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Ways for you to help

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

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Ways You Can Help the Hungry 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. Any items you’d like to donate can be dropped off on the curb in front of Blanchet House. Please email us at so we know to expect you.

1. Donate Money

As a nonprofit solely funded by individual donors like yourself we did not budget for added expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our need for supplies and food has greatly increased. 

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

Start a Facebook fundraiser.

2. Donate Clothing 

We desperately need adult-sized clothing for men and women. Sleeping outdoors is hard on clothing, and when it rains, most of what our homeless guests wear or carry with them will become wet and useless. We need the following in good condition and suitable for living outdoors. Warm and water resistant items are best.

The need for clothing will continue throughout this crisis. What a great time to finally go through your closets! Clothing can be dropped off Monday – Saturday 8AM – 6PM at our entrance on Glisan St. Best to avoid dropping off during meal services (11 AM – 1 PM and 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM). Donors should leave items in their car until we come to unload. This is important.

Shop our (Amazon Wish List)

  • socks
  • sneakers/boots (not cowboy boots, of course)
  • pants/jeans
  • belts
  • underwear
  • t-shirts, long sleeve shirts
  • sweaters/sweatshirts
  • jackets (not vests)
  • blankets, blankets, blankets
  • tarps
  • winter hats
  • gloves
  • hand warmers (People can order hand warmers on Amazon, etc. and send to 310 NW Glisan St. Portland OR 97209)

3. Donate Food

  • 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

4. Make Care Kits

The following items can be purchased and sealed in a large Ziploc bag to then hand out to people in need.

  • 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

$10 = 30 plates

You can buy plates of food for guests in our Founders Cafe.

$50 = 1 week

You can pay for one man’s case management.

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.

Safeway logo (PRNewsFoto/Safeway Inc.)

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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