Category Archives: Support

Swap Positive Advisory Board Wanted

Hi Swappers!

I’m looking for a Swap Positive Advisory board to explore next steps.  I started Swap Positive 14 years ago and it’s developed into an amazing way to benefit all stakeholders (Tokyo TV said they came over to interview me due to the high SEO of Swap Positive)!  However, since it’s just little ole’ me doing all the behind the scenes stuff, if something happens to me, Swap Positive would end!  I need an organization to share the responsibility.  Seeing that my passion and leadership has elevated my little volunteer social experiment into a high SEO powerhouse…it could now become self-supporting…but only with expert help!

Thus, why I’m looking for a Swap Positive Volunteer Advisory Board to explore next steps. I seek professionals who understand and support Swap Positive. Below is my dream advisory team (but I’m open to ANY help to create a way for Swap Positive to become self-sustaining!)

Please email me at swappositive@gmail.com if you can help!

1. Business Advisor, to help expand Swap Positive so it’s funded and self-sustaining

2. Website Designer Current Site on unsupported template and losing functionality.  I’ve purchased the domain names SwapPositive.com and SwapPositive.org.  Site needs to be made easier to navigate.  Venues, swap hosts, and non-profit picking up remainders need to more easily connect.  A calendar that is easy for everyone to read, and venues and hosts can update their swap info themselves without affecting other entries. A donate button needed.

3. Lawyer I started Swap Positive as a hobby for fun.  How can we move this towards a self-supporting organization while keeping it easy and fun for me and for all free swappers?

4. Accountant/CPA  When/if we get money from donations, investment, business, etc. how do we structure the company so that staff and bills get paid?

5. B- Corp Liaison  Swap Positive and B-Corps share much of the same mission.  Let’s figure out how we can partner

6. Government liaison How can government support Swap positive to keep usable items out of landfills, fill community needs for free?  We’ve had good input in the past, but I’d like an ongoing liaison to advise me.

7. Business Liaison Swap Positive brings in customers through free venue association, benefits company recycling goals, and provides free employee benefits. Let’s connect with businesses for mutual benefit!

8. Venue liaison Person to compile list of venues willing to host swaps, keep information updated on website.

9. Non-profit liaison Person to compile list of non-profits who’ll pick up remainders, keep information updated on website.

10. What can you offer on our Swap Positive Advisory Board? (please contact me at swappositive@gmail.com)

I’d like to meet once a month, so if you could email your name, email, phone, way you can help, and best days/times for you to meet, that would be Great!  Email  swappositive@gmail.com, and in the subject line write “Swap Positive Advisory Board”

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Volunteers Needed for the Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!

It’s time to get volunteers for the 2018 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap in NE Portland!  Tentative date is Saturday December 8th when we get all volunteer positions filled.  Feel free to choose how you/your friends would like to help to make the magic happen!  Volunteers assure themselves a place at the swap! You can reply below, or contact swappositive@gmail.com

 VOLUNTEERS POSITIONS AVAILABLE*:

1-2 Person(s) with van(s) who will pick up and give away remainders for free to a charity who gives away the items, not sells them.  Bring a van and pick up boxes/bags on day of swap between 3:00pm and 3:15pm, then deliver them and make lots of people happy!

4+ people who will bring boxes and bag/box up remainders after swap.  Arrive any time between 1pm and 2pm so you have time to put out your own stuff. Bring boxes (you can get free ones from most grocery stores if you ask in advance). Start packing up around 2:45pm or whenever the crowd has thinned out, and stay until everything is packed up (est. 3:15pm).

This is a great volunteer opportunity to welcome the holiday season of giving, a chance to de-clutter holiday giftables you no longer have a use for, AND shop for new-to-you sustainable gifts for yourself and family!

*Positions filled: 3 people to vacuum, 2 people to greet and sign in swappers, 1 person taking RSVP’s,  and 5 people who’ve volunteered to help put things out, 2 people who’ve offered to help box things up at the end.  We have someone to help pick up remainders and donate them to a clothing closet, but if you have a van and would be willing to help them transport, please let me know! 

