- April 7th: Arts and Draughts, a beer/music/food event from Widmer Brothers is donating a portion of ticket sales to p:ear. Celebrate the end of Prohibition amongst other 4/7 oddities. Get tickets here.
- April 16th: Get your photo taken with Samdriod (Portland's action-hero Mayor) at Stumptown Comic Fest. The real Sam Adams will be there from 3-4 pm on the 16th to help raise money for p:ear.
- April 27th, Moule mural unveiling and shopping night. Celebrate p:ear youth artists' window work at Moule ( , and do some p:earblossoms outfit shopping at Moule which is donating 10% of the evening's sales to p:ear. The perfect "Alchemy" dress awaits...!
- All April, Besaw's (NW 23rd and Savier) is donating a portion from their sales to p:ear. I'll have the prosciutto scramble, please!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Abbott Laboratories Fund
ACE Foundation Matching Gift Program
ADP Inc., Corporate Contributions Committee
Alaska Tanker Company
Aldrich Kilbride & Tatone LLP
Allstate Insurance Company
Altria Employee Involvement Program
American Express Co.
American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
Analog Devices, Inc.
Aon Foundation Matching Gift Program
Argonaut Group, Inc.
Associated Chemists, Inc.
AT&T Foundation Matching Gifts Center
Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Bank of America Foundation
Bank of the West *
Barclays Global Investors
Baxter International, Inc.
Becker Capital Management, Inc.
Bemis Co., Inc.
Benjamin Moore & Co. Matching Gift Department
Black & Decker Corp.
Blount International, Inc.
Boeing Gift Matching Program
BP Matching Fund Programs
Brooks Resources Corp.
Butler Manufacturing Co.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Capital Group Companies
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Charles Schwab and Company, Inc
Chubb and Sons, Inc.
Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc.
CNA Foundation Matching Gift Program
Columbia Sportswear Company
Crown Pacific Inland Sales
Deutsche Bank Americas
Dow AgroSciences, LLC
Dow Corning Corp.
Ease Software, Inc.
Elephant's Eye Antiques
Eli Lilly & Company Foundation
First Data Corporation
First Horizon National Corporation
First Independent Bank
FLIR Systems, Inc.
FMC Technologies, Inc.
Franklin Templeton Investments
Freedom Forum Matching Gifts
Gannett Company, Inc.
Garnter Matching Gift Program
Garth Rouse & Associates
General Mills, Inc.
Genesee & Wyoming, Inc.
Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company
H.J. Heinz Company
Hallock Modey, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Employee Charitable Giving Program
Home Depot Matching Gifts
Hood River Distillers
Houghton Mifflin Co.
HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
IBM International Foundation Matching Grants
Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
Ink Systems, Inc.
Insurance Services Office, Inc.
Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Johnson Controls Foundation
Key Knife, Inc.
Lehman Brothers, Inc.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lincoln Financial Group
Lucent Technologies Foundation Matching Gifts
M Benefit Solutions
M Financial Group
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Management Compensation Group/Dulworth, Inc.
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
May Department Stores
Maytag Corporation Foundation
Mazda (North America), Inc.
Medical Consultants Network Inc.
Mentor Graphics Foundation
Merck Company Foundation
Merit Oil Corporation
Merrill Lynch and Co Foundation
Microsoft Giving Campaign
Minerals Technologies, Inc.
Minnesota Life Insurance Company
Mitsubishi International Corporation
National Computer Systems
Nike Employee Matching Gifts Program
North Pacific Group, Inc.
Northern Trust, Co.
Novellus Systems, Inc.
Oregon Cutting Systems Group
Oregon Mutual and Western Protectors Insurance Companies
PBS Engineering + Environmental
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.
PNC Financial Services Group
Portfolio 21 Investments
Portland General Electric
PPG Industries Foundation
Professional Benefit Services
Prudential Insurance Company of America
Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
Radian Guaranty, Inc.
RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc.
