What can you do to help people affected by the horrific earthquake in Haiti
Eat, drink, shop, party and be merry.
A huge number of local restaurants, venues and events are offering up a portion of their proceeds in the weeks to come to help Haiti relief efforts. A handful of amazing benefit concerts
are in the works. Plus, lots of local groups are mobilizing to gather supplies. Opportunities to help are organized by category as well as date. Know about another local way to help or planning your own event? Email email@example.com.
I'll update this list as new info pops up in our Inbox so keep refreshing this post. **Scroll down to the bottom of the post of ongoing event, aid collections and resources.**
SUNDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: Limo
Every single Sunday and Wednesday during January and February
, a whole 25 percent of the Peruvian newbie's sales go to the Red Cross. 2340 NW Westover Road, 477-8348.
TUESDAY JAN. 26: Urban Farmer and Departure Happy Hour for Haiti
The Nines' hotel's two restaurants unleash a "Happy Hour for Haiti" this Tuesday with cheap wine and high class vittles like Urban Farmer pulled pork sliders ($4) and farm fries ($4) or snow crab fritters and pork udon ($5) at Departure. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Red Cross. 3-6 pm Urban Farmer, 4-6 pm Departure Tuesday, Jan. 26. 525 SW Morrison, Urban Farmer is on the 8th floor; Departure is on the 15th floor.
THURSDAY, JAN. 28: Fenouil Haiti Benefit Dinner
French Pearl District dining room hosts a dinner for Haiti relief with a menu that boasts everything from beef bourguignon to crème caramel. Every cent raised at the event goes straight to Medical Teams Northwest, whose volunteers (doctors, nurses and other medical pros) are currently busting ass in Haiti—treating hundreds of patients a day at a hospital outside Port-au-Prince. Fenouil, 900 SW 11th Ave., 525-2225. 6:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 28. $50, wine included.
Call to reserve your seat. Info at fenouilinthepearl.com.
SATURDAY, JAN. 30: Sunday Supper at Olympic Provisions
The latest venture from Clyde Commons founder Nate Tilden is roasting a goat and serving up House Spirits
rum. 50 percent of the proceeds will go to Mercy Corps. 107 SE Washington St., 954-3663. Dinner at 7 pm. $50 per person.
SUNDAY, JAN. 31: Portland Vegan Bake Sale For Haiti
The city's veggie clan raise funds on Sunday Jan. 31 with a big, vegan bake sale. People's Co-op upstairs, 3029 Southeast 21st Ave. 2-5 pm Sunday, Jan. 31. There is a Facebook invite for this event here. All proceeds going to Mercy Corps.
TUESDAY FEB. 2: Beast Benefit Dinners
Party starter Connie Wohn, Beastmaster Naomi Pomeroy and the staff at her tiny, meat-centric dining room donates their time and ante up a pair of four-course French-Haitian inspired benefit dinners featuring pork donated from Tails & Trotters. Swill donated wines from Triage, Domaine Selections, Kelley Fox and Tyee with each course while DJs spin Haitian beats. Pomeroy says they're also planning a silent auction featuring donated items from MusicfestNW, Ace Hotel, AK Vintage and Löyly among others. "We want to hit $8,000," she says of her goal for the event. "Back in the Ripe days we raised $10,000 for Mercy Corps tsunami relief." Beast, 5425 NE 30th Ave. 6 and 8 pm Tuesdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. $100. Reservations by phone only: 841-6968.
<strongSATURDAY_SUNDAY, FEB. 13-14: For the Love of Nigori
SakeOne is donating 15 percent of all tasting fees and sales at its annual chocolate and sake tasting to Mercy Corps' Haiti relief. SakeOne, 820 Elm St., Forest Grove, 357-7056 x 234, sakeone.com. $10 tasting fee. 21+.
ONGOING: K & F Select Fine Coffees/Clinton Street Coffee House
K & F will donate $2 from every pound of Sweetheart blend coffee sold through February 28, 2010 at their Clinton Street Coffee House
in Portland, Union Block Coffee in McMinnville, and through their website www.kfcoffee.com (and $1 from every pound sold through their wholesale channels) to the Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief. Clinton Street Coffee House, 2706 SE 26th Ave., 238-2547.
ONGOING: Theo Chocolate
Seattle-based Theo Chocolate, the only organic, fair trade chocolate factory in the country, is donating 100% of the sales of their Classic Milk and Classic Dark bars to CARE, for the relief effort in Haiti. You can find Theo goods all over town at places like Whole Foods, New Seasons, Powell's, Fred Meyer and Cacao. (And they make excellent chocolate by the way...).
