There’s Still Time to Give to the GiveGuide!

December 23rd, 2014 by Jon

20141105_173914Willamette Week is making it easier to give back to the community. WW has hand-selected 136 great Portland nonprofits that need your help this holiday season. This helps make it easy for you to make a donation – and a connection – to groups in your community. What you give today will help make Portland a better place all year long.

This guide doesn’t just cater to a small portion of the community, either. Whether you’re a health nut, an animal lover, or a patron of the arts, or all three, WW has a way you can help out the community. Choose from a variety of nonprofits benefiting animals, education, arts, the environment, health and wellness, and other alternatives.

And the best part is, the more you give, the more you get back! Donating at any level, and you’ll receive free and discounted products from your favorite local brands, like Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Chinook Book, Portland Center Stage, Widmer Brothers, and more!

On top of that, you can also take place in the McMenamins Challenge! Nonprofits with the most individual donors 35 and under in each category will be awarded $1000!

Help make Portland a better place for the whole year round by giving a little extra this season. Donate soon! The deadline for all donations is Midnight, December 31st!

Today is a Big Give Day on GiveGuide!

December 18th, 2014 by Jon

GG-2012-Logo1This year, Wilamette Week is making it easier to give back to the community. WW has hand-selected 136 great Portland nonprofits that need your help this holiday season. This helps make it easy for you to make a donation – and a connection – to groups in your community. What you give today will help make Portland a better place all year long.

This guide doesn’t just cater to a small portion of the community, either. Whether you’re a health nut, an animal lover, or a patron of the arts, or all three, WW has a way you can help out the community. Choose from a variety of nonprofits benefiting animals, education, arts, the environment, health and wellness, and other alternatives.

And the best part is, the more you give, the more you get back! Donating at any level, and you’ll receive free and discounted products from your favorite local brands, like Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Chinook Book, Portland Center Stage, Widmer Brothers, and more!

Give Guide also features Big Give Days. Donating a minimum of $10 to any organization on one of these days, and you have a chance to win a great incentive.

If you give $10 or more today, the 18th of December, you get the opportunity to win a case of spirits from Rogue Distillery! This prize is sponsored by the Rogue Foundation.

Help make Portland a better place for the whole year round by giving a little extra this season. With incentives like these, everybody can celebrate the season!

The Great Toy Drive was a Great Success!

December 16th, 2014 by Jon


USAgencies and Portland Pedal Power recently teamed up to form a team that would make the Justice League jealous. To help give back to the community, USAgencies collected toys to donate to the KGW Great Toy Drive, matching donations Toy for Toy.

On December 11th, Portland Pedal Power was privileged to convey the precious cargo from the USAgencies office to the KGW Studios.

With your help, USAgencies Credit Union was able to donate more than 360 toys, helping out 130 different non-profits partnered with KGW Studios and bringing a lot of joy to many families.

We want to thank everyone who helped make this holiday season extra special this year by donating a Toy to the Great Toy Drive. Together, we were able to deliver a lot of happiness this year.

COBI: A New Way to Cycle

December 11th, 2014 by Jon

slide0Today’s world is full of cycling accessories that help add to your riding experience. We have LED flashlights, accelerometers, smartphone mounts, bells… just about anything you might want or need on a bike. But square footage on your handlebars is a limited commodity, and having too many accessories is going to take up a lot of space. And besides, who can keep up with the odd dozen different tools you might keep up front?

COBI is the worlds smartest integrated biking system, streamlining your handlebar accessories and providing seamless integration of all your cycling needs. The founder of COBI, Andreas Gahlert, is a passionate biker who was tired of the clutter on his handlebar and decided to do something about it, creating the COBI. Check out just a few of the features that you can find on this unique system:


Smartphone Compatible
– COBI is smartphone compatible, connecting you to over 100 different cycling apps, your music library, the ability to call your friends, and more. You also have access to a GPS system featuring popular routing, bike lanes, turn-by-turn directions, and even a “buddy radar” showing you the location of all your COBI friends.

Illumination – COBI provides a dynamic lighting system, including a stylish front light that responds to atmospheric illumination, and a back light that signifies sharp deceleration and changes in direction. That’s right, you get a turn signal!

Security – With the COBI hub securely attached, you get to decide who rides your bike, and sets off the motion-sensitive Theft Alarm for others with its light and sound alert. COBI only unlocks for you.

Fitness Finesse – COBI keeps track of calories burned, heart-rate, cadence, and other real-time statistics during your time on the road.  As your bike improves, so should its rider.

Ease of Use – Rather than fiddle with the touchscreen while riding, COBI features an intuitive interface that displays the information you need. When navigating through apps, COBI sports an elegant ergonomic thumb controller that can be used with a single finger, meaning you get t0 keep your hands on the handlebars and your eyes on the road.

