Thursday, October 27, 2011

Donate your car through Cars4Causes and support p:ear

Have an old clunker car, RV or motorcycle that you just want to go away? p:ear has partnered with Cars 4 Causes® to process their vehicle donations. Cars 4 Causes® is America's 1st vehicle donation charity and specializes in turning donated vehicles into cash for your favorite charity. Your donation to Cars 4 Causes® will help raise money for p:ear.
You can donate your vehicle in two easy steps:
  1. Call or fill out the easy online form here.
  2. Schedule a free pick-up for your clunker.
And you're done! Cars4Causes will send you a receipt for your taxes and make the donation p:ear.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

p:ear youth weavings now for sale at Room&Board

Remember when p:ear youth were weaving pieces for Aurelie Tu's Crafted Systems last summer?

The pieces are now up for sale at Room & Board! Aurelie's pieces turned out beautifully. And in July's newsletter, Aurelie spoke about why she wanted to work with p:ear youth and what the experience was like. You can read her interview here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tickets now available for Genoa dinner, 11/16

Genoa is once again opening their doors for p:ear supporters with a three course dinner with wine pairings on November 16th. Tickets are available for seatings at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm and can be purchased here. Proceeds from the dinner support p:ear.

Monday, October 24, 2011

p:ear supporter Lake Perriguey honored by Mother's Bistro

p:ear hearts Portland lawyer Lake Perriguey, who has just been honored as Mother's Bistro and Bar's "Mother of the Month." Check out Mother's menu this month which is inspired by Lake's New Mexican heritage, his mother and his work with p:ear. p:ear ama Lake!

Lake reveres and appreciates the women and men who shared their special mother-wisdom and mentored him. He honors this mother spirit in his own way through his community-based legal work, support of P:ear, and by inspiring this month’s menu.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Save the Date!

The Trim/Vojdani Gallery at p:ear presents:
Featuring Diane Avio-Augee & p:ear Youth Artists
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 3rd, 6-9pm
On Display: Nov. 3rd - Dec. 25th, 2011
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10-2pm: or by appointment
Diane Avio-Augee, a graduate of Pacific Northwest College of Art, share White Fire her latest painting series. Referring to the brilliance of light emitted from a star, Avio-Augee, transposes this not just through color, but through her precise brushwork creating life, movement, and paralleling the constant flows of the universe. These abstract forms within the paintings are derived from the spiral while integrating with Avio-Augee's previous work, building cohesion from her perceptions.
We will also be joined by Matt Zeltzer, who is an independent alt-country soul-folk songwriter from Ventura, Ca, on a national tour in support of his new EP "Desert Tortoise." Touring the west coast as a solo act, showcasing a sound developed in part by trips to Nashville, Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, and five years spent living in Portland. Join us this First Thursday!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Join us for an elegant evening at Genoa Restaurant, Wednesday November 16th!

Genoa Chef David Anderson is once again hosting a dinner fundraiser for p:ear. Join us for an exclusive three course wine dinner in Genoa's elegant dining room and meet p:ear's board and directors. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here for the 5:30 or 8:30 pm seatings. Proceeds benefit p:ear.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

preserve p:ear

From Sarah Dougher's PSU Capstone class:

Hey p:ear supporters and fans!

A group of Portland State students, in collaboration with p:ear, are looking for pint-sized canning jar donations. We are working on a project to raise money for the p:ear Kitchen and Food program by making and selling cranberry sauce for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We are seeking donations of 500 jars and screwlids. We know that together we can source these.

If you have jars to spare, or would like to contribute new jars to this project, please drop your jars by p:ear, or, and we can come pick them up. We need your donations by Nov. 8th.

Please stay tuned for information about how to order your cranberry sauce!


The p:ear Cranberry Project

Thursday, October 13, 2011

p:ear youth need your help during holiday!

p:ear is looking for local partners for our annual holiday Giving Tree.

Every winter, our youth are looking for basic needs such as socks, backpacks, bus tickets, gift cards, art supplies and other items that are around $25. The Giving Tree helps us supply our youth with the things they need throughout the year.

How you can help

p:ear youth hand-decorate ornaments for display at your business, school, or church. Employees, students, people from your congregation select an item to purchase and donate to p:ear. Collect all the items and bring to p:ear before p:ear's Christmas Brunch on December 25th. No wrapping required!

