Community Voices

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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.

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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

first books

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.

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music

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

Surg+Restore

Surg+Restore: Surgeons Transforming Lives

In recent years Sierra Leone has emerged from a devastating civil war and is currently in the process of rebuilding. With a population of over six million people, Sierra Leone has fewer than twenty-five surgeons in their entire nation. Essential … Continue Reading

Free Geek: Turning the Needy into Nerds

There’s a nonprofit in S.E. Portland that’s turning the needy into nerds.

Meet Free Geek, an organization dedicated to recycling and repurposing old electronics while running technology education classes on the side. Their goal is twofold, but simple: Help mend … Continue Reading

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run: Live, Dream, Run.

The impossible is possible. We can pursue our dreams. One step at a time.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit that is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free … Continue Reading

Camp Fire Columbia

Camp Fire Columbia: Outdoor Learning for Future Leaders

A new generaton of leaders is on their way. And they aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty for the greater good. This group is ready to shape their world and spark inspiration in both young and old. Camp Fire Continue Reading

1000 Friends of Oregon

1000 Friends of Oregon

Do they really have 1,000 friends?

The nonprofit 1000 Friends of Oregon can confidently say “yes” to that question. In fact, that’s only part of their well-supported organization’s strength. They’re a group that advocates, researches and educates on issues of … Continue Reading

Betties360

Betties360: Empowering Girls Through Outdoor Adventures

Exploring the great outdoors can often be an empowering experience. However, such an experience is not always readily accessible to young women in our community. Betties360 is a local non-profit that aims to connect young women and teens in the … Continue Reading

Open School

Open School: Academics, Equity, and Advocacy

The graduation rate of Oregon high school students is ranked as one of the lowest in the nation, according to a recent study by The Oregonian found that. With a graduation rate of 75 percent in 2016, our state take … Continue Reading