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Our Mission: Swapnplay exists to: (1) ease the burden on low- and moderate-income North Portland families by providing access to shared resources; (2) promote environmental and economic sustainability of the Portland metropolitan area through community sharing; (3) provide educational resources to children, parents, and families; and (4) partner with other organizations to create and implement large-scale community projects providing educational and material resources for North Portland communities.
Our three programs...
Swapnplay Playspace: Our 4,000-square-foot playspace engages children in an abundance of diverse, interactive activities while providing access to shared resources and opportunities for parents and caregivers to connect. From our inception in 2009 we have worked with our partners and parent volunteers to build an affordable, vibrant, inviting, and safe playspace with lots of activities to build cognitive and social skills as well as cultivating imagination, creativity and self-discovery.
Trash to Treasure: The largest community sharing event in Portland offers opportunities to share, reuse, recycle, and cleanup our community. Started in 2009, the annual event happens the Saturday after Earth Day in April. Over 6,000 items are exchanged between local residents at no cost, while thousands more are brought to area recycling centers. In addition to access to sharing and recycling we offer containers for bulky waste, although our focus is minimizing what goes to the landfill and maximizing options for reuse. Trash to Treasure is open to the public, free of charge, and 100% volunteer run.
Preserve and Serve: North Portland Preserve and Serve is a community resource dedicated to fostering sustainability through home food preservation, waste reduction, and reuse. We loan a variety of food preservation equipment and durable dishes to North Portland community members. Since the library opened in 2009, we have seen over 2,000 durable dishes used, offsetting what would have gone to the landfill. Items are available on a first-come, first-served basis via email reservation. Low-cost classes in food preservation are offered monthly for $10 per class during the preserving season.
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