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Roll International Corporation
S.D. Deacon Corporation
Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation
Sara Lee Corporation
Sony Corporation of America
SP Newsprint Co.
St. Paul Travelers
Stockamp/Huron Consulting Services LLC
Stream International, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc.
Sun Microsystems Foundation
Sussman Shank LLP
Sutro Matching Gift Program
Texas Instruments, Inc.
The AES Corporation
The Commerce Bank of Oregon
The Gillette Company
The Home Depot
The ODS Companies
The Statesman Journal
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Timber Press, Inc.
Time Warner, Inc.
U.S. Borax, Inc.
Unilever United States, Inc.
Union Bank of California
Union Pacific Corp.
United Grain Corp.
United Parcel Service
United Technologies Corporation
US Bancorp Foundation
Vernier Software & Technology
Via Training, LLC
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Washington Mutual Foundation Matching Gifts
Welch Allyn Inc.
Western Communications, Inc.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Join us for p:earblossoms 2011 - ALCHEMY, p:ear's 9th annual fundraiser, an inspiring evening to help raise the funds needed to work successfully with Portland’s increasing numbers of parentless and homeless youth.
Poison Waters, Chris Funk (The Decemberists), Johnna Wells, Holcombe Waller, Candace Bouchard (OBT), Meg Russel (TCP) and others will fill the evening with beauty and magic, leading us through our own metaphorical journey through the cavernous downstairs (filled with over 100 silent auction items, wines, abundant appetizers and the Transformation Bar!) to the journey upstairs, with a full dinner, performances, and 15 item Live Auction, where your hearts will open like your wallets in support of the vital programs at p:ear.
Only 400 seats, so buy your tickets early, and don’t forget the Golden Ticket Raffle, the $100 chance to win any Live Auction Item (including a handcrafted Gold and Ruby Pear Pendant, made especially for this event by Alchemy Jewelers, a luxurious trip to Cabo San Lucas, an Adventure Alaska Package with Airfare, Party Packages for 30 or 80, and even a Royal Dandie Miniature Pot-Belly Pig! - more on the website soon)!
Q: What is the catalyst for the healthy transformation of a youth into a sustainable young adult?
A: Someone who cares - YOU!
Monday, March 21, 2011
|"Marianas", 60" X 72", oil on canvas, Karl Ramentol|
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Hi Joy, I'm happy and grateful to do it :) Honestly, I get as much, if not more out of this than the youth and volunteers who eat the meal that I make. I really enjoy cooking, and having carte blanche in P:ear's kitchen to make healthy, inexpensive, delicious meals while pretending that I'm a contestant on Iron Chef is so much fun for me! I wouldn't want to spend a Saturday any other way. I've wanted to volunteer and give back to P:ear since my first day as a student. Thank you for all that all of you do. The P:ear Ladies inspire me everyday, and I can never find adequate words to articulate how much I appreciate you and all that you do. With Warm Sincerity and Admiration, Sabra
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Nine years ago, p:ear opened its doors, naïve and hopeful. I could never have predicted the grace and compassion of the p:ear community to so significantly transform a mere physical space into a place of change, courage, and beauty. Thank you. Over 2000 youth have come through our doors, and have been positively affected - over 50 kids per day right now!
To be young and homeless does not simply mean that you don’t have a house or a job. You don’t have people to share your life with, make decisions with, rejoice with, find redemption with, heal with, and become a healthy adult with. p:ear believes in these young people, and is there for them through GED graduations, weddings, births, incarcerations, and sometimes death.
We are busy! Youth homelessness in Portland rose by 25% last year and our numbers are hovering at over 50 kids a day. Daily the p:ear community is confronted with poverty, homelessness, suffering, neglect & abandonment, abuse, and the perils of being left alone to raise yourself. Imagine! And everyday we remain hopeful, because inside p:ear, change happens.
