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an Interfaith Community of Volunteers 2701 NW Vaughn St, Suite 102 • Portland, OR • 97210 (503) 221-1224 •

In This Issue: Volunteer Feature........Cover Wellness............................. 2 Community........................ 3 Food Programs................... 4 News from the Board.........5 Donors & Tributes...........6-7

As the new Communications & Events Coordinator, I am honored to share our stories. With so many facets of Lift Urban Portland to explore, my learning has just begun. Join me in a series of discoveries about who we are and how it all works together. —Stephen Alexander, Newsletter Editor



Christmas at the Temple

arrive two hours before the doors open, thinking that I am early. Already there is a line down the block, community members excited about our annual Christmas Dinner. “What’s your guess? 150, 200 people?,” I ask Susan Milstein when I find her in the kitchen.

Before the day is done, she has some numbers: 586 meals served, including 92 home-deliveries. 150 volunteers. More than 700 gloves, socks and handmade woolen caps. Hundreds of goody bags filled with vital necessities. Seven members of the band, one lead singer. One tremendously happy holiday. It’s our annual Christmas Dinner at Congregation Beth Israel. In so many ways, this event is what Lift Urban Portland is all about.

usan is my go-to person for this event. She serves again as the lead coordinator, and has worked with the event since she moved to Portland four years ago. I’ve heard some people say, “Susan wrote the book on the Christmas Dinner.” To be specific, she really just compiled it—a tome of procedures that cover the kitchen services, table service, hospitality, clothes and gift tables.

And what an operation it is! It’s like three pop-up stores in one: A full service kitchen and dining room, hospitality services, and gift tables with clothes and goody bags. There’s even an area for those that wish to dance. As I take pictures and discover my first Christmas Dinner with Lift Urban Portland, I find myself repeating our byline in my head: An interfaith community of volunteers. Everywhere I turn today, I see those words in action. continued on page 5

Lift Urban Portland

Calling all teachers!


More classes at Home Forward!

anuary sees more Wellness class options for residents at buildings in our service area run by Home Forward: Northwest Tower, Gallagher Plaza, Williams Plaza and Medallion Apartments. Take a look at what 2014 has in store.


Matt leads this popular movement and balance class, held at Williams Plaza each Thursday, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Walk with Ease

This new offering will have residents pounding the pavement, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 p.m. Gallagher Plaza is the starting point for this class, lead by student volunteers Brittany and Melodie.

A Matter of Balance

Fall prevention and physical activity promotion. Volunteers are training with a certified Master Trainer in early 2014, then lead classes with residents at all four Home Forward locations.

We need your help to make our classes complete! We provide training and certified instruction. To join our Wellness program, please contact our Program Director: (503) 221-1224, ext. 105


Legacy-partnered classes

he clinical staff at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center partners with Lift Urban Portland in an ongoing series of classes. Seminars are held each Thursday at 11:30 a.m., at our several Adopt-a-Highrise locales.


Cardiac Maintenance: Managing blood pressure, understanding cholesterol


Heart Failure: The importance of weighing yourself


Meal Planning on a Budget


Signs, Symptoms & Risk Factors of a Stroke

Nutrition and Cooking

Plans for classes in these areas are in the works. Lift Urban Portland needs volunteers to help these classes launch and thrive.


Flu Shot clinics protect 160 people!

his fall, Life Urban Portland partnered with Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center and Multnomah County to offer nine free flu vaccine clinics at various Northwest and downtown Portland locations. 160 uninsured, low-income and homeless neighbors received flu shots from volunteer nurses, led by our own board member Desi Shubin.



is one of our major community partners and supporters. At its Northwest neighborhood facility, Legacy supports a range of groups that are building a healthier community, and assists us with training options for our Wellness program. Many thanks, Legacy!

