For so many of us home is where happiness lies.
Building Our Village Campaign Ends
Our Build Our Village fund-raising campaign drew to a close at the end of 2015. We decided to add our "pass the envelope/build our Village" donations of the past two years to top off the amount we collected since April. Our goal was $7,500, and we did it! Fifty-four individuals/households/organizations participated.
"We are so grateful for the generosity of everyone," said Development Committee chair Joan Malling. "Many, many thanks."
A donor appreciation wine and cheese event is scheduled for February 6. If you are a donor, please let Joan know if you will be attending. And if you have not received your invitation, please contact Joan at email@example.com.
A complete list of donors appears below.
Susan Bach and
Jane and John Braunger
Nancy and Dan Clausen
Scott Clift and
and Joseph D. Condon
Roberta Dyer and
Helen A. Feeney
Gael Foord and
Julie and Robert Granger
Grant Park Neighborhood
Alice Simpson and
Irene Hecht and
Gillian Herbert and
Edana Laine and
Elyse and Ronald Laster
Anne and Craig Lindsay
Joan and Neil Malling
Licia C. Seaman
Suzanne and Simon Silverstein
and Byron Spice
Marcia Tate and
Sandra Kay Wallsmith
Ann Zawaski and
Shopping and delivering groceries can be a big help.
A Prestigious Award for Villages NW President
Dr. Alison Bahr, board chair of Villages NW and a physician at Kaiser Permanente, has been named one of two regional recipients of Kaiser's 2015 David Lawrence Community Service Awards for her work bringing the Village movement to the Portland Metro area.
Named in honor of Dr. David Lawrence, former CEO of Kaiser Permanente and a strong advocate of improving health, the awards are presented each year to "recognize individuals and groups who champion outstanding initiatives demonstrating extraordinary efforts to improve the health of our communities." The awards honor those who give exemplary service while inspiring others to do the same.
"I am honored to receive this prestigious award," stated Dr. Bahr. "The Village movement is bringing an important change to Portland community residents and I want to thank Kaiser for its recognition of our work."
A $10,000 grant to Villages NW that accompanies the award will be used to provide support for Portland area Villages.
Thank You, Thank You, NashCO
One fact we would be remiss not to mention in this newsletter is just how important inkind contributions are to our effort to establish a Village. Recently, we experienced a wonderful example that proves the point.
On a chilly December day, several intrepid Village volunteers and the talented photo team of Leah Nash and Christopher Onstott popped in and out of the cold to create an archive of photographs that can be used in Northeast Village PDX outreach efforts. Leah is the niece of Jane Braunger, who heads the Outreach Committee, and she and her partner in NashCO donated their services.
We were in good company that day. NashCO photographs have appeared in many national and international publications, among them The New York Times (to illustrate an article on post partum depression), USA Today (for an article on the enterovirus), The Washington Post (for an article on schizophrenia), The Wall Street Journal (for the article "Faces of the Affordable Care Act"), and SotoKoto, a Japanese lifestyle magazine (for an article on Portland).
Northeast Village PDX is incredibly lucky to have these world-class photographers spend a day doing a photo shoot that yielded 58 images. Here and elsewhere in this newsletter are a few of them.
One of our Village volunteers has offered to teach a Tai Chi class when the time comes.
Changing a smoke alarm battery may be difficult for some people, but not to worry, a Village volunteer will do it.
Three volunteers happily pose for the camera.
Volunteering Is Good for Your Health!
A recent Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) newsletter contains the interesting insight that "helping others is good for your health." Scientific studies show that giving to charities, whether in the form of volunteer time or money, activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure and trust, and volunteering regularly after age 50 has been scientifically shown to decrease high blood pressure and attendant health problems like heart disease and stroke, as well as symptoms of depression. Interestingly, the greatest benefit accrues to people who have chronic conditions. All of this is good news for everyone associated with our Village.
February brings several talks, which provide great opportunities for learning more about Northeast Village PDX.
- Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m., for the Madison South Neighborhood Association at the Banfield Corporate Office, NE 82nd and Tillamook;
- Sunday, February 7, 2:00 p.m., a general information session at the Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook;
- Monday, February 8, 7:00 p.m., for the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association at.Bethany Lutheran Church, NE 37th and Skidmore;
- Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 p.m., for the Cully Neighborhood Association at Grace Presbyterian Church, 6025 NE Prescott;
- Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 p.m., for the Parkrose Neighborhood Association at the Russellville Grange, 12105 NE Prescott.
February 10 General Meeting
Our next general meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, at Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 NE Alameda, just east of NE Sandy Blvd. and NE
th Avenue. Get an update on recent activities and help us plan. Everybody welcome.