The nonprofit aims to raise awareness and support to combat childhood poverty.
On May 21, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is bringing back >24 (“More than 24”) a region-wide event designed to bring awareness and raise support to improve the lives of kids and families living in poverty across the four-county region. The event, which culminates in an online day-of-giving set to last from midnight on Thursday, May 21, to 12:01am on Friday, May 22 – just over 24 hours - includes a multitude of ways for the public to engage in United Way’s mission to break the cycle of childhood poverty.
This year, United Way has adopted the tag line of “Give More. Do More. Be More.” which encapsulates the ways the public can join the >24 movement at morethan24.org. In addition to the online day-of-giving on May 21 where the public is encouraged to give more than $24, participants also have the option to do more by donating “more than 24” hours of their time to volunteer, or be more by sharing news of the event with “more than 24” of their friends.
“Childhood poverty is multifaceted,” said Keith Thomajan, president and CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. “To tackle an issue of this magnitude, it’s going to take more than 24 hours, or even months… this event is just the start.”
“Here at United Way, we’ve made a 10-year commitment to breaking the cycle of childhood poverty,” continued Thomajan. “Through >24, we hope to inspire and mobilize tens of thousands of people across our four counties to work in collaboration with us on a shared regional strategy to move kids and families out of poverty, not just on May 21, but throughout the years to come.”
A number of companies and nonprofits, including 211info, are already joining forces with United Way to help promote >24 and drive awareness of the growing issue of childhood poverty. Individuals interested in learning more about >24 can visit MoreThan24.org for more information and/or to make a donation of time or money.
The >24 culminating day-of-giving event on May 21 is preceded by a week-long series of volunteer opportunities
These events were created by United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s volunteer arm, Hands On Greater Portland, enabling the public to do more by engaging in activities that support its mission to break the cycle of childhood poverty. Participants in >24 can fulfill their pledged volunteer hours through the following activities if they sign up to volunteer on morethan24.org prior to May 7:
Washington County - Help Build School Pride at The Hub! (age 18+) - The Hub in Tigard, an OHDC YouthSource program, provides educational, workforce and enrichment opportunities for youth that have been expelled, suspended or adjudicated. For this project, youth and volunteers will work together on an art installation project to brighten up and add some flair to outdoor work tables.
Monday, May 18 | Tigard, OR | 9am - 12:30pm
Clackamas County - Dig In & Garden with Todos Juntos (age 12+) - Todos Juntos enhances local resources and services for youth and families through community-supported activities provided at K-12 schools around Clackamas County. For this project, youth and volunteers will be working in the school garden at Baker Prairie Middle School planting flowers and vegetables, turning compost, working on walk ways, fixing and making plots, painting sheds, pulling weeds, etc.
Tuesday, May 19 | Canby, OR | 1pm - 3pm
Clark County - Spruce Up the YWCA (age 16+) - YWCA Clark County provides outreach, prevention and education related to sexual assault, domestic violence, homelessness, early childhood education and foster care. For this event, volunteers will be sprucing up the YWCA grounds to make them more inviting for clients. Projects include painting picnic tables and benches, planting flowers and sprucing up YWCA’s gazebo.
Wednesday, May 20 | Vancouver, WA | 1pm - 3pm
Multnomah County - Prepare Students for Kindergarten w/Latino Network (age 18+) - Latino Network provides opportunities, services and advocacy for the education, leadership development and civic engagement of Latino youth and families in Multnomah County every year. For this project, volunteers will be cleaning, sorting, and packing books for incoming kindergartners at Rigler Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.
Thursday, May 21 | Portland, OR | 10am - 2pm