Ways To Help

There are many people living homeless who need our help accessing food, clothing, access to hygiene, shelter, community, and hope. 7 ways to help the homeless:

1. Volunteer

 

A way you can help people experiencing homelessness is by volunteering with an aid group. At Blanchet House, compassionate people age 14 and older are needed to help prepare food, serve meals and drinks, organize clothing, and more. There are many 1.5 hour shifts to choose from Mon-Sat. Sign up and training is done online. COVID vaccinations are required to serve on-site at Blanchet House of Hospitality.

2. Make Care Kits

 

Small bags containing basic survival items like clean socks, nail clippers, band-aids, rain ponchos, and snacks help alleviate suffering. At Blanchet House, we give out donated care kits during daily meal services. They are easy to make and most items can be purchased in bulk. You can make them from home with children. No matter where you live you can make care kits for people experiencing homelessness.

3. Make Sack Lunches to Help the Homeless

 

Sack lunches are highly valued by people living homeless because they are portable and do not perish quickly. Blanchet House gives out sack lunches on Saturday afternoons and in between hot meal services.

Making sack lunches at home is a fun and meaningful way to help the homeless with your family or friends. You can make as few as 10 or as many as 200 sack lunches containing a sandwich, piece of fruit, and wrapped snack. Choose a date from Blanchet House’s online calendar to drop off your lunches. If you’re not in the Portland area check in with your local charity kitchen about donating sack lunches.

4. Donate Clothing and Sleeping Essentials

Keeping your clothes clean and dry when you’re homeless is a daily struggle. Blanchet House’s guests need adult-sized clothing that is appropriate for being outdoors in the cold and rain. Please only donate clothing that respects the dignity of the individual by not donating dirty or damaged items.

Clothing can be dropped off Mon-Sat, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-4 p.m. You can call us at 503-241-4340 or email info@blanchethouse.org. If you’re not in the Portland area check with local charities about donating clothing.

People are in most need of the following items:

The best way to help the homeless is to only donate needed clothing.

  • Socks. (No holes.)
  • T-shirts. (No holes or stains.)
  • Underwear. (All sizes)
  • Men’s jeans. (Sizes 30 – 34)
  • Men’s shoes. (Sizes 10 – 12)
  • Sweatpants. (All sizes.)
  • Raincoats or ponchos.
  • Blankets and sleeping bags.
  • Tents and tarps.
  • Backpacks.

Please note: We do not accept children’s clothing, business suits, housewares, linens/pillows/towels (except for warm blankets), or books.

5. Donate Water Bottles

 

Help people without access to water stay hydrated. You can donate new or gently used reusable water bottles. Blanchet House staff will sanitize, fill them with clean water, and distribute them to people experiencing homelessness.

You can also purchase water bottles from our Amazon wish list.

6. Donate Food

We accept donations of large quantities of fresh and unexpired food. Learn how we are helping to feed those in need while protecting our environment from needless waste. Do you have questions about food donation liability?

  • Yes, we can accept home-baked goods like cookies!
  • Most fruits, vegetables, meats, dry goods, and spices are needed in bulk.
  • We cannot accept partially eaten or served food. Catered trays must be unopened.

Commercial pickups should be arranged by calling 503-241-4340. We cannot pick up from homes.

7. Donate Money or Host a Fundraiser

Nonprofit aid groups rely on individual donors like you to operate. Your financial support is critical to services being offered to people in desperate need.

Become a Hospitality Hero

A great way to help people living homeless is to provide reliable access to food.

 

A $10 monthly donation will pay for 48 meals a year.

 

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