18 years ago, the PPS Custodial Services Manager asked his church to help clean up the school grounds of a local middle school, as district funding for campus maintenance had been cut drastically and he saw a way for his church to meet a tangible need and to communicate God's love and care to the school. The following year, more churches got involved and they were able to serve 50 Portland schools. Church/school partnerships have grown ever since. Each year, Community Care Day volunteers contribute about $1 million in value to Portland Schools.
For the last 9 years, Missio has participated in Community Care Day at Hayhurst Elementary to clean up the school grounds ahead of the first day of school to send a message to kids, parents, teachers, and administrators: you are seen, valued, and loved by your local church. This year, we encourage you to be intentionally present in your own schools for Community Care Day. If you have kids in a PPS school, serve there. If you have friends or people from your MC with a connection to a PPS school, go serve with your friends (see below for a list of people serving at their local schools). If you don't have a connection to your neighborhood school or people with kids in a Portland school, please come to serve at Hayhurst alongside other Missio volunteers.
If you'd like to serve with these families, they'll be at the following schools:
Rosa Parks (N Portland) - Michael & Marissa Klennert
Capitol - Kelly & Becky Bechtell
Stephenson - Amy & Jono Miller
Markham - Dominic & Christine Kan
Hayhurst - Joel To
Maplewood (on SUNDAY August 25) - Chris & Raena Nelson
We may be painting, building, gardening, doing yard work, prepping classrooms, and connecting with people from the community. Bring your gloves and garden tools to share.
To allow space for rest in your weekend we will not have a Sunday Expression that week. Support your neighbors on Saturday morning as an expression of God’s love and rest well on Sunday.