Thursday, December 30, 2010

End of year, end of the Give!Guide

The Willamette Week is making a last push to reach $900,000 for the 2010 Give!Guide. Anyone who donates from 12/30 until the last day will be entered to win a bottle of Rogue Spirits Spiced Rum, perfect for the chilly winter weather (or any weather, for that matter).
Help p:ear reach $20,000 and the Willamette Week reach $900,000 by donating here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Response to WW Article

Although p:ear welcomes Willamette Week’s scrutiny of non-profit management (see “Flabby Charities,” by James Pitkin December 22, 2010), this article fails to offer accurate insight and context into the specifics of p:ear’s 2008 fiscal year.
 
In 2008, p:ear closed for several months in preparation for moving into a new building. During the move, there were no programs and therefore, no program costs. This decrease in programming costs – lower than in years past and present – is reflected in the 2008 990 form. 
 
As many of you already know, p:ear operates on remarkably lean budget and staff. 
 
Furthermore, the article fails to account for p:ear’s cultural capital and unique structure for working with homeless youth. Specifically:
 
1)   All p:ear staff are teachers foremost, not administrators. The staff of p:ear spend at least 50% of their time on “the floor,” mentoring, teaching, and working with youth. Due to this, many of the administrative costs of running p:ear transfer to programming.
 
2)   A large number of volunteers supplement staff and teach classes for no cost, which is not reflected in the 990 document. The music, photography and job-training barista school – all core programs – are all run on volunteer hours. During the 2008 fiscal year, 65 volunteers provided over 2,400 hours. p:ear mentors/administrators work to cultivate  and support community partners. This is a core asset not reflected in the fiscal calculus used to develop the cost/pass ratio by the Attorney General.
 
3) Additionally many local businesses and individuals make in-kind donations of food, clothing, equipment, art supplies, etc. to p:ear which fill many of the program needs. These in-kind donations decrease our programs costs by a significant percent.
 
We invite James Pitkin to review and compare our 2009 financials.

Gifts of hope

A card came in the mail today. Simple words full of both grief and hope, it touched all of us. I've taken out names to ensure privacy but the message is still strong and inspiring.
Dear Pear, My daughter passed away during birth last year. I want to give her a better world for Christmas. I believe you are doing work to create a better world. I asked my community to make a donation in my daughter's name. Thank you for the work you do.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Santa wants you to rock out! Another Gray Christmas donates proceeds to p:ear


There's only so many times you can listen "Frosty the Snowman" before you want to take an ice pick and hack old Frosty into snowballs. Thankfully the Willamette Week has put together a holiday compilation of Portland bands signing anything and everything but Frosty. The cd is only $5 with proceeds going to p:ear. 

Feeling more Scrooge than Santa? You can preview the music or check the freerelease party and performances at Mississippi Studios this Wednesday, 12/22. Thanks to Casey Jarman and the Willamette Week for being awesome and helping us rock out this holiday season!

And you can always donate to p:ear through the Willamette Week's Give!Guide, too.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Giving Tree Drop-off Monday, 12/20

I realized yesterday that I've been so busy that I've forgotten to open the past ten days of my Advent calendar (which is good because that means I'm not eating the chocolate inside the calendar, which is the real reason I buy it). Time flies during the holidays, but our Giving Tree partners have been busy distributing our p:ear ornaments and we can't thank them enough!

So if you did take an ornament, the drop-off date for gifts is this Monday, December 20th. We'll be here from 8:30 am until 4 pm. Stop by, get a cup of espresso at the p:ear barista school, check out the Recovery Panes instillation at the gallery and say hello. We really appreciate all who have helped out to make this holiday special for our kids.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Over at the Willamette Week...

