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Caring Closet Project
August 2010
Tigard, OR

Several years ago, members of the Tigard-Tualatin School District Foundation recognized that some students were having difficulty thriving in school due to their family's inability to provide basic needs. The Caring Closet was established to help disadvantaged families in the school district by providing clothes, shoes, school supplies, hygiene items, and emergency bedding. This wonderful organization, headed by Director Marilyn Hassmann and served by dozens of hard working volunteers, has given aid to over 1450 children in the current year alone! Unfortunately, this program was in great need of more storage space to process the multitude of donations they receive each week. That’s where we stepped-in to help.

Catalyst Partnerships joined forces with the Tigard-Tualatin School District, the City of Tigard, Tigard Christian Church, Home Depot, a large pool of other corporate partners, and of course lots of volunteers, to build the Caring Closet a 560 square-foot Storage Garage adjacent to their current facility at Tigard High School. It took us about 3 weeks in August, 2010, to help make this dream come true so that more kids & families can be served in the coming school years.

TOTAL VOLUNTEERS: 100
TOTAL DONATED MAN-HOURS: 700

PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS:

CAD NW (Donated building plans)
Chinook Creek Construction (Donated labor for concrete)
City of Tigard (Cash donation for planning permit)
Clear View Northwest, Inc. (Contractor donated labor)
Dalton's Northwest Catering (Catered volunteer crew lunch)
Everclear Windows & Door (Donated garage door)
Frahler Electric (Donated all electrical materials & labor)
Home Depot-Tigard (Coordinated volunteers, wrote grant)
Home Depot Foundation (Granted $6,000 store credit)
Interstate Roofing (Donated all roofing materials & labor)
Lagunes Drywall (Donated drywall hanging/taping)
LB Bell Excavation (Donated all framing lumber)
Pride Disposal Co. (Donated waste bin & dump fees)
Robert Gray Partners (Donated equipment use & materials)
Ross Island Sand & Gravel (Discounted concrete delivery)
Ryan Kerner Construction (Contractor donated labor)
Sherwin-Williams Paint (Donated interior & exterior paint)
Tigard Christian Church (Provided volunteers, brokered grant)
Tigard Christian Church Foundation (Granted $4,084 cash)
Tigard Sand & Gravel (Discounted gravel delivery)
Tigard-Tualatin School District (Donated staff time)
Tigard-Tualatin School District Foundation (Photography)
United Rentals (Discounted equipment rental)