ONGOING, OUT OF TOWN: Willamette Valley Winery Haiti benefits and fundraisers
Janet Eastman of the Medford Valley Wine Press
emailed 400 Oregon wineries to find out if they had plans to raise funds for Haiti. Check out the list
Eastman posted yesterday. Highlights from Eastman: "During the month of January, Boedecker Cellars
in Portland is donating 10% of all sales through its website, wine club and tasting room to MercyCorps' relief efforts in Haiti. Christopher Bridge Cellars
in Oregon City continues to support Doctors Without Borders
and Forward Edge International
, two of the relief organizations responding with teams and supplies for Haiti. Since Spring 2008, the winery has been donating 10% of the proceeds of sale of its 2006 DNP (Dona Nobis Pacem) Pinot Noir." Read the full article.
THURSDAY, Jan. 28: Salsa/Tango for Disaster Relief
An all-night dance party to benefit the Red Cross, featuring dance lessons by George Caceres and performances by local competitive dancers. DJ Victor Hugo Chavez mans the wheels. There will be a raffle. BYO food and drink. PEAR, 338 NW 6th Ave., 560-1266, Facebook. 9:30 pm-2 am. $10 suggested donation.
FRIDAY, JAN. 29: Cappella Romana
Cappella Romana joins choirs from Portland-area Orthodox churches for a concert to benefit the earthquake-ravaged people of Haiti, with proceeds going to International Orthodox Christian Charities. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St., 236-8202. 7 pm. $20-$40 per family.
FRIDAY, JAN. 29: Taborspace for Haiti
"Some of Portland's best folk, blues, gypsy jazz, rock-folk-funk-classical fusion are coming together in a benefit for Haiti. Donations to Mercy Corps. $5-$500 sliding scale." 5441 SE Belmont St., 704-6807, taborspace.org. 7 pm. All ages.
FRIDAY, JAN. 29: Hope for Haiti: Relief Benefit
Jungle Int'l presents a reggae and R&B fundraiser for Mercy Corps' work in haiti. Performers include Toni Hill, Abduel Hall, Iesha, Lowenbad, DJ George, Nuborn, Chata Addy, I-Chele and 3rp. Ambridge Event Center, 300 NE Multnomah St., 544-0612. Doors at 7 pm. $10. 21+.
SATURDAY, JAN. 30: Knee-High for Haiti
Sock It to Me sock company and Oaks Park host an after-hours skating event to raise money for relief. Guests wearing Sock It to Me socks—or those who purchase a pair at the event—will receive raffle tickets for an array of giveaways, from socks to skates. Sock It to Me will donate all proceeds from sock sales to the relief efforts. Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, oakspark.com. 10 pm-12:30 am. $7-$10.
SUNDAY, JAN. 31: Save Haiti at Club 915
Club 915, the latest and hopefully most successful
tenant of the former Ibiza/Wallbangers/etc. building, hosts a concert and dance night with a free buffet and performances by eight bands (including Keegan Smith and Nafisaria). All proceeds go to the Red Cross' efforts in Haiti. 915 SW 2nd Ave., 709-5948, club915pdx.com. Doors at 5 pm. 21+. $10.
SUNDAY, JAN. 31: Blues for Haiti
AC Porter marshals the forces of the Portland blues scene for a blowout benefit at The Refectory featuring everybody including Lloyd Jones, Jim Mesi, Terry Robb, Jim Wallace , Lisa Mann, Suburban Slim, Dover Weinberg, Rae Gordon, Stu Kinzel and Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes. "
Admission is FREE, but that ain't what this is about..." Porter writes. "It's about giving what you can to help others in serious dire straits. We wanna get a whole MESS o' MONEY for Mercy Corps, and the people of Haiti. So bring your accountant, your heart, and your humanity!" The Refectory, 1618 NE 122nd Ave. 6 pm Sunday, Jan. 31. Free, with humanity.
SUNDAY, FEB. 7: Stefanefit
The many students of acrobat Stefan Furst come together to raise funds to pay for the medical bills their mentor incurred after a windsurfing accident. Furst, ever generous, is going to donate much of the proceeds right back—to Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The performance will feature "hand balancing, aerial dance, juggling, martial arts and a four-armed drum monster." Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th Ave., 231-1232. $7-$15 suggested donation.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11: Hell To Pay: Fuck Pat Robertson & Rush Limbaugh
We've all reacted to the Haiti catastrophe—and people like Pat Robertson's batshit crazy reaction to Haiti
—in different ways. Here's how Mississippi Studios
and local musicians like Kevin Robinson from Viva Voce/
Blue Giant have reacted, god love 'em:
An evening of highly entertaining all-star action benefiting Haiti
"HELL TO PAY - FUCK PAT ROBERTSON AND RUSH LIMBAUGH"
featuring musical guests
THE MINUS 5
LEWI LONGMIRE BAND
HOSANNAHS (formerly Church)
plus SPECIAL GUESTS
Thursday February 11 @ Mississippi Studios
Yep....we're raising money for Satan.
