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Ways for you to help

Our Philosophy

“How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great.”

Ways You Can Help the Homeless During the COVID19 Outbreak

Do you, your family or friends want to help alleviate suffering while you’re at home? Here are the best ways to help during this time of crisis. Please email us at if you plan to drop off items.

1. Donate Money

As a nonprofit solely funded by individual donors like yourself we depend on donations to continue our services. We were not prepared for the surprise expenses caused the COVID-19 pandemic. Our need for supplies and food has greatly increased as has the need for our meals. Your support is critical to our doors staying open to the line of people outside. 

Donate $5.25 to provide an essential to-go meal. 

Blanchet House serving to-go meals during coronvirus COVID19 outbreak in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Justin Katigbak

A volunteer at Blanchet House serves a to-go meal to a homeless man. Photo by Justin Katigbak

Start a Facebook fundraiser.

2. Donate Clothing 

Our meal guests need adult-sized clothing for men and women appropriate for sleeping outdoors in the cold and rain.  Warm and water resistant items are best. Clothing can be dropped off Monday to Saturday, at our entrance on NW Glisan St. from 8 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please avoid dropping off during meal services. 

Shop our (Amazon Wish List)

Volunteers offer warm clothing to a woman. Photo by Justin Katigbak.

Volunteers offer warm clothing to a woman at Blanchet House. Photo by Justin Katigbak.

3. Donate Food

Large quantities of donated food should be arranged with our Donations Manager, Mike West, or 503-241-4340.

  • Bagged meals with a sandwich and piece of fruit
  • Fruit snacks, chips or crackers
  • Juice boxes or bottles of water
  • Candy or protein bars
  • To-go containers for us to hand out hot food
  • Plastic forks, sporks or spoons
A volunteer displays a basic needs care kit.

A volunteer displays a basic needs care kit.

4. Make Care Kits

The following items can be purchased and sealed in a large Ziploc bag. We will hand them our during meal services.

  • Moist towelettes
  • Granola bars
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small bottles of water or containers


4. Share! We can’t do this alone. Tell your friends and family about our essential services on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome you to serve meals, plate food and bus tables in our Founders Cafe. We are committed to serving all of our guests with dignity and respect.

Volunteer shifts fill up quickly so please plan months in advance. Click the button below to see all open volunteer shifts.

Does Your Employer Match Volunteer Hours?

Enter your employer’s name in the Double the Donation portal to find all the ways you can make the most impact with your volunteer hours or donation. Click here >
Blanchet House meeting room

Host A Work Meeting at Blanchet House

We offer a unique opportunity to meet with your team while giving back by serving meals in our cafe. Click here >

Food Donations

For large quantity food donation drop-offs or pickups contact our Facilities Manager at 503-226-3911.


We accept clean, gently used or new adult clothing. Preferred Sizes L to 4XL; shoes 11 to 16.

You can purchase needed items from our Amazon Wish List here >>

Monday to Saturday
8:00 to 10:00am
2:00 to 4:00pm

Food or Clothing Drives

Our guests are in need of clean, gently used underwear, socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, all pants, all shoes and waterproof items. Please let us know that you are hosting a drive so we can plan for receiving and distribution. 503-241-4340

Community Partners

We welcome regular donations from local businesses or individuals. Thanks to generosity of many local businesses we are able to receive regular donations of meat, coffee, fuel, bread and more. Would you like to contribute with a donation of your goods or services?

Give us a call! 503-241-4340

Leave a Legacy

For those who would like to include a long-term gift to Blanchet House, there are many options to consider.

Please call our Development Director at 503-241-4340.

Thank you to these generous local businesses for their support of our mission.

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Three Mile Canyon Farms

Our Commitment to Donors

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to all information received by Blanchet House, both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes the Blanchet House website), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications. To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

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