Charity is an attempt wherein I try to expand and bring into the ambit of my life, all others around me and grow to consider the other man’s needs and requirements as important as my own personal needs. To live seeking an identity thus, with at least those who are immediately around me, is to live away from the suffocating selfishness and the throttling grip of my body-consciousness.
– Swami Chinmayananda
|Adopt-a-Roadway is an anti-litter campaign intended to build civic pride in a litter-free Oregon. It allows citizens to work in partnership with the county by “adopting” a segment of the roadway and agreeing to keep it clean. We have sponsored 170th street in front of “Apna Bazaar” and do the quarterly street cleanup
|Food assistance – We provide cooked food to homeless shelters run by Transition Projects every Saturday and periodic food drives and volunteer at Oregon Food Bank. The homeless crisis is exacerbated by the pandemic, which has led to food shortages, health risks, economic challenges, and loss of access to public facilities that the homeless previously used for electricity, water, showers, and shelter.
|ELL (ESL ) tutoring – For the last 5 years, we have been providing critical supplemental educational opportunities for both children and adults from less fortunate backgrounds on their English language conversation & reading skills. As the nation shifted to online learning during the novel coronavirus outbreak, language and access barriers had shut many of the nation’s nearly 5 million English-learner students out of the learning process. So we have expanded our free tutoring program to help more ELL students.
|One-Earth-One-Humanity – It’s Time For Action! We can solve the climate crisis and limit global temperature rise by transitioning to 100% renewables, protecting & restoring our lands and seas, and shifting to regenerative agriculture. We have joined hands with local environmental services to expand our environmental protection and awareness projects over the years.
|Disaster relief – We work with local agencies in collecting distributing and giving financial assistance to those who are affected by the disaster in the local area. As an example, we have been working with CORD USA in raising funds for COVID-19 Relief and so far distributed over $25,000 to local agencies and have done hands-on help. When disasters like wildfires stike our area, we have been at the forefront of reaching out to the community to provide the help needed.
|Summer Camps & Innovative Fundraising programs – During the Summer break, our high-school students conduct camps in Robotics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, and Speech and Debate and offer them free of charge for those who have financial difficulties. Our Bala Vihar students also initiate innovative fundraising for disaster relief, like baking (“Cookies 4 COVID Care”), hand-made soaps (“Soap That Saves”), etc;
|Hands-on service through service visits – Our students get a chance to go to rural India through CORDUSA, Chinmaya Mission’s humanitarian wing, and experience serving the needy first hand. Most of them come back needing to do more and start projects like ELL tutoring, camps, and other innovative programs to help the underprivileged in this Country.
|Walk for CORD -We regularly conduct this community event where participants raise money & awareness by walking. It’s a fantastic way to bring people together, promote a healthy lifestyle, and raise funds for Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development work happening in the Indian sub continent.