For more than 20 years Union Gospel Mission has helped those experiencing homelessness survive Winter through their annual Operation Overcoat campaign. Operation Overcoat provides a meal and backpacks with shoes, coats, pants and other vital winter supplies for those experiencing homelessness and in need.
UGM, along with their partners, will be hosting several mini events that will deliver the backpacks and other vital supplies to help neighbors in need navigate the winter weather. Through this effort they anticipate reaching over 200 more people than last year. They increased their goal from 600 in 2020 to over 800 in 2021.
None of this is possible without volunteers, on Wednesday, September 22nd at 9:30 am a group of volunteers will be downtown at 3 NW Third Avenue assembling backpacks for distribution in the coming weeks.
The first distribution of backpacks will take place Friday, September 24th at 2 pm at 15 NW Third Avenue Portland.
If you’d like to help, Union Gospel Mission is seeking donations of pants, new undergarments, sleeping bags, boots, and coats. Items can be dropped off at 3 NW Third Avenue, Portland.
To support Operation Overcoat financially donations can be made online at www.ugmportland.org or call 503-274-4483.