During this season of giving and gratitude, will you join our Twelve Days of Christmas True Love Campaign? Won't you be our True Love this holiday season? Volunteer, donate, or learn more today. Here are twelve ways in which you can engage in and support our mission:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... an invitation simply to BE.
At L’Arche Portland, we are called to simply be present to each other and allow our gifts to grow through our own transformations. We celebrate the beauty and goodness that each person, with or without an intellectual disability, brings to our community. Will you share your gifts and announce your commitment to maintain this community of acceptance, love and transformation?
On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... two tuned pianos.
Our house pianos are focal points for community gatherings and a source of joy to core members, assistants and guests. Did you know over half of our current assistants play an instrument? And several core members enjoy tickling the ivories. Join us in Joyful Noise during Simple Supper and Prayer Night, community celebrations or Dessert with L'Arche. Or make a donation to support piano tuning.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... three handy people.
L'Arche Portland owns and operates two homes serving men and women with and without intellectual disabilities. We take our responsibility to maintain our physical plant seriously. Do you have handyman/contracting skills to help us ensure healthy and efficient living spaces for our core members and assistants? If so, consider serving with our Facilities Committee or offering your services for an afternoon.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... four service groups.
One of the ways in which L'Arche Portland serves as a sign of hope in our community is to welcome in to our homes at least quarterly groups of youth or other interested parties for service projects. Participants get a chance to be in community with L'Arche core members and assistants, work on projects in our homes, and share in daily meals and activities. Fill out a group volunteer application today!
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... FIVE SCRUMPTIOUS MEALS.
Do you love to eat and/or cook? Volunteer once a week or once a month to prepare a nutritious meal for our core members and assistants. Stay and share in the bounty of a community meal and build friendships. Or make a donation to our house food budgets.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... six event helpers.
Our two major fundraisers of the year are the Benefit Celebration in October and the Christmas Tree Benefit Sale in November/December. We depend on the contributions of a number of key volunteers to help plan and staff these key events. Areas of support we need additional help with include auction item procurement, volunteer coordination, and outreach. We would love to have your help!
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... seven days in community.
We are people with and without intellectual disabilities creating home and building community. We live together, play together, learn together, laugh together, eat together, dream together, plan together, and face fears together. Our core members form the very heart of our community, inviting others in to mutual relationship. Marilyn, one of our core members, describes L'Arche Portland as "a place where they want you." Please offer your prayers for our core members. Join us for an event or volunteer and get to know our extraordinary community.
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... nine loads of laundry.
With eight people living in each home, we do a lot of laundry. Alas, our appliances are reaching the end of their life cycle, and we need to repair or replace the washer/dryer at Neahkahnie House this winter. Donate today to help with our appliance fund.
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... ten pairs of tickets.
Core members and assistants love the chance to break from their daily routines to enjoy fun activities together or with friends and donors. Donate tickets to sporting events, concerts, or arts performances and we’ll help match up community members with these opportunities.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love game to me... eleven nights of ice cream.
Dessert with L'Arche is a monthly engagement event for donors, friends and others interested in learning more about our community. Join us for this special evening of fellowship, community sharing and delicious treats. We will guarantee multiple flavors of ice cream, dairy and non-dairy!
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... twelve months of friendship.
Thank you for being present to our community throughout the year. You extend the L'Arche Portland community into the world, living out our message of peace and love. You are the manifestation of God's love here on earth. We wish you a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you in community with us soon!