Boys & Girls Clubs members do math on whiteboard

Back to School Donation Drives 2018

Check out some of our community partners and local businesses that will be collecting donations or school supplies and backpacks! You can see a full list of things needed at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland at the bottom of the page.

Or, donate to us directly at bgcportland.org/donate! 

Banana Republic 

Accepting school supplies from July 22 – August 15, 2018 at: 

  • Cascade Station
    9959 NE Cascades Pkwy
    Portland, OR 97220
    (503) 284-6059 

Finish Line 

July 27 – September 2, 2018 

Join the Finish Line Youth Foundation to support kids with the tools they need to succeed this Back2School season. From July 27 – September 2, customers can visit their local Finish Line store to make a donation at checkout to help local Boys & Girls Club kids in their community prepare for the new school year. 

Build-A-Bear 

Make a donation at checkout online, or in person at the Washington Square or Clackamas Town Center Build-A-Bear to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

In addition to the in-store fundraising campaign, Build-A-Bear will donate 10,000 furry friends to local Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, in celebration of Build-A-Bear’s 20th anniversary and National Teddy Bear Day. 

July 5 – September 5, 2018 at: 

  • Clackamas Town Center
    12000 S E 82ND Ave
    Suite #1109
    Portland, OR 97086
    (503) 513-0457 
  • Washington Square
    9585 SW Washington Square Rd
    Spc A606
    Tigard, OR 97223
    (503) 620-9555 

Logical Position  

Accepting backpacks and school supply donations through the month of August at locations across the country! 

  • 4350 Galewood St. Ste. 200
    Lake Oswego, OR 97035 
  • 4550 Kruse Way Ste. 125
    Lake Oswego, OR 97035 

Gap

Accepting backpacks, school supplies, and monetary donations, which you can credit towards a future purchase! Receive a 10 percent savings on top of any offers. 

August 6 – August 19, 2018 at: 

August 20 – September 2, 2018 at: 

  • Clackamas Town Center
    12000 SE 82nd Ave
    Happy Valley, OR 97086
    (503) 659-2242 

Lowe’s Home Improvement 

Accepting donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland from Sept 19-October 31, 2018. Support building great futures by donating to Boys & Girls Clubs at checkout in store at your local Lowe’s! 

September 19 – October 31 at: 

  • Tigard Lowe’s
    12615 SW 72nd Ave
    Tigard, OR 97223 
  • Wood Village Lowe’s
    1000 NE Wood Village Blvd
    Wood Village, OR 97060 
  • Hillsboro Lowe’s
    1951 SE 24th Ave
    Hillsboro, OR 97123 
  • Milwaukie Lowe’s
    13631 SE Johnson Rd
    Milwaukie, OR 97222 
  • Portland Lowe’s
    1160 N Hayden Meadows Dr
    Portland, OR 97217 

Buffalo Wild Wings 

Buffalo Wild Wings will contribute proceeds from guest donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America from October 1 – 31. In addition, $1 from every in-restaurant signature sauce or seasoning bottle sold supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s ALL STARS sports program. 

Items our members & families need: 

  • Backpacks 
  • #2 Pencils 
  • Pencil sharpeners 
  • Mechanical pencils 
  • Highlighters 
  • Lined Notebook paper (college & wide ruled) 
  • Notebooks 
  • Glue sticks & white glue  
  • Pencil boxes 
  • Small storage containers 
  • Construction paper & colored cardstock 
  • Tempura paint 
  • Safety goggles 
  • Science beakers 
  • ½” binders (any size welcome) 
  • Travel first aid kits 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Tissues 
  • Rulers 
  • Markers 
  • Crayons 
  • Colored pencils 
  • Erasers 
  • Calculators 
  • Graphing Calculators 
  • Folders 
  • Index cards (3×5 and 4×6)
  • Flash/USB Drives 
  • Watercolor paint sets
Kids in courtyard before the start of the Peace Pole Planting Ceremony out at Rockwood Boys & Girls Club

Peace Pole Planting at Rockwood Club

On July 18, 2018, Rockwood Club planted its very own symbol of peace in the courtyard garden. This Peace Pole contains the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in eight of the native languages spoken in the Club, including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 

Watch part of the ceremony here

Club youth gathered around as Al Jubitz, philanthropist and donor of the Peace Pole, Erin Hubert, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro’s CEO, and Imani Muhammad, East County Senior Director for Boys & Girls Club of Portland, explained the history of Peace Poles and their hope that it will inspire a world without war and create lasting peace in our communities and at the Rockwood Club. Rubi Gastelum-Plata translated the ceremony into Spanish as they spoke. John Herman, recent recipient of the Roy Ciappini “Be Great” award for his 50 years of service to our Clubs, was also in attendance. 

Three of our teen members helped to mix the concrete and raise the pole with help from our Facilities Operations Manager, Mike Fisher, meticulously measuring and positioning the pole so that it will stand tall for the years to come. Other youth asked questions, commenting on the different languages, pointing out ones they recognized. One little girl asked Miss Rubi, our ceremony translator and staff member at Rockwood, if she would teach her to speak Spanish, to which she agreed with an “Of course!” 