In case you missed it, the lovely (and somewhat graceful) Pippa, p:ear program director extraordinaire is featured on the Willamette Week's Give!Guide page, and no, it's not the kind of video that would take her out of running for public office. Though you've probably already seen it, take another look and donate to p:ear through the Give!Guide.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Twofer! p:ear and Oregon Cultural Trust

Name flakes on the Christmas tree at p:ear. Can you tell whose name this is?
Did you know that p:ear is one of the Oregon Cultural Trust's non-profit partners? That means that any donation you make through p:ear AND match with a donation OCT is a tax credit. It's an easy way to help two great organizations and save some money! For more information on the Oregon Cultural Trust, the tax credit and how to donate, visit their website. You can donate to p:ear both through our website and through the Willamette Week Give!Guide.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Go Go Giving Tree!

When you don't have a tree, here's another idea for sprucing up the office. This is from the the creative minds at Twenty Four Seven, who are participating in p:ear's Giving Tree. Pretty cool!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dine at the Original and 10% goes to p:ear

Enjoy dinner at the Original: A Dinerant through Decemeber 15th and 10% of your bill will be donated to p:ear! Print off this coupon to bring to your server and sit back, relax and enjoy the Original's mod-American cuisine. Thanks to our friends at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Portland for this delicious donation!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Don't be Elfish" holiday party, December 16th



p:ear cordially invites you to "Don't be Elfish," a holiday party hosted by p:ear board member Paul Finlay of Tychon Development and social media wizard Trent Finlay. Not only will you be treated to holiday treats (both booze and sweets), live music and swag bags, but the party will benefit a several Portland non-profits.
So get your reindeer sweater, fill a flask to spike the eggnog, slip some mistletoe in your back pocket and get ready to ho ho ho the night away!


Festivities include:
• Live creation of gingerbread house collaboratively decorated by the nonprofits 
Portland Art Cards and performance by Aaron Trotter 
• Handmade Almond Toffee by Mike Calder of Vollie Austin Toffee 
• Complimentary holiday gift bags with schwag and goodies 
• Live holiday music by the Carri Bella Combo FREE BOOZE + GREAT FOOD!

Thurs December 16 
6-9pm 
2804 NE 31st Ave, Portland 97212 
No cover, BUT prepare to donate! 
Dress Code: Sexy Santa!


Feeling extra philanthropic?
Bring canned food and clothes for the Sunshine Division

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Icarus without wings

One of our kids sent a message the other day. This short but poignant note speaks of gratitude and hope, and captures why p:ear is here.
Subject: I WROTE THIS TO PUT ON YOUR WALL BUT ITS TOO BIG. THIS IS HOW I FEEL. TOO BIG.
P:EAR IS THE BEST IDEA EVER. PROOF HAVING IDEA CAN BECOME SOMETHING SO MUCH MORE. I LOVE PIPPA BETH JOY ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HELP WHETHER ITS FACELESS BUT HEART FELT DONATIONS OR THE OPEN MINDED EVER ENCOURAGING STAFF. I MISS MY KIDS AND AM THANKFUL FOR THE ENVIORNMENT THEY AND I APPRECIATE SO MUCH. IT IS SO ELATING. THE POSITIVE EXPIERIENCES AND ADVICE I RECIEVED WHILE I WAS THERE WILL STAY WITH ME IN MY WHOLE ADVENTURE OF LIFE. THE PEOPLE THERE IN THOSE WALLS HAVE MOTIVATED ME , SOME EVEN INADVERTANTLY, TO MOVE NOT ONLY FORWARD BUT UPWARD WITH TALENT AS METAPHORICAL WINGS. REAL WINGS. NO ICARUS HERE. I LOVE YOU GUYS AND I PRAY ONE DAY I CAN GIVE BACK IN THE BIGGEST WAY POSSIBLE. bEING AWAY HAS REALLY MADE ME COME TO APPRECIATE WHAT I LEFT BEHIND. PIPPA HAS HELPED ME SO MUCH AND I AM NEVER AFRAID TO CALL ON HER. ITS SO SERIOUS. I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW HOW DEEPLY IVE BEEN TOUCHED. TO THE CORE OF MY BIG BIG ARTISTICLY INCLINDED HEART. PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HAVE STOPPED CARING ABOUT PEOPLE. YOU NEVER STOP AND I NEVER WILL BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT NEED FROM A STRANGER ONE DAY. I AM PROUD BECAUSE OF THESE RELATIONSHIPS AND I KNOW I CAN DO ANYTHING , IF NOT EVERYTHING. SO MUCH LOVE TO YOU AND YOURS. I KEEP YOU IN MIND IN MY JOURNEY. TRULEY YOURS .