Winter 2014

Helping Hands Abound!


ommunity food drives are an essential component in getting the food needed to feed 530 people each month through our food pantry, and provide 130 backpacks monthly for weekend food for kids. This quarter, we welcome high tech firm Elemental Technologies into the fold! Their recent food drive brought in 1,874 pounds of food. Employees also spent a work day at our warehouse, dropping off many barrels of food and helping us prepare them for our pantry and Food for Kids Backpacks program. Elemental Technologies provides media solutions such as streaming video for its clients’ marketing.

NINA’s food drive brought in 1,439 pounds of food for our pantry and Food for Kids Backpack programs.

Check out our chart on the next page, and you will see why we celebrate our many local collaborations.

Holiday cheer at Senior Meal


olunteer extraordinaire Terri Warren put on another fabulous holiday party for our community members. Terri has put together this event for several years, held this year on December 5 at Meals on Wheels’ Senior Meal site on NW Irving Street. Throughout the year, Terri and her friends gather toiletries and gently used clothing. At the holiday gathering, volunteers serve as personal shoppers to neighborhood guests, going from rack to rack to select a shirt, sweater or coat, socks, under garments and personal articles.

Terri is constantly dedicated to the health and well-being of our Northwest neighbors. Congratulations to Terri and her volunteers for their latest holiday party!

Terri Warren (left) is the owner and a nurse practitioner at Westover Clinic in NW Portland.


Lift Urban Portland

May Food Drive approaches


ift Urban Portland receives weekly food donations from the Oregon Food Bank (OFB), one of our closest partner agencies. Donations to OFB fluctuate however, and we must purchase food either from OFB or other sources to supplement donations. We go through food faster than you would think. For example, we need 400 shelf-stable milk containers each month for backpack alone! There are so many ways you can participate!

• Onsite food barrels at your work, school, church—even your apartment or condo lobby. • Virtual food drive. Perfect for individuals and space-restricted offices! Raise money for food purchases using peer-to-peer fundraising tools, from the convenience of the office or home. • Special incentives for employees. One of our business partner’s recent staff barbecues requested food or financial contribution for admission. • Competitions between other companies. Challenge other businesses with these or other ideas.

For our own part, we work to gain recognition for businesses and groups who participate in the May Food Drive, including our newsletters, website, emails and features in local publications. We would love to see Lift Urban Portland’s May Food Drive become a cornerstone event across our service area. Please contact us at (503) 221-1224, or email our Outreach Coordinator,

Where does the food come from? These organizations donated 100 pounds of more, during the months of October, November and December 2013.

Blush Beauty Bar Cathedral Grade School Dave’s Killer Bread Elemental Technologies ESCO Corp. Franz Bakery Havurah Shalom Kenny & Zuke’s Bagelworks Linfield College of Nursing NW Indl. Neighborhood Assn. Oregon Food Bank Puppet Labs Safeway–Pearl Distrist Starbucks Trader Joe’s Urban Gleaners

This chart shows 44,398 lbs of food, valued at $44,398 ($1.67 per lb.) Not shown on this chart are donations under 100 lbs., given by companies and individuals. The grand total (including those not listed) is 45,348 lbs., valued at $75,731!


Lift Urban Portland 2014 Board of Directors President

Susan Milstein

Vice President

Bruce Strade

Treasurer Kristine Jurgenson Secretary Fred Jeibmann Member at Large Dave Richardson Members Gustavo Cruz Amy Feist Sandy Kurth Caryn May Laura Schaffer

Winter 2014

Christmas at the Temple continued from cover page INTERFAITH Past the long tables of warm clothing in CBI’s lobby, someone has perched a stuffed Santa Claus doll on the top of the tall mound of goody bags. The tall glass case behind him displays a gleaming, graceful menorah.

I find this kind of “interfaith” everywhere I turn. CBI congregants set dinner tables in the fellowship hall. In the kitchen I find my friend from 1st Immanuel Lutheran, beside volunteers of many other faiths. St. Mary’s Cathedral and Trinity Episcopal also join in, providing volunteers, food and many other resources. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. As our neighbors file into the dining room, I see Susan Milstein again and wonder aloud to her about how many different churches and faiths our dinner guests represent. I suspect this is one number we may never know.


