Portlanders doing good
• Sisters teams up for Dining with Dignity month
Two dozen Portland-area restaurants will help Sisters of the Road Café during August as part of Dining with Dignity month.
The restaurants are donating 10 percent or more of their sales this month to help Sisters of the Road programs.
There are 31 events scheduled at 24 locations, including Il Piatto, Lincoln Restaurant, 3 Doors Down, Cafe Nell, Tin Shed, Pacific Pie Company and ¿Por Que No?
Throughout August at 24 restaurants, info: www.sisters oftheroad.org
• Church opens Haitian Project sale
Madeleine Catholic Church of Northeast Portland hosts its 11th annual garage sale Aug. 5 to 7 to benefit low-income children through The Haitian Project.
The event is the largest sale of used goods in Portland helping an organization, usually raising more than $24,000. More than 100 volunteers work for two weeks prior to the sale.
The Haitian Project operates Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince, a tuition-free Catholic boarding institution.
The school's pupils tutor children and adults, and 95 percent of graduates go on to graduate from universities, some returning to teach at the school.
Following the 2010 earthquake, the school was damaged but classes resumed immediately. Students helped rebuild neighborhood homes and made food and water available to the community.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6, 9 a.m-1 p.m. Aug. 7, 3123 N.E. 24th Ave., www.haitianproject.org
• AARP hosts service-learning effort
The American Association of Retired People is leading a small group of volunteers Aug. 8 to 27 in a service-learning project called 'Hidden Hunger in Washington County: Food Insecurity among Our Elders.'
AARP reported that more than 6 million Americans age 60 and older have trouble getting enough to eat. Participants will gather five times during the project. Activities include serving a meal at a senior center, tending a local community garden that produces fresh goods for those with nutritional needs, and working at a local market to better understand helping support families and seniors.
The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the Hillsboro Senior Center, 750 S.E. Eighth Ave., Hillsboro. Participants will study a community 'hunger map' and review a service-learning schedule.
• Kerr Center sets appreciation picnic
The Albertina Kerr Center of Northeast Portland is looking for eight volunteers to help with its annual foster family appreciation picnic from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7, at Willamette Park in Portland.
The Kerr Center works with children and adults burdened by severe mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. Today, the nonprofit runs 43 Albertina Kerr group homes throughout the Willamette Valley.
Picnic organizers are expecting about 120 people to attend Sunday's picnic, including biological and foster families. Volunteers are needed to prepare food, decorate the site, run field games and activities from face painting to sack races.
3-7 p.m., Aug. 7, Willamette Park at Southwest Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street, 503-262-0187, www.handsonportland.org.