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sparkling p:ears at Portland Center Stage

If you're in the Pearl District, stop by Portland Center Stage and see their Giving Tree full of p:ear ornaments!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cha donates 10% of December proceeds to p:ear



We love good Mexican food and so we're super excited that Cha is donating 10% of all their December dinner proceeds to p:ear (though we don't really need the excuse to try their Winter Mojito with the Enchiladas De Rajas Poblanas). Prepare yourself for hunger with Cha's menu. A big thanks to Cha's Javier for making this happen!
Need a place for a holiday party? Call Cha for reservations: 503-29504077

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Calling all Amex members

Did you know that you can donate to p:ear through your American Express card? The Members Give program allows Amex users to donate in a variety of ways:
  • Give to one or more charities and nonprofit organizations
  • Donate dollars with your American Express Card
  • Redeem Membership Rewards® points to make a donation
  • Set up recurring donations
  • Spread your donation out over the year
Setting your donation is easy. Click here to get started.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Art Media Framing donates % of sales to p:ear

Art Media Framing is offering a winter special on 10x10 artworks by 15o local artists from their show at Gallery@902. Artists were challenged to design a piece based on their frame. David Mosher is a p:ear supporter and will be donating 10% of sales from the show to p:ear. Thank you, David for the wonderful gift! The show runs until December 23rd.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Recovery Panes Healing Art Project

CLOSING RECEPTION The Trim/Vojdani Gallery at p:ear Presents:
Recovery Panes Healing Art Project Featuring Kelly Williams with p:ear youth artists
Join us for a closing reception tomorrow, November 30th from 5-8pm. The catalogs will be present to once again take you on the journey of life, love, and hope. Prints of the artwork will also be available to purchase during this time. Come alter the panels and create your own story! See the 'gallery' tab for more links and information

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WWeek Give Guide brings in nearly $4000 for p:ear

It isn't even Thanksgiving and the 2010 Give!Guide has raised almost $4000 for p:ear. Thank you to all our donors, old and new, for helping us kick off the holiday season! We're offering up some enticing incentives to show our appreciation for your generosity. Click on the postcard above to see what you can receive through p:ear. And donate to the Give!Guide here.
If you're looking for other ways to give this season, the cold weather has been a bitter reminder of our kids' need for warm clothes (hoodies, socks, gloves, hats). We're more than happy to take any donations.
Stay warm!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Do your holiday shopping through CafeGive and earn money for p:ear

Just in time for the holidays, p:ear has joined Portland-based CafeGive to help with your holiday shopping AND giving! With retailers like REI, Powell's, Nordstrom's and Athleta, Chrome Bags, Ellington and Gaiam, you get your gifts and a certain percentage of your purchase will be donated to p:ear. It's easy: go to cafegive.com, and select "p:ear" as the cause you'd like to shop for. We're really excited to be part of this local company and hope you check it out!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Public Art Conference, Sunday November 21st

Looking for something to do this Sunday? p:ear murals director Rudolfo Serna will be headed to the Public Art Conference at 511 N. Tillamook.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Give Guide Competition: give early, win prizes

The Willamette Week Give!Guide has already kicked off and to get things rolling, they've got a little competition for early donors. Donate to the Give!Guide before November 22nd (pick p:ear pretty please!) and you'll be entered to win some swell and local treats. So for all the people that do their holiday shopping in June, you can get your holiday giving taken care of before Thanksgiving. Pretty nifty, eh? 


Here's the details: Make a donation through the G!G between 12:01 am Monday, November 22, 2010, and 12:00 midnight later the same day, and you'll be entered to win either: (1) a full case of Rogue Spirits' Spruce Gin — artisan distilled in Oregon, this gin won a Double Gold at the 2008 World Spirits competition; OR (2) 10 10-packs of 2-zone TriMet tickets — a $205 value, they don't expire. 

