I’m attending Pubcon in Las Vegas this week, and there is a poker tournament taking place Thursday night that I want to attend. Interestingly, the organizer chose to tie attendance in with a charity, so I thought I’d tsake this opportunity to write a little bit about a local Portland organization called Snow-Cap.
Last Wednesday, I attended an East Portland Chamber of Commerce meeting that was hosted by Snow-Cap, and I had a chance to hear more about them.
As they did their short 10 minute presentation, I could hear the passion in their voices, and I also witnessed the nodding heads in the crowd, as many of us were already very familiar with them.
Snowcap has been providing food, clothing and advocacy for needy people in East Multnomah County since 1967.
In the mid 1960’s, the basic needs of many in East Multnomah County were not being met by any agency or organization.
The original purpose of Snow-CAP was to discover the actual needs of area residents, then communicate those needs and help organize local church and community leaders to meet those needs.
Snow-CAP was bordered by East 82nd Street and the Columbia River, stretching south to the Clackamas County line, and including Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village.
Originally three centers were set up, and in 1968 they merged and were headquartered at Savage Memorial Presbyterian. A Gresham office was opened in 1967, and by 1980 there were 39 actively participating churches.
By 1983 Snow-CAP was serving 36,000 people, and by 1987, their 20th anniversary, they had 145 volunteers. All this was done with just one-full-time worker and 7 part-time employees.
By their 25th anniversary in 1992, more than one-half million people had been served, and in 2007, their 40th, over 1.4 million people had been served. Wow.
Again, I admit that I was prompted to write this post by dk, of Purpose Inc. but don’t let that sway you. Snow-Pac is a great organization, and I’m proud to live in their community.
If I play, and if I happen to win anything, I’m declaring here that I’ll donate 1/2 of my winnings to Snow-Cap.