On May 14th, we will formally celebrate our 9th birthday at p:earblossoms. This year, the theme is "ALCHEMY" and we invite you to explore that journey of transformation with us. Please find out more information on our website.
Leaving the streets, leaving your own personal darkness, is not easy, nor systematic. It is a process of ups and downs and sideways - rising and stumbling. It is a kind of surrendering and openness that is so visceral, these youth radiate bravery, compassion, love and spirit beyond anything I knew existed before my work here.
Whether working on their GED, creating art, cooking, learning the art of the barista or unpacking their first apartment, these young people show up daily because they are valued. Don't miss this opportunity to shape a young person's life: please give generously and support these kids during the precarious journey into young adulthood - the journey of forgiving their pasts and creating their futures.Please consider a gift for the p:ear 9 campaign in honor of our ninth year of work.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
It was in the financial slump of 2001 and we were sitting outside at the Basserie Monmarte (now defunct or in perpetual renewal depending on who you talk to), three unemployed women, three glasses of wine and one big plan.
We had just lost our jobs along with thousands of other Oregonians. The Salvation Army Greenhouse, an agency providing services for homeless kids, was dying off in pieces and one of the first to go was the school where the three of us taught the G.E.D. We and our students had struggled with the tedium of fractions, the inconclusiveness of person and place and the irregularities of grammar – nothing compared to the struggles our students were facing outside the classroom every day. Now Greenhouse School was closed and it was a palpable loss, both for our students and us. How to mold what we were grieving and what we had learned into a new form? Could we raise a phoenix from those ashes? And just how many glasses of wine would that take?
Turns out it took a lot. Beth Burns, Pippa Arend and I spent that summer trying to understand what had taken place for us on the corner of 8th and Oak over a combined 12 years of working with homeless youth. We were trying to figure out what could and should go forward into a new program and what needed to be left in the past. What was missing? What was essential? We came up with a few things:
· Everyone deserves dignity and respect· Relationships foster change, not programs· We all have intellectual, emotional and physical needs. We want to meet the daily need.· No one should go hungry· Everyone has the right to a toothbrush· Events don’t define people, attitudes do. Attitudes can change.
Back to the table in front of Brasserie Monmarte. The conversation may have gone something like this:
Beth: Ok, we can run a kick-ass day program but we need somewhere to do it.Joy: Where would we be if we could be anywhere we wanted?Practically all together: There!
(Pointing katty-corner to the long abandoned Cornellius Hotel, AKA Johnny Sole, AKA Rich’s Cigar Shop in previous incarnations).
Beth: But the building’s for sale, we only want one floor, need to rent and no one has been in it since it flooded two years ago.Joy: No one has been in it…Pippa: I’ll call. Maybe they’ll be willing to rent.
Beth: We still need a name.Joy: Something that reflects what we want to do. That addresses the whole person through education, art and recreation.Pippa: (Starting to sketch in her notebook) Something modern and fresh that suggests hope. Well, not R.E.A.P.! How about P.E.A.R.Joy: What does the P. stand for?Beth: Project?Pippa: Yeah, Project.Beth: Ok, P.E.A.R. Project, Education, Art, Recreation, the whole person, the mind, heart and body. I like it.Pippa: Only let’s make it lowercase and with a colon. Like this: p:ear
Did we have a business plan? Did we know the statistics connected with new ventures? Did we have financial partners? Were we even aware of the financial climate of the times? Well, sure, we’d just been laid off, right? What we did have was a vision, heart and each other. Apparently it was enough.
p:ear has now been in existence for seven years now meeting the intellectual, emotional and physical needs of homeless kid. and has recently moved from its original location at 801 SW Alder to 338 NW 6th to meet the need.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
I chose p:ear because every kid deserves a place they can call home and a stable adult/mentor in their lives. I have been on the board there for over 6 years and am still impressed at the positive outcomes.If you want to help Justin celebrate, click here to give. And if you want to make your birthday a gift to p:ear, then visit wishes.causes.com.