To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.
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Deliver Meals-on-Wheels or cook for a crowd
Cherry Blossom Loaves & Fishes is located in the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. Each weekday a hot noon meal is delivered to about 245 homebound seniors. In addition, from 90 to 120 more seniors come to the center for a hot lunch.
Volunteers are needed to support these meal programs. Drivers are needed to deliver the meals to the homebound seniors. This can take up to an hour and a half to complete. Meals are routed within a specific geographic area. You can deliver meals once a month or once a week, or whatever meets your schedule.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the kitchen, help get the meals ready for the Meals-on-Wheels routes and to serve those who eat in the EPCC dining room.
To volunteer, contact Tamara Bailey at 503-256-2381.
Facelift scheduled for fire station
Portland Fire & Rescue Station 43 is about to be renovated, but the upgrades are much more than cosmetic in nature. The station, located at 13313 N.E. San Rafael St., is the next in line to undergo construction in a program funded by a Fire & Rescue Bond that was passed by voters in 1998.
While the doors to Station 43 will close temporarily, emergency response times and customer service levels will not be affected. Thats because relocating crews is something fire departments do every day and have done for years. For instance, if a crew is training or already responding to an incident, dispatchers allocate resources from nearby stations to respond if another emergency arises. Each fire station is part of an intricate network designed to maximize resources and ensure adequate response times all over the city. In addition, PF&R plans to place extra resources, in the form of a paramedic rescue, at a nearby fire station to help ensure appropriate levels of coverage. Two-thirds of all emergencies to which firefighters respond are medical in nature, so the added rescue will help provide advanced life support care in the response area.
Construction of Station 43 will begin in early April and is slated for completion in November.
Become a host family
All David Douglas High families are being offered the opportunity to host two girls from the Shu-Te Girls High School in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China, for six days in June. Kaohsiung, Taiwan is Portlands Sister City and Shu-Te Girls High School is David Douglas Sister School. The girls are talented musicians and dancers coming to participate in the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, Dragon Boat Races and other events. In addition, the girls will give a traditional Chinese music and dance performance on Monday evening, June 12 at the Horner Performing Arts Center.
To host, you should be able to offer at least one double bed or two twin beds, be willing to provide morning and some evening meals, and transportation to and from HPAC mornings and evenings.
If your family would like to participate in this unforgettable opportunity, please contact Richard Cole at 503-289-0079.
Help purchase an electronic reader board
The Parkrose High School and Community Center would benefit from an electronic reader board. So far $10,000 has been raised to buy one, but more is needed. Kelly Jones, the facilities coordinator for the building said such a board will help keep the community informed, increase attendance at high school and community center events, increase the results of high school fundraisers and showcase student achievement.
If you would like to help, send your donation to Kelly Jones, Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., Portland, OR 97220-1494. Any donation, from $1 up will be appreciated.
To learn more, contact Jones at 503-408-2697.
Students offered tax-filing assistance
There are 60,000 Oregonians between the ages of 16 and 19 who are employed and have taxes withheld from their pay. Working teens that are filing income tax returns can get online help from the Oregon Department of Revenue.
At the Web site devoted to working students, www.steps2cash.org, teenage filers can find out what they need to complete their returns; get information on W-2, W-4 and 1099-INT forms; complete a self-calculating Form 40S (short form); and link to vendors that provide free electronic filing.
The Web site also provides information about how tax money is spent, definitions of tax terms and answers to common questions.
We believe that teaching students how to file their returns is an investment in the states future. The Web site gives them tools theyll need for lifelong tax compliance, said Stacey Weeks, program coordinator.