Our Virtual Gala Was a Big Success!



p:ear's COVID-19 Statement & How to Help

There are many ways you can "Help from Home" during this critical time. In her statement, our Executive Director details how p:ear is adapting to continue serving youth while providing out-the-door services. Continue reading to learn more about how you can support these efforts...

Rescheduled: Next volunteer training date TBD

If you’d like to mentor, cook, or help out at p:ear fill out the volunteer application to register for the next volunteer training (date TBD). We will follow up with you when it is safe to open volunteer trainings again.

We Did It!


Thank you for supporting our gala, p:ear blossoms “My Sheltering Sky - in place,” p:ear’s first Virtual Gala in support of our mission of creatively mentoring homeless youth. We were thrilled to see so many of our p:ear community members join us for this landmark event, and are happy to announce that we raised close to $400K, surpassing our goal!

Your belief in the futures of these valuable but vulnerable young folk is what makes our work possible. Thank you for “showing up” for them.

Special thanks to...

Thank you to all of the amazing donors who made our first Online Auction so incredible.

We are grateful to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Elizabeth Gilbert, Portugal. The Man, for their contributions to our gala! And, a special shout out to NW Noggin for winning the 2020 Community Partner Award!

Thank you to our sponsors: Wonderland Tattoo, Heritage Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Kalberer Company, Moda, New Seasons Market, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, and Wieden+Kennedy!

Don't forget!

  • Haven't made a donation yet? No problem! Contribute here, and make sure to add “pb20” to the memo line.
  • Search the hashtags #peargala and #partyinplace on social media to see pictures of your fellow party-goers.
  • Want to re-watch parts of the event? Check back here next week or see our July newsletter for links!


Be sure to check out 2019 Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford’s poem, written especially for you for this gala, “My Sheltering Sky.”



About the Event:

On June 19th, we celebrated p:ear’s 18 years of working with Portland’s homeless youth with a content-rich Virtual Gala featuring local celebrities (Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Liz Gilbert of Eat Pray Love, Portugal. The Man, host Poison Waters, and auctioneer Johnna Wells) and the vibrant voices of our community.

p:ear believes every young person deserves a place where they are nurtured and encouraged to grow: a sheltering sky that inspires curiosity and is fueled by hope and grounded in love. During the Covid-19 Crisis, our work with youth continues. We are their sheltering sky.

Questions? Contact us!

General Inquiries:stephanie@pearmentor.org

Sponsorship Inquiries:pippa@pearmentor.org