My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Birch Community Services Inc, Portland, OR, USA
I love Birch Community Services! I have become a regular donor for several reasons:
• Birch is good for the environment: BCS gleans food and goods that are still usable but that are approaching freshness dates, are out of season (think holiday foods that are still on shelves after the holiday has passed), or are otherwise being ridded by vendors. These goods would otherwise be put in landfills, but Birch collects these foods and supplies gives them to the hungry.
• Birch teaches practical, useful skills that last a lifetime: Birch teaches members how to manage their finances, pay off debt, save for the future, and live within their means. BCS also teaches members how to tend a garden and how to grow some of their own food. They teach communication skills to families and encourage family members to treat each other with mutual respect.
• Birch respects families: BCS works with entire families and includes children in as many age-appropriate activities as possible, such as gardening and helping to decide what spending priorities the family might choose. By doing so, BCS helps to end the cycle of poverty and helps to build up healthy family dynamics.
• Birch puts Christian values at its core: They feed the hungry. They love one another and help families to foster loving relationships amongst themselves. By helping to ease financial stress by teaching financial planning, and by teaching good communication skills, families who are members of BCS tend to stay intact.
• Birch has appropriate expectations: We all know that if expectations are low, correlating results are lesser. If expectations are appropriately high, more can be achieved. BCS expects every family to pitch in and help make their organization run smoothly. This means that families are expected to contribute 2 hours a month of volunteer time and contribute modest monthly dues in exchange for weekly shopping trips.