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.

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

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

PortlandCenterStage

Portland Center Stage: Bringing Stories to Life

Over the years, Portland has established itself as a city with a rich creative culture. It’s also a city with many historical sites and landmarks. Portland Center Stage combines the creative and historical spirit of the city by bringing stories … Continue Reading

Q Center

Q Center: Celebrating and Empowering the LGBTQ Community

According to a Gallup poll, the Portland metro region is home to the second highest percent of LGBTQ residents of any metropolitan city in the country. 5.5 percent of adult residents in the Portland region identify as LGBTQ. With the … Continue Reading

Tim Ellis Music Foundation

Tim Ellis Music Foundation: Annual Benefit Concert February 15th

Musician. Artist. Teacher. Throughout his life Tim Ellis inspired many in the Portland music community.

Last March the Portland music world said goodbye to Tim after he succumbed to cancer at age 60. This year, Tim’s wife Susan started the … Continue Reading

Youngset Cooperative Preschool

Youngset Cooperative Preschool: Learning Together

The transition to kindergarten can sometimes be difficult for children. It is essential to have a solid foundation in place with which a child can flourish in the classroom. At Youngset Coop Preschool children are provided with the emotional, social … Continue Reading

The Portland Kitchen

The Portland Kitchen: Culinary Arts & Life Skills

For the teen who dreams of being the world’s best pastry chef, there’s a place they can go to cook up kitchen experience, friendships and social skills. It’s called The Portland Kitchen.

As a nonprofit, The Portland Kitchen is … Continue Reading

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp: A World of Adventure

There are few places where children and adults with disabilities have the opportunity to focus on their abilities, rather than their disabilities. For over 80 years Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp has provided the opportunity for its campers to do just … Continue Reading

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NEWS FLASH! Feminism Ain’t What it Used to Be PODCAST

The dream of equal rights for women has not yet been won. In fact, if it was a track event, many women might agree we are nowhere near the finish line.

For White American women who came of age with … Continue Reading

SEI

Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI): Mentorship That Changes Lives

When the odds are against you, a helping hand guiding you to success can make all the difference.

That’s the mission of a decades-old North Portland non-profit that identifies young at-risk African-American students and supports them through graduation. And it … Continue Reading

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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

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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

Literary Arts
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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

Proud Ground

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