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Aug 24, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight - Gilda Powell

About once a month for the past 25 years, a familiar face has walked through our doors carrying bags of socks and sundries for homeless youth.

Gilda Powell first began collecting donations as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Portland (KCOP) and advisor for the Key Club at Grant High School, the Kiwanis sponsored service program for high school youth. Powell met Helen Bakkensen when Bakkensen opened a homeless youth shelter on Oak Street just a few blocks from where the KCOP meets every week. It became a perfect match for the Key Clubbers to help the homeless youth of Portland by collecting blankets, pillows, clothes, books, magazines and games that would suit other young teens.

Over the years Bakkensen’s youth shelter became a part of Janus Youth Programs – our Street Light and Porch Light shelters now named in her honor. When the shelter’s partnership with Key Club ended, the KCOP members continued to provide socks and hygiene products collected from their travels.

“It’s been my honor to chair and continue this project over the years. Once a month I collect donations from our very generous membership and use my discounts and coupons to help increase our purchase power,” explains Powell.

“KCOP and I have long been aware of the loving care your organization provides to the homeless youth of Portland. We encourage everyone to support Janus in every way possible. A sincere thanks to all the wonderful other donors, volunteers and marvelous staff members,” she said.

Thank you Ms. Powell for changing lives and building futures!


 

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