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.

Ride Connection : Independence through Mobility

Ride Connection

Ride Connection moved into a new facility at Gateway this fall.

One could be forgiven for thinking that the myriad forms of transportation available in the Portland area would combine to serve the needs of all its citizens. There’s Trimet: … Continue Reading


Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

Women still comprise less than 3% of the skilled trades labor force and apprenticeships. In comparison, women now comprise 36% of paramedics, 35% of athletes/coaches/umpires, 15% of the military, and 12% of police officers.

(Resource: 2013 Legal Momentum Report)

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A Big Year for Post5 Theatre Company

This holiday week, we’re focusing our Community Voices attention on a festive Portland non-profit: Post5 Theatre Company, a youthful ensemble-based theater for actors and audiences.

Started in 2011, Post5 was the dream of three young men in their mid-20’s … Continue Reading

Time for FolkTime

Folk Art. You don’t need years of formal training, you don’t need expensive materials, you don’t need a studio, an agent, or a gallery.

Folk art is people. People with an idea to express, a feeling to share, and maybe … Continue Reading

Community Warehouse

Community Warehouse: Hope and Compassion

Helping others is one of life’s most important aspects today. Our days can get pretty hectic if we just stay in our own little world, not seeing what’s truly needed by others living around us: a single mom in need … Continue Reading

Imani Project

Empowering Hope and Healing in Kenya

The Imani Project, a Portland-based non-profit, is a partnership between Americans and Africans in rural Kenya. Imani’s goal is to enable and empower Kenyan villagers to become educators, advocates, caregivers and HIV/AIDS activists in their own communities.

Marlene Anderson, … Continue Reading


Should Shakespeare Be a Little Dangerous?

From a Midsummer where the audience got to choose their own cast, to a dark and bloody midnight Macbeth, Original Practice Shakespeare believes performing the Bard’s works should be a little dangerous.

“One of the reasons we are so successful … Continue Reading

Can XOs Save the World?

Can hugs and kisses save the world? Hands to Hearts International thinks so.

Through its caregiver training program in six countries, the Portland-based nonprofit improves the health and development of vulnerable children (ages 0-3) globally by training caregivers in  early … Continue Reading


Wisdom and Understanding

Wisdom of the Elders