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Preserve and Serve

Special Announcement from our Board of Directors
October 15th, 2014
Since April of 2014, the Swapnplay Community Sharing Board of Directors has been working with the Community Consulting Project to evaluate our organizational structure and create a vision for keeping St. Johns Swapnplay successful, productive, and relevant to families for years to come. During this process, we came to understand that we lacked enough resources to effectively continue with all three of our programs: the Swapnplay Playspace, the Preserve and Serve Library (a durable dish and food preservation resource), and Trash to Treasure (an annual sharing, recycling, reuse, clean-up event for the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods).
We collectively decided that in order to support our primary mission“to ease the burden on North Portland families by providing access to shared resources”we would need to release both Preserve and Serve and Trash to Treasure programs. We believe that letting go of these programs will allow us to devote more time and attention to supporting our Playspace program, with fundraising, grant writing, and outreach—all of which will help ensure the Playspace remains a sustainable resource for the families of North Portland.
Preserve and Serve has been an incredibly successful community resource for five years, and we are excited to have found an organization able and willing to ensure that the library remains valuable and available. As of November 1, the Preserve and Serve will become part of an exciting new business in downtown St. Johns, St. Johns Living Well. For those interested in learning more about this new business, please contact owner Kelly Guess. We trust Kelly to take over this inventory, as Kelly has spent years heavily involved in our community work as a volunteer and also has shown a strong alignment with our mission. St. Johns Living Well can be reached at 503.358.5767, or by email at
During the six years we ran Trash to Treasure we never imagined that the event would become so tremendously successful and popular. In part, we are unable to continue to provide this community resource precisely because of that incredible growth. We hope to see others take up the Trash to Treasure cause to provide opportunities for reuse and sharing along with a community cleanup. We’re planning a community meeting where we’ll offer our suggestions and guidance, gleaned from the six years we ran the event, about what it would take for Trash to Treasure to be reborn under another organization’s banner. We will place an announcement in the St. Johns Neighborhood Association newsletter and St. Johns Review when we are ready to hold that meeting.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the many volunteers and community partners who have worked with us over the past six years. Your passion for reuse and sharing shines as a bright star in this vibrant, thriving community. We hope you will continue to volunteer with one of the many other wonderful non-profit community organizations serving North Portland.

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Emily King
Kate Hance
Amy Potthast
Dre Davey
Celeste Janssen
Karen Reichstein
Karen Reichstein