Compassion in Action
Compassion means more than caring. It means being moved to respond, to actively engage to ease pain, sorrow, oppression, and injustice.
The wounds of our world, immense and small, can seem endless, and none of us can solve all the problems, wipe all the tears, or ease all the pain. But we each express kindness every day in response to those around us. Bringing that intention into a conscious framework and taking acting with others strengthens the benefit of service and compassion, for ourselves and the world.
Each action we take – in love, with love, for love – affirms our own humanity and touches the dignity and humanity of those to whom we respond, one heart at a time.
Our simple Brown Bag Project brings us together to prepare hearty, nutritious lunches for hungry folks on the streets. No questions, no judgment, just good food – because everyone needs to eat. We deliver them one by one to people on street corners, huddled under bridges, living without homes.
Since this small program began eight years ago, we have served thousands of meals, shared hugs and handshakes and laughter and tears, and listened to countless stories. Brown Bags is practice of awakening for us. No experience required, just a willing heart and a few hours of your time.
Winter Warming engages the creativity of nimble-fingered craftspeople who knit, sew, or crochet to help keep the whole community warm during the winter months.
November through January, Winter Warming baskets are in eastside New Seasons Markets, Albina Community Bank branches, and other Portland area business, ready to receive new, handmade hats, scarves, blankets, shawls, mitts, and more. We distribute them on the street and through partnering local agencies who serve vulnerable populations.
Even if you aren't a craftsperson, you can help this program grow and thrive. Contact us about volunteer opportunities that help keep this program strong.
More about Winter Warming Drop Locations Here!