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Quaker Voluntary Service Portland

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In Portland, QVS is partnering with a new site: the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center. This is a drop-in center for low income people living with HIV/AIDS. The center works to address basic needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in a manner consistent with the values of respect, compassion and safety. They provide counseling, information and referral, and therapeutic and recreational activities.

Visit our QVS Portland page here.

Quaker Parents Support Gatherings

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You're invited to our Pacific Yearly Meeting Parents Support Gatherings! Need someone to rant to, lean on, share ideas with? Come join other parents of the yearly meeting in supporting one another through this pandemic. A buddy system may also be arranged if Friends are interested.

This event takes place every second Saturday of the month at 10:30am PST. The next upcoming meeting is Saturday, September 12.

Young Adult Friend Worship

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Friends!

Many have expressed interest in a monthly YAF worship. We'll be moving forward with the second Friday evening of each month at 6:30pm PST.

Join us on Friday, September 11, 2020, 6:30 PM Pacific.

We will plan for the first event to have 30 minutes of worship and a check in following. If we want to have a longer worship, we can of course arrange for that after this initial trial.

Email the PYM Youth Programs Coordinator to get the link to this meeting:

pym.youthcoordinator-AT-gmail-DOT-com

Stop Gun Violence

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Last week, I joined the “Thursday with Friends” conversation about gun violence prevention with Andre Gobbo, FCNL’s lead lobbyist for gun violence prevention. I was especially grateful to hear his timely insights on the rise in gun sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what steps Congress can take to try to stop violence before it happens.

Fire Recovery

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We live in Boulder Creek, which was recently decimated by the CZU fire in Northern California. Our house and the two behind it seem freakishly unscathed. Of the seven houses on the other three sides, four have been destroyed (including the homes of our two immediate neighbors) and three are damaged. We don't know what vegetation is left in our yard, nor when we can return to see for ourselves. Because the water system in our district is heavily damaged, we won't have safe or reliable water for at least a year. Other utilities should be restored within weeks or months.

We Must Do MORE

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I just took an online training with the Poor People’s Campaign to help get out the vote this fall, and get people to complete the census. They are asking faith groups to take their Prophetic Pledge. I am hoping that Quaker meetings in the West will sign onto the pledge and commit to getting out the vote and getting people to complete the census.

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