Geffen Mesher Gives Back
We believe there is strength in numbers. We are a large group, and when it comes to serving the community we use that to our advantage. In addition to our extensive Community Involvement, we close our office for a day each year and volunteer directly in the community. Started in 2011, our annual service day is a remarkable way for us to not only strengthen the bonds of our employee relationships, but have an impact in the community we serve. Some of the organizations we've worked with include:
Harrison Park K-8 School (2016) - In our time there this year, our combined team of 70 volunteers from Geffen Mesher and Hands On Portland were able to make a vast improvement in many of the student areas. We completed all three of the courtyard projects, interior and exterior window cleaning, painted and spruced up the new display cases for the front of the school, created encouraging cards/bookmarks/posters for students, and took some huge steps forward in creating their new reading room. What a great day to help get the school ready for Fall!
H.B. Lee Middle School (2015) – H.B. Lee Middle School has approximately 815 sixth, seventh and eight grade students and is in the Reynolds School District. The student statistics there are sobering – 78% are needy, 7% are homeless, and 20+ languages are spoken. Along with Hands On Portland, our 60 Geffen Mesher volunteers were able to accomplish all the projects the school had on its to-do list before the new school year started. Projects included cleaning up the garden, school perimeter weeding, washing interior and exterior windows, painting all the hallways, and creating encouraging cards for students. By the time we left that day, the school interior and exterior looked fresh, clean and welcoming!
Woodmere Elementary School (2014) – As a K-5th grade elementary school, Woodmere’s teachers and staff infuse experience and fun into the students’ learning. Woodmere has a large community (45%) of children coming from families whose home language is not English and whose cultural background is varied. Staff support diversity of backgrounds, encourage participation of all families at school. In addition, students are offered after school programming, food assistance, community support and more.
Supa Fresh Youth Farms (2013) - As an OHDC (Oregon Human Development Corporation) Youth Workforce Development Program, their aim is to cultivate self-sufficient, confident and joyful youth who enthusiastically pursue their career and life goals through internships, training and entrepreneurship. Supa Fresh Farm is a youth-operated working farm that helps disadvantaged young adults learn lifelong skills by providing workforce training, internships and entrepreneurial opportunities. Teens up to 21 years old can apply to become a Supa Fresh Farmer and those in high school can actually obtain class credit. Supa Fresh Farmers maintain the area, planting a steady rotation of crops, all while learning sustainable organic and regenerative farming. Once the crops are harvested, they market and sell the product to local farmers markets and specialty grocers.
Albertina Kerr (2012) - Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today they provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives.
Children's Relief Nursery (2011) - Now partnered with LifeWorks NW, Children's Relief Nursery is a non-profit organization that offers support to families with young children - ages 0-4 years - under significant stress. Stress factors include financial distress, domestic violence, the loss of a job, substance abuse or single parenting. These factors, if not relieved, can threaten a family's stability and integrity. CRN serves those whose children are in their first few years of life, for this is the time when CRN has the greatest ability to make a positive impact on their children's brain development.