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Let’s give! (All year long.)

December was all about giving, and January was all about our new website! But around here, our members love giving of their time (and themselves) all year long. Whether you were a judge or a CEO, a teacher or a musician, your talents, drives and desires come with you when you move to Terwilliger Plaza. That’s why our Social Accountability program is a wonderful place for members to share their talents long after they’ve retired. Read on.

#InspireNotRetire: The Holiday Stocking Project & Sock Drive
For the sixth year in a row, we participated in the Northwest Pilot Project’s Holiday Stocking Project. This community project provides personal and household items for low-income seniors during the holiday season, and we all worked together to decorate, donate and deliver a little holiday cheer to those who need it. We also collected 738 pairs of socks for the Lift Urban Portland sock drive last year.

Ongoing: The Conversation Project
From stockings to talking, our members meet with a community of senior immigrants once a week, sharing stories as a way to help them learn English. Every Tuesday, for ten weeks at a time, they talk, share food and laugh, which is great in any language.

2015 in Review
In 2015, we distributed $25,000 to several non-profit organizations in Portland, including the Northwest Pilot Walk-a-thon. The members raised $10,700 and we matched that from our budgeted funds, as well. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve doubled our budget for 2016. This means more projects, more funds, and more giving.

How You Can Help: Give Locally
Wondering how you can contribute? Volunteer Match is a great way to match your talents with organizations who could use them. Interested in giving your time to Terwilliger Plaza? Run for a seat on the board of directors for Terwilliger Plaza or the Terwilliger Plaza Foundation.

Ready to see our members in action? Interesting in doing well by doing good? Watch #InspireNotRetire, here. Here’s to a wonderful – and prosperous – 2016 for all of us.