Community Service


Food Pantry

Monday-Wednesday-Friday   1:00-3:00PM

If you find yourself needing help with groceries, please stop by during our open hours. If you are NOT in need right now, please consider donating non-perishable food during open hours. Thank you to our many neighbors who already have!


Anchor Site

Monday-Wednesday-Friday   1:00-3:00PM

Embrace Oregon is facilitating Anchor Sites all around the state to meet the needs of foster families. This can be anything from food, to toys, to educational materials, and technology. If you're willing to help meet a specific need for a foster family in our neighborhood, click the link below to see how you can. (Choose "Multnomah County" in the filter search and then search for needs under the Anchor Site location of "Mt Scott Church.") Thank you to our many neighbors who already have!

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Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) matches those in need in our community with a team (3-5 people) who can help with those needs. Here’s how it works. Often a widow, an elderly couple or a single adult finds it difficult to keep their home up because of a disability, loss of a spouse or age. We assign a Neighbor to Neighbor team to help that individual or couple on a continuing basis. Teams invest four hours once a month. Their focus is on meeting the needs when they can, advocating and helping to find resources for the neighbor when the need is beyond their ability.

One of our greatest joys is the long term connections that are made between those serving and those served — sharing stories and creating lasting bonds, sharing lives.

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Homeless Shelter Meal Prep

On the 2nd Monday of each month, chefs and volunteers from the community use the CCCenter kitchen to prepare meals for our local Family Shelter here in the Lents Neighborhood (PHFS). Occasionally they also prepare meals for the Clackamas Service Center (another homeless shelter/resource center in the neighborhood).


Embrace Oregon

The 3rd Thursday each month volunteers meet at the DHS East Branch from 9-10:30am to clean and brighten up the family visiting rooms. Would you consider joining us? The work we do is a small but important part of reuniting broken families!

Embrace Oregon began with a big question: What if the community re-engaged with the government agency tasked with caring for the most vulnerable children and families? What if the crisis shortage of foster families and the dire reality of what this meant for children sparked action? Embrace Oregon by standing in the gap for vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services.


Growing Gardens

Do you want to start growing your own food? They would love to help you for FREE! Growing Gardens is a non-profit in SE Portland. Their mission is to help families with limited resources start and maintain their own home garden.

It’s a three year program where they first help you install in-ground garden beds, container gardens, or raised beds for disabled access. Then they provide you with seeds, plant starts, tools, classes, and virtual workshops with garden experts. They’re passionate about families and individuals becoming more food secure, eating healthy, organic vegetables, and sharing in all the delight and fun that comes from having a garden. If you don’t have a space for a garden, no problem! They can help assist you in finding a nearby community garden plot. Their program is grant funded by the USDA. To contact them or find more information, go to or call 628-400-7345. Ask for Gabi! Spanish speaking coordinators are also available. Se dispone de coordinadores de habla espanol.
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