As a musician, I like to chat with Dan Heims who plays harmonica with the Bloozers. Christmas Day is a wellknown “non-workday” for musicians. Yet here is his whole band, giving their

time and talent so that our community places that she works. Some of them are can have maximum holiday cheer. from our Irving Street Pantry. Others can be seen at the weekly Senior Lunch program run by Meals on Wheels People. “An interfaith community

of volunteers.” Everywhere I turn today, I see those words in action.

The spirit of volunteering hits home for me as I visit gift tables, manned by families giving their day to help our community. Two 14-year-old girls seem to have smiles permanently etched onto Our business and community partners their faces, brighter than any Christmas have been helping us for many weeks in display. They tell me this is their first advance of today’s dinner. They donate year. “What do you think?,” I ask them. items for the occasion—soaps, teas, They hand another goody bag to a notepads, floss, even playing cards— neighbor in need, and one of them beams for the goody bags. 550 pairs of socks as she replies, “We’re hooked.” sit near woolen hats and gloves that are made by hand, promising warmth as we all face winter together.


Remember how I thought I was early to the event? Come to find out, volunteers have been in the kitchen since 7 a.m. today. They were here yesterday too, and the day before, prepping food for the grand event.

Running the kitchen with military precision is Kathy Buss, who gathered the many volunteers from different

A New Year, a New Board A hearty welcome... our two newest board members! Laura Schaffer, a registered dietitian at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, brings to our board more than 15 years of experience in food and nutrition. Laura has served on our Nutrition Committee this past year, collaborating on healthier food options for our recipients. Amy Feist is the Manager for Meals on Wheels People’s Elm Court Center in downtown Portland. Amy returns to our city after a short stint in Arizona, and brings a passion for working with seniors.

And the fondest farewell... our outgoing Board members, Desi Shubin and Lynne Bartenstein. Desi looks forward to maintaining our strong connection with her nursing team at Legacy Good Samaritan. Lynne will also continue working with Lift Urban Portland, coordinating our volunteers at the Meals on Wheels lunch site at NW 18th and Irving Street.

So many former board members continue their service with us, long after terms expire. We are blessed with a superb core of volunteers and celebrate our ongoing partnerships. Thank you!

Lead coordinator Susan Milstein (right) encourages volunteers in CBI’s kitchen at our annual Christmas Dinner.

Kick-Starting Christmas Dinner 2014

Through the generosity of many congregations, businesses and individuals, we give our Christmas Dinner guests a goody bag to take home. We’d like to get a head start on next year, asking groups to select items or come up with ideas for next year’s goody bag. 500 if each item are needed.

Do you have a friends that like to knit? Consider a knitting group for adult hats! Or save those pens with the old office logo. Call our office manager and let her know what you are collecting, such as:

Combs Dental floss Gloves / mittens Laundry detergent Note pads Razors

Scarves Toiletries Toothbrushes Toothpaste Woolen hats Writing pens


Lift Urban Portland

Donors: October 1 - December 31, 2013 American Endowment Foundation Jay K. Armstrong Ascension Episcopal Parish Barbara Ballweber Stuart & Jacqueline Barthold Judith Beck Pat Bellamah William & Nancy Bennetts Les & Ellen Bick Maureen Binzer US Rep. Suzanne Bonamici Warren “Buzz” Braley, Jr. Sharon & Steve Brenner John & Sandra Bright Barbara Briody Becky Brown Susanne J. Burnett Scott & Gloria Burns Cambia Health Foundation Child’s Play Beverly Christman Bill & Margaret Clark Congregation Beth Israel Priscilla & Nick Cowell Arthur & Winnifred Danner Reena & Stuart Davis Delanie Delimont Nikki & Stuart Director Dr. Edward Doyle Julie Durkheimer & Mark Dohrmann Vida Edera Elephant’s Delicatessen Janice Elven ESCO Corporation Howard & Jen Feldman First Immanuel Lutheran Church Bruce Frederick Morris J. Galen Janet Gallagher Arlene Garrison General Tool & Supply Co. Rita Gocken Rosalie Goodman