And giving it to Haiti.
I find hate to be such a powerful unifier.
We'll post more details whenever they become available. Until then, enjoy the best picture in the world, which came along with benefit announcement email:
THURSDAY, FEB. 11: Lean on Me: A Musical Benefit for Haiti
Music by Chelsea Smith, Dan Dover, Chris Kokesh, Dan Weber, Chris Harris, Allen Bennett, Gary Savage, Eric Tworivers, Madman Sam, Russell Thomas, Alexa Wiley, Beth Wood, Joe McMurrian, Russell Thomas and TRTAgenda. CD sales, a percentage of food sales and all raffle proceeds benefit Mercy Corps' Haiti Medical Relief Fund. The Great Hall Restaurant, 1406 SW Broadway, 477-7335. $5-$15 suggested donation.
SATURDAY, FEB. 13: ATLAS: A Pre-Valentine's Bleeding Hearts Dance to Benefit Haiti
DJs E3 and the Incredible Kid raise funds for Mercy Corps with gritty, urban beats. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, holocene.org. 9 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. $5. 21+.
ONGOING: Allegro Music
Allegro Music will donate $15 from each purchase of its Alan Lomax in Haiti Box Set
to the Red Cross International Response Fund.
MONDAY-FRIDAY, JAN. 25-29: Sock It To Me Sock Co.
Portland-based Sock It To Me sock company will donate 100% of all proceeds from web sales (www.sockittomesocks.com
) to relief funds for Haiti through Friday. Sock It To Me peeps write, "every single last cent will go to the Portland-based Mangrove Fund, established in 2007 (long before this recent tragedy) to help provide support to impoverished Haitian communities. Learn more about their current efforts at www.mangrovefund.org."
THURSDAY, FEB. 4: Handpulled for Haiti- Printed with love from Portland, Oregon.
Wieden+Kennedy hosts a show of prints by Seizure Palace, Keegen&Megan, Crack Press and Lloyd Winter in its first-floor lobby. All proceeds from sales benefit Mercy Corps, and the ad firm will match all funds raised at the opening party. 224 NW 13th Ave., blog.wkstudio.com. Opening night 5:30-9 pm, with music by Les Etrangers.
THURSDAY, FEB. 18: Haircuts for Haiti
Raise earthquake relief funds with style. On February 18th, all haircut proceeds from Phagans' School of Hair Design
will go directly to the Port-au-Prince Earthquake Relief (PAPER). 9 am-9 pm Thursday, Feb. 18. Portland Campus, 1542 Ne Weidler St., 239-0838. 9 am-6 pm Milwaukie Campus, 16550 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie, 652-2668. $5+ donation.
More here: http://milagrosboutique.com/2010/01/14/wave-of-support-for-haiti-from-local-businesses/
ONGOING RELIEF PROJECTS
Southlake Church Re-gifting for Haiti Auction
West Linn's Southgate Church wants your unwanted Christmas presents. The church is hosting the "ultimate “Re-Gifting” auction via the nonprofit system on eBay, to help raise funds—100% of which will be immediately diverted to the humanitarian operations in Haiti." Southlake Church, 1555 SW Borland Road, West Linn, will open its doors to anyone willing to drop off easy-to-ship items in new or excellent condition. Donation hours: Monday, January 18 through Thursday, January 28 (9 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm Saturday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Sunday)
Medical Teams International
Two teams of Oregon and Washington doctors from the Northwest's Medical Teams International
are traveling to Haiti. Medical Teams International is also accepting cash contributions to send more volunteers and supplies. To make an immediate, secure gift, please go to www.medicalteams.org. Or call, 1(800)959-HEAL (4325). Or send your contribution to: P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207-0010.
Mercy Corps Personal Giving web pages
Local nonprofit Mercy Corps allows you to set up your own personal or business Haiti Fundraising page.
You can invite people to donate to that pages, sort of like a aid work/Facebook mash up. The site tracks and posts which pages have raised the most cash—so far Riverbed Technology
's raised more than $19,000 so far, while "That Gamer's Haiti Response Fundraiser"
has gathered $12, 781. Check it out at http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising.
