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Community Resources for Support & Engagement.

Simple and effective ways to support community needs.
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First Tech’s community focus continues to be rooted in people helping people. With this mission in mind, we have put together several tools, resources and volunteer opportunities to help all of us remain connected during these times. Check out some of the national and local resources that have been at the forefront, supporting children and families in our community during their time of need.

Virtual volunteering is an easy way that you can give back safely. You can find a variety of virtual volunteer opportunities through Points of Light, a national volunteer resource with local chapters around the country.

One easy way you can give back is by sharing your career and educational journey with students. Think of it as a career day, from the comfort of your own home. The following opportunities allow you to get involved from home by recording videos of yourself for students in elementary through high school.

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Simple good deeds are more important than ever. When done safely and by following CDC guidelines, you can help friends, family and neighbors who are high risk or otherwise without access to support.

  • Help your neighbor by grocery shopping for those who may be homebound, immuno compromised or parents and guardians that don’t have time.
  • Clean it Up: Pick up trash you see in your neighborhood while wearing gloves and following CDC safety practices. SOLVE Oregon and National Environmental Education Foundation have educational information and resources that can be used in any state or city!
  • Read a book! Leading story time via Facetime or Zoom for children home from school is a great way to encourage a love of learning, and help parents take a quick break during the day.
  • Plant a tree or some flowers in your backyard to support your neighborhood ecosystem.
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Make homemade masks for your neighbors, local hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses!

Follow these instructions and check the institution’s website or give them a call to confirm they are accepting homemade masks.

Community organizations are doing more than ever before to support children, families and individuals in need. We encourage you to check out a trusted source like Charity Navigator before making a new donation to a nonprofit that you haven’t worked with before, or check out some of our partners included below.

Consider these vetted nonprofit organizations that First Tech partners with year-round:

You can also find your local food bank on Feeding America’s website.

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If you’d like to give specifically to COVID relief, the following foundations have created response funds to fund research and get much needed resources out to organizations and workers on the frontlines of this pandemic:

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There are many ways that each of us can create a more just and equitable community. Supporting racial justice organizations like the ones below is one way we can make a difference:

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Learning from home has become the reality for many students and families, and with it, increased visibility around the technology access gap in our communities. Laptops and computers are essential to distance learning, but not all students have this technology at home. In Oregon alone, more than 75,000 students are without a device to support distance learning.

Free Geek in Portland, Oregon is accepting donations of technology to ensure students across Oregon can participate in virtual learning during school closures. Visit Free Geek’s website for updated information regarding technology donation sites.

Additionally, Tech Exchange in San Jose is accepting tech donations at this time. You can find an e-recycler near you through e-stewards.

Resources to support you: virtual learning and additional engagement at home.

Educating a child at home in the midst of current events is not easy. These organizations have put together online learning resources for kids and adults to continue education and keep everyone entertained!

STEM Education

Science Museums

Financial Education

Early Childhood Literacy

Social-Emotional Education

Culturally-Specific Organizations Supporting Community

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