The only requirement is that the winner of the booze be 21. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Portland Observes Day of Homelessness Awareness

November 16th is Portland's first Day of Homelessness Awareness. Organized by JOIN and focused on what faith-based organizations are going to end homelessness, the day is meant to provoke action to help Portland's homeless population. Event organizers are asking participants to forgo a "splurge" (i.e. a coffee or snack) and instead donate to one of Portland's many organizations working with the homeless population. For more information, check out this OregonLive article on the Walk of Awareness that took place this morning. As the weather turns colder, p:ear is always on the look out for warm winter clothing especially hoodies, jackets, socks. If you'd like to make a donation, please stop by or contact us.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Genoa Dinner brings in nearly $10,000 for p:ear!

Guests enjoying wine before dinner at Genoa
We had a busy, busy week: the lovely Genoa dinner, the Willamette Week 2010 Give!Guide launch, and the Rejuvenation housewarming party. Time for the p:ear-ettes to rest and recover before the holiday season hits full speed.
A great thanks to all who turned out for the elegant evening at Genoa last Wednesday. Our guests raised nearly $10,000 for p:ear, a great boon to help out winter programs. And a big thanks goes to Genoa's Timothy Parsons for helping put on a great dinner and evening for p:ear!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Join Us For First Thursday at p:ear!



Alter the Panels with Recovery Panes Healing Arts Project featuring Kelly Williams and p:ear youth artists along with the spinning beats of DJ Xcaliber!

First Thursday, November 4th, 6 - 9pm 
at the Trim-Vodjani Gallery at p:ear 
338 NW 6th Ave Portland OR 97209 

Recovery Panes Healing Arts Project, founded by Kelly Williams, has exposed the impact of addiction through the process of encaustics. The RACC granted project has allowed Williams to use art as a cathartic rhythm to explore personal experiences, hope, & triumph. As lives are created by moments and interactions, the panels represent the change of stories when rearranged differently. Come alter the panels and add your own touch to the stories with live music featuring p:ear youth and DJ Xcaliber, this 1st Thursday, November 4th.

Kelly Williams is a local Portland artist, who has transformed encaustic paintings into a flowing rhythm of life. Every line and gesture has been transcribed by emotion packed experiences and fleeting filled notions. Williams also holds encaustic workshops dedicated to exploring one's own inner chaos through the layers wax.

p:ear youth are 15-24 year old homeless or transitional young people that attend the educational, artistic and recreational programs at p:ear. They work independently and with guest artists, working with available materials, to create work that is expressive, vibrant and healing.


For more information, please call: 503-228-6677

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Love Nau? Shop, save and give back to p:ear!

p:ear fan and Portland creative force Jeremy Pelley sent us this note about an awesome promotion with Nau:
hi there-
i was recently asked to be a part of Nau clothing's portraits series:
as part of this series, i get to offer a promo code (OMFGCO) which means people are eligible for a friends and family rate of 10% off the total purchase AND and donation of 10% to an organization of my choice.... and i chose p:ear!
So shop away, get some fabulous clothes and know you're helping out p:ear. And thanks Jeremy and all the cool people over at Official Manufacturing Company!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The new face of homelessness

In a recently published article, Carol West discusses the growing percentage of homeless youth (ages 18-24). Alongside Seattle and other cities, Portland makes a troubling appearance. Check out these statistics:
In Portland, Ore., another magnet for the young and homeless, the young adult segment increased by 25 percent last year, more than double the overall increase (12 percent) in homelessness for all age groups, said Natasha Detweiler, research analyst for Oregon Housing and Community Services. Oregon counted 1,595 young people in this year's one-night snapshot of homelessness. "And that's certainly an underestimate," she said.
While p:ear serves as a day center, offering up a warm and safe location for kids to get a cup of coffee, use a phone and get a hot meal, we still have noticed that this population is growing. Over the past months, the number of kids we serve on a daily basis has nearly doubled. "You feed us really well here," one said while filling up a bowl with pozole (Mexican bean soup) and then grabbing a couple pieces of fresh-baked bread from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Read the full article here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Recovery Panes Healing Arts Project opens November 4th

