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Night Strike

My blog has been hijacked for the day…

It’s Jenna, the former Community Manager at Adaptu.  (Can’t get rid of me yet!)  Ninja has graciously allowed me to steal some of his space on PDITF to tell you about an awesome new project I’m working on and how you can help me.

See, Ninja and I have a lot in common, we both like personal finance, we both live in the Pacific Northwest, we both love burritos, and we both love Jesus.  But while he is off using mad Ninja skills helping people destroy their debt, being a secrete government spy and taking high schoolers out for Blizzards and to awesome summer camps.  I’m making delicious beer, helping clients sell cool technology, and trying to build a mobile medical clinic for Portland’s homeless.

Yes, I’m trying to raise $27,000 by August 27, 2013 – my 27th birthday!

(Are we the same age too Ninja?) <—yes we are 😉

This money will go to fund a mobile medical clinic to serve Portland’ homeless.  You see I’ve been volunteer with Bridgetown Inc, a non-profit focused on homelessness, for over a year and a half now.  Every Thursday night, Night Strike happens.  We work with over 150 volunteers to serve roughly 500 homeless guests, serving hot meals, cutting hair, showers, clothing and feet washing.  You name it.  We do a ton of stuff every week, which is awesome.

The thing is, Night Strike needs a mobile medical clinic to take our services to the next level.  And I’m committed to helping make this dream a reality.  But I need some help.

Here’s how PDITF readers can help:

  1. If you live in Portland (or ever come visit Portland) consider coming to volunteer at Night Strike.  Seriously, we would love to have you.  Leave a comment below and let me know.
  2. Donate.  Come check out my blog, to donate, get updates and learn more about homeless issues.
  3. Serve others.  Can’t come to Portland and volunteer and can’t give financially right now?  That is totally fine by me.  I challenge you to do something for someone else this week.

Have you done something awesomely generous before?  What was it?  Leave a comment below so we can celebrate with you!  Going to take me up on my challenge – what are you going to do this week?

Ninja’s comments: Portland is the JV version of Seattle. That is all 🙂

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  1. I would love to volunteer for your cause but Portland is too far from where I am right now. I have a friend who is only on her 30’s but she is already undergoing dialysis reatment twice a week. Unfortunately, her health insurance does not cover the entire cost of her treatment so we are raising funds to help her. I also send her part of my monthly earnings to help sustain her medical expenses.

    • Cherleen – That is a bummer about your friend, but so awesome that you are helping her out. Keep up the good work!

  2. Love Bridgetown, and love Portland! We lived there before moving here to Nicaragua 🙂 Marshall spoke at a youth camp I volunteered at and we loved hearing his heart. Blessings!

    • What are you doing in Nicaragua?! Marshall is awesome, he’s a great guy and always around to listen. Glad you’ve gotten to hear him speak.

  3. Thanks again Ninja for letting me hijack your site for the day. Although I would argue that Portland > Seattle. We’ve got better coffee, beer and not as much traffic. The only thing you have up on us is the Seahawks and I’m a Patriots fan…

  4. It’s great to hear about what you are doing for the less fortunate up there. Good luck on reaching your goals.

  5. Having lived and worked in NYC for most of my life, it was always so sad/hard to see these hot shot wall street types just walk by the homeless and not bat an eye. While I made probably half (if not less) than they did I always made sure to give food, money, anything I could (while making eye contact). Since I am too far to volunteer I have made a donation to this cause. Keep up the great work!!!

    • I could not agree with you more. Key contact is huge. “Hey, I see you, I see your needs, I can’t give you money, but I can give you food/prayers/acknowledgement.”

      Thanks so much for donating. I really appreciate it! Seriously.

  6. Ninja and I are supposed to have a Manteresting party sometime last and when it finally happens, I’ll be driving to Seattle with a stop in PDX. I would LOVE to come volunteer with you! Until then though, I’ll do what I can to help from here 🙂

    You rock Jenna!

  7. […] check out his blog and his awesome stick figures.)  You can read all about it here: Night Strike. […]

  8. Jenna, I will be moving to Portland last week of this month. I would love to volunteer (and donate). I will contact you via email (what is your new email address btw?)

    [Never mind, just found your email in the comments]

    • What awesome news! Let me know if you need help moving or anything. (What area did you pick?) And I’d love to have you come volunteer and donate!

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