Typhoon Ondoy: Letter Calling for Assistance

Dear Marylhurst Community,

Today I received a request from the World Vision organization in the Philippines to help with their county’s most recent disaster. I have a number of friends in the Philippines and have travelled there often in the last 5 years. If you know anything about this part of the world, the people there are regular victims of typhoons and floods which literally destroy homes in a wash of mud. Typhoon Ondoy, this past weekend, has taken the lives of 140 people by drowning and left 58,000 people homeless on the Island of Luzon, the location of Manila. The Philippines is an extremely poor, third world country.

I am attaching the World Vision request and will collect any money that Marylhurst people want to donate to this cause. The easiest way is to come see me in the Education Department, 3rd Floor of BP John, or if you send a check in the inter office mail, write it to me, Robert Barry. I will cash it and make one payment to World Vision and give you a receipt for your donation.

Please contact me by Thursday of this week. The need is great and the people in the Philippines are worthy of our assistance.


Thank you,



Robert A. Barry, PhD

Department of Education

Marylhurst University




Homeless Families: Changing Colors in Times of Adversity

As the crisp breeze of fall sneaks into the Northwest, the sun casts an orange hue on our lush folliage.  Beautiful autumn is here. Nevertheless our community faces challenges of the season. How do families keep warm, stay fed and maintain a roof overhead? 

    “According to the National Coalition on the Homeless (2002), the systemic or structural causes of homelessness, poverty and lack of affordable housing are on the increase… In every state, more than the minimum wage is required to afford a one or two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent. The gap between the number of affordable housing units and the number of people needing them has created a housing crisis for [people with a low-income]… The increases in poverty are partly due to a decline in public assistance programs. Early studies from the Welfare to Work program have concluded that although the total number of individuals who are on government welfare programs has gone down, the number of individuals who are now attempting to subsist on below living wage jobs without medical benefits has increased significantly. These people are always one paycheck away from homelessness.” (My Father’s House, KA)

    “Homelessness is growing exponentially at a rate of 37% each year, and the average age of a homeless person is 9 years old. There are more homeless families than there are homeless singles, and in Multnomah County there are over 3,000 homeless families on any given night.” (My Father’s House: A Community Shelter, OR)

The many organizations throughout Oregon which strive to support families facing homelessness and poverty are reliant on their volunteers.  Through service events and activities, Marylhurst University students, faculty, staff and associates are partnering with different organizations to provide these families the services they need. These organizations include but are not limited to the Oregon Food Bank and My Father’s House: A Community Shelter.

Marylhurst University Food Drive and the Oregon Food Bank: Marylhurst has traditionally held a food drive during the alumni events of Homecoming Week. The University will be collecting non-perishable, protein-rich food items and cash/check donations October 13th-18th.  There will be baskets dispersed all over campus. To contribute non-perishable, protein-rich food, please bring your donation to one of the following drop off points: Flavia Hall,  Marion Hall, The Old Library, BP John entrance, Clark Commons. To contribute funds (Oregon Food Bank’s greatest need), please visit Amanda Baker, Service Program Coordinator at Marion Hall Room 109, call (503) 699-4063, or e-mail abaker@marylhurst.edu. You can also make a donation online. Just click here.

Marylhurst University and My Father’s House: Students, faculty, staff and associates are invited to serve with an extraordinary oragnization whose mission is to meet the needs of homeless families. To find out more about volunteering with My Father’s House, please click here.

As colors change in fall, so do the needs of the season. “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” (Ghandi)

International Day of Peace

On Monday, September 21, local communities and universities throughout the world will observe the International Day of Peace. In 1981, the United Nations adopted a resolution that designated September 21 as the day when people will recommit themselves to working for peace. Since then, people in nearly every nation have organized special events and actions to underscore their commitment to working for peace. This year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has launched the WMD-We Must Disarm Campaign, calling for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation of conventional arms.

Monday, September 21, 2009



Center for Intercultural Organizing
700 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, Oregon 97217  see map
Phone: (503) 287-4117

Kathy Masarie MD and Sarah Peyton will introduce compassionate communication, a powerful tool for creating the quality of communication, trust, respect and cooperation in your relationships with others and with yourself.  It is based on the premise that feelings and needs are at the core of all human behavior, which allows one to connect with empathy with others, no matter what their behaviors look like.  This approach, based on Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg, can bring a sense of peace and calmness in our lives that we all long for.

Kids and Family:

A celebration of International Day of Peace by placing individual pinwheels with messages of peace made by children from all over Portland and the world in a large tree shape. Will include music, storytelling, speakers and more. Come join us and celebrate:

Franciscan Montessori Earth School 2-4pm

14750 SE Clinton St.
Portland , Oregon

With the children we will light a candle for each continent then have a moment of silence to send happy, peaceful thoughts around the world. We will sing peace songs and plant a tree. Join and celebrate:

Child’s View Montessori School 2-4pm

4729 SW Taylor’s Ferry Road
Portland, Oregon 97219

Welcome a new year of peace.

Dress for Success

Success Story:

Nedra, Dress for Success Joliet After moving from Ohio with her three children to care for her recently disabled mother, Nedra needed to find a job that would allow her to support her family and continue her education. Dress for Success Joliet not only gave Nedra an interview suit but also provided her with refresher courses, job interview skills, résumé preparation and the confidence to land a job as a medical administrative assistant.

 Since then, Nedra has become an active member of the Professional Women’s Group which, she says, means being part of a group of women with many talents, goals, aspirations, wisdom and a sense of sisterhood I haven’t experienced anywhere else.” This support will help Nedra as she works to obtain a bachelors and masters degrees in nursing and achieve her ultimate goal of opening an adult day care center and assisted living facility.

Dress for Success Worldwide is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 85 cities across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands and New Zealand. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support that clients are provided symbolize the organization’s faith in every woman’s ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career.This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity. Although Portland does not have a Dress for Success hub, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for this unique organization.

To volunteer visit:


To discuss ways of implementing a Dress for Success hub in the Portland area visit:


Visionary to Concrete

The classroom is a place to reflect on the physical existence of communities and galvanize ways to better them. The YWCA LearnLinks program  is an after-school tutoring and group mentoring program for children residing in affordable housing facilities throughout the Portland and David Douglas School District. LearnLinks can offer students in education and social and behavioral sciences excellent opportunities to utilize skills and deepen their understanding of issues they are studying in the classroom through hands-on experience.

After a brief training, LearnLinks volunteers work one-on-one or in group learning activities to assist with homework, reinforce basic skills such as reading and math, and play educational games with students. Volunteers with special interests in science, computers or the arts are encouraged to share their skills. LearnLinks also has opportunities for students seeking experience in building community development skills.

The next volunteer orientation is Thursday, September 17th from                      6:00 – 8:30 pm at the downtown YWCA.  To get involved, contact: 

YWCA LearnLinks Program

Tonya Parsons, Program Manager
Phone: 503.721.1752
Time of year: School year
Mailing Address: 1111 SW 10th                                                                        E-mail: tonyap@ywca-pdx.org

Bring what you learn in the classroom to the playground.

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Our nation’s largest day of service is coming up in just 10 days. President Obama encourages all Americans to “voluntarily perform at least one  service activity on 9/11 each year in hopes to create a lasting and forward-looking legacy — annually rekindling the spirit of service, tolerance, and compassion that unified America and the world in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.” (MyGoodDeed)

For more general info on National Day of Service visit here.

To search for National Day of Service opportunities in your community visit here.

And to make the most of National Day of Service, tell your friends!