Havurah Shalom Matthew Warren Holloway Anne & Jim Holtz Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation at the Oregon Community Foundation Jan & James Kasameyer William & Connie Kirby Kobos Coffee Molly Kohnstamm Ann L. Kramer Craig & Linda Langley Natalie Linn Nancy & Jack MacDonald Madden Fabrication Marian Edwards Family Partnership Louise & Richard Marsh Marilyn McIver Tony Melaragno, MD & Kathy Immerman Liz & Ruben Menashe Nancy Menefee Brad & Janet Mersereau Lora & James Meyer Rev. Tyrus & Sharon Miles Frank & Tirzah Morell Brendan Murphy The Neidig Family Charitable Foundation Madeline B. Nelson David & Marjorie Newman Kathy & Tim Norton Michael & Gloria Borg Olds Mildred Olson Oregon Food Bank Milo & Bev Ormseth Donnalee Palin The Parish of St. Mark Pediatric Associates of the Northwest, PC Ravid Raphael Ray Hickey Foundation

Elizabeth Rayner Sharon & Jeff Richardson Kari Rodegard Laurie & Bert Rogoway Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust Robert & Joanie Rosenbaum Alan & Eve Rosenfeld Rosemarie Rosenfeld Bunny Sadis Seams to Fit SELCO Community Credit Union Lynda Shapiro Julie Sheppard Stan & Madelle Rosenfeld Family Foundation Ellen & Charles Stearns Joan W. Sterrett William & Cornelia Stevens Bruce Strade Terwilliger Plaza Thrivent Financial—NE Portland Chapter Barry Tonkin Cheryl Tonkin Shirley Unger Kay Van Patten Carolyn Vanderslice Sandy & Richard Visse Jerry Weigler Carolyn & Gary Weinstein Elaine & Sandy Weinstein Joe Welch Wells Fargo Bank Noah, Rael, Sethen, & Levi Wendrow Joella Werlin Whole Foods Market—Pearl Les & Myrna Wierson Karen Young Katherine & John Zelko Charlene Zidell

Thank you to the people and organizations that contributed to Lift Urban Portland during our last fiscal quarter. Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of these lists. If you see an error, please contact us at (503) 221-1224.

“Get Acquainted” Breakfast

Lift Urban Portland holds its annual “Get Acquainted” Breakfast on Feb. 25, 7:30 a.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

This event is a time that we educate and reach out to potential community and faith partners. Features include a video of our organization, and an example of our community partnership presented by ESCO Corporation. We always look to expand our reach, and welcome philanthropic activities such as sponsorships, work collaborations, food drive partners, and other active exchange of resources. A big thanks to our sponsor Terwilliger Plaza for making this event possible. Would you like your workplace to get involved? Know a friend whose company or group would love to grow with us? Visit our website for more information and sign up online, under “Special Events” at


Winter 2014

Tributes & Celebrations In celebration of Janet Gallagher Bill & Margaret Clark

In honor of Linda Ostomel Nikki Director In honor of Bruce, Karen & Isabella Rusnak Michael & Gloria Borg Olds

In honor of Max Borg Michael & Gloria Borg Olds

In honor of Carolyn Rusnak Michael & Gloria Borg Olds

In honor of Rena Borg Michael & Gloria Borg Olds

In honor of David, Rhonda, SJ & Rachel Rusnak Michael & Gloria Borg Olds

In honor of Richard & April Borg Michael & Gloria Borg Olds

In honor of Steven, Debbie, Matthew & Elena Rusnak Michael & Gloria Borg Olds

In honor of Rochelle Borg & Kyla Herblum Michael & Gloria Borg Olds In honor of Stuart Director Shirley Unger In honor of Amy Frank Alan & Eve Rosenfeld In honor of Janet Gallagher & our other Lift UP Volunteers Ascension Episcopal Parish In honor of Irving Street Senior Lunch program Ravid Raphael In honor of Richard Killen Nikki Director In honor of Barbara Lang Nikki Director In honor of Joyce Loeb Molly Kohnstamm In honor of Ruth & John Maxwell Michael & Gloria Borg Olds In honor of Benjamin Olds, Nadine Gartner & Yael Michael & Gloria Borg Olds In honor of Josh, Melanie & Pearl Olds Michael & Gloria Borg Olds