Recovery Panes Healing Arts Project, founded by Kelly Williams, has exposed the impact of addiction through the process of encaustics. The RACC granted project has allowed Williams to use art as a cathartic rhythm to explore personal experiences, hope, & triumph. As lives are created by moments and interactions, the panels represent the change of stories when rearranged differently. Come alter the panels and add your own touch to the stories with live music featuring p:ear youth, this 1st Thursday, November 4th. Kelly Williams is a local Portland artist, who has transformed encaustic paintings into a flowing rhythm of life. Every line and gesture has been transcribed by emotion packed experiences and fleeting filled notions. Williams also holds encaustic workshops dedicated to exploring one’s own inner chaos through the layers wax. To learn more:www.recoverypanes.blogspot.com and www.kellywilliams.blogspot.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

Our day jobs

If you've ever meet p:ear's executive director Beth, you know that she's an enthusiastic cyclist. More than enthusiastic, in fact she's pretty darn fast. On most fall Saturdays, you'll find her either working at p:ear or racing cyclocross at the local Cross Crusade race series. The Cross Crusade, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) cyclocross series in North America hosts over 1200 racers at various venues around Portland. And Cross Crusade owners Brad and Melodie Ross are also p:ear supporters. If you've ever been curious to watch cyclists ride through mud, gravel, sand and snow, come out and cheer on Beth at the Cross Crusade at the Portland International Raceway next Sunday, October 24th. She'll love it!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Get Fabulous! Drag Queen Bingo to benefit p:ear, 10/28



Join Poison Waters and win fantastic prizes the monthly Drag Queen Bingo at at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in downtown Portland on October 28th. Things get started at 5 pm with an hour for socializing, schmoozing and boozing (cash bar), and the games start at 6 pm.
So get your cards in order! All proceeds will go to p:ear.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Come see p:ear at Pecha Kucha, Oct. 14



Pecha Kucha, Japanese for "chit chat," is a world-wide event featuring designers, photographers and artists following a simple format of showing 20 images in 20 seconds. This Thursday at the Plant (939 SE Alder) p:ear's Pippa Arend and photographer Charles Gullung will present at Portland's 8th Pecha Kucha stunning black and white images, intimate portraits of some of Portland's homeless and parent-less youth.  These images show the combined qualities of strength and vulnerability, and reveal both a deep sense of presence and protection.

The youth p:ear sees are some of Portland's most vulnerable; they survive of the outskirts of societal morality and culture.  At p:ear, we take the time to develop trust and relationships with these kids, and it is through these relationships that these kids can grow and transform into their best selves.  Our lives are written on our faces…

p:earigami



These kids impress me every day with their ability to create such beautiful, intricate and mighty art. Check out this delicate origami crane the size of a fingernail.
swift to shore white-crested waves return like cranes
a crane alights on its reflection close to an autumn day
Anna Holley from White Crow Haiku (1990)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Whisky Dinner at Pippa's

Whiskey Dinner
Saturday October 23rd, 2010
6pm



Whiskey Dinner at Pippa's fabulous NW apartment, featuring many rare Scotch Whiskeys and a talk by expert Paul Nelson, A-Z Pinot Noir, an intimate musical set by 3 Leg Torso Trio, catering by Divine Cafe and dessert by Alma Chocolate!  A night to remember! 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thank you p:ear seeds donors!

