Bloom Project gives back to caregivers
KOIN.com, November 5, 2019
The Bloom Project is well-known for its work to lift the spirits of people in hospice care but for Giving Back to the Givers Week — they’re lifting the spirits of the caregivers. Hundreds of people who care for others who are terminally ill are being celebrated for their efforts.
Bloom Project delivers free bouquets to caregivers
KGW.com, November 4, 2019
This week some of the most compassionate people in our community will be surprised with beautiful bouquets of flowers thanks to The Bloom Project.
Rose Festival Princesses Help Create Floral Arrangements for Kids Battling Cancer
KATU.com, May 31st 2019
The 15 Portland Rose Festival Princesses spent Thursday helping The Bloom Project create floral arrangements for kids in palliative and hospice care at Randall Children’s Hospital. “I’m really excited. It’s been super fun. I love working with flowers; it runs in the family and I know I love receiving bouquets. So, I’m just really excited to pass them out,” said Rose Princess Lindsey Hausafus.
Rose Festival Princesses Team up with Bloom Project to Create Bouquets for Patients at Randall Children’s Hospital
KPTV.com, May 30th 2019
The Portland Rose Festival is in full swing, and on Thursday, the princesses got to show off their green thumbs. All 15 Rose Festival princesses came together with The Bloom Project and arranged flowers. The princesses will deliver the bouquets to the children and families at Randall Children’s Hospital. “Making them is one thing, but getting to see how happy they make the patients is going to be a totally different experience,” said Olivia Keepes, Metro East princess.
The Bloom Project Recycles Flowers, Touches Lives
KOIN.com, May 9th 2019
A Portland-based non-profit believes in the positive power of flowers. For the past 10 years, The Bloom Project has been putting together flower bouquets for hospice and palliative care patients across the Pacific Northwest. The blossoms are donated by local businesses, community members and special events and repurposed to remind their recipients of their importance. Trained volunteers use in a space donated by Teufel Holly Farms to arrange the flowers into bouquets, which are then delivered to local hospice organizations and handed out by nursing staff, clergy members, social workers and volunteers. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, The Bloom Project is busier than ever.
The Bloom Project Delivers Joy at the End of Life
blog.sevenponds.com, April 24th 2019
A room where someone is dying can be a sad place. Often, someone at the end of life does not get outside. Sometimes a person cannot move from the bed. So it is a true gift of love — and color and fragrance — when a bouquet of flowers is delivered to a patient. It brightens the room as well as the spirit.
Delivering fresh flowers to hospice and palliative care patients is what The Bloom Project does.
Vancouver woman’s blooms brighten the room
columbian.com, April 24th 2019
Kelley Bishop’s cart rumbles toward her white SUV parked outside the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver.
Bishop, a 57-year-old Vancouver resident, loads buckets of flowers onto a cart before rolling them inside. Almost every Wednesday morning for about the last two years, Bishop makes an hour round-trip drive to Portland to get flowers, and then drop flowers off for hospice patients as part of The Bloom Project, based in Portland.
“It brings me great joy,” Bishop said of the volunteer work. “You can’t wheel in buckets of flowers and not be happy. It just fills me with happiness, and I know it makes these people happy.”
Close Out February with Floral Design Day
davesgarden.com, Feb 25th 2019.
In Oregon, one non-profit has embraced the spirit of Floral Design Day year-round. A volunteer organization, the Bloom Project collects vases and flowers from shops, funeral homes, wedding sites, and other locations or events and repurposes the flowers into fresh bouquets that are delivered to hospice and palliative care patients through hospice staff or volunteers.
It’s a Busy Week at The Bloom Project
KGW.com, Feb 15th 2019.
The week after Valentine’s Day is extra busy at The Bloom Project, because they receive thousands of leftover flowers that weren’t purchased for the romantic holiday. Volunteers are working hard to put together bouquets to deliver to patients in hospice and palliative care, and their families.
Unsold Flowers Go To Hospice Patients.
Lake Oswego Review, Feb 7th 2019.
Floral sales are expected to reach $2 billion this Valentine’s Day, but with some arrangements left on shelves after the holiday, Portland-based The Bloom Project expects to receive up to 6,000 donated bundles of blossoms. The nonprofit’s team of 200 volunteers will repurpose these bouquets into gifts for patients of hospice and palliative care, representing one of the organization’s largest donations of the year.
“As you can imagine, the days following Valentine’s Day are among the busiest at The Bloom Project,” said The Bloom Project founder Heidi Berkman.
‘Give Back to the Giver’ week honors hospice and palliative caregivers
KATU, Nov 12th 2018.
It’s the third annual ‘Give Back to the Giver’ week. In partnership with The Bloom Project and as a part of national hospice and palliative care month, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared the week of November 12th ‘Give Back to the Giver’ week. Usually, the hundreds of volunteers with The Bloom Project create bouquets of flowers to give to those nearing the end of their life.
The Bloom Project: Simple idea to deliver flower bouquets to terminal patients still going strong after 10 years
NW Boomer & Senior News, Aug 30th 2018.
When your whole world is just a bed and a few personal items, a bouquet of lovely flowers can make your day. Heidi Berkman discovered that fact when caring for her stepmother’s mother in her final days. She remembers how the mood indoors often matched the gloomy January weather outside. There was no sun to fill her stepmother’s condominium, and little to perk up her disposition. But, as a 25-year corporate meeting planner for the hotel and restaurant industry, Berkman knew full well how colorful flowers could change that.
Rose Festival princesses team up with Bloom Project to provide flowers to hospitalized children
KPTV, May 31st 2018.
Rose Festival princesses help create bouquets for Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland (Fox 12 news video only).
What happens to all the unsold Mother’s Day flowers?
KGW, May 14th 2018.
Do you ever wonder what happens to all the unsold Mother’s Day flowers? We’re learning all about the Bloom Project. It’s a really cool, unique organization that recycles unsold store flowers into bouquets for hospice patients. The organization is approaching a big milestone in June: 200,000 gifted bouquets!
This Oregon Nonprofit Stocks Hospice Centers with Unsold Flowers
PDX Monthly, Jan 1st 2018.
Sixteen years ago, a relative of Heidi Berkman landed in hospice care. When she tried to talk to her friends about it, Berkman found a lot of people scared to take on death in conversation. “We are really uncomfortable with it, to the extent that sometimes we don’t go visit, don’t call, or don’t even send flowers,” says Berkman.
Give Back in November by Recognizing National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Cascade Business News, Oct 7th 2015.
Many of us have had personal experiences with hospice, a type of end-of-life care that focuses on the alleviation of a terminally ill patient’s symptoms. The hospice system, which provides services based on federal regulations and guidelines, serves an estimated 1.6 million Americans living with life-limiting illness each year.
The Bloom Project Extends Life Of Unsold Valentine’s Day Flowers By Sharing Them With Hospice Patients
The Oregonian, Feb 4th 2015.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, The Bloom Project is extending the life of unsold flowers by sharing them with hospice and palliative care patients. Year-round, The Bloom Project takes unsold flowers from local stores – like New Season’s, Zupan’s Markets, Teufel Holly Farms and Trader Joe’s – and creates then delivers fresh bouquets for those in need, sending beauty and joy during a very difficult time.