Volunteer and fundraising activities happening this month in Southwest Portland

April Hill Park seeks student volunteers

The Friends of April Hill Park will host a celebration for "our gateway to nature" from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

High school student volunteers are invited to help out at the park (located at Southwest 58th Avenue and Miles Street) by running kids activities and assisting with setup and teardown. To register and earn community service credit, call 503-823-4592.

The Friends event will include performances by the Robert Gray Middle School Marching Band and Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Drummers, as well as games and tours of the natural area. This event is free and all are welcome.

CPAH hosts "HomeWord Bound"

Community Partners for Affordable Housing will present its 19th annual "HomeWord Bound" fundraising event from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Oregon Zoo (4001 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland).

Each year, the nonprofit invites Northwest authors to share insights into their work. The event also includes dining, a silent auction and book signings.

This year's speakers are Ruth Wariner and Gigi Little. Wariner wrote the New York Times bestseller "The Sound of Gravel," a coming-of-age memoir set in a polygamist family. Little edited "City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Stories," which was a Powell's Books bestseller.

Proceeds from HomeWord Bound go toward supporting resident programs such as Summer Youth Program, After School Program and Community Building. Tickets are $85 each and can be purchase online at

Wilson All-School Auction planned

Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, The annual Wilson All-School Auction will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the PDX Sports Center (8785 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway).

The event will include live and silent auctions, as well as a dance party.

Funds raised at the event will benefit student clubs and teams, as well as the Wilson Foundation. The Foundation helps raise money to fund teaching positions at Wilson, which reduces class sizes and increases elective choices for students.

Individual tickets, which cost $50 and include two drinks and dinner, can be purchased at For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SW Hope drive continues SUBMITTED PHOTO - Empty Bowls Soup Dinner, a major fundraising event for SW Hope, will take place on Sunday, April 2.

From 4:30 to 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, Neighborhood House will be hosting Empty Bowls Community Soup dinner, a major fundraising event for its SW Hope food drive. This year, the event timing has been extended an additional hour in hopes of engaging more supporters in the fundraising efforts. Attendees will receive a handmade ceramic bowl, in addition to a soup dinner and a dessert. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards the SW Hope fundraising goals.

Also as part of SW Hope, a $5,000 matching grant has been offered to Neighborhood House for the SW Hope 5k RUN and 1K Kids' Run, which starts at 8:45 Saturday, April 22 at Gabriel Park. Event registration is available online at HYPERLINK "" Every $35 registration (or $10 for kids) will be matched by the grant.

If you have questions about SW Hope, you can contact Jimmy Debiasi, Neighborhood House Community Outreach Coordinator at 503-246-1663 x2117 or HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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