Volunteer needed to deliver remainders after Women’s Clothing Swap May 12th

Hi swappers!  We need a person with a big heart and a vehicle who can transport the clothing remainders from the women’s clothing swap Saturday May 12th from the Evergreen Church in NE Portland, to a housing project in NW Portland after the swap.  You’d play an important part in sharing the fun of free swaps with people who could really use the uplift!  If you can help after tomorrow’s swap, please tell Anna the swap hostess at the swap, or you can contact her in advance at addragazelle@gmail.com

Thanks for helping to bring the fun of treasure-hunting to make a positive difference for families in our community!

Barb Hughes, Swap Positive Volunteer Coordinator

 

NEW Potluck and Variety Show, NE Portland, March 16

UPDATE 03/15/18 Hello Everyone!-The Whatever Variety Show has been POSTPONED, New Date TBD – dates being considered are April 20th or 21st, among others. If you have a preference, please respond or contact Bert Fitzgerald! Thanks- Janie Paige.

“Whatever” the Variety Show and Potluck, at Yonder House in NE Portland, March 16th!

Shake off hibernation with an evening of low-key performance and potlucking at Yonder House. We’ll take in each other’s poetry, music, movies, comedy, skits, musings, etc., and just eat drink and hang out.

March 16th at Yonder House,  5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR

Potluck starts at 7pm, Variety Show starts at 8pm

Don’t have something to present? Yes you do. Just lower your standards. Respond via facebook here, or Call Bert at 574-213-5468 to get on the list (but you don’t have to).

Try to bring some drinks or snacks to share potluck style. We’ll have some stuff.

MC Bertrand will be presenting the commercial sponsorships for our acts, hopefully with live musical accompaniment. Contact Bert at 574-213-5468 for further information.

Volunteers needed for the 2017 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!

UPDATE 10/24/17  We only need one more person to vacuum at the end of the swap.  If you have a vacuum and extension cord, please let me know so you can be included in the volunteer team!

Calling volunteers for the 13th annual Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!  The tentative date is Continue reading

Greeter(s) and Cleaner(s) needed April 8th 2017

(WE HAVE ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS as of  03/09/17! Stay tuned for detailed information about how to RSVP for the 12th Annual Spring Stuff Swap!) Hi Swappers!  We still need some volunteers so we can hold the Spring Stuff Swap on April 8th 2017!  If you volunteer – you assure yourself a place at the swap!  Two REALLY easy jobs still need to be filled:

(03/03/17 this position has been filled!) 1-2 people who will greet and sign in swappers as they arrive.  You greet people at the door and have them check off their name from the RSVP list.  Easy.  Arrive between 1:00pm and 1:15pm on day of swap to pick up a clipboard that has the RSVP list.

(03/08/17 this position has been filled!) 1-2 people to bring a vacuum cleaner(s) and extension cord(s) to vacuum venue after the swap. Since the venue donates the space for free, we are responsible for returning it to them in good shape.  We ask that swappers bring only items that are clean, so there’s usually not that much to vacuum up at the end.  Estimate around 3:00pm – 3:15pm.

Thanks for letting us know if you can volunteer to sign people in before the Spring Stuff Swap, and/or vacuum after the Spring Stuff Swap on April 8th!  You can reply below, or email me at urbanfarmerpdx1@yahoo.com  If you’ve never been to a free gift or stuff swap, here’s what one looks like!

Volunteers Needed for the Spring Stuff Swap!

This post is a call for volunteers!  Be part of the Fun! Choose to volunteer for the 2017 Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland! At only twice a year, this is a very popular and well attended swap where kind women, men, and teens bring usable treasures they no longer use, and go home with new-to-you items they love or can give as gifts, all for free! Tentative date is Saturday April 8th when we get all volunteer positions below filled. Volunteer only 15-45 minutes either before or after the swap. Feel free to choose how you would like to help to make the magic happen below. Continue reading