University studies: Effective Change agent
participating in change at potluck in the park
This page is not an official website of Potluck in the Park
Serving a free hot meal to anyone in need since 1990
A gift to the city every sunday
Potluck in the Park welcomes everyone to volunteer, and enjoy a meal on them–every Sunday! Under the Hawthorne bridge (winter location) does not have the glitz of the Tiffany Ballroom although at a closer look the purpose, work, and potential of Potluck makes it as swanky as any event in town. Potluck is so inclusive that houseless individuals are invited, and welcomed. A free, open, and warm hearted community event happening outside in the middle of Portland.
Finding a part in the mosiac
One city offers numerous organizations to be of service, and each organization can have a variety of positions. It is easy to get stuck shifting through the volunteer catalog. By circumstance I started at Potluck in the Park; first by serving meals, and helping to clean up. Then I agreed to drive the vans that transport food, and equipment to put on the Potluck. My first role was minimal, yet an important piece. My second task of driving the van put me in further touch with volunteers of the organization, and required additional hours of service. Importantly, I found a place that allows me to be involved in the community.
By driving the van I serve the kitchen, and the location of the potluck. This enables me to be in communication with most of the volunteers. I've been able to speak with several volunteers in how they would like to add to Potluck in the Park, and also relay any ideas I have had with them. A large portion of building community is showing up, and I have been at both locations to contribute, and build relationships with patrons, and volunteers. It is fun witnessing how different people, churches, and businesses in the community share in creating Potluck in the Park.
Giving and receiving
As Portland State University is located downtown the school shares responsibility in houseless populations. Instead of removing individuals from campus via campus police the school needs to take full ownership of the community it dwells in. I am apart of the school, and the community, and addressing the problem begins at a personal level as much as anywhere. We have a shared responsibility for one another. I made the leap of faith in being involved, and for any help I am giving, I am also receiving in empowerment, self-esteem, and self-worth.