Volunteer and fundraising activities happening this month in Southwest Portland

Neighborhood House initiates annual S.W. Hope food drive

Each spring, the community organization Neighborhood House partners with area faith groups to help collect food for hungry residents in Southwest Portland.

This year, the S.W. Hope drive, which will run from Feb. 26 through Apr. 9, aims to collect 175,000 pounds of food or its cash equivalent. That's up from last year's goal of 150,000 pounds.

Neighborhood House expects that if the drive reaches its target, the nonprofit will be able to feed hungry residents of Southwest Portland for three months.

The organization actually encourages cash donations, as each dollar equates to four pounds of food. To help, go to and click on "Please donate today!"

The website also includes information about the drive and specific associated events. For more details, contact Neighborhood House Development Coordinator Mindy Crouchley at 503-246-1663.

Tryon Creek Watershed Council to host eighth-annual cleanup

The Tryon Creek Watershed Council is organizing its biggest annual volunteer day, a watershed-wide cleanup scheduled from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 25.

Volunteers will gather at St. Mark Presbyterian Church (9750 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland), disperse for various projects and then convene for a celebratory lunch after the clean-up work finishes.

The clean-up project will include native plant installation and invasive species removal, so participants should come dressed to work outside. The council suggests wearing closed-toe shoes, long pants and warm accessories such as hats and gloves. The cleanup will go on, rain or shine.

The Council encourages group participation, and both organizations and individuals can sign up online at Registration is required to receive a post-work lunch at the church.

For more information, contact the council's volunteer coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact Southwest Community Connection reporter Hannah Rank at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 503-636-1281 ext. 105

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