The nonprofit organization is seeking additional help for events and outreach efforts

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Volunteer Alice Dickenson tries on her new SnowCap shirt following a training session Friday, Sept. 13.

Volunteering at SnowCap Community Charities, Susan Mund has gained a tremendous awareness of what’s going on in her community.

As coordinator of the nonprofit We Are Rockwood, Mund is focused on the development of neighborhood leadership.

She sees the power of organizations collectively addressing food justice.

“It’s all about getting accessible, healthy food to residents,” Mund said. “The dedication of the volunteers here is amazing.”

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Susan Mund said volunteering for SnowCap jibes with her work coordinating the nonprofit We Are Rockwood and stresses the importance of food justice.

Established in 1967, SnowCap feeds more than 8,000 people per month and provides clothing, advocacy and other services to people in need.

This is the time of year SnowCap’s demand for participation in school, business and community events begins to jump, said Judy Alley, executive director. SnowCap needs more volunteers to help organize community fairs and outreach events.

Alley estimates there are about 1,000 SnowCap volunteers, and the nonprofit organization needs 50 more regular volunteers. Potential volunteers complete an application and receive an orientation and training according to their volunteer positions.

Monday through Friday, Gresham resident Jamie Deathrage works a volunteer job at SnowCap. Each day of the week is dedicated to a different volunteer role, from sorting clothes to working in the office.

“I learn a lot from the clients about what’s going on in their worlds,” Deathrage said. “To be able to fulfill a need and put a smile on their faces is awesome.”

Another volunteer started four years ago when he was wait-listed for a Mt. Hood Community College class and needed something to fill his time. His grandmother, a former volunteer, encouraged him to come to SnowCap.

Tim Peterson has been coming almost every day since.

Says Joy Davies, a volunteer from Parkrose, “You meet people from across the boardwalks of life — who you would never meet in regular life in your business.”

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Home Forward is working with SnowCap to create a park area on leased United Methodist Church land east of SnowCap’s grounds. The group is expected to add fencing, lighting and picnic tables.

A work party will begin at 10 a.m. and run most of the day, with lunch served for volunteers. The intention is to transform abandoned grounds into a "clean and wholesome" environment for families to enjoy recreation. “It hasn’t been a safe place for children to play, and that’s what we want to make it,” Alley said.

SnowCap also is expanding its warehouse to accommodate additional food and volunteer groups. Various fundraising events have raised the remaining funds needed to complete the warehouse.

For more information or to make a donation, visit Food and clothing donations may be made between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 17788 S.E. Pine St., one block north of Stark Street.

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