Love Portland Makes an Impact

on Thursday, October 06, 2016 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

Love Portland is a strategic one-day event that offered volunteers a chance to serve our city together and display the love of Christ. The mayor and city leadership have made it clear that one the biggest needs the city faces each year is cleaning up our underfunded schools, especially as our city’s children prepare to walk through those front doors at the start of the school year.

Love Portland 2016 was held on Saturday, August 27th, bringing together 350+ volunteers who banded together in teams on to work on projects such as landscaping, painting and clean-up at seven schools across the Portland area (Benson, Franklin/Marshall, Kelly, Harrison Park, Alder, Gilbert Park, Hayhurst). 

The staff and members of Imago Dei once again led this year’s effort, but were joined by volunteers from a number of other local congregations. Josh Butler, the Outreach Pastor at Imago Dei was particularly interested to learn of other similar efforts were going on around the city. 

In answering Josh’s inquiry, Larry Whittlesey responded, It is definitely a "citywide" movement, taking creative forms in locations all around the area. There are examples after examples of how a local congregation has invested themselves in their adopted school (i.e. Portland First Nazarene with Sylvan Middle School, Mountainview Christian with Highland Elementary, Easthill with Gresham-Barlow Schools, etc....). Imago Dei has been a vital part of that effort and led the way in many cases”