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Apr 15, 2020 |

Virtual All-School Service Day

Mark your calendars for our first ever

Virtual All-school Service Day from 12 to 3 pm on Friday, May 1.

All-school Service Day taking place during a pandemic means that we’ll have to give back a little differently this year, but just because we can’t come together as a group doesn’t mean that we can’t give back at all! This year, we invite the entire Northwest Academy community (students, parents, faculty, and staff) to participate in our all-school service day on May 1!
The organizations we’ve reached out to were very glad to hear from us, so please see the list of organizations and ways that you can help below. Afterward, fill out this form to let us know your plans!
We hope to have as many of you (and your families, if possible) taking part in this afternoon, we have a wonderful community at Northwest Academy and this is just another way to show our connectedness!

2020 All-School Service Day Partner Organization Needs

St. Andrews: commits to work with the poor, the powerless, and the oppressed for the liberation of all; to seek justice, compassion, and peace in our lives, community, and world.
How you can help St. Andrew’s Chruch:
  • Donate non-perishable food to their food pantry, specifically: pasta & rice; plastic bottles of cooking oil, pasta sauce, and peanut butter; canned chicken and tuna
  • Sewing face masks for their food pantry clients
Blanchet House: Offers food, shelter, and aid to all those in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored. You’ve probably seen them in the news recently as many have been donating sack lunches!
How you can help Blanchet House: 
  • Sack Lunch donations (disregard the donation information, we’ll take care of that!)
  • Donations of baked goods

Case for Smiles: helps with the stress and emotional impact of illness in the here and now. Our whimsical pillowcases give children an emotional boost, while resources and tools help families better understand and cope with the experience.

  • Sew pillowcases!
CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project): CHAP brings the Healing Power of Art to children and families facing medical challenges.
How you can help Case For Smiles:
  • Sewing face masks for their staff and clientele
  • Handwritten letters to their staff and clients
Clay Street Table: Provides a meal program and food pantry that are a major source of food for those experiencing poverty and homelessness in our southwest neighborhood of downtown Portland. 
How you can help Clay Street Table:
  • Sewing face masks for their staff and clientele
  • Handwritten letters to their staff and clients
  • Donations of: non-perishable food for their pantry and clothes for their clothing closet
JOIN: Supports the efforts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness to transition into permanent housing.
How you can help JOIN:
  • Handwritten letters to thank their staff and encourage their clients
Lambert House: Adult daycare center run by Volunteers of America Oregon
How you can help Lambert House:
  • Sewing face masks for their staff and clientele
  • Handwritten letters to their staff and clients
Northwest Children’s Outreachfunctions as a collection and distribution center, collecting resources for these children and distributing the goods to local care providers who meet directly with and prescreen the children
How you can help NCO:
  • donation of clothing – infant to teen sizes only! Although some teens fit adult sizes, adult clothing isn’t as interesting to the kids!
P:earMentors Portland’s homeless youth to affirm personal worth and create healthier lives and communities.
How you can help P:ear:
  • Donations: P:ear has a list of items that are needed-especially right now! If you’re doing your spring cleaning while in quarantine, scroll to the bottom of this page for their list of requested items to see if you have anything of use.
  • You can also purchase coffee window gift cards to help support their job training program
  • While P:ear normally loves food donations, they are currently facing a storage issue and asked us to focus on the other items first.
Lastly, our neighborhood parks and streets could use some love, too! If you are able to safely (you know the drill: 6 ft of space, wearing masks, etc…) walk around your neighborhood or neighborhood parks to pick up trash, that’s a great way to get some fresh air and beautify your community! Gloves and masks are highly recommended.
Once you’ve had a chance to look at the options, please fill out THIS FORM so we know who is doing what and where we need to deliver items. As we near May 1, we will be in touch with details around picking up your donations, masks, and letters as well how we will come together as a group, virtually, to see what everyone is up to!
If you know of other organizations or general ways to support the community that you would like to share, please email Simone or Jack, or add it to the form!
Thank you!
Jack & Simone, your middle & high school Activities Directors

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    In addition to Community Service requirements in both the middle and high school, the entire school participates in service days during the year.

    Community Service
    Service Day at The Audubon Society
  • Creativity Matters Here

    We value creative, independent thought in both our academic and arts classes.

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  • Arts Week

    Each Spring, students showcase their work in visual and performing arts. Dynamo! features middle school students while Esprit! celebrates the work of high school students.

    Arts Week
    Middle School students performing in Dynamo!
  • Exceptional Faculty

    Teachers include professional artists, writers, and performers as well as former college instructors.

    Exceptional Faculty
    Teachers As Mentors