Rivermark Community Fund
In 2019, we made a shift in the focus of the Fund based on needs we’ve witnessed in our community. Beginning with a $20,000 grant to JOIN PDX, the Fund’s mission is to help create more sustainable housing in our area.
JOIN PDX, places 25-30 folks into homes every week! 83% of JOIN households remain stable 12 months later. Their effective approach was a key reason they were awarded the grant and why we are eager to pair those dollars with action this year. Our recent Warmth Drive collected over 1,600 winter weather items for those experiencing homelessness. JOIN PDX dispersed these items to those in need.
Rivermark has been invested in fighting hunger in our area for years. Our employees regularly volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Store to Door, and we are a proud sponsor of the KGW Great Food Drive.
The 2019 Food Drive achieved the highest donation weight yet. Thanks to generous support we helped raise a record 2,574,608 pounds of food which translates to over 2.1 million meals.
Rivermark has a long history of supporting children’s health. In 2019 we participated in a variety of time-honored fundraising events and a few new events.
Rivermark sponsored the CU4Kids Cornhole Tournament and Hops for Hope benefiting the Children's Miracle Network. Overall, we donated $25,000 in support of children's health.
We hosted our first Diaper Drive to benefit the PDX Diaper Bank, collecting over 2,000 diapers for local families. We also hosted 3 blood drives through Bloodworks Northwest.
In 2019 Rivermark was able to participate in two Habitat for Humanity build events. Employees rolled up their sleeves and went to work contributing to building homes for those in need.
"I have learned so much Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. It's humbling to know the hours we provide are helping a family get an affordable home." -Alicia Mahoney
Rivermark was hard at work delivering education to our community this year through sponsorships, volunteer hours and events. We sponsored the Twilight Run, The Dalles Backpack Program, and volunteered with Friends of the Children.
We sponsored the annual TEDxMt.Hood event, giving our 2016 Community Fund grant recipient, TiE Young Entrepreneurs, a chance to take the stage and present their innovative ideas.
We hosted our first-ever Financial Fitness Fair. This free event brought together Rivermark experts and community partners to answer financial questions in a relaxed speed-dating style. We also hosted our first Kids Community Day for children to learn about finances through interactive games.
Rivermark was active in our community in 2019 including sponsoring Pride Northwest for the first time and volunteering with nonprofits like Friends of Trees, Clackamas Dogs Foundation, and the Oregon Humane Society. We also sponsored the Portland Shred/RX Event and the La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival.
At Rivermark we have volunteer committees full of passionate staff who—on top of serving members—brainstorm and carry out new ways to engage Team Rivermark in helping our community. Thanks to these community champions, we continue to increase staff volunteer hours by an average 92% year-over-year since we started tracking in 2016.
It’s because of these compassionate innovators that we exceed ambitious goals in fundraising for vital causes in housing, hunger, health, and education. We will continue to expand our financial wellness program and provide volunteer financial educators within the community. In addition to exciting new events in the works, we look forward to continuing our support of the KGW Great Food Drive and fundraising for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Our 2020 goals for community development are more ambitious, and we’ll work together to accomplish them. We welcome you to join us in these initiatives and look forward to another year of co-operative growth and positive impact.