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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Portland Community ToolBank: Tools for Change

Building a strong community is important to a healthy functioning society. However, without the necessary tools such a feat can be a challenge.

The folks at Portland Community ToolBank offer the assistance and tools necessary to make building a strong … 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

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Finding a Cure

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, approximately every 3 minutes one person in the United States (US) is diagnosed with a blood cancer. This accounts for 10.2  percent of the estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US … Continue Reading

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Literary Arts: Cultivating the Creative Spirit

Literary Arts has a very Portland mission: engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.

The nonprofit was founded in 1984 with hopes of attracting a few authors and thinkers to the Pacific Northwest. In the … Continue Reading

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Proud Ground: Affordable Home Opportunities

Home ownership can seem like an impossible dream for some families. But there are organizations working to make that dream come true.

Since 1999 Proud Ground has striven to make home ownership a reality for Portland families. This nonprofit works … Continue Reading

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We’re Fired Up!

Really? In the most prosperous country in the world, many deserving people still need a great deal of help. True. And…maybe especially, now.

But, with our politics in disarray, and cries for help coming from all sides, who should … Continue Reading

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ROSE Community Development

Affordable housing can often provide the necessary foundation to building a successful future for families.

ROSE Community Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to making outer Southeast Portland a better place to live. The name ROSE is an acronym for … Continue Reading

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Oregon Wildlife Foundation: Conservation & Connection

Oregon has earned its reputation of having beautiful scenery and bountiful wildlife.

For over thirty years Oregon Wildlife Foundation has played an important role in preserving the state’s natural treasures. Through partnerships with other non-profits, the private industry, and the … Continue Reading

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HHH Foundation: Cancer Awareness and Support for Young Adults

Studies from the National Cancer Institute have shown that about 70,000 young people (ages 15-39) are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. This accounts for about 5 percent of cancer diagnoses in the United States.

The Hugh Continue Reading

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Kinship House: Championing Foster Families

A stable, healthy home is of utmost importance in building supportive foster families.

The Kinship House helps to minimize transitions and increases the chances of children settling into a stable, healthy and permanent home. Their outpatient child and family services … Continue Reading

Welcome Home Coalition: Affordable Housing for All

As Portland’s population continues to grow, affordable housing is becoming more and more scarce.

This is especially true for families with incomes below 50 percent of the median family income (about $35,000 for a family of four). Safe, stable, affordable … Continue Reading

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Tucker Maxon School: Learning Together

In our day-to-day lives, their are few resources more valuable than our peers.

We learn the skill of sharing knowledge and information with one another at an early age. That ability, if encouraged, allows us to be better communicators, learners … Continue Reading

Albertina Kerr

A strong community is one that stands together. Building such a community greatly depends on the health of its children. For over 100 years Albertina Kerr has helped families by providing the necessary tools to do just that.

Albertina Kerr … Continue Reading

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Community Energy Project

We all know the saying, “Home is where the heart is.” If you agree with that old adage, the folks at Community Energy Project have you covered  – and then some. Since 1979, Community Energy Project has empowered homeowners of … Continue Reading

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Living Earth Oregon

Community building is vital to a healthy and functioning society. The folks at Living Earth Oregon offer many workshops and resources that focus on building communities that are just, ecologically vibrant, and culturally rich where peace, justice, beauty, and balance … Continue Reading

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Music Workshop

As a radio station, we can’t help but agree with the folks at Music Workshop – the world is a better place with music in it.

Music Workshop is the brainchild of Amy Richter, who created the program to counteract … Continue Reading

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LEAP: Healing & The Wilderness

Stand under shaggy pines, walk through miles of prairie, douse yourself in the icy churn of a wild river. Can you do these things, and not feel changed? Perhaps even healed?

The nonprofit LEAP believes in this – a powerful … Continue Reading

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Saturday Academy: Hands-On Learning

Here’s a way to build community: Bring young learners and knowledgeable mentors together in an educational space.

Luckily, the Portland area has a nonprofit engaged in exactly that work. Saturday Academy is a nonprofit with an impressive history serving over … Continue Reading

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Wilderness Warriors: Helping Veterans, Celebrating the Outdoors

It’s a question veterans, their families, psychologists and friends ponder: How does a soldier return to civilian life?

Wilderness Warriors doesn’t pretend to have the answer. But the nonprofit offers up a very Oregon kind of solution – get veterans … Continue Reading

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Free to Breathe

Breathing – it’s something we generally take for granted.

But the organization Free to Breathe knows that this isn’t true for everyone. People with lung cancer know that their lungs – those amazing organs that make breathing so easy we … Continue Reading