Based in Germany, Cobi started a kickstarter campaign to raise 100,000 US dollars. In less than four days, COBI reached their goal with over 800 backers. As of the date of this blog, COBI has raised 167,000 dollars, becoming one of the most successful German Kickstarters ever. Today, it is a Kickstarter Staff Pick and has won “The Kickstarter’s Choice” reward.

The Kickstarter for COBI has already reached their goal, but you can still contribute by visiting their Kickstarter page and helping them reach their stretch goal of $200,000. Be sure to sign up for this fantastic device before it’s too late!

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PPP is Delivering for Siri Indian Cuisine!

December 9th, 2014 by Jon

_MG_0278Indian cuisine is one of those types of meals where if you get the right spices, textures, and flavoring, you can knock your taste buds out of the park. Few have the gift to create the perfect mixture, but those who can? We love to sing their praise.

That’s why we’re very excited to deliver for Siri Indian Cuisine, a fantastic local restaurant who got the mixture down to perfection.

Siri Indian Cuisine is one of the finest Indian Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Delectable food, outstanding service, and the beautiful ambiance make Siri Indian Cuisine a restaurant above and beyond other dining facilities.

Siri provides professional catering services for banquets, wedding receptions, birthday parties, business meetings, intimate gatherings, and so on and so forth. Their dedicated and highly experience team will work with you to lead your catering event.

_MG_0339And now, Portland Pedal Power is delivering for Siri! Visit our menu, and you’re going to find a host of menu items from both North and South India. Check out just a few of the items you can order:

Tandoori Rack of Lamb: Pieces of lamb racks marinated with yogurt & baked in the tandoori oven.

Lamb Goa Curry: Boneless lamb cooked in onion & tomato with a creamy coconut sauce.

Fish Vindaloo: Cod fish cooked with potatoes in tangy onions, tomato & vinegar sauce & garnished with fresh lemon.

Vegetable Korma: A medley of fresh vegetables simmered in a creamy Northern Korma sauce.

_MG_0327Taste isn’t everything, though. Siri takes dietary needs into consideration, and creates menu items that are Non-Dairy, Gluten Free, and Halal. This keeps your options open, ensuring that you can still enjoy the flavors of India no matter your specific dietary requirements.

Don’t neglect your taste buds! Treat yourself to something utterly delicious and get some lunch from Siri Indian Cuisine!

 

Get Rid of the Winter Chill with some Warm Baked Goods!

December 4th, 2014 by Jon

2014-06-05 16.40.41This morning, I woke up and discovered it was so cold outside, I had to both physically and mentally brace myself before taking the dogs out for a potty break. Granted, PDX isn’t going through the winter extravaganza the rest of the country goes through, but that doesn’t mean it’s not cold out.

There’s nothing like baked goods during the colder months of the season to take the chill out of a freezing morning. That’s why we’re always excited to deliver for our baking friends around Portland. Whether it’s a quick way to start your morning, a sit down meal, or a dessert you get to treat yourself to afterward, baked goods will always have a special place in out hearts.

Check out some of the businesses we deliver for that can help take the chill out of these winter days:

Pearl Bakery creates traditional artisan baked goods, making everything from scratch on a daily basis. Pearl uses the best ingredients they can get their hands on, sourcing locally whenever possible. You will find a global menu at Pearl, with everything from classic all-butter French croissants, to tender Italian ciabatta loaves, to rustic scones and pastries.

Gluten Free GEM Bakery specializes in pastries and desserts that featuring strict gluten-free ingredients. The bakery also accommodates vegan diets, dairy free lifestyles, and most common food allergies, all while keeping a delicious, hand crafted taste unique to the bakery.

Portland Bagelworks offers freshly baked and handcrafted daily with local, fresh ingredients and have a delicious exterior that is scored for better crust and more toppings. Bagelworks strives to make bagels that are Portland Style, using locally sourced ingredients you can only find in our corner of the world.

Delicious Donuts creates everything from burritos to bagels to, of course, donuts. The founder of Delicious Donuts, Boun, has been fine tuning his creative process for the last decade, creating only the best of bear claws, the most appealing apple fritters, and the most savory cinnamon rolls.

While we can’t change the temperature, we can get a cupcake into your hands! And that’s comfort worth having. We want to make sure you’re not suffering the cold! Come visit us and get yourself a warm treat this morning.

Let Whole Foods do the Prep Work!

December 2nd, 2014 by Jon

Optimized-edited_WFBikePlanning for the holidays can induce a lot of stress. You have to get the decorations up, clean the house, plan the trip, brace yourself for relatives… and on top of that, you have to have a hot meal ready to go.

It all stacks up on itself, really. Who has time to enjoy the eggnog?

