If you're a literary minded individual who happens to live in Portland and you're looking for a great way to contribute to your community, volunteer opportunities abound! Be a workshop facilitator, anthology production assistant or event planner for Write Around Portland.
Or, if you or someone you know is "unable to participate in traditional writing workshops because of income, isolation or other barriers," the nonprofit runs eight-ten week writing workshops:
To ensure that everyone in our community has access to writing, we remove all obstacles to participation by providing writing journals, pens, bus tickets, food, and childcare. We hold these workshops in partnership with social service agencies providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS, adults and youth in recovery from alcohol or drug addition, people with physical and/or mental disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, and people who are homeless, incarcerated or living in poverty.
Write Around Portland also offers workshops for new and seasoned writers, offered at Powell's City of Books and HOTLIPS Pizza. Fees help fund their programs. You can order one of their snazzy t-shirs, featured above. If you've got any journals to donate, you can drop them off at their office:
917 SW Oak St. #406 Portland, OR 97205 503.796.9224