American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter
Find even more local Haiti benefit events on the Red Cross' list
(it's giant).People can give to the American Red Cross
in the following ways:
Partners In Health
Relief and global low cost healthcare champions Partners In Health, started in part by the fascinating Dr. Paul Farmer, has been working in Haiti for years. Now they need your help, stat. Find out minute-to-minute updates on their organization's relief efforts on its new website www.standwithhaiti.org—as well as donate funds, set up your own donation page, check out benefit events and connect with other aid workers. And really, you should read Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder's excellent biography of Farmer and his cohorts' quest to fight diseases like
- Direct link for donating to Red Cross Haiti relief. (http://www.oregonredcross/haiti).
- Text HAITI to 90999 to send a $10 donation to Red Cross Haiti relief efforts. 100% goes to the Red Cross; cell carriers keep nothing.
- Phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)
tuberculosis and help Haitians and other people across the globe get access to health care. It's freakin' amazing.
PAST EVENTS: THANK YOU TO THESE LOCAL BUSINESS FOR THEIR HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS
TUESDAY-SATURDAY, JAN. 19-23: Lincoln Restaurant Haiti Relief, Take 2
Jenn Louis of the fab North Williams restaurant Lincoln
is collecting Haiti donations again! She writes: "Our fundraiser this past weekend for Mercy Corps was a huge success. Thank you to all that contributed. It was such a huge success that we've decided to extend the fundraiser. All this week Lincoln will be donating 5 percent of our food sales to Mercy Corps Haiti relief efforts.
If you don't know Mercy Corps, they are a team of 3700 professionals with extensive experience in responding to crisis around the world." 3808 N Williams No. 127, call 288-6200 for reservations.
MONDAY, JAN. 25: All Souls Rising: A Benefit for the People of Haiti
The Woods hosts a dynamite lineup of locals musicians—the Builders and the Butchers, Tu Fawning and Nick Jaina—in a benefit show to raise funds for Mercy Corps. The Woods, 6637 Milwaukie Ave., 890-0408. 9 pm (not confirmed). $10 donation. 21+.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 22-24: Wildwood
Northwest dinner standard Wildwood will donating 5% of all dinner proceeds this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Medical Teams International. Wildwood, 1221 NW 21st Ave., 248-9663 or wildwoodrestaurant.com.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24:
Milwaukie's Racha Thai,
conveniently located at Clackamas Town Center, will donate 50 percent of sales on Sunday, Jan. 24 to the American Red Cross
. 12000 SE 82nd Ave., 503-794-3939. Sunday, Jan. 24.
Alpha Haiti Radio-athon
UPDATE: Alpha's Radio-athon was a huge success according to PR maven Susan Reynolds:
Great news for Mercy Corps and the fundraising effort executed yesterday by the Alpha Broadcasting stations: KINK, KUFO, KUPL, KXTG/95.5 The Game, KXL and KCMD. A few more donations came in late last night and will be factored in to the amount raised, which now stands at a whopping, $129,367. Again, Northwest based Mercy Corps will use that money to provide food, water, clothing and shelter for those victims of the horrific devastation in Haiti.
Portland's six Alpha radio stations team up for a one-day radio-athon for Mercy Corps. According to the press release: "The benefit will air 6 am-7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 19
on KINK-FM, KUPL-FM, KUFO-FM, KXTG-FM/95.5 The Game, KXL-AM and KCMD-AM, directing listeners to either a special phone line at 1-800-245-9600 or to the station websites for an easy donation link. " Website donations can be accessed at: www.kink.fm; www.kupl.com; www.kufo.com; www.955thegame.com; www.kxl.com and www.freedom970.com.
Dine at the delicious eastside restaurant on the evening of Wednesday, January 20 and 15 percent of your tab goes to Haitian relief efforts. Le Pigeon, 738 East Burnside, 546.8796, www.lepigeon.com. Dinner hours Wednesday, Jan. 20. Regular menu prices.
Grub on Southern eats at Delta this Thursday—30 percent of the proceeds from this evening will go to the Mangrove Fund,
a Portland-based non-profit that works exclusively in Haiti. Delta Cafe, 4607 SE Woodstock, 5 pm ‘til late, 771-3101, deltacafepdx.com.
Marco's Cafe Eat for a Cause Benefit
Whoa! On Thursday, Jan. 21
, Marco's Cafe in Multnomah Village ante's up a whole 25 percent of all proceeds for MercyCorps. 7910 SW 35th Ave., 245-0199.
Vocalists from the upcoming production of Mozart's Women are Like That (Cosi fan Tutte
) sing popular opera arias and ensembles. Portland Opera announced Monday that it will donate 50 percent of the proceeds
from the concert to MercyCorps for Haiti aid. Scottish Rite Center, 1512 SW Morrison St., 241-1802. 7 pm Wednesday, Jan. 20. $10-$50.
