Serve Locally

Seek the prosperity of the city…Jeremiah 29:7

The community of GPBC is a group of imperfect people who have received undeserved and lavish amounts of grace, peace and hope from God. In turn, His love compels us to reach out with compassion and available resources to those in need around us.

Below you will find a list of some of the organizations that members of our church community invest their time and energy along with contact information, if you would like to join them.

If you are a part of GPBC and have an organization that you volunteer with, we’d love to know that and add it to our list. Please email with the name, website, overview and volunteer contact information for the organization.

 

FOCUS Furniture Giveaway

Every year many students come from other countries to attend college in Portland. We’d like to help them furnish their rooms. Here’s how you can help!
Donations: Gather and bring gently used household items such as small desks, chairs, tables/chairs, dressers, bookcases, lamps, silverware, dishes, pots/pans, microwaves, etc. are needed. Items are accepted at GPBC, during office hours, the week of September 19-23. (Please use office hours of 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday.) PLEASE: No mattresses, upholstered items, clothing, or decorations.
Volunteers: On Friday, September 24, we need help to set up in the GPBC auditorium beginning at 9am. International students need help transporting their new “stuff” back to their dorms/apartments on Saturday, September 25, 9am to 12pm. This is an awesome opportunity to make a connection with a student. Pickups, vans, and SUVs are most helpful. Then 12:00-12:30pm we need people to clean up in the GPBC auditorium.
Contact Duane Decker to sign up to help at

Safe Families

https://safefamiliespdx.org/
Overview: When crisis strikes, perhaps an illness, loss of a job, eviction, substance abuse, or so much more, some families in our community don’t have a supportive network to turn to. Sadly, as the parents struggle to cope with the crisis, their children are especially at risk. Safe Families for Children is a movement of compassion, for both the parents and their kids, prepared to step alongside and help so the parents can focus on the overwhelming issues they face.
Volunteer Information: https://safefamiliespdx.org/how-you-can-help/
GPBC Volunteers: Cathy Strom,

Tutor Local Children

We have an amazing opportunity to meet our neighbors needs at Stephens Creek Crossing Apartments! There are several students in need of tutoring in reading, math, and science. Right now they need help with the SMART reading program on Thursdays, 2:45-4pm for preK through 3rd grade students, and with the Connect Program on Monday and Wednesday afternoons 2:45-4:30pm for 2nd–4th grade students.
If you are interested in serving our community through tutoring, please contact Sally Bland at .

Wells High School Cleanups

Overview: Twice a year GPBC teams up with parents, teachers, and students for cleanup at Wells High School (Formerly Wilson HS)
Come, help with trimming, raking, edging, and sweeping on Saturday, August 28 from 9am-1pm. Bring clippers, loppers, rakes, brooms, etc....and your own garden gloves. Mark everything! Lunch provided.
Volunteer Contact:  John Muirhead, 503.806.4604

The Pantry of Greater Portland

www.pdxchurch.org/pantry
Overview: The Pantry provides food for anyone in the community that may need help. We serve the community on Saturday’s at 1:30pm.
Volunteer Contact: Janice Fry, Pantry Director, , 503-234-5993
GPBC Volunteer: Various GPBC members

Compassion Connect

https://compassionconnect.com/
Overview: In 2014 through 2019, GPBC, in partnership with Compassion Connect and along with other Southwest Portland churches, launched Compassion SW, a free, one-day medical and dental clinic hosted at Wilson High School. A Compassion Clinics provides tangible opportunities for the local churches to join together to express the Gospel of Jesus through compassionate service. Clinics continue to run throughout Portland and needs hundreds of volunteers (both medical/dental professionals and others) to offer these necessary services
Volunteer Contact: https://compassionconnect.com/volunteer
GPBC Volunteer: Pat Murphy,

Habitat For Humanity

http://habitatportlandmetro.org/
Overview: GPBC was so excited when we were able to sell a piece of property at the bottom of the church parking lot to a fantastic organization like Habitat For Humanity. In 2015, Habitat, its volunteers and seven new homeowners finished building Trillium Court, a community of seven brand new homes. Even though this project is complete, we encourage others in our faith community to join Habitat For Humanity on other area projects and help local, low-income families realize the dream of homeownership. 
Volunteer Contact: To sign up as an individual, go to their website (see above). Click on the “how you can help” button and select “volunteer” and follow the instructions for individuals. To register a small group, contact Cassandra Punnett at   or at 503.287.9529.
GPBC Volunteer: John Muirhead,

Alcoholics Anonymous

http://home.pdxaa.org/
Overview: Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Volunteer Contact: Check out http://home.pdxaa.org/service/ or email .
GPBC Volunteer: Butch Whitten, .

Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Women of Vision

www.cwwov.org
Overview: Women of Vision is a volunteer ministry of World Vision that educates, inspires, and equips women to use their God-given resources in compassionate, mutually, life-changing service to impoverished and oppressed women and children worldwide. The chapter includes women from all around the Portland, Vancouver, and Lake Oswego areas from different backgrounds, age groups, and churches.
Volunteer Contact: April Veit, 503.805.2768,
GPBC Volunteer: Same as above

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

http://swni.org/hillsdale
Overview: An organization of members of the neighborhood to facilitate meeting the neighborhood’s common goals; empower the members to control what happens in the area; provide the neighborhood with an effective communication link with local governments officials and other influential groups; help members work for the improvement of the neighborhood; and, let members take part in the decision making process that directs the neighborhood’s actions.
Volunteer Contact: Mikal Apenes, President, 503.705.9777
GPBC Volunteer: Rick Meigs,

FOCUS at Portland State University

focuspsu.com
Overview: FOCUS is about intentional relationship building with International Students and Scholars with the hope of being able to share about who Jesus is. During the school year we have a Friday night coffee house with a free meal and, during the summer, BBQs around the city and vicinity. We also provide conversational English through conversation partners and classes, trips to areas around Oregon and Seattle, home stays and airport pickups.
Volunteer Contact: Andy Peloquin,

Multnomah Days

Overview: Each year GPBC prepares a booth for the Multnomah Days, a neighborhood street fair, typically held the 3rd Saturday of August. The booth always has lots of fun things to help engage, meet, and introduce ourselves to our awesome neighbors. We typically need help with setting up the booth, being in the booth during the festivities to meet people walking along, and then with tearing the booth down and cleaning up. We would love to have you there enjoying and encouraging other businesses and organizations that call SW Portland home.