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Do you dream of a world where all families are financially stable?

We Provide a Community For Families Falling Through the Cracks

Birch Community Services addresses the roots of hunger and economic hardship in our community of Portland, Oregon through: 

  • Supplying groceries and clothing items to save money in order to pursue financial goals
  • Providing financial courses and one-on-one meetings to educate and advise on how to effectively achieve financial goals
  • Creating a community of dignity and accountability through participants volunteering together

Our mission is to provide a community where people can be responsible and accountable for meeting their basic needs, and to equip them with tools to overcome financial difficulty.

Fast Facts 2019

In 2019, BCS served 818 households with an average income of $58,968 a year, and a debt of $17,000. Read more about living wages in the Portland Metro area. 

Birch serves 70 other nonprofit agencies and food pantries each week, reaching about 15,000 people.

Over 250 generous food growers, processors, distributors, and retailers give food, clothing, and household items to help working, struggling families. 

Every family who joins our Sustainable Families Program will have a one-on-one meeting with the Financial Literacy Manager, Dino Biaggi. These meetings result in a financial plan and strategy, tailored to drive individual families’ toward success.

In the first year on the program, the average family pays down $7,000 of debt and increases savings by $1,000. 

BCS relied on 1,300+ volunteers in 2019, including every participant family. That's about twice as many hours as paid staff! 

The Sustainable Families Program

BCS helps families set and achieve goals through alleviating the emotional and financial burden of food insecurity, while providing financial coaching. 

Volunteer as an Individual

Volunteer as a Group

Our Community Partners
Over two hundred and eighty community partners donate food, clothing, footwear, and small household items to help address poverty in our community.

Ready to Help?

Support BCS, addressing the root causes of families' economic hardships.

Quick Info

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Participant Shoppers must sign up for a time slot prior to arrival. The BCS Office will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of 2020.

Monday

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last shopper accepted at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday

11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Last shopper accepted at 6:00 p.m.

Friday

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last shopper accepted at 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Schedule 2020 (BCS is closed)

  • New Years Day (Wednesday, January 1) 
  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 25)
  • Labor Day (Monday, Sept 7)
  • Black Friday (Friday, Nov 27)
  • Christmas Day (Friday, Dec 25)
When a closure falls on your shopping day, please choose a different shopping day that week. 

All other weeks will be open regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday hours (including MLK Day, President’s Day, 4th of July, etc.)
Weather/emergency closures (snow or ice) will be posted on the front page of the website, Facebook, and sent via email. 

Transparency

Find Birch on Charity Navigator and GuideStar to see about intelligent giving and how we’re committed to being excellent stewards of what is given to us.

In-Kind Donations: (503) 251-8860 // Warehouse: (503) 251-5431 // info@birchcommunityservices.org
No unscheduled walk-ins due to COVID-19