Yesterday was not only the first day of autumn – it was also the 1st Annual Cuts for a Cause Benefit for Independence Northwest. Heritage Barbershop, a local Portland business, sponsored the event offering free haircuts and styles to brokerage customers and their caregivers. Despite the blustery weather, we had a great turnout and the event raised $600 for the Independence Northwest Emergency Fund! The Emergency Fund helps people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in times of need.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Heritage Barbershop’s owner, Brian Porteous, for this event. What a guy. Brian pulled together a fantastic raffle including donated goods and gift certificates from local businesses including:
Huge thanks to these businesses for donating to this cause. We appreciate your support! For those who couldn’t stick around until 4PM for the raffle drawing, we’ll be notifying winners by phone shortly.
Additionally, we’d like to extend gratitude to the barbers Jen Mattson and Tariq B for volunteering their professional services to our customers and their caregivers. They did a fantastic job and gave some very fine cuts yesterday. And big thanks to Lorissa Prestwood Porteous, provider De Linda French Davis, INW Operations Director Ron Spence, and INW Board President Bill Beckett for helping the event run so smoothly!
This was truly a community event and we look forward to the 2nd Annual Cuts for a Cause event next summer!
We’re proud to announce what we hope will become an annual tradition: Cuts For a Cause, an event on Sunday, September 22nd, that will offer free haircuts to our customers and their caregivers and will raise money for our emergency fund, a small pool of money we keep to help out our customers in times of extreme need. We will be partnering for this event with Heritage Barbershop, a newly-opened business that has generously offered the time and talent of its barbers to make this event possible.
Heritage proprietor Brian Porteous
is no stranger to giving haircuts to people with disabilities. He spoke to me recently during a haircut of my own about his experiences early in his barbering career in California. “There was a group who came in every couple of months and I learned really quickly that just like everyone else, people with disabilities are all different from one another,” he told me. “Next to giving a good cut, a barber’s most important skill is communicating with the person in the chair, and that’s all about treating every person as an individual.”
Space is limited and must be scheduled ahead of time
. Please call Rachel at our office (503.546.2950) to schedule an appointment. If the free haircut slots fill up we’d still love it if you’d stop by and say hello. We’ll have free popcorn and will be having drawings for prizes every 30 minutes or so.
And of course we’ll be accepting donations from those of you are able to give a few dollars to what we think is an important cause. We can’t thank Heritage Barbershop enough for their support and generosity and look forward to a long partnership with Brian and his barbershop.
Ron Spence, Operations Director
- What: Cuts For a Cause, a fun benefit offering free haircuts to Independence Northwest’s customers and their caregivers
- Where: Heritage Barbershop, 22137-B East Burnside in Portland
- When: Sunday September 22nd from 11 am to 4 pm
Remember, all free haircuts must be schedule ahead of time. Please call today to reserve a spot. Contact Rachel at 503.546.2950.
It’s time for the annual Walk ‘n Roll to benefit United Cerebral Palsy.
Join this year’s Honorary Event Chair, Art Edwards of KOIN Local 6 and many of the KOIN crew as they help us celebrate our 5th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll for UCP!
This year’s event features an 8k fun-run along with the traditional route of past years.
Adult entrance fee has been lowered to $15! There will be plenty of activities for the kids, Pizza Schmizza and a host of other sponsors are turning out to help us celebrate this milestone.
It will be held at the Eastside Esplanade on the east bank of the Willamette River. Our goal this year is to raise enough money to cover the critical but under-funded UCP Family Support Program. Therefore, our goal this year is to raise $80,000 – WE CAN DO IT, YOU CAN HELP!
Come and bring the family for an awesome summer day highlighting A Community for Everyone!
Visit the official Walk ‘n Roll site.