Songs for Haiti: A Benefit Concert for Mercy Corps
That's to locals arts man Stephen Beaudoin and Tom Sessa Portland's already mobilized to throw a mega music benefit for Haiti. Performers at the Thursday, Jan. 21 show at the Aladdin include: pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project, Janice Scroggins, Holcombe Waller, Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, with pianist Grace Fong, Broadway veteran, baritone Douglas Webster, Flash Choir, PHAME, the Grant High School Royal Blues, and Storm Large
among others. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 21. $30.
Tickets go on sale 10 am Tuesday, Jan. 19. Check out the concert's Facebook page
for updated details.
SATURDAY, JAN. 23: Groove Movement Haiti Relief Concert
Shake your ass and raise some cash. The Groove Movement,
a local non-profit that uses music to raise money for humanitarian efforts, focuses on Haiti funds on Saturday, Jan. 23
with a concert that boasts everybody from Voltronic and Intervision to Chervona. Helping Orphans Worldwide Foundation will match up to $1,000 for the event. Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 9 pm Saturday, Jan. 23. $8.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24: Helping Haiti: A Community Concert for a Critical Cause
NW Visitors Productions, KBOO, and Mt. Tabor Theater band together to raise funds for Haiti. The organizers are still working out which bands are going to play, but expect DJs, crafts and goods for sale from local vendors, bidding on everything from tai chi lessons to aerial dance classes, and tasty Haitian grub. Every cent of concert and vending cash go to Haiti earthquake aid. ("Attendees can choose where to donate their entrance fee from 5 local and international pre-screened charities.") Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 5-10 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $5+ sliding scale donation. 21+. For info, interested bands/performers, ways to donate crafts or services, and ways to volunteer please contact: Chelsea Chick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24: Classical Revolution & Opera Theater Oregon Haiti Benefit
The Haiti catastrophe has a personal connection for the classical-music insurgents: One of its members is searching for her missing father, who was working on a project to improve the delivery of energy to Haitian healthcare facilities. The ensemble will perform what's become the standard American requiem: Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. OTO will perform music from two of the most beloved requiems, by Mozart and Verdi. The Dimes, James Faretheewell, Matt Sheehy and other musicians will also participate, and the event includes a silent auction with all donations going to Partners in Health. (BRETT CAMPBELL) Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. Donation.
Betsy & Iya Jewelry
Local jeweler/dancer Betsy Cross will donate 15 percent of online sales through Thursday, Jan. 21
to unspecified relief efforts. betsyandiya.com
FRIDAY, JAN. 22: McKenzie Books
Need something to read? Head to Beaverton's McKenzie Books.
On Friday, January 22
, 100% of profits from its MKZbooks.com website and in-store book sales
will go to providing medical aid for the Haiti earthquake victims.Profits will aid Medical Teams International. McKenzie Books, 15370 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, 488-5439, mkzbooks.com.
THROUGH FRIDAY, JAN. 22: Spirit Body Massage
Local massage man Richard Ludt, LMT will donate a portion of his massage sales through Friday, Jan. 22 to Mercy Corps. Turns out, his Spirit Body Massage received small biz support from Mercy Corps. "As I'm unable to travel to Haiti to provide massage to relief workers and Haitians, I'll donated 10% of sales," he explained. Contact him at 880-1019 richard at spiritbodymassage.com. Activspace, 833 SE Main St., Box 146. You can also donate on his Mercy Corps personal giving page.
THROUGH SATURDAY, JAN. 23: Bhaktishop
Southeast PDX yogi den is selling entire inventory of SEEK yoga apparel at 20-40 percent off Wednesday-Saturday, Jan. 20-23.
All proceeds go to Mercy Corps to benefit victims of Haiti earthquake. Bonus: "Nike is matching the cash contribution times two." Bhaktishop, 2500 SE 26th Ave., 224-0108.
Portland Haiti Relief Container Project
The plan is simple: fill a gigantic 40 foot long shipping container with as many basic needs items as possible, then send it to Haiti. Stop by Portland Foursquare church with your donations and look for a bright red receptacle the size of your house. Portland Foursquare Church, 1302 SE Ankeny St., 852.1635. 10 am-6 pm, Friday through Wednesday, Jan. 15-20.
Portlanders can bring any of the following items for the relief container:
- Plastic Sheeting/Tarps/Duct Tape
- Baby Formula
- Peanut Butter
- First Aid Supplies and Over the Counter Medications like Tylenol or Anti Bacterial Cream, Etc.
- Clothing: new & gently used, light weight
- Sport sandals
- Hygiene items
- Sanitary Wipes