Our full interview is now live here:
Last I saw, we were $12K away from doing it…
“It’s not too late! Help us Level the Playing Field in the construction industry. A gift of any amount makes a life-changing difference for those in our community who need it most!”
to Jefferson D Smith, who not only contributed some cash, but took the time to promote what is my favorite cause ever: Constructing Hope.
Please check them out if you haven’t already:constructinghope.org
“Almost everyone I love wants to help level the playing field. One way to do that is to support Constructing Hope. Pat Daniels (pictured — not me) is leading great work to give formerly incarcerated people a second chance at a useful life, through training in the trades. If she’s not an unsung hero, she’s certainly not sung loudly enough. Building a nonprofit from scratch is incredibly hard work — it isn’t thankless, but it is certainly under-thanked. And under-resourced. More should know about her work, and more of us should help.For my birthday this year, I am asking for gifts to Constructing Hope. The symbol and the mission is to level the playing field. Each person served by Constructing Hope adds to our town’s skillset and diversifies the trades (s/o to Maurice Rahming and others on that front) and, as the name says, constructs a bit more hope. https://www.constructinghope.org/leveling-the-playing…/…Then if you can find a level, take a picture, post it, help more people learn about the good work. (My shot is taken at warehouse / gallery of Dave Dahl — big shout out to Dave for his support and for introducing me to the work.)And help level the playing field.”
– Jefferson D Smith
My brother, Glenn (who welcomed me back to the family’s company after prison in 2005…and the rest is history) has stepped up to match donations up to $25,000 for Constructing Hope. See website for more info.
Today’s the day that we’re leveling the playing field. I’m matching donations up to $25,000. Will you join me?www.constructinghope.org/leveling-the-playing-field/
we even got a very nice donation from inmates at Oregon State Penitentiary. They believe in this program, for very good reason!
to raise money and awareness for a program that makes more impact per dollar than any other I’m aware of!
Please donate or get involved by going to their website https://www.constructinghope.org/leveling-the-playing-field/ and then take a picture of yourself, your family, your dog—whatever—holding a level and create your own post, just like I’m doing. Believe me, it makes a difference. #LTPFphotochallenge #levelingtheplayingfield #constructinghope #inittogether
I hope you will, too. I can’t think of an organization where our dollars help the community more, helping people make the most out of a second chance.
The video is a KGW piece that I interviewed for on Sunday.
See video HERE.
“A native of Jamaica, love brought Veral to the United States. He and his now-wife met when she was on a trip to Jamaica.
After moving to Portland, Veral was looking for employment when his wife introduced him to her friend Pat Daniels. Veral had been doing similar work in Jamaica and thought that Constructing Hope was the perfect opportunity to get his foot in the door and set himself up for a true career to support their blended family.
Veral excelled in the pre-apprenticeship training program, graduating Tier 1. During the class he found a passion for carpentry work. Upon graduation he was accepted into the Northwest Carpenters Union Apprenticeship and began work at Hoffman Construction.
Eight years later, Veral has completed his apprenticeship and is a Journeyman Carpenter. He is still working at Hoffman Construction, currently on the Portland International Airport project. He isn’t done yet though – Veral has a goal of continuing to advance into leadership. Constructing Hope has been by his side, helping to navigate each step along the way.
Veral shared recently that a good start helps to determine the finish, and he considers himself a product of that, thanks to Constructing Hope.”