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Free Air Conditioners for Low-Income Portlanders!

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Portland City Council has approved a grant to give low-income Portlanders cooling units following the June 2021 heat wave.

The grant will launch the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) Heat Response Program which plans to give out 15,000 energy efficient heat pumps/AC units over the next five years to locations with the greatest heat-related risk.

As climate change worsens, worst-case models show extreme heat events, like that of June 2021, will increase, according to the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

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Free Air conditioners For low income families Offered through other health share plans
Find out more at Care Oregon 503 416 4100

Watch SCAFO Founder and CEO, Pastor Marcia Taylor, Monday, July 11, 2022, on KATU Channel 2 @9am!

Please tune in to KATU2’s AM NORTHWEST segment this Monday, July 11, 2022 at 9AM for a special appearance by Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon founder and CEO, Pastor Marcia Taylor. Pastor Taylor will discuss her life, the Foundation, and the importance of early testing for Sickle Cell Disease!

Pastor Marcia Taylor founded The Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon in 1985, in honor of her late daughter, Ramona, who passed away due to sickle cell complications.

Because of her work, Oregon began testing for sickle cell trait and disease.

The foundation reaches clients in Oregon, as well as Washington, Alaska, and Idaho.

The Sickle Cell Foundation program educates the community via workshops and dissemination of sickle cell educational materials, radio, television, newsletters and social media, conducts focus groups, and helps develop personal medical protocols for Sickle Cell patients.

17th Annual Charles Drew Blood Drive
17th annual Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive highlights need for diverse blood supply

Red Cross Seeks Blood Donors of all Races & Ethnicities to Meet Diverse Patient Needs

(PORTLAND, OR) June 14, 2022 — The American Red Cross announces the 17th annual Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive, highlighting the need for a diverse blood supply, Saturday, June 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Red Cross Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave.

Maintaining a diverse blood supply is a priority to the American Red Cross because of its importance to patients. Diverse blood donors may have the unique ability to help patients with different illnesses or inherited diseases – for example, those with sickle cell anemia.

Diversity among blood donors is critical because red blood cells carry markers that determine blood type, and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. In addition, sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. More than 90% of those individuals are of African descent.

Sickle cell disease is a lifelong inherited blood disorder that can cause anemia, tissue and organ damage, strokes, and terrible pain. Sickle cell patients often receive blood transfusions on an ongoing basis to help prevent and treat symptoms. A sickle cell patient in need is more likely to find a compatible blood match from a donor of the same race or ethnic group.

Drew, known as the “father of the blood bank,” was an African American surgeon, educator and scientist who helped shape the blood services industry. In the 1940s, he laid the groundwork for today’s modern blood donation program through his innovative work in blood banking. The Red Cross blood program started in 1940, under the leadership of Drew, who became the first medical director for the Red Cross in 1941.

The Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive occurs at a time when the Red Cross urges donors – especially those who have never given blood before –to make an appointment to give. The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients.

Many sponsoring community groups make this event possible through their partnerships, promotion and recruitment efforts. The Dr. Charles Drew Blood drive is sponsored by Donation appointments can be easily scheduled by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

*Oregon and Washington still require face masks be worn at all blood donation sites and drives.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.