Al encouraged the kids to work out their problems by using the peace pole as a symbolic place to peacefully resolve conflict, saying, “If you’re ever in conflict, which you will be, but when you’re in conflict with another, you might want to say, let’s go sit by the peace pole and talk this out.” 

If you are interested in having your own symbolic message of peace, we encourage you to contact and work with the generous and dedicated Rotarian Action Group for Peace, who have been doing their best to plant hundreds of Peace Poles throughout the Portland Metro community. 

About Rockwood Boys & Girls Club 

The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club opened in October 2017 and features learning, innovation, and activity spaces for youth 6-12 years of age and a stand-alone center for teens ages 13-18. 

What is a Peace Pole? 

A Peace Pole is a crafted tribute that represents a symbolic message: May Peace Prevail on Earth. They contain 4-6 sides with notes of peace in different languages and have been planted all around the globe. When a Peace Pole is planted in your community, you are connected with people from all over who believe in the same goal: World Peace. These poles are present in 180 countries all over the world to encourage and remind to their communities to visualize and advocate for peace on earth. 

About Al Jubitz 

Al Jubitz is the Rotarian Action Group for Peace Treasurer and Honorary Chair in Portland, Oregon. After 34 years, Jubitz retired from the family business and is currently the President and founder of the Jubitz Family Foundation, a foundation that supports organizations that support peacebuilding, environmental sustainability, and early childhood education. Jubitz joined the Rotary in 1977 and believes the group has the ability to transform our world to a world beyond war.

Serving All Youth through Trauma Informed Care 

In our mission to empower all youth, especially those who need us most, we recognize that a high proportion of the children and families in the communities we serve have experienced trauma or adversity. Trauma is any experience that can overwhelm. It can overpower your ability to cope with life’s difficulties, especially in the absence of supportive environments and lacking supportive relationships. We must understand and address the consequences of the incredible challenges our communities face in the form of poverty, violence, racism, substance use, victimization, and more. These traumatic experiences can have long-term, lasting impact that spreads across generations. That’s why the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro, as an organization, is seeking to create a measurable difference in the lives of youth through our dedication to trauma informed care, equity, and revitalization of our Youth and Family Services program. We want to ensure we are putting supports in place for every youth, family, and community to thrive. 

The Trauma Informed Approach 

The adverse experiences faced by many of our families calls for a special set of services and attentions geared towards reinforcing aspects of their lives that may have been stripped away: safety, trustworthiness, transparency, peer support, collaboration, empowerment, informed choice, as well as cultural, historical, and gender equity. These form the basic principles of Trauma Informed Care, an approach that acknowledges and understands the struggles our communities face and allows us to create policies and services that better serve trauma-impacted children and families. Whether a child has an incarcerated parent, lives with food scarcity, has experienced discrimination because of the color of their skin, gender, or sexual orientation, or grappled with some other trauma, we believe that it is our responsibility to do our best to provide them with what they need to be successful and empowered to reach their full potential.  

Empowering Youth to Reach their Full Potential 

How can we help empower our kids and our communities to advocate for themselves, to overcome life’s adversities, and to be caring, productive community members? The answer is deceptively simple: building resilience. Resilience means youth can deal with the difficulties they face. It is the key skill in overcoming adversity.  We can foster resilience by providing positive, healthy, consistent relationships with adults and programs. Research shows that a strong relationship with a safe, consistent mentor is the number one most important factor in helping heal trauma, build resilience, and move toward healing.  

Club programming builds resilience in youth through dedicated staff, mentoring, safety, problem solving, choices, and opportunities. Our Youth & Family Service Program expands on that, screening youth for risk factors, enrolling them in targeted programming, creating individualized plans, and connecting youth and families with counseling and resources. This program seeks to intentionally provide upstream prevention for our at-risk youth and families, allowing them to thrive.  

The Boys & Girls Clubs has been building resilience in youth for a long time. With our new focus on trauma informed care, we can it do better. By standardizing practices, voicing and sharing the things we’ve already been doing, and setting the intention of building resilience and healing trauma at our forefront, we believe we can build stronger, safer, more empathetic communities in Portland and beyond. 

How We Approach Trauma Informed Care

  • There is a pervasive need for community services that acknowledge trauma, equitably and intentionally seeking to build resilience. 
  • Trauma inhibits the ability to cope with life’s difficulties. 
  • By building resilience, we can help heal trauma.
  • The number one factor in building resilience is consistent, safe, supportive relationships. 
  • Our Youth & Family Services program creates individualized plans for at-risk youth and their families that can help them access vitally needed services, overcome their traumatic experiences, and thrive.
  • The intentional, structured approach provided by trauma informed care can help dismantle barriers faced by families and set our youth up for success. 

Timbers, Operation Pitch Invasion unveil new futsal courts at Boys & Girls Club’s Rockwood campus