August 16, 2016
This summer we welcomed Dillon, Brandon, and MJ to the Schoolhouse Supplies team.
We were awarded the opportunity to work with MJ Helgerson who joins us as an Encore Fellow. The Encore Fellows Program matches seasoned professionals with local nonprofits in need of professional expertise for a 1,000 hour project paid for by the program. MJ, who is a Navy veteran, recently retired from a long career at Intel where she served in management roles including business operations, training, and human resources. For the next 12 months, she will serve as a contract Project Management Specialist, leading the analysis of our programmatic infrastructure.
This means that she will work with all of us to document our Free Store and Tools for Schools programs and to develop and implement recommendations for changes, especially related to program profitability and replication.
As volunteers, your insights are very important to MJ’s work. She will schedule interviews and opportunities for feedback, but you are welcome to provide your thoughts and ideas at any time. Over the next several weeks she will develop a workplan timeline so we are all aware of the process.
Brandon Umbarger is our new part-time database and program assistant tasked primarily with keeping the Schoolhouse Supplies databases accurate and usable. He replaces Kelley and Kari. Brandon grew up in Bend and after completing his studies at Portland Community College in June, will be starting classes at Portland State University this fall.
You may recognize Dillon Lewis as last summer’s SummerWorks Youth Employment Program intern. We were fortunate that both Schoolhouse Supplies and Dillon were accepted into the program again this year. The SummerWorks program matches young employees with opportunities in the community and pays their wages when they work for a nonprofit. Dillon’s 180-hour internship wraps up in just a few weeks. We will miss him and all the work he does for the Free Store for Teachers!
June 30, 2016
We are already preparing for the reopening of the Free Store in September. Portland Public Schools classroom teachers continue to be eligible to shop during assigned weeks. The exciting news is that classroom teachers from Parkrose and David Douglas School… Read more »
June 30, 2016
Over the past two school years, fifty schools, with 23,500 young students, in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties were selected based on need to participate in the FamilyCare Music Education Initiative in partnership with Schoolhouse Supplies. These schools received a generous… Read more »
June 16, 2016
Monique Barton, Senior Vice President at Bank of America, and Jessica Hewitt, Vice President at Bank of America, present Schoolhouse Supplies with a $15,000 grant for the Free Store for Teachers Art Aisle Schoolhouse Supplies is pleased to announce that… Read more »
April 9, 2016
Thanks to the generosity of PEMCO Insurance, Schoolhouse Supplies offered two unique shopping opportunities to Portland teachers on April 8 and 9. First, a pilot version of a “Mobile Free Store for Teachers” traveled to Lane Middle School in Southeast Portland…. Read more »
March 23, 2016
Change is in the future. RSVP: Click here. Schoolhouse Supplies has done the same great thing for 16 years: provide free school supplies to students in need. We will keep doing this, but we need to make some changes. This year,… Read more »
March 22, 2016
Last Fall, with generous support from PEMCO Insurance, Schoolhouse Supplies was able to pilot a “Mobile Free Store for Teachers” which traveled to Sitton and James John Elementary Schools. We learned a lot on that sunny day in November and… Read more »
March 3, 2016
January 28, 2016
PPS K-12 classroom teachers once again have the opportunity to visit the Free Store for Teachers on a Saturday – April 9, 2016 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, thanks to our partners at PEMCO Insurance. PEMCO Saturday Shopping days in… Read more »
Two Admission Tickets to the Wildlife Safari! For a closer look at live native and exotic animals, journey done to Winston, take a walk on the wild side and spend the day at the Wildlife Safari. Our thanks to Wildlife… Read more »
January 28, 2016
Oregon Garden Resort Overnight Package! Take short drive to Silverton for a getaway at the Oregon Garden Resort. Enjoy an overnight stay in a rustic, cottage-style room equipped with refrigerator, fireplace, spacious living room, private bathroom, and scenic garden patio…. Read more »