PSU Serve Your City: Packing Winter Care Kits with Asha Hope Amanaki

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm (PT)
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The winter season can be a particularly challenging time of year for our houseless (and other vulnerable) communities in Portland. Join us in supporting our neighbors through these upcoming months by assembling care kits and writing cards, while connecting with other students who share similar values and passions.

The Student Community Engagement Center is excited to support Asha Hope Amanaki in packing care kits containing essential items to donate to community members in need of extra support this Winter. The kits we will be packing during this session will be going to folks served at Bradley Angle and Transition Projects.

Where: Portland State University, OrgSpace -- SMSU M108
When: 11/09/2021, 2:30-4:00
Requirements: This is an in-person volunteer opportunity. Masks will be required at all times.

We will meet on campus in the Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU M108) and begin our time together learning more about the organizations that we'll be donating the care kits to, as well as the support that different communities need during winter months, especially as the pandemic continues on.

Asha Hope Amanaki will provide us with all the materials required to pack the bags.

Throughout the pandemic, Asha Hope Amanaki has partnered with shelters, nursing homes, and nonprofits to provide individuals with bags of essentials. At a minimum, each kit will include:

  1. Hand Sanitizer
  2. Mask
  3. A treat of sorts! (Mints, chocolate, etc.)
  4. A word of encouragement or artwork (Ex: cards, origami, 3D Printed Items - feel free to get creative here!)
  5. A warm item (socks, scarves, beanies, mittens)

After we assemble the care packages, they will be distributed to two local organizations, Bradley Angle and Transition Projects, who will provide them to individuals with whom they work.

By joining this program, you will have the opportunity to build community with other PSU students while assisting with the preparation and possible distribution of many vital resources to various organizations in need. If you feel the need to get off the computer and out of your chair, this is a great opportunity to get in involved and serve! Asha Hope and SCEC have committed to making this in-person volunteer opportunity as safe as possible to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Project background:

Operation H.O.P.E (Health, Outreach, Partnership, Encouragement) began during the pandemic as a community project for the community by the community. The idea was to reach those who were the most vulnerable during the winter months of the pandemic: those who were experiencing homelessness and those who were in nursing homes facing isolation. Last year from October to February, this project helped make 5000 bags and distribute them to 64 organizations across the Portland Metro region. They worked with city officials, community members, and corporations to make this happen.

Asha Hope Amanaki is a small grassroots organization that formed from this effort during the pandemic. They organize, acquire and distribute resources tailored to various organization  to help provide community members with the resources they need. Asha Hope Amanaki means HOPE in Hindi, English, and Tongan, representing the roots of the founders and the goals of the organization of serving the underserved and underrepresented populations via Heath, Outreach, Partnership and Encouragement.

Background on the organizations we will be donating the supply kits to:

Transition Projects:
Transition Projects provides individuals with the services, resources, and tools they need to end their homelessness, secure housing, and maintain that housing.

  • Each year, Transition Projects assists more than 10,000 people experiencing homelessness.
  • On any given day, they help meet the basic needs of nearly 500 people through our Resource Center.
  • On any given night, they provide a safe place to sleep for more than 800 people with nowhere else to turn.
  • In any given year, they help place more than 1,000 people into affordable housing - and then support them in retaining that housing.
Bradley Angle:
Bradley Angle’s mission is to serve all people affected by domestic violence. We do this by placing people experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence at the center of our services and providing them with safety, education, empowerment, healing, and hope.

Their vision is a world where communities are free from domestic violence and oppression, and where loving, compassionate, and equitable relationships exist for all people. "We are constantly learning and evolving as we strive to end domestic violence."

Serve Your City is a program of the Student Community Engagement Center. The Student Community Engagement Center's mission is to provide robust and varied co-curricular opportunities for all students at Portland State to engage with the community and become catalysts for change.

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