January 5, 2009

National Day of Service: Donations Needed

Posted in Issues, Personal, Public Service at 10:04 pm by Nova Newcomer

I am on the Board of NEW Leadership Oregon, an organization aimed at increasing women’s leadership in public policy and politics. We put on a week long leadership institute for women college students each summer. Our Board members and alumnae are joining together to give back on the Martin Luther King Holiday as part of the National Day of Service called for by President-elect Obama.

On January 19th, we will be assembling care packages for rape victims. When rape victims make police reports, their clothing is often taken from them at the hospital as evidence. The hospital is then in a bind to give the women something to wear home, which often is wax paper clothing which is really scratchy and rough. There used to be a women’s group who put these together, but they stopped doing it earlier this year and it is sorely missed. These care packages are especially important for homeless women who have been assaulted and have few other belongings.

We are looking for the following donations:

* Sweatpants (used and laundered okay)
* Sweatshirts (used and laundered okay)
* Underwear (new only)
* Flip Flops

We are looking for leads on bulk in-kind donations of the following as well:

* Small bars of soap
* Travel size shampoo and conditioner
* Toothbrush and toothpaste

We need all items by Sunday, January 18th. We will be assembling them in the private dining room at Roux at 1720 N Killingsworth. Thank you to Roux for donating the room for our service event!

E-mail Nova Newcomer or d @novanewcomer on twitter for more information on how to help!

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4 Comments »

  1. shannon said,

    I am starting immediately to contact friends on this..and will deliver on Saturday..

  2. Bettianne Goetz said,

    We are thrilled with your support of our Assault Victim Kit program. Your ability to quickly mobilize this project is admired! When the kits are done and ready to deliver to us please call Tonina Dautzenberg at 503-452-2300 or email encore@pcez.com. She will arrange storage for them and will see that they get delivered as the need arises at the hospitals. Thank you so much for all of your contributions, energy and hard work!!

    Bettianne Goetz
    Chair, Human Outreach Committee
    Assistance League of Portland

  3. Robin said,

    Thank you for doing this!
    It is so important to put ideas of social justice and dignity into action.

    Happy MLK Day!

  4. Jason said,

    It’s really a great and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you just shared
    this helpful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this.

    Thank you for sharing.


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