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 Energy Project

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

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Northwest Outward Bound School

Most Oregonians know that heading into the wilds and the woods can change a person. And change is what the nonprofit Northwest Outward Bound School wants to be part of.

Since it’s founding in 1965, the program has been … Continue Reading

SMART: An Oregon where every child can read

I was lucky.

I fell in love with reading from my perch on my mama’s lap long before I was enrolled in school.

Then I caught the word fever on my own, and devoured book after book, determined to read … Continue Reading

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Row for the Cure (Susan G. Komen)

Dust off your racing shells, dragon boats, outrigger canoes and kayaks – the Row for the Cure is just around the corner.

It’s a tradition and a fundraiser organized by a Susan G. Komen affiliate, and this September will be … Continue Reading

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Aim High Ignite

Imagine if the only extracurricular activity available for your child was…therapy. Most of us would be indignant – what happened to activities like swimming, soccer, or music lessons?

But this is the reality that many special needs kids experience. These … 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

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Keepin’ It Clean: Renewable Northwest

Renewable, sustainable, clean energy has always had  a destiny here in The Great Northwest. Environmental awareness seems to be interwoven into the lifestyle of Oregon natives and transplants alike.

For the last 20 years a forceful advocate for renewable energy Continue Reading

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In Search of a Cure: Susan G. Komen

You’ve probably heard of the work the nonprofit Susan G. Komen does – they’re that kind of an organization.

And their Oregon/SW Washington branch is no different. Through outreach, advocacy, education and collaboration with medical institutions, Komen seeks to battle … Continue Reading

Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation

Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation

There are not too many nonprofits that let teens decide how to spend their money. But in a sense, that’s what the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation is about: letting young people learn responsible philanthropy.

Sponsored by a parent organization … Continue Reading

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

If Portland has a secret garden, it must be the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, which sounds like something out of a fairy tale, and rather looks like one, too.

It’s nestled alongside Eastmoreland Golf Course and Reed College and covers … Continue Reading

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Human Access Project: Join the Riverlution

The Human Access Project is turning the tide on how Portland works and plays with the Willamette River.

It’s mission is simple: Change the way our city interacts with the river that runs through it. The folks involved with the … Continue Reading

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Surg+Restore

Imagine this: Less than 25 surgeons serving population of over 6.25 million.

In Sierra Leone, that’s a reality. The county’s recent civil war (which only ended in 2003) left the nation devastated. The near total destruction of the county’s infrastructures, … Continue Reading

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Portland Children’s Museum

In the shoebox of my mind I have youthful memories of gleefully romping through the Portland Children’s Museum, touching everything in reach. And the best part? I was actually encouraged to have a fun, tactile, engaged interaction with the … Continue Reading

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Disjecta: Highlighting Contemporary Art

There’s a place in the City of Roses where you can find a dynamic, rotating collection of local and national art, curated with an eye towards bold innovation. Portland, meet Disjecta Gallery. Tucked away in the Kenton neighborhood, this … Continue Reading