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Share your Love for Sisters with Care and Share!
by Brenda Morgan, Development Co-Manager, Special Events
How many times have you planned a holiday party and thought “this year, I want to have fun and do something different, something meaningful”?
Here’s how! Have a Care and Share house party, or host a special benefit event at your place of business. More and more of Sisters’ friends and supporters are having fun hosting Care and Share gatherings and other benefit events. One party host, Joel D., said it was incredibly easy, enjoying time with family and friends. It was a potluck with music and dancing, and guests felt good about making a collective donation. The synergy grew into a heartwarming gathering, and the good feelings were paid forward with a $415 donation to Sisters.
Abby S. was inspired to support Sisters in honor of her 40th birthday.
“Milestones can be both stressful and exciting so when my 40th birthday was impending, I wanted to make it as positive as possible. What better way to do that than to throw a bash for all my closest friends and treat them to a meal of a lifetime? I decided to reserve a private dining hall and host a big, family style meal with great food, wine, laughter and friendship. While putting together the invitation I was trying to frame how to explain to folks that they didn’t need to bring gifts – the whole point was for me to treat these lovely people and for them to be able to sit back and enjoy. So in lieu of gifts I asked that guests consider bringing along some extra dollars or a check to make a donation to the non-profit of my choice – Sisters of the Road. I was expecting to maybe see $20 here, $10 there. But I was overwhelmed the next morning when I opened the sealed box that sat on the cocktail table collecting contributions. Including funds that some friends donated directly on the SOTR website, we amassed around $900. A friend pointed out to me that when visiting the SOTR website, she’d learned that during the months of November and December those donations would be matched! It felt like a truly successful celebration – the people closest to me got to spend a special evening enjoying a delicious hot meal, and in turn we were able to provide hot meals to dozens of others as well as support the mission of Sisters of the Road however they choose to do so. Food is both a gift and a necessity – for me, being able to enjoy that gift with friends and family without burden is something I don’t want to take for granted and I believe Sisters of the Road shares that sentiment. By observing the generosity of my friends, I know that they felt value in their participation as well.”
Last year, we were thrilled to raise $6,460 from Care and Share house parties and special benefit events! Here’s how a Care and Share house party works: you host a party, invite 10 guests or more, and ask each to donate $20. In November and December during our Together at the Table Matching Gift Challenge, the $200 total that you raise will be matched $.50 cents on the dollar, turning the $200 into $300. Partner with a friend, or hold your party at a local pub. We’ve heard of a Trivial Pursuit night, and other game competitions. Be creative and fun! We will support you by providing material about Sisters, and if you’d like, someone from Sisters will attend to speak about our programs.
Special Holiday Meals Nov. 25 and Dec. 19 & Kids’ Day Dec. 22!
Sisters is celebrating our family, our community of volunteers and all the friends that make this place special. We are planning a very special holiday BBQ feast on Tuesday, November 25th! For this day, all of the meals have been donated by an anonymous friend of Sisters. What a wonderful gift!
We’ll also be sharing a delicious Customer Appreciation Turkey Dinner on Friday, December 19th. So come down and join us! There will be extra time-slot reservations available, so you won’t be able to say no.
Kids’ Day on Monday, December 22nd is another special day in the Sisters’ Cafe especially for families. We are planning a sweet day of games and activities for parents and children to be together and have some fun. There will be a special meal for the kiddos, and we are gathering gifts for parents to be able to select for their children for ages 1-12.
If you are looking to volunteer, please take a look at our volunteer program ahead of time.
We look forward to seeing you!
Tickets for Winterfolk XXVII Sat. Jan. 31 on sale now!
Folk music lovers, it’s that time of year we look so forward to! Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - The 27th Annual Winterfolk Folk Festival with headliner and autoharp master, Bryan Bowers.
Since its inception, Winterfolk has generously benefited Sisters Of The Road’s (http://www.sistersoftheroad.org) nonprofit Cafe and organizing work for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Winterfolk 27 will be held at the beautiful Aladdin Theater, located at 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland. Tickets are $30 in advance and $32 at the door, and are on sale NOW through the Aladdin Box Office, and at Music Millennium (3158 East Burnside Street, Portland).
This year, the incredible raffle includes: 1 day of studio time at Billy Oskay’s Big Red studio, and a gorgeous Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Folk Sunburst acoustic guitar generously donated by Artichoke Music.
Raffle tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased at Artichoke Music (3130 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland) and Arcane Amps (3341 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland).
For more information about tickets and featured performers, go to the Aladdin Box Office or call Brenda at 503-222-5694 ext. 114.
See everyone on Jan. 31st!
Holiday Showcase! on MetroEast Community Media
Robert and Brenda promoting Sisters Of The Road Together at the Table Matching Gift Challenge going on through midnight December 31st!
Volunteering for upcoming Special & Appreciation Meals in November & December
Sisters will be having four “Special Meals” in November and December to celebrate our community. For most of these dates the meal will be no cost hospitality meals, still using our time-slot reservations. We throw down a great meal that fills everyone’s hearts and bellies with good food memories to last all year. More information on Volunteering for these special dates!
We’re Hiring - Full Time Cafe Co-Manager - Applications due Mon. Dec 29th at 12:00 noon
We are hiring for a Full-Time Cafe Co-Manager! Applications are due on Monday, Dec. 29th at 12:00 noon.
Recurring: Volunteer Training