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Clothing Drive - Friday April 7-Friday April 21, 2017

posted Mar 14, 2017, 10:44 AM by Rebekah Folsom

The Winterhaven Community Service Committee is running a Clothing Drive to provide clothes to the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center prior to our volunteer date on April 24

Bored over spring break? Why not clean out your kid's closets and bring those gently used clothes to school when you drop off / pick up your child (or send them in with your child). Plastic bins will be located in the front foyer. 

Clothes are all donated to the PTA Clothing Center, whose mission is to furnish age-appropriate clothing that fits children requesting these services. By caring for the basic needs of our youth and allowing them to dress as their peers, we encourage positive self-esteem and regular class attendance. 

The Clothing Center takes all gently used clothing, and per their website, immediate needs are: 
  • Warm Coats, Gloves/Mittens
  • ​Scarves
  • Jeans size 8-16
  • New Socks
  • New Underwear (size girls 14, mens size small, 28-30, boys size 18-20)
By the time we get to the Clothing Closet at the end of April, however, they might need summer-ready clothing as well.

Thank you for all that you do to help our larger community.

PTA Clothing Center Volunteer Date - 4/24/2017

posted Mar 11, 2017, 5:44 PM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 12:08 PM ]

Monday, April 24th (9:30-1pm) is Winterhaven's next assigned volunteer date at the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center at Marshall High School3905 SE 91st Ave, Portland, OR 97266.

This is always a really rewarding experience - for many PPS students, this is their only chance to get new clothes for the season.

As a volunteer you can help families "shop" for clothes or sort incoming donations--whichever you want.  

If you have the flexibility in your schedule, please consider volunteering. If you cannot commit to the full 3.5 hours, think about splitting a 1.75 hour slot with a friend!

Email Rebekah Folsom ( to sign up for a slot or half-slot (9:30-1p, 9:30-11:15, or 11:15-1p).

IRCO Donation Drive - March 3-23, 2017

posted Mar 11, 2017, 5:34 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Immigrant and Refugee Donation Drive - March 3 to March 23 - As you may know, every quarter of the school year we have parent and teacher run interest classes that meet once a week on Fridays. This quarter, as part of our Community Awareness elective run by Winterhaven parents, we are organizing a donation drive. This drive is collecting donations for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) who serves the holistic needs of immigrants, refugees, and mainstream community members. We as students believe that it is crucial for our community to help and provide support for immigrant and refugee families. We believe that everyone has the right and obligation to take part in their community and its actions, including kids. As 6, 7, and 8 graders, we are trying to take action and help families who may not be as lucky and well off as we are. So, if you have the time and ability to donate these necessities to families in need we ask you to do so and join us in our search for equality.  If you have any questions, please email our teachers and fellow Winterhaven parents Kristin Doherty or Beth Nelson at and  


Please leave donations in the front entry way of the school

Donations we recommend may include:

  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Deodorant, Bars of soap, Razors, Shaving cream
  • Nail clippers and file, Tweezers
  • Feminine hygiene products, Toilet paper

All donations will go to IRCO, (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization) 


**above information was written by Winterhaven students

Holiday 2016 Giving Guide

posted Nov 29, 2016, 2:52 PM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 9:04 PM by Tamairah Boleyn ]

Hey, Winterhaven Families -

We have so many opportunities this year for you to share some of your abundance with the community at large!

Here is a list of some of the opportunities:

Willamette Center (Women's Shelter) Drive

posted Nov 29, 2016, 2:45 PM by Rebekah Folsom

There are only two days left in our Willamette Center drive.

Amy Lacks ( is picking up all of the items on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 and bringing them over to the shelter.

There is still time to bring in a donation!

Here is a reminder of the items needed:

  • Towels: bath towels, hand towels, washcloths

  • Socks and underwear (new or gently used and clean, adult sizes)

  • Seasonal clothing (new or gently used and clean, adult sizes)

  • Non-perishable snacks and beverages: granola bars, protein bars, breakfast bars, instant oatmeal, bottled water, coffee, tea, instant cocoa  

  • Hygiene items: feminine products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant  

  • Kitchenware: dishes, utensils, pots, pans

  • Entertainment: books, board games, puzzles, art supplies, DVD’s  

  • Pet items: dog and cat food, beds, and blankets for animal companions

Fall Food Drive - December 2-13, 2016

posted Nov 29, 2016, 2:36 PM by Rebekah Folsom

We Need Your Help to Fight Hunger!   

Please join the Winterhaven Community for a FALL FOOD DRIVE. Items can be dropped off in the front lobby in large green bags from Friday, December 2nd through Tuesday, December 13th.

This drive goes to the Portland Food Project (, who provides reusable, green donation bags to members of the community, creating a network of long-term food donors that help supply food to local pantries in the Portland area.

Please bring in any non-perishable food items to donate, and help fill as many green bags for them as we can!

Questions?  Email Shelley Fluter Norris (Winterhaven Community Service Committee) at, or Mary Notti (Portland Food Project) at

Most-needed Items:

Non-perishable items

Especially for Seniors

Non-food items

Canned Meats or fish

Dried fruits

Toilet Paper

Nut Butters

Ready made jell-o & pudding


Cooking oil

Ensure protein drinks


Boxed cereal

Low-sodium, pull-tab soups


Hearty soups

Low-sodium, single-serving meals

Canned fruit

Low-sodium crackers

Canned beans

Green tea (regular and decaf)

Dried beans

Canned vegetables

Pinto beans

Hard candies

Canned vegetables (like corn)


Brown rice

Long grain white rice

Plain stewed tomatoes

Fruit cocktail

Boxed sides (Rice-a-Roni, etc.)

Soy milk

Canned milk

Texturized vegetable protein

Boxed / bagged pasta

Winterhaven's PPS Clothing Closet autumn shift - 9/22/2016

posted Aug 25, 2016, 11:20 AM by Rebekah Folsom

Winterhaven's first volunteer date at the PPS PTSA Clothing Closet is Thursday, September 22nd from 9:30 - 1:00 pm. If you are able to help on this day, it is always much appreciated.

We are required to provide 5-6 parents, and this is always a really rewarding experience - for many kids, this is their only chance to get new clothes for the school year. There is such a great need and as a volunteer you can help families "shop" for clothes or sort through donations which ever you are most comfortable with.  

I realize that weekday mornings are tough for some but if you have any flexibility in your schedule please consider doing this. If you cannot commit to an entire shift you can also share it with someone else.  

**Please do not reply to this email but email Rebekah ( or Kristin ( if you can help.  Again we need 5-6 volunteers Thursday, September 22nd from 9:30-1:00.  

The Clothing Closet is located at Marshall High School at 3905 SE 91st Ave, Portland, OR 97266.

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