In honor of Alan & Eve Rosenfeld Howard & Jen Feldman Carolyn & Gary Weinstein

In memory of Susan Armstrong Jay K. Armstrong In memory of Jean Burnett Susanne J. Burnett In memory of Bud Gevurtz Elaine & Sandy Weinstein In memory of Babette Horenstein Elaine & Sandy Weinstein In memory of Larry Olson Mildred Olson In memory of Nisa Menashe Shleifer Elaine & Sandy Weinstein

In thanks to Arlene Schnitzer Elaine & Sandy Weinstein

In Kind Donations Anonymous Bardy Trophy Company Lynne Bartenstein Ginger M. Beck & Ian Armstrong Beit Haverim Blush Beauty Bar John & Sandra Bright Cathedral School Congregation Beth Israel Barbara Crooke Dave's Killer Bread Darr Durham Elemental Technologies ESCO Corporation Food Front Cooperative Grocery Franz Bakery Katie Gallagher Shelby Galvin-Travers The Clients of Hanu Pilates

Patti & Shane Harrison Havurah Shalom Kay & James Irwin Kenny & Zuke's Bagelworks Kobos Coffee Craig & Linda Langley Robin Lawson Linfield College of Nursing Caryn May Jeanne Newmark Nike, Inc. The Northwest Industrial Neighborhood Association OnPoint Community Credit Union The Parish of St. Mark Penzey's— Beaverton Penzey's— Pearl/Downtown Puppet Labs QFC— Barnes Road

Annual Fundraiser Save the Date: Aug 26, 2014

This year’s annual fundraiser will be held at Castaway Portland. This newer facility in Northwest Portland features a larger space, including an outdoor area perfect for a great summer’s eve. We are currently putting together this year’s theme. You can expect the feel of an English Country Fair, complete with wandering entertainment and an exciting new feature: Interactive kiosks where supporters can experience for themselves how Lift Urban Portland works. Want to get involved? Call or write Stephen Alexander: (503) 221-1224, ext. 107

Sean Rogers Safeway— Pearl District Lynda Shapiro The Coyote Club at Spirit Mountain Casino Starbucks Coffee Company St. Mary's Cathedral Bob Strong Linda Ross Swanson Terwilliger Plaza Jenni Thompson Trader Joe's United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church Urban Gleaners US Travel David Wiley, DMD Richard Wilson, DDS Zion Lutheran Church


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2701 NW Vaughn, Suite 102 Portland, OR 97210 Return Service Requested

Warm woolen mittens: A few of our favorite things at our annual Christmas Dinner.

Legal & Financial Planning: Why It Matters

PASS ON THE VALUES THAT GUIDE YOUR LIFE Join us for afternoon tea and an informative presentation by Sam Friedenberg, attorney with the law offices of Nay & Friedenberg. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT

Participants will receive an informative booklet that covers many topics: • Financial and healthcare decisions. • Necessary documents. • How to provide for family members, friends and pets you leave behind. • How your legacy can continue support for the values you believe in.

Friday, March 21, 2014 ● 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral’s Morrison Room 147 NW 19th Avenue (NW 19th and Everett Street) RSVP: (503) 221-1224, ext. 103

If you’re age 70 ½ or older, you can make a direct tax-free rollover of up to $100,000 from an IRA to a qualified charitable organization like Lift Urban Portland. Check with your financial advisor for details.

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