The Willamette Week has compiled a list of 55 organizations in the Portland area that could use volunteers and/or tax-deductible donations. Northwesterners are givers. After living here for less than two years, that much I know.
Check out the Give! Guide, featuring fine organization such as Free Geek, Writers in the Schools, KBOO, Street Roots, Community Cycling Center, Children's Cancer Association, Community Warehouse, Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, Independent Publishing Resource Center, etc. etc. etc.
Also a good cause for budding art philanthropists: my friend from SFSU film school, Kara Herold, is scheduled to show her latest film, Bachelorette 34 in the "Documentary Fortnight" show at MoMA in NYC this Feburary. She's looking for donations to obtain music rights. Kara is a hard-working, funny, talented filmmaker who deserves to show her work in the big city, dammit! Go to her site and make a donation through the SF Film Society. Congratulations--you are a giver.
Whenever I'm feeling blue, Johnny Nash really lifts my spirits. May his lovely voice keep your spirit afloat during this holiday recession. Original video for I Can See Clearly Now has Johnny singing to the White House! Excellent.