While we can’t remove the stress that comes with the in-laws, we can offer hot, delicious holiday foods fresh from the oven. Whole Foods is optimizing their holiday menu, ensuring that while you can do all of the prep work yourself, you don’t have to. Whole Foods has created a menu catering to your every need, whether you’re a carnivore, an herbivore, or somewhere in between.

If you go for a more traditional holiday meal, try one of the traditional Holiday Dinners, including a fully cooked Diestel Turkey, Herb Stuffing, Fresh Green Beans, Turkey Gravy, and Dinner rolls.

More of a Tofurky kind of person? No problem! Go Vegan with a Wild Rice Cranberry Fig Roast, Acorn Squash, Mushroom Gravy, and Vegan Pumpkin Pie.

Whole Foods also offers salads, breads, and other assorted side dishes to perfectly accentuate your ideal holiday sit-down.

These meals can cater to 8 people, though if you’re looking for something more intimate, Whole Foods also offers the intimate holiday dinner, serving 4.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, Whole Foods will make sure it’s delicious.

Giving Back – Food Style

November 28th, 2014 by Jon

Puppet LabsSometimes, it’s the day to day activities that really matter. We always put a big emphasis on helping out the community during the holidays, but once the time of year comes and goes, community support gets little to no attention.

That’s why we are always happy to hear when local businesses go out of their way to make the community brighter in some way.

Puppet Labs, one of our long time partners, made an incredible donation of yesterday’s lunch leftovers to Portland Homeless Family Solutions and plans on continuing these donations into the future.

Portland Homeless Family Solutions, or PHFS, is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide temporary emergency shelter to homeless families with children. They also provide access to transitional resources to help families achieve self sufficiency, and advocate to help alleviate family homelessness on a large scale.

This time of the year can be the hardest for those who are living without. You can help make it a little less difficult. PHFS is a part of the Give Guide, put together by Willamette Weekly, allowing you to donate anywhere between $10-3000+. However, sometimes your time can be the best gift of all. PHFS invites you to take advantage of their volunteer opportunities that can fit the busiest of schedules.

This Thanksgiving, we are abundantly thankful for all of the amazing people we work with on a daily basis. Thanks to our friends at Puppet Labs for taking care of those in need here in our wonderful city.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

Wilamette Week Makes Giving Easier!

November 25th, 2014 by Jon

TGG-2012-Logo1he Holidays have the ability to bring out the best of people. We make an extra effort to reach out to the community during the holiday season, making sure everyone gets a little joy in their life.

This year, Wilamette Week is making it easier to give back to the community. WW has hand-selected 136 great Portland nonprofits that need your help this holiday season. This helps make it easy for you to make a donation – and a connection – to groups in your community. What you give today will help make Portland a better place all year long.

This guide doesn’t just cater to a small portion of the community, either. Whether you’re a health nut, an animal lover, or a patron of the arts, or all three, WW has a way you can help out the community. Choose from a variety of nonprofits benefiting animals, education, arts, the environment, health and wellness, and other alternatives.

And the best part is, the more you give, the more you get back! Donating at any level, and you’ll receive free and discounted products from your favorite local brands, like Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Chinook Book, Portland Center Stage, Widmer Brothers, and more!

Give Guide also features Big Give Days. Donating a minimum of $10 to any organization on one of these days, and you have a chance to win a great incentive. The next Big Give Day is December 2nd, with a Bike Gallery Bike giveaway.

On top of that, you can also take place in the McMenamins Challenge! Nonprofits with the most individual donors 35 and under in each category will be awarded $1000!

Help make Portland a better place for the whole year round by giving a little extra this season. With incentives like these, everybody can celebrate the season!

Help Give Back With USAgencies in the Great Toy Drive!

November 20th, 2014 by Jon


atm-toydriveWith the holidays coming up, everyone likes to do their part to help make the season a little brighter for the community. Some donate to food drives, others drop their change in buckets manned by a ringing Santa. Some businesses like to go the extra mile when helping the community.

USAgencies is one of those businesses, rallying to help make the holidays special for kids and families in our community. This year, they are again partnering with KGW for the Great Toy Drive, helping to put gifts under the tree for all children in the PDX area.

This year, you too can help USAgencies make this holiday extra special! All you have to do is buy a new, unwrapped toy you think would make someone smile if they found it under their tree. Toys can be dropped off at the credit union at 95 SW Taylor Street, Portland.

Between now and December 10th, any toy collected for the KGW toy drive will be matched toy for toy by USAgencies. For every Monster Truck, Lego Set, and Action Figure you bring in, you will be ensuring two gifts find their way under a tree.

Once the toys have been collected, Portland Pedal Power gets the privilege of delivering the toys from USAgencies to the KGW Studio via bicycle!

Questions about the Toy Drive can be directed to giving@usacu.org or (503) 275-0346.