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.

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

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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

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Beer + Nonprofits = Change The World

Have a pint…save the world?

That’s a tagline that almost sounds too good to be true. But it’s true – Oregon Public House, the nation’s firsts nonprofit pub, raises funds and awareness for other nonprofits, allowing them to keep … Continue Reading

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Ending Hunger Before it Begins

We all know about food banks, soup kitchens and community garden programs as methods to end hunger problems. But what about an organization that seeks to stop hunger issues before they even begin?

That’s what Partners for a Hunger-Free OregonContinue Reading

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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

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Raising Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month.

As usual, both the Autism Society of Oregon and the Northwest Autism Foundation will be involved in fund and awareness raising as Spring unfolds. Click on the highlighted copy above for a full schedule Continue Reading

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Year-Round Support for the Honeybees

Is there hope for the honey bee?

With media circulating reports of Colony Collapse Disorder, mysterious mass die-offs and parasite problems, some days is seems that our little pollinator friends are doomed. It’s a serious issue for most ecosystems and … Continue Reading

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Community Vision

Dignity, autonomy, and quality of life for all – regardless of any disability – is the founding philosophy of the nonprofit Community Vision.

Founded in 1989 by Joe Wykowski, the organization works to offer individuals with disabilities similar quality … Continue Reading

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Freshwater Trust: Saving the U.S. Rivers

Rivers. We play and fish in them, draw from their banks to sustain industry, agriculture and our drinking water supply. They’re part of our geography and our history.

But they might not be part of our future.

According to The Continue Reading

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Creative Mentoring of Homeless Youth

With a handful of programs, 120 volunteers, five staff members and a strong ethos, the nonprofit p:ear works to help youth exit homelessness.

p:ear does this by forging positive relationships with homeless youths, and through their programs and services. The … Continue Reading

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Good Food & Healthy People

The folks at Growing Gardens believe that good hearts, green thumbs, fresh food and happy, healthy people all go hand-in-hand.

A Portland-based nonprofit, their mission is simply to help people grow food – be that through community gardens, backyard plots, … Continue Reading

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Store to Door: Nourishing & Connecting Seniors

How does one program promotes dignity and self-reliance, prevents social isolation and support economically disadvantaged seniors? It’s starts with a friend at the door.

Store to Door was founded in 1989 to help seniors too frail to shop to get … Continue Reading