Community Voices

Give Voice to Portland.This Edward R. Murrow award-winning news series features experienced journalists teamed with recent college graduates to highlight important public service work in our community. Use #SharePDX to connect with us on Twitter.

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NWCT educates and entertains Portland’s youth

Northwest Children’s Theater and School aims to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of their young audiences. Home to one of the largest theater schools on the west coast, NWCT produces five main stage performances every year.

NWCT was founded … Continue Reading

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Vestibular Disorders Association helps individuals find balance

Over 35% of adults over 40 in the U.S. suffer experience vestibular dysfunction during their lives, going on to later develop chronic vestibular disorders. These disorders develop when the inner ear and brain that process sensory information are damaged. Vestibular … Continue Reading

Second Step Housing empowers homeless families

There’s no quick fix in beating the cycle of poverty. Providing long-term, sustainable solutions for homeless women and their children, Second Step Housing (SSH) empowers families to overcome financial and social barriers to a better quality of life.

Identifying the … Continue Reading

Innovation Law Lab seeks justice for immigrants

Innovation Law Lab aims to ensure our legal system is working fairly and hopes to bring an end to the mass incarceration and deportation of immigrant communities of color. Their guiding principle is simple: Every case that should win, does Continue Reading

Opportunities for Families In Need

African Road works to lift entire communities out of extreme poverty by partnering with local change makers through collaborative project development and strategic funding. Founded in 2010 by Lori Marten and Kelly Bean, the organization aims to create long-term change … Continue Reading

Unadoptable animals find a home at Zeb’s Wish

As part of its support for Portland Radio Project, Premier Mortgage Resources has chosen Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary for this week’s nonprofit spotlight on Community Voices.

Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation space in Sandy, OR for Continue Reading

Friends of Noise

Friends of Noise: Music and Arts for the Future

The future is now. The creative minds of the future are on the rise. This week at Portland Radio Project we dig into the archives to feature nonprofit  Friends of Noise as part of our award-winning Community Voices series.

The … Continue Reading

Bridge Meadows fosters a new model for community

At Bridge Meadows, strength is grounded in community. Operating under the idea that we all have something to offer, this group of intergenerational living communities offer a place of permanence and purpose for foster youth, adoptive families and elder Continue Reading

Curious Comedy Theater

Curious Comedy Theater

The great Victor Borge once said, “Laughter is the closest distance between two people.” Comedy has been the backbone of many communities for centuries. The community of Portland is no different. Curious Comedy Theater has been showcasing some of Portland’s … Continue Reading

Isinglass

Isinglass: Sustainable Performing Arts

The Portland performing arts scene is a vital staple of the city’s ecosystem. Every functioning ecosystem needs nourishment in order to thrive. Isinglass is a Portland non-profit that is committed to improving the health of all elements in Portland’s ecosystem, … Continue Reading

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Exceed Enterprises: Helping People With Disabilities

Exceed Enterprises is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing vocational and personal development services to people with disabilities in the Portland metropolitan area. The organization was founded in 1968, and offers a wide variety of rehabilitation services, personal services, and … Continue Reading

Gateway Green PDX

Friends of Gateway Green: Creating Sustainable Greenspace

The City of Portland has a national reputation as one of the most sustainability minded spaces in the country. This commitment to sustainability is evident in the dozens of greenspaces scattered across the city. Friends of Gateway Green is a … Continue Reading

Pride NW

Pride NW: Celebrating Portland’s LGBTQ Community

Visibility. Education. Celebration. Those three words represent the mission of Pride NW.

Pride NW was founded in 1994 with the goal of encouraging and celebrating the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans communities of the Pacific … Continue Reading

OLMV

Oregon League of Minority Voters: Empowering Communities of Color

Inclusion is a vital component of a healthy functioning democracy. Voters from all communities deserve the opportunity to participate in shaping the policies that impact their lives.

The Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV) aims to serve as a liaison … Continue Reading

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Uniting Children With Books

What if fighting illiteracy began with something as simple as getting a book in the right kid’s hands?

First Book, a nationwide nonprofit with a chapter here in Portland, believes that access to books is critical in reducing illiteracy. … Continue Reading

Paint Care Oregon

Ever had a paint job done at your house? If so, you’ll be familiar with what it entails – taped-up windows, shrouded furniture, the caustic smell of wet paint…and an annoying array of half-used paint cans.

Extra paint is handy … Continue Reading

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My Voice Music

If, like me, you’re born into a musical family, it’s inevitable that an instrument or two ends up in your hands. And something about the junction between music and mastery, performance and play, teaches us to grow into better, more … Continue Reading

Friends of Noise

Friends of Noise: Music and Arts for the Future

The future is now. The creative minds of the future are on the rise.

Friends of Noise is a nonprofit that aims to create an all age music and arts venue. The mission of Friends of Noise is to provide … Continue Reading

RACC

Regional Arts and Culture Council: Creative Empowerment

The identity of a community is often represented through its creative culture. The empowerment that comes from creative expression is a vital component to all communities.

The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) is a local non-profit that envisions an … Continue Reading

Community-Cultivators

Community Cultivators: Growing Our Community

Every great community is built on a solid foundation. Growing ideas is essential for a healthy functioning society. Community Cultivators is a non-profit located in Portland that aims to provide an opportunity for seniors and underserved people in our community … Continue Reading