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Cash raised during virtual event will help nonprofit organization purchase new truck

COURTESY PHOTO: BIRCH COMMUNITY SERVICES - Birch Community Services, which provides financial literacy and donated goods to vulnerable community members, is hosting a virtual fundraiser.A local nonprofit organization that teaches financial literacy while providing critical resources is hosting a fun and informative virtual donation event the entire community is invited to join.

Birch Community Services, 17780 N.E. San Rafael St., which offers workshops and courses to more than 600 families while distributing food, clothing and household goods otherwise destined for the landfill, is hosting Virtual Brunch with Birch.

The free event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14, and was shifted online because of the current pandemic. The event will include information from the Birch team, testimonials from current program participants, donation needs and fun video updates.

There also will be a live fundraising challenge to build the best quarantine survival kit, with two viewers winning the kits by the end of the brunch. The challenge will be between Operations Manager Andrew Rowlett and board member Alexander Spalding. Throughout the virtual event, donations can be earmarked for either person, allowing them to place another item in their kit. The other side will have to put on more and more clothing as the donations hit certain benchmarks.

The virtual brunch is a free livestream event, and even those not financially able to donate are asked to watch and learn more about Birch Community Services. Tune in to the broadcast at bcsi.org/brunch

Because of Birch, many families have been able to wade through the spread of COVID-19. The organization's financial literacy classes taught important skills to local community members that were practically implemented during the crisis. One example is helping them set up an emergency savings fund.

Birch also is a strong partner to more than 70 nonprofit organizations in East Multnomah County and Portland, bolstering their food box and pantry programs with supplies.

The donations made during the brunch will help fund the purchase of a new delivery truck. Birch's aging fleet is breaking down, and the new vehicle will require fewer maintenance costs and be able to carry heavy donation loads in only one trip.

To make a donation to Birch outside of the event, call 503-251-8860. Learn more about the organization at birchcommunityservices.org


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