Support Our Appeal for Meals: June 1 to 7

Please consider a donation to our Appeal for Meals — your gift will be matched up to $76,500 thanks to these generous sponsors:

Click here to donate today!

Now more than ever it is critical that Share safely and efficiently operate our Backpack, Fresh Food Pantry, Hot Meals and Summer Meals programs.

To-go meals through our Hot Meals program have seen a dramatic increase: 3,700 meals in February, 6,100 in March, 6,852 in April and we anticipate the numbers will continue to go up.

Our costs have increased for various reasons from the need to purchase containers and utensils for each to-go meal; to the loss of volunteers and need to pay staff for the preparation and serving;to changes in sources for discounted food purchase which are no longer available. People accessing meals include those experiencing homelessness and those whose ability to cover daily living expenses for themselves and their families have been challenged by layoffs and furloughing as many businesses remain closed.

Through partnerships with Evergreen and Vancouver Public Schools, as well as the Battle Ground School District, we continue to pack 900+ bags of food that children and their families can access through grab-n-go locations.

Our Summer Meals program will again operate this June to August, altered to provide meals in a grab-n-go style to observe social-distancing protocols.

Unfortunately, Share lost $50,000 in government funding for our meal programs this year due to grant requirements and restrictions. So, we are extremely grateful to have a match pool of $76,500 for our annual appeal (formerly known as our Hunger Appeal), thanks to the contributions of the generous donors listed above.

We serve a vulnerable population. It’s vital that we keep our meal programs fully funded and operating at these increased levels. Your gift will provide children and families, men and women with access to fresh, nutritious food through our Backpack, Fresh Food Pantry, Summer Meals and Hot Meals programs.

We thank you for your continued support of Share and of our community, during normal times and these times of extreme hardship and challenge.

Let’s Talk! A Share the Love Event (Virtually!) on June 2

This year, we are going virtual for our annual meeting!

Please join Share staff members as they explain the changes that have taken place within Share’s programs and services while also addressing questions about the needs of our community’s most vulnerable citizens and what is happening to help them.

Tuesday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Click here to register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Our Event Moderators:

  • Matthew Lennick, a pharmacy leader for Kaiser Permanente committed to service in healthcare and the community.
  • Elizabeth Fitzgearld, who is Executive Director at Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Our Event Panelists:
  • Amy Reynolds, a graduate from the University of Oregon in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She joined Share in the fall of 2001 as a case manager and has moved up through the organization as Director at Share Orchards Inn and Director of Programs to her position today as Deputy Director.
  • Adam Roselli who joined Fuller Group in 2005 and as Vice President and Managing Broker is responsible for the marketing of office properties for sale or lease in Southwest Washington. He actively invests and participates in the community as the President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and Board President of Share.
  • Molly Evjen who is the Director of Volunteers & Community Resources. She began as a part-time program assistant and most recently worked full-time as Share’s volunteer coordinator.
  • Katie Louis who is Share’s Collaborative Housing Program Director and leads operations at Share House.
We are honored to feature a special guest from one of our important partner agencies: Kate Budd with Council for the Homeless
  • Kate Budd has served as the Executive Director of the Council for the Homeless for the last two years. Prior to her current role she served as the Deputy Director of the Council, a Program Coordinator with Clark County Community Services and a Program Analyst with Oregon Housing and Community Services. She graduated from Eastern WA University with a master of social work degree, with a certificate in chemical dependency and serves on the executive boards of Leadership Clark County and the statewide Homelessness Advisory Council.
Please join us and invite your friends!

A Benefit for Share: Virtual PDX Triathalon, Swim | Bike | Run, May 30-June 7

Stay Active & Support Share! 

Do something good for YOU, achieve your goals and help raise money for Share!

The cost is $80 for all distances and $10 from each entry will be split between Special Olympics and Share! If 1,000 of us do this, we can raise $10,000 together, $5,000 for each organization! When you sign up, you can also fundraise for Share as well! We each give a little and it adds up to a lot!

Click here to register today!
   

Virtual seems to be the theme for 2020 and Why Racing is hosting their 4th virtual event of the year! Virtual means you still do the distance you sign up for on your own and you get UPGRADED SWAG! Basically you do the distance on your own between May 30 – June 7, document with photos and videos to be part of the official photo album and video, post your times to the official results page and you still get all the SWAG and are part of something we will never forget! Why Racing will provide specific guidelines for each leg of the Triathlon, Duathlon and AquaBike in the next couple weeks and will depend on whether local pools will be open or not.

All PDX TRI athletes will get items from the PDX Triathlon / PDX Carpet Collection. These will quickly become a collector’s item and a great reminder of what you did during this incredible challenging time. You get a Beach Towel, Racing Tank, Sunglasses, Pint Glass and so much more….all with the memorable PDX carpet theme! There will be more items announced later this week including the BLING!

If you have any questions about how a Virtual event works, please email registration@whyracingevents.com and they will provide you all the details.

