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Neighborhood House offers opportunities for community involvement this summer

Volunteer time, donate supplies to help local families in need


A jump start to high school success

MULTNOMAH - Now that another school year is finished, Neighborhood House Youth Program staff members are gearing up for a busy summer of serving students at eight schools across by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Students attend Neighborhood House's Ninth Grade Counts academy, learning essential life skills and getting a taste of life in high school. Portland. Summer break can create a major void in the lives of disadvantaged students. Many kids have no place to spend their days that is safe and adequately supervised. And, without the free breakfast and lunch they normally have at school, they may go hungry.

In Neighborhood House's Summer Youth Programs, students participate in intensive academics combined with recreation and special assistance for English language learners. At Wilson High School, Neighborhood House's Ninth Grade Counts Academy will help at-risk students make a smooth transition to high school by teaching them essential study skills along with academic support. Meanwhile, all participants are safe, fed nutritious meals

and return to school in the fall more prepared to succeed.

One student commented, "Summer school was a great advantage for me to get ahead. Because of Ninth Grade Counts, I am more motivated in school and I'm getting better grades... [the academy] gave me the opportunity to see how high school is and

how college is."

With more than one third of Portland high school students dropping out before graduation, effective programs are crucial to the academic future of youth. Community members can sponsor a student for a four-week session for $200 or volunteer at several school-based sites. At Wilson, volunteers are needed to help chaperone field trips every Tuesday in July.

To learn more about the types of volunteer opportunities available this summer at Neighborhood House, please contact Kyrsten Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-246-1663, ext. 2117.

Filling the ‘SNAP Gap'

Every year, Multnomah Days returns to Southwest Portland, bringing more than 10,000 Portlanders to enjoy a parade, local vendors and fun activities. This year, Neighborhood House will benefit from the community festival - organizers are asking participants to make a donation to Neighborhood House in lieu of a parade entry fee, and there will several interactive activities to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity.

Neighborhood House has partnered with Barbur Storage and community volunteers to design and build a unique house sculpture constructed of toiletry items that cannot be purchased with SNAP (food stamps), such as toilet paper, hygiene supplies, diapers and paper towels. The volunteer build team will put on finishing touches and unveil the "SNAP Gap" house after parade on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Neighborhood House is seeking donations and volunteers to help build the "SNAP Gap" house. Donations of toiletry items and cleaning supplies are being accepted at Neighborhood House, located at 7780 S.W. Capitol Hwy., all summer and at Barbur Storage, located at 11318 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Aug. 1 to 15.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Delena Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-246-1663, ext. 2118.