Category: Charity

REMINDER: 4K 4Charity Run takes place October 12, 2017

If my Instagram feed is any indication, a number of you just spent the last weekend running in the Portland Marathon. So this may be a little early to pound the pavement again. But trust that I’m only asking you to get back on the road because it’s for a good cause. It’s time for another 4K 4Charity Run. Read More

In the spirit of the season: 66% of all Silicon Florist revenue in December will go to Oregon Food Bank

Any revenue that Silicon Florist generates in December? I’ll be donating half of that—a full 50%—to the… hang on. Screw that. Two thirds—a full 66%—to the Oregon Food Bank.

It’s the holidays. And unfortunately or no, that’s when we think most about helping others. Even though we should be thinking about it all year round. It’s a time when people smile a little more easily, give a little more, and help out their fellow humans.

How can I resist that sort of thing? Well honestly, I can’t. So tell you what. Any revenue that Silicon Florist generates in December? I’ll be donating half of that—a full 50%—to the… hang on. Screw that. Two thirds—a full 66%—to the Oregon Food Bank. And whomever chipped in to create that revenue? They’ll be recognized in the donation and on the site on New Year’s Eve. Read More

Twestival: A Portland Tweetup on which lives depend

We need to get on this, Portland.

Next Thursday—a week from today—a worldwide gathering of Twitter types called (somewhat unfortunately) Twestival will be taking place in various cities around the globe. Portland, Oregon, is one of them.

The goal? To provide clean drinking water to the people who don’t have it.

As Portlanders we’re well aware of water. It surrounds us. It falls on us. And it bubbles up clean and clear from the Benson Bubblers.

But there are more than a billion of people who aren’t so lucky. Twestival is designed to fix that.

On 12 February 2009 175+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

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Think about it this way: What if you had to drink directly from the Willamette instead of your tap? Not so pretty.

I’m always proud of what we’ve been able to achieve as a community. Whether it’s gathering to chat. Learning about technology. Or figuring out how to build a better community. To me, this seems far more important and worthwhile than that.

Making this happen would be a great way to start another amazing year for the entire Portland Twitter community, tech oriented or otherwise.

Some of you may be way ahead of me on this one. (It wouldn’t be the first time.)

Questions? @mssonicflare and @smashedlife are heading up the efforts for Portland. Or, for additional details, visit the Portland Twestival page.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there. [UPDATE] RSVP for the Portland Twestival on Upcoming or get more details on Calagator.

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