There are many ways that you can help support Portland Village School! Volunteerism is the cornerstone of Waldorf and charter school education and the higher our commitment is to that, the stronger our community and our school becomes. While volunteering is crucial to the success of our school and your child’s education, and directly aides our teachers and the curriculum, PVS must also stay financially viable. Therefore, fundraising and financial support do go hand-in-hand with volunteerism and both are equally important.
As a Public Charter School we receive only 85% of the government funding of a traditional Portland Public School. In addition to the lower public funds charter schools are responsible for additional expenses traditionally covered by school districts. This includes a building lease, facilities maintenance, instructional and learning materials, specialized staffing and programs. Although Portland Village School runs a lean budget we still have an annual shortfall of an average of $500 per student. We must work together as a community to reach our annual fundraising goals so that our students will continue to receive the quality learning experiences we desire for them at PVS.
How can you help financially support Portland Village School?
- Annual School Fee – This annual $195 fee per student will help support the funding of high quality school supplies, and activities. These fees may be tax deductible and are due annually at the beginning of the school year.
- Direct Donations– Donations from the PVS community, family, and friends are tax deductible and can be paid once or in smaller increments throughout the year.
- Special Events – Participation in special events such as the PVS Auction, the Fun Run, Restaurant Nights, and the PVS Craft Fair.
- Special Sales – By purchasing items (shirts, plants, wreaths, etc.) where a percentage of the proceeds go back to supporting the school.
- Ongoing fundraising opportunities - By using Bottle Drop, linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card, or making purchases through Amazon Smile large corporations give back to our school. Please see the list below of small ways you can help make a big difference for PVS.
Other Fundraising Opportunities
PVS has set up an account with BottleDrop. Your cans & bottles can raise money for our school! Just fill up a blue bag with recyclable beverage containers and drop the bag off at a BottleDrop location. Nearly all beverage containers in Oregon can be redeemed for 10 cents each. It is amazing how quickly this adds up when communities work together. The easiest way to contribute is to pick up a nonprofit blue bag from the front office. You are also welcome to sign up with Oregon's wonderfully easy BottleDrop program (https://www.bottledropcenters.com/About). Then you can go online and donate some/all money to PVS. Just click on the Give button on the BottleDrop page and search for Portland Village School.
Fred Meyer Rewards
Fred Meyer Community Rewards is another great way to help us fill the gap. We receive around $1,000 a year from this program and every new card linked helps us future reach our goal. Fred Meyer is a great community supporter and they want to support the organizations their customers are passionate about. So please take a few minutes and follow these easy steps to link your Fred Meyer Reward Card. Link your Fred Meyer Reward Card to Portland Village School www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards
Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Portland Village School earn a donation! You still earn your Reward Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today
Rewards Card are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store
AmazonSmile is another great way to support Portland Village School with no cost to you every time you shop. When you shop on smile.amazon.com you’ll find the same prices and selection as on Amazon and Amazon will donate a portion to our school. When you first go to smile.amazon.com you will need to select Portland Village School to receive donations on eligible purchases before you begin shopping. You only need to do this once however you do need to shop from smile.amazon.com for the contribution to be linked with our school.
Box Tops for Education
For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy. Now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. Look for the logo. You can find it on hundreds of products you know and love. No more clipping. Tap the scan button and snap a photo of your receipt within 14 days of purchase. It's that easy! Box Tops earnings are identified and automatically updated online. You can still clip them and send them to school. Physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Send your clipped Box Tops, along with any unexpired clips you may have at home, to the front office.
Shop at Primary.com for your kids clothing needs. Primary has every color for every kid. They have the best basics without logo's, slogans, or sequins. Every purchase through our schools unique URL below earns 10% back to the school.
Watch for flyers and additional information about ongoing Restaurant Nights. Our community meets for dinner or take out at local eating establishments and the restaurant shares a portion of their revenue with PVS. Prior Restaurant Nights included Pizzicato Pizza, Urban German, and Bridgeport Brewery. If you have a suggestion for a restaurant night partner please email [email protected].