Monthly Archives: April 2020

FEED PDX – Help us FEED PDX by raising $50,000 for The Hopscotch Foundation!

Help us FEED PDX by raising $50,000 for the Hopscotch Foundation! Arnerich Massena will match the first $10,000 in donations to help us achieve our goal.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 200,000 children in Oregon faced food insecurity. Free breakfast and lunch programs at schools provided students with much-needed consistent meals. Now, with these programs significantly impacted due to school closures, many children and families are without resources or even transportation to access critically needed sustenance. Healthy food is essential to fuel the online learning these children are engaged in, and thus the challenge is doubly profound. Read more »

Helping in Times of Coronavirus: Community Warehouse

COVID-19 has torn through our world over the past weeks, disrupting lives, putting the health of our family and friends at risk, and destabilizing the local community which we hold so dear. We are all coping in the best way we know how, as daily stories of resilience and ingenuity inspire us to keep pushing onward. In this series of blog posts, I highlight some amazing stories of resiliency and dedication in Portland’s non-profit sector — stories of organizations and community members who are fighting to serve our most vulnerable populations.

This week I spoke with Community Warehouse, an organization that connects essential furnishings to neighbors in need through unique community partnerships, creating stronger home foundations and brighter futures for all. Read more »

Helping in Times of Coronavirus: Portland Farmers Market

COVID-19 has torn through our world over the past weeks, disrupting lives, putting the health of our family and friends at risk, and destabilizing the local community which we hold so dear. We are all coping in the best way we know how, as daily stories of resilience and ingenuity inspire us to keep pushing onward. In a new series of blog posts, I am highlighting some amazing stories of resiliency and dedication in Portland’s non-profit sector — stories of organizations and community members who are fighting to serve our most vulnerable populations.

This week I spoke with Portland Farmers Market, an organization that operates world-class farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, and creates vibrant community gatherings.  Read more »

Legislative Updates: First Quarter 2020

THE CARES ACT

In response to the ever-increasing financial challenges from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the U.S. economy, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. With many Americans facing significant financial burdens as a result of COVID-19, the Act is designed to provide some relief by allowing them to supplement their income through retirement plan distributions, loans, and/or delaying loan repayments. The Act also includes other significant provisions, including but not limited to, a waiver of required minimum distributions (RMDs) and funding relief for defined benefit plans. The CARES Act and other changes are designed to assist Americans during this financial crisis with retirement plans, health-related provisions, and even tax deadlines. Below, please find some key provisions: Read more »

How can we help? In this podcast, Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership’s Christine Arnerich and Kate DeGraw talk about what they are doing and what we can all do to help those in need.

“Reach out, reach out – connect! We are all in this together!” ~Kate DeGraw, I AM Learning Partnership Community Service Coordinator

In a recent post, we detailed how Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership is working hard to continue delivering critical help and services to our students’ families during this stay-at-home period. Now, Christine Arnerich, executive administrator, and Kate DeGraw, community service coordinator, share their experiences in researching needs, organizing services, and delivering support. Interviewed by investment and philanthropic advisor Katherine Fox, CFP®, CAP®, this podcast delves into how you can assist in their efforts or find ways of your own to help people who are struggling. Read more »

Helping in Times of Coronavirus: Portland Homeless Family Solutions

COVID-19 has torn through our world over the past weeks, disrupting lives, putting the health of our family and friends at risk, and destabilizing the local community which we hold so dear. We are all coping in the best way we know how, as daily stories of resilience and ingenuity inspire us to keep pushing onward. In a new series of blog posts, I am highlighting some amazing stories of resiliency and dedication in Portland’s non-profit sector — stories of organizations and community members who are fighting to serve our most vulnerable populations.

This week I spoke with Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS), an organization that works to empower homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term. Read more »

Arnerich Massena I AM Learning Partnership Takes Proactive Approach to Helping Students During Quarantine

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership is wishing you all health and safety during this awkward time we are all experiencing.

Although the program does not have the ability to help our students in person right now, we are working hard to create meaningful touchpoints and assist in providing for critical needs at this time.

Since the beginning of home quarantine two weeks ago, we have been focused on helping 12 deserving, vulnerable families from Irvington School. We are organizing weekly deliveries to these 12 families that include: Read more »

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: What could it mean for your small business?

In response to the ever-increasing impacts of COVID-19 across the nation, Congress passed the CARES Act last week to provide much-needed relief for individual taxpayers and small businesses. By now, many people are already expecting their $1,200 checks from the government – but the bill also contains many provisions intended to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus on American small businesses. Read on to learn how your small business may be able to benefit from this act: Read more »

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: What could it mean for you?

In response to the ever-increasing impacts of the COVID-19 across the nation, Congress passed the CARES Act last week to provide much-needed relief for individual taxpayers and small businesses. By now, many people are already expecting their $1,200 checks from the government – but the bill goes well beyond these individual payments in its efforts to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus. Read on to learn how you may be able to benefit from this act: Read more »