Your gifts make a difference

Last year, the Giving Tree brought in nearly $5,400 of gifts. Youth are able to use bus tickets to get to and from work, backpacks for carrying school books and art supplies, and socks and ponchos to stay warm and dry. A HUGE thank you to our 2010 participants: Portland Center Stage, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, OHSU, Floating World Comics, Anka Gallery, TwentyFourSeven, Cupcake Jones and Arabella Salon.

Participate in the Giving Tree

Want to participate? Have more questions? Contact

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Indulge @ the Jupiter raises $5,000 for p:ear!

Pippa and Boyd the p:earott had a great time at Indulge
Getting news like is so wonderful!
We are happy to inform you that this year's Indulge event was a greater success than we expected and therefore our donation is double what we anticipated.
A hearty thanks not only to all who attended and enjoyed Indulge @ the Jupiter, but also to all the chefs, sponsors, the Jupiter Hotel and all the other people who made this event so successful.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Without p:ear, there would be more young adults struggling to carve a niche in the world for themselves—alone"

This past summer, Sarah Dougher's PSU Capstone class volunteered at p:ear to learn about the issues around food and homelessness, and held a fundraiser that brought in nearly $2,6oo for the p:ear kitchen. Here's one student's reflection on her experience at p:ear:

Sometimes we experience something which deeply connects us to our community, pulls at our core, moves us to change the way we pursue life; if even in a subtle way.

Over the summer I enrolled in a senior capstone class at Portland State University which brought me closer to the issues of food insecurity and homelessness than I ever thought possible. Through that class, the other students and I worked closely with Pippa, Joy, Beth, and other volunteers to cook food for the kids at p:ear. Additionally, we organized a fundraiser that was, in our humble opinions, a monumental undertaking.

As the class progressed and my knowledge of social issues grew, I found myself profoundly moved by what the folks at p:ear provide with small donations. Not only do they feed people with donations alone, they serve good, nutritious, tasty, soul-satisfying meals. The staff and volunteers work extremely hard to acquire this food and create a safe space. Observing their hard work cemented my resolve for organizing an event to assist their cause. I knew we were more than capable of organizing an event, and I felt personally compelled to volunteer my time and energy to do so.

Throughout the planning of the fundraiser, I became increasingly aware of p:ear’s mission, and as the date of the fundraiser drew near I further realized the impact that their organization has on the community it serves. Without p:ear, there would be more young adults struggling to carve a niche in the world for themselves—alone. I firmly believe that the success of our fundraiser was a direct result of the connection we felt as a class to p:ear’s work.

My time with p:ear was an experience that shifted the way I will pursue my life, and I look forward to continuing to build a connection with all the folks at 338 NW 6th Avenue.

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Voice Music CD release party, October 15th

p:ear is always happy to support non-profit partners like My Voice Music and recent Skidmore prize recipient Ian Mouser. Check out the details on My Voice's CD release party and upcoming fundraiser!

Join My Voice Music for our 3rd Anniversary Fundraiser and first ever CD release Party! This year's event will be very special. In addition to hosting our largest and most exciting event to date, we will be releasing our first compilation CD of music performed, written and recorded by MVM students! Each song on the album is prefaced by memorable stories of how, where and when the songs were created and is read by notable Portlanders including Mayor Sam Adams, Storm Large, Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread, Chelsea Cain and many more. Click the link to get a sneak peak.

THE COST: $20 at the door includes a copy of the My Voice Music 2011 Student Compilation, "Today Is A New Day" and a drink ticket upon admission!

Purchase tickets and RSVP here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oregon Community Foundation Nike Employee Grant Fund Awards p:ear’s recreation program $10,000

p:ear youth will get to experience more of Oregon's outdoors thanks to the OCF Nike Employee Grant

The p:ear recreation program received a significant and much-needed boost from the OCF Nike Employee Grant Fund. Nike employees awarded p:ear $10,000 to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for homeless youth to experience relaxation, personal growth, confidence and play beyond the limits of their urban context. Youth participate in monthly trips to Mt. Hood, the McKenzie River and other locations around the Portland region. Part of the OCF Nike Employee grant will grow the number of trip offerings.

Launched in spring 2010, the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), is granting up to $600,000 per year for three years to local nonprofit organizations or schools that wish to join Nike in creating positive social and environmental change.

The Oregon Community Foundation works with businesses such as Nike, as well as individuals and organizations, to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.

Grant application materials are available online at Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund at OCF may contact the Portland office at 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205, 503.227.6846.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The perfect place for your holiday event!

Looking for a place for an upcoming event? Contact for information and availability on renting p:ear's space. Get your holiday party booked soon!