In May, support Street Roots! And see below for a bonus opportunity to continue supporting Y.O.U.th PDX.
We will be collecting donations any time that Fanladen is open. This includes membership hours, pre-game, and (in some cases) post-game. Check the weekly newsletter or social media for updates and open hours.
Since 1999, Street Roots has been publishing a weekly newspaper in Portland, and employing vendors to sell that paper. Street Roots vendors are independent contractors who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. By selling papers for Street Roots, these vendors not only make an income, but they become a part of the organization’s advocacy. Their voices and experiences heavily influence how Street Roots advocates for systemic change. This organization also publishes the Rose City Resource, which exhaustively lists resources and services for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.
We’re collecting in May this year to help Street Roots prepare for the heat of summer. Specifically, please donate: sunscreen, sun hats, reusable cooling towels, misters/personal fans, aloe vera, sunscreen chapstick, reusable water bottles, and bottled water. Please only donate new or like-new items.
Tina Drake, vendor liaison for Street Roots, says "We at street roots strive to create a comfortable environment for our vendors at all times. This sometimes includes them selling in inclement weather. Any donations brought by you ... will be made available to our vendors to keep them safe during these strange and unusual times during the Portland and Oregonian weather changes. Thank you from street roots."
If you’re not attending games or it’s tough to get to Fanladen, you can also donate to Street Roots via their Amazon wishlist or donate financially online.
We are also continuing to collect books for Y.O.U.th. This organization runs many local programs for young people, and focuses on literacy with programs like Books not Bars. “Y.O.U.th mission is to motivate, inspire and empower youth, family, and educators to dismantle the school to prison pipeline by challenging existing systems and structures.” They are collecting books to put directly into the hands of young people in Portland. Please donate new books that are culturally specific and relevant, and support authors from Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. New fiction and nonfiction books are needed for ages 6-18. We are continuing the drive through May in hopes of getting some additional donations to support their programs.
What: Donation drive for Street Roots and Y.O.U.th
Where: Fanladen, 1633 SW Alder
When: Anytime it’s open, usually Wednesday nights and match days