Each day members of our community quietly celebrate milestones, achievements and accomplishments—big and small. This department highlights these triumphs for the community.
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Elementary entrepreneurs go to BizTown
Thursday, Oct. 29, a group of Portland Christian fifth-graders stepped into BizTown and became CEOs, grocery clerks and news reporters for a day. A hands-on experience that gives students the opportunity to role-play as entrepreneurs and consumers in a simulated community, the non-profit Junior Achievement produces the BizTown experience that partner with schools to help students connect in-class learning with real-life experience. Students and teachers prepared for this event in their classrooms in the weeks leading up to the facility visit. They also practiced personal financial management by opening a bank account and learning to use a checkbook and debit card.
SnowCap looks for volunteers to help the hungry
As the New Year approaches, Judy Alley, executive director of SnowCap Community Charities, 17805 S.E. Stark St., hopes people consider making a resolution to volunteer with her organization, which provides food, clothing and other services to low-income folks in East Multnomah County.
“SnowCap volunteers are the lifeblood of this agency,” she says, noting that volunteering can take only a few hours a month. “They feed thousands of people each month by organizing food drives, picking up and delivering food, sorting food donations, stocking shelves and packing bags. They also drive trucks, weed our community garden, serve on committees and interview clients. We have a small paid staff, but it would be impossible for SnowCap to do what it does without the more than 1,000 volunteers we have.”
At this time, Alley says SnowCap particularly needs more volunteers to interview clients, work in the agency’s donated clothing shop or help clients pick up food in its pantry.