Three Important “Fall Back” Fixes

Yes! We all get an extra hour of sleep this weekend as we end daylight savings time, but there is more to do than just turn the clocks back. Now is a great time to attend to some important tasks around your home, ensuring you and your family stay safe and healthy.

  1.  Check to ensure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors are in working order. It can take mere minutes for flames to burn home to the ground; this simple step can significantly decrease fire-related deaths. It’s worth spending a few minutes on a ladder this weekend.
  1. Check the filters in your HVAC system. This year it is especially vital. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we had smoke from wildfires that caused systems to work overtime. Your lungs will thank you for this one.
  1. Restock your First Aid kit. Take a few minutes to replenish bandaids, toss expired medications, and fix dead flashlights because stuff happens. And when it does, you’ll be ready.

Our lives are busy, and it’s easy to let some critical stuff slide, but sync these tasks up with the turn of the clock, and you are good to go for the next six months. Now enjoy that extra hour.


EPB&B Delivers A Happy Halloween

Halloween will look a little different for all of us this year, and that is especially true for families in shelter.  When the team at EPB&B got word that Portland Homeless Family Solutions was looking for help in keeping the spooky, sugar-infused holiday tradition alive, we were more than happy to lend a hand. Today it was our privilege to deliver a bounty of costumes, decorations, and candy to PHFS, in support of their effort in creating a fun safe, and memorable experience for families, especially the little pumpkins and princesses, in their shelter program.  

As always, it is a treat for us to be able to support an organization that helps improve the lives of so many in our community.


EPB&B Recognized With The Portland Business Journal’s Top Corporate Philanthropy Award

At Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker, we are proud that we take care of people, including our employees, customers, and people in the greater community. This week we are happy to announce that, once again, EPB&B has been recognized with a Portland Business Journal Top Corporate Philanthropy award. Not only did we place number five in the metro small business category, but we were the number one insurance agency on the list.

Whether it’s providing housing for families in a tight spot, serving hot meals to people in need, or supporting the arts through funding student scholarship programs, we are grateful for the opportunity to pay it forward by supporting organizations in the community that improve the lives of others.


PHFS Virtual Family Reunion

Giving back to our community is a core value at Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker and help is needed now more than ever. Once again EPB&B proudly showed their support for an amazing local non-profit, Portland Homeless Family Solutions by hosting a “table” at this year’s Family Reunion. PHFS is an organization that helps homeless families with children get back into housing and stay there long term.   Although COVID required PHFS to move their annual fundraiser to a virtual event this year that did not stop the employees of EPB&B to come out once again to show their support with a night of virtual fun and fundraising.  

Last year alone, through their work with their prevention, education and shelter programs PHFS served 1,234 kids and their families, providing support that builds dignity, restore power, and promote autonomy for families.

“We are proud to to be able to support Portland Homeless Family Solutions in their mission,” said EPB&B president Marc Baker, “and grateful to have PHFS as an integral part of providing support to the Portland community.” 


2020 Holiday Open House

For more than 15 years, Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker has kicked off the holiday season by throwing Portland’s premier holiday event, The EPB&B Holiday Open House. The unfortunate reality of 2020 compels us to postpone this year’s event – yet that same reality means we need your help more than ever.

This year, we are asking our industry partners to help us, help our community by contributing to two local charities that directly benefit people and their pets – Feed the Hungry Inc. and The Pongo Fund.

We are so grateful to be in an industry that helps people in need every day and appreciate the partnerships that allow us to accomplish this. Thank you for your support in keeping this 15-year tradition alive by making a donation to these two local organizations that are supporting a need that is greater than ever. Have a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Feed the Hungry Inc. – For close to three decades the community of Milwaukie has gathered every Sunday afternoon to serve a hearty meal and provide a short respite from life on the street and lives disconnected. Because of COVID, Feed the Hungry regrettably was required to change from providing a sanctuary for visitors to enjoy a sit down meal to serving hot meals in to-go boxes.

The Pongo Fund – Helping the animals of proud seniors, brave Veterans, the victimized, the marginalized, the unemployed, the disabled, the mentally ill, the hungry, the hurting, the homeless, and other good people facing the toughest of times. That’s what the Pongo Fund does. Because sometimes we all can use a little extra help.