Thank you for your continued support of Share and register today!

Check Out Our Gala Dress Rehearsal!

Welcome to our virtual Gala Dress Rehearsal!
On April 25 (the original date of our gala), we provided a sneak peek on Facebook at our Dynamic Duos, who will be performing live at our “There’s No Business Like Share Business” gala which has been rescheduled to August 8. Each video is wonderfully creative and delightful in its own unique way – and they did their best to practice social distancing, wash/sanitize their hands and wear PPE. We are incredibly grateful to these 14 community leaders who took time away from their businesses which are working so hard to serve our community. To our Dynamic Duos: thank you for your time, for your humor, for your dance moves and for your support of Share!

If you’d like to support your favorite Dynamic Duo, just click on their link (which is next to their name above each video) to make a donation. The funds raised today will be tallied and added to their fundraising totals. The winning team will be announced on Aug. 8 at the postponed gala and we hope you can join us then! Now, let’s start the rehearsal!

Masters of Ceremony: Ali Novinger & Kim Capeloto
We are kicking off the evening with a welcome from our Masters of Ceremony Kim Capeloto of Riverview Community Bank and Ali Novinger of Beaches Restaurant and Bar.

Leading Ladies of Share: Diane Mcwithey & Amy Reynolds
The leading ladies of Share – Diane McWithey and Amy Reynolds – put on their Gala dresses to welcome you to our Dress Rehearsal and to provide an update on how Share is continuing to fulfill our mission despite the challenges facing our entire community due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Chicago” featuring Sherri McMillan & Carrie Cofer – click here to vote!
Get your gin out and put on some fringe! Roxie and Velma are here to take you to a virtual speak easy. Here are Sherri McMillan and Carrie Cofer.

“Guys & Dolls” featuring Beth Anderson & Joey Yourcheck – click here to vote!
Calling all high rollers! Get out your betting books and whip up a Cuban milkshake. Beth Anderson and Joey Yourcheck will transport us back to the Depression-era. It’s sure to be a hoot, but will luck be a lady tonight?

“Rock of Ages” featuring James Oneil & Tony Oberio – click here to vote!
This duo is hitting the track to mentally and physically get fit for fundraising! Take a look at how it went…all we’ll say is it’s a good thing they have all summer to prepare. Here’s James Oneil and Tony Oberio

“Wicked” featuring Meghan Hamilton & Traci Andrews – click here to vote!
You too can be ‘popular’ after you master these drinks as taught in this mixology class with two magical witches – Elfie is a bit sour, Glinda is a bit sweet, but together they are the perfect mix. Here are Meghan Hamilton and Traci Andrews.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!
We’d like to take a pause in the entertainment to thank our wonderful gala sponsors. A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Riverview Community Bank and to our Support Sponsors: KMR, HopeLift, ilani, Ginn Group, Jo Marie & Steve Hansen, Yaculta

“Mamma Mia” featuring Max Ault & Patrick Ginn – click here to vote!
Somewhere on the lesser-known Greek island of Hazel Dell, there is a quarantine dance practice Mamma Mia-style – you don’t want to miss it! Here are Max Ault and Patrick Ginn.

“Book of Mormon” featuring Adam Roselli & Bryce Davidson – click here to vote!
Who knew that in addition to finding you the perfect property to buy or lease, Adam Roselli is a song writer. He’s here representing his duo (the other half of whom is Bryce Davidson) with an original song to the tune of “I Believe” from the Book of Mormon.

“My Fair Lady” featuring Kara Fox-LaRose & Steve Horenstein – click here to vote!
A bloomin’ lady is in our midst, with the elegant Eliza Doolittle accompanied by Professor Higgins. Our last duo will inspire you not only to support your community, but to work on your elocution, too! Here are Kara Fox-LaRose and Steve Horenstein.

And curtain!
Our virtual dress rehearsal has ended. Thank you all for joining us this afternoon! While we wish we could have celebrated in person, we know that staying home, staying healthy is best for our community … and it will ensure we can celebrate together someday soon!

Thank you to our sponsors, thank you to our Dynamic Duos, thank you to Kim & Ali, thank you to our amazingly generous community! Don’t forget that donations over the weekend for our Dynamic Duos will qualify you for entry in our door prize drawing for the Quarantine Survival Kit. Have a wonderful evening!

Fred Meyer Rewards Card Helps Share Earn Donations!

You can help Share earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! 

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Share at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 86618.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Share earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

Amazon Smile: You Shop, Amazon Gives to Share

Shopping on-line is fun, convenient and, thanks to Amazon Smile, is a way to give back to Share when you shop on smile.amazon.com – you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, but with the added bonus that The Amazon Foundation will then donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Share.

When checking out at smile.amazon.com, simply search for Share by name or EIN number, 91-1205119. Be sure to confirm you are selecting the correct organization, as many charitable organizations have similar names.