a potential problem, how to approach someone and have that conversation, how to assess for risk of harm to self or others, and then what steps they can take to help the person get the help and support they need. 

MHFA training is very interactive.  Participants will also be given a participant handbook with chapters on various mental health disorders and lists of national resources available.  

What you will learn

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

En Español

Topics Covered

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. Learn more about this training here.

Lents Youth Day Art Camp

  • Free Youth Day Art Camp promo flyer
  • About Free Day Art Youth Camp promo flyer
  • Meet the Teachers of the Free Youth Day Art Camp
  • Apply Today to the Free Youth Day Art Camp

Vibe of Portland and East Portland Collective have joined forces to provide art enrichment access for students ages 6-14 in Lents and nearby outer East Portland neighborhoods that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. With the theme “Dreaming Tomorrow,” the youth camp will focus on self-reflection, goal-setting, and collaboration centered on educational, social, and emotional well-being. We are offering a week, August 2 -6, 2021, of arts enrichment classes in Lents through a weekday camp, lunches, and art supplies to 15 students.

To apply, go to: https://bit.ly/epcvibe21.

There are 15 spots available, so apply as soon as possible. 

Thank you to the Oregon Community Foundation for generously supporting  the Lents/East Portland kids and thank you to Rose CDC for donating their space to make it all happen!

Meet the teachers


Kyra is a Cincinnati born, Portland based visual artist that specializes in portrait painting. Kyra’s love for people and the diversity in their character is the focal point of her work. She often seeks to make her work more accessible. One way in particular is through public art and muraling.

Jolyn Fry

Jolyn is an art instructor who has been teaching painting classes for almost two decades. Whether depicting literal, physical landscapes or those of a more personal, emotional nature, Jolyn says, ‘Surrendering to my artistic process grants me the kindest perspective of myself and the life that moves around me.’

To apply, go to: https://bit.ly/epcvibe21.

Mobile Community Closet

Mobile Community Closet at the Really Really Free Market Promotional Flyer

East Portland Collective will be at the Really Really Free Market @rrfmpdx this Saturday, July 17, 3-6 PM, at the Gateway Discovery Park with our *now mobile* Community Clothing Closet, sponsored by the East Portland Action Plan! FREE clothing, shoes and accessories for the community.

Interested in donating gently used clothing or volunteering at the event? Please email us! At this time, we can only take pre-sorted and cleaned items for this event. There will be future opportunities to donate clothing as well, keep an eye out for upcoming pop-ups!

For now, see you Saturday at the Gateway Discovery Park! Tell your friends by SHARING this post!

Beat The Heat Houseless Outreach

Beat The Heat Houseless Outrach. Donations and Volunteers Need.

Hey everyone: if you have extra of the following supplies, please consider donating them in LENTS to help our unhoused neighbors during this record-breaking heatwave:

We need bottled water, electrolyte water/powder, mini-fans + batteries, coolers and ice!

Additionally, we are looking for more CHEST FREEZERS that we can use to store all the drinks and freeze them ahead of distribution, so please reach out if you have a chest freezer that we can use!

We also need to borrow WAGONS to carry the donations our to camps!

Last but not least, we need YOU! If you can help us either by organizing donations or distributing them to our unhoused neighbors, please join @pdxsaintslove@eastpdxcollective, and @pdxvets at Lents Park (east side) tomorrow Sunday, 6/27 at 10:00 am! Or, sign up for a shift!


Housed and unhoused neighbors working together hand-in-hand to beat one of the most severe heat waves in history! Stay safe out there, everyone!