Thank you to everyone who donated to p:ear seeds! Your support will help p:ear's programs over the next few months. Both the staff and p:ear youth are very grateful for your gifts.
Roland Atkinson
K. Bergin
Kathleen Brock
Deborah Buchanan
Heather Coleman
Mary Constans
EcoTech LLC
Gwil Evans
Catherine Faricy
Caroline Fitchett
David Gilchrist
Diana Harris
William Hathaway
Paul Hovda
Jamie June
Carol Kadel
Janice Kalberer
Penny Kavan
Brian Kincaid
Ted Labbe
Lene Larsen
Scrantz Lersch
Kelly McKean
Neil Moore
Madeline Nelson
Au Nguyen
Nissen Design/Graphics
Emily Othus Allred
Elise Pellegrino
Betsy Rickles
Right Way Trader Inc.
Carol and John Rogers
Brad and Melodie Ross
Joan Salisbury
Michael Schmitt
Libby Shapiro
Joan Shipley
Dave Smith
Sara Treadway
Don Urquhart
Jennifer Vansuetendael
Greg and Pamela Vislocky
Kristin Wheary
Jeff Williams
Pamela Williams

Saturday, October 2, 2010

4th Annual Alter Egos Society Hero/Villain Ceasefire party, a benefit for p:ear!

 Music - DIY Costumes - Prizes

On October 9th it's time for heroes & villains to set their differences aside in the name of fun & charity. p:ear is a local organization that supports homeless & transitional youth through creative mentoring. All profits from the event will go to support their heroic cause! 

Come dressed up as a superhero or supervillain of your own creation, not one from a comic or movie. Any costume is good enough as long as it's original & super! 

+ Doors at 8pm, wrapping up at 1am. 
+ $7 cash w/ costume, $10 w/o costume
+ 21+, food & drinks for sale
+ Music by:
MYRRH LARSEN 
THE VERY FOUNDATION
&
DJ TIBIN

+Raffle and Costume Contest prizes from: 
THINGS FROM ANOTHER WORLD 
EXCALIBUR BOOKS & COMICS
FLOATING WORLD COMICS
COSMIC MONKEY COMICS 
GUARDIAN GAMES

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Need a place to celebrate? Rent p:ear!

It's almost time to get out the punch bowl, mistletoe and horrible reindeer sweaters for the annual holiday parties. If you're looking for a place to hold an event, meeting or party, p:ear offers nearly 3000 square feet that can hold 220 people. Each area has WiFi access, separate restrooms, and entry/exits. Click on the flyer above or contact Pippa (pippa@pearmentor.org) for rates and details!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The kindness of others

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. - Seneca, Roman philosopher and statesmen
This past week, p:ear has been the recipient of some kind gestures this week. Executive Director Beth Burns took a morning trip out Beaverton to receive a $5,000 grant from Safeway employees on behalf of p:ear. Store Manager Dave Dominick and a group of Safeway employees presented the (giant) check to Beth. You can tell she's pretty excited. Our other gift was a bit quieter and a surprise; we received a card in mail with the following text:
Dear p:ear -
I found this cash while I was walking my dog. I know you will use to help kids in need.
Thanks for all you do!
- A fan
Enclosed were two $50 bills. To the Ellsworth Kelly fan - your quiet and and kind gesture is inspiring. Thank you so very much. With gratitude, the p:ear staff

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New exhibit at p:ear starting October 7th: Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art with p:ear youth artists

The Trim/Vojdani Gallery at p:ear presents: Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art with p:ear youth artists Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7th, 6-9pm On Display: October 7th – October 29th, 2010 Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10-2pm: or by appointment Gallery Location: 338 NW 6th St. Portland, OR 97209 Corner of 6th & NW Flanders OWCA @ p;ear, explores opportunities through the styles and movements of color and line. Ranging in mediums, the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art provides insight into their commitments including education and respect to individuals, breathing life into their story told pieces. From minimal cohesive color collaborations to detailed strokes of light, come enjoy food, music, and art! The Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support women in the visual art professions, and to create community through art, education, and social activism. Learn more by going to www.oregonwca.org.

Monday, September 20, 2010

p:ear barista school raises $5000 with Brunch Responsibly!



Pippa's pretty happy to see everyone at Brunch Responsibly!

 

Nearly 80 guests turned out to experience Sunday brunch in support of the p:ear barista school. Broder's Peter Bro poured his famous Bloody Mary's with aquavit (a strong Scandinavian liquor that will put some hair on your chest!) while Caffe Vita's Chad Freilino and p:ear barista school graduate Jutebox mixed coffee drinks for guests while they waited for Jason French's first course to come out.

