General Operating Support

Support a struggling student’s success with a recurring or single donation by clicking here.

And remember that your gift to the Shadow Project makes you eligible to participate in Oregon’s Cultural Tax Credit. To learn more, click here.

Volunteer your Time

We have service opportunities, ranging from one hour once in a while, to weekly volunteerism in our classrooms. Current needs include hands-on delivery of Shadow incentives to schools, working in our warehouse to sort and label books and other literacy supplies, and audiobook mentors for struggling readers. Contact Alejandra,

PPS Give at the Office

Portland Public School (PPS) employees can donate any portion of their paycheck through automatic deduction through PPS’s Employee Giving Campaign, Give at the Office. For as little as $10 a month, you can empower a struggling reader with a learning challenge to set and achieve literacy and behavior goals, building the essential life skills of confidence and perseverance.

Shop & Support

You can support Shadow by shopping! There are several local and online retailers that give a percentage of profits from each purchase to nonprofits like Shadow.

Amazon Smile (PDF)
Fred Meyer (PDF)

Donate an Item

Help keep our Shadow Stores refreshed with books tailored to kids with learning challenges, and incentives for teachers to motivate students who are setting and achieving literacy goals. See our Amazon Wish List for incentives our kids would love.

**Please note that we do not accept used items, food, underclothes, adult novels, scented/lighted/sound-making items, expired items**


Graphic Novels like Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Superhero Stories for K-5 (Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars)
Culturally Diverse K-8 (characters with disabilities, protagonists of color, gender identities)
Easy Readers K-3 (Mo Willems, I Can, Dr. Seuss)
Non-fiction (sports, science, animals)

Sensory Tools

Manipulatives (Legos, K’Nex, Thinking Putty)
Weighted Items (vests, lap pads, blankets)
Stuffed toys (Beanie Babies, sports balls)
Puzzles (Rubik’s cube, Brain Twisters)

Art Supplies

Craft Kits (knitting, origami, sewing, building)
School Supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, calculators)

Gifts & Self Care

Socks (Sock it to Me)
Hats/Scarves (Local sports teams)
Jewelry (earrings, rings, bracelets)
Pillows, blankets, bean bag chairs
Lotions (Bath & Body Works, Burt’s Bees)

Unsure about your donation? Please email Christina at