 

Tahoe Jackson gave a rousing vocal performance and guests help raise nearly $5,000 to use as the p:ear barista school's fall operations.

 

We are so grateful to Chad Freilino and Caffe Vita for all their support and hard work. And a big thanks to Jason French, Tahoe Jackson, Peter Bro, Whole Foods, Medowsweet, Small Vineyards and Colleen Sorenson for their time and generosity in making this event happen.

 

The coffee cart is now open for business, Monday through Friday from 7 am until noon, and is located in the Trim/Vojdani gallery next to p:ear on NW Flanders. Stop by for a cup!

Friday, September 17, 2010

There's still time to "Brunch Responsibly" Sept. 19th!

There are still seats available for "Brunch Responsibly," this Sunday September 19th. In addition to the fabulous four-course brunch, cocktails and coffee, Tahoe Jackson "Lady of Soul," will be setting the mood with a live performance. Eater PDX just called "Brunch Responsibly" the "hot ticket item" for this Sunday. To RSVP email beth@pearmentor.org or chad@caffevita.com. See you Sunday!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Imagine every thing you owned fitting in a backpack...

Your support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of these kids. Support p:ear and our fall campaign p:ear seeds with a donation to help us continue our creative and innovative work with homeless and transitional youth.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Brunch Responsibly

Brunch Responsibly

SUNDAY, Sept 19th 

at p:ear (NW 6th and Flanders)
Espresso bar at 9am, brunch at 10am.
$40/seat includes drinks. 

All proceeds will be donated to p:ear barista school.
SEATING IS VERY LIMITED - RSVP To: beth@pearmentor.org
  
We're celebrating the Grand Opening of p:ear barista school with an extraordinary brunch in conjunction with Whole Foods, House Spirits, Small Vineyards, Medosweet Farms, Broder and Tahoe Jackson.

"Brunch Responsibly" is a four-course meal created by Jason French (Ned Ludd) and provided by Whole Foods to entice your taste buds while you celebrate the grand opening of p:ear barista school. Booze by Broder, House Spirits and Smal
l Vineyards. Featuring music by Tahoe Jackson. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Volunteer!

Our unique approach creates a climate of hope and optimism built on stable, positive relationships between adults and youth. Volunteers are the keystone at p:ear. Volunteers provide the much needed support to the program and the positive relationships that homeless youth lack. p:ear offers a variety of volunteer opportunities:

Level I
Includes activities as diverse as picking up meals to serving on a committee (marketing and development, food co-ordination, events planning, etc.), to "work parties" designed to support First Thursday events or improve the facility.

Level II
Works a specific project for a specified time, i.e., artistic workshops, hosting and tour guides for a First Thursday exhibition, supporting staff during an off-site cultural or recreation event.

Level III
Works directly with youth on a weekly basis providing mentorship, tutoring, meal handling, participating in daily activities.
Volunteers are asked to submit a formal application, and attend the appropriate training for the level of volunteering they are applying for. Trainings are from one to 15 hours and costs range from nothing to $26 for fingerprinting and a food handlers card. Because working with this population is challenging, we have a minimum age requirement of 25.
It's our hope that if you decide to volunteer at p:ear that your experience will be as rich and rewarding for you as it will be for the program and the youth we serve.

If you are interested in becoming a p:ear volunteer, please download this p:ear Volunteer Application.

To Volunteer:
Joy Cartier -- 503-228-6677 or joy@pearmentor.org

Immediate Needs List

Program
  • Gift certificates to Rite-Aid, Whole Foods, Fred Meyer and True Value Hardware (to meet daily needs from milk to first-aid supplies to light bulbs!)
  • First aid supplies/kits
  • Bus tickets (given to youth for travel home, hospital, job-site, treatment or recovery groups)
  • Food – donation of meal or supplementary fruit, juice, dairy items on weekly/monthly basis


Education
  • Gift certificates to Office Depot and Powell's Books
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Calculators, rulers, pens, compasses, etc.
  • Financial scholarships for further education, and/or financial support for school supplies and housing for students in school


Art
  • Gift certificates to Michael’s, Art Media or Utrecht
  • Water-based painting supplies
  • Acrylic pints
  • Inks/watercolors
  • Brushes
  • Gesso
  • Canvas and frames
  • Craft supplies
  • Beading supplies
  • Sewing supplies
  • Scissors, glues, glitters
  • Papers
  • Markers and gel pens
  • 35mm film
  • Camera bodies and lenses
  • $100 sponsorship of a First Thursday Art Opening at p:ear gallery
  • Tickets to cultural outing
  • B + W photo paper


Recreation
  • Tickets to sports events
  • Quality new or barely used recreational equipment or clothing
  • New men’s socks
  • Black Large Hoodies
  • Quality new or barely used recreational equipment / clothing
  • $500 sponsorship towards ‘camp p:ear’, ‘winter camp’ and other recreational outings


Kitchen
  • Gift certificate to Boxer’s and/or other kitchen supply store
  • Fruit
  • Produce, from the Farmer's Market, the store, or your backyard!
  • Fresh milk and dairy products
  • Gift certificate to organic food stores and/or local farmer’s markets
  • Quality cookware and utensils


Music
  • Quality instruments

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The end of summer already?

New canvases for p:ear!
Ok, summer won't officially end until September but most Portlanders woke up this morning, opened their shades and thought it was October. September starts soon, school starts soon and p:ear will re-open on September 7th. Without the kids, p:ear has been very quiet for the past couple weeks. But p:ear seeds has been picking up momentum heading into fall, and as we prepare to head back to school the generosity of p:ear donors means things like new canvases, paints, books and other supplies will be waiting our youth when the doors open next week. If you'd like to contribute and help us reach our goal of $40,000, please click here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Help p:ear grow through p:ear seeds



A few months ago at p:ear, we planted a mobile garden to help supply our cooking program with fresh herbs and vegetables. And despite the lack of summer weather in Portland, the basil, lettuce, kale, tomatoes and other plants have shown healthy growth. While we're looking forward to enjoying the "fruits" of our labor, the small garden is also a testament to the importance of nourishment and strong roots to weather the cooler days.

Built around those same ideas of nourishment, growth and strong roots, we've just launched our new annual summer campaign, p:ear seeds. We hope to raise $40,000 which will help support our fall programs. As the weather changes and the rain returns, the number of kids coming through our doors will increase. The information you'll receive about p:ear seeds also includes a "state of the p:ear" with more information about the youth we've served in the past year.

We know our donors have already contributed so much this year, and we are so very grateful for your generosity, especially in shaky financial times. But amazingly, the past few years have shown that despite everything people are still investing in their communities perhaps with even tighter bonds. As donors investing in your community's youth, you are p:ear's root both providing the foundation for growth along with anchoring us during difficult times. A firm and supportive base allows p:ear to push through the soil, up towards the sun and blossom. You are our roots, we are the stems, leaves and flowers, and p:ear youth are the harvesters.

If you have any questions, email stephanie@pearmentor.org

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NedWater is making a better world

p:ear recently received a donation from NedWater, a local Portland company who donates 5 to 20% of their gross to non-profits. The company delivers by bike, has a "zero waste" policy, and is focused on helping out organizations like p:ear. Check out their website and blog for more information on their philosophy and water program! Thanks again to Car Del Mar and Liene Verzemieks for promoting p:ear for their NedWater donation!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Volunteer Opportunity

p:ear is currently looking for volunteers to help gather left over food from Pioneer Square Farmer’s Market on Mondays. It’s about an hour-long commitment, 1:30-2:30pm. You will go into the market just as it is closing and talk to venders who have previously agreed to donate any food they might have left over from the day. There are about 13 different stands that have agreed, but the market closes rather quick so 4-5 volunteers plus a vehicle is ideal to touch base with all the donors and gather everything possible. If you are interested, please email tierneyyy@yahoo.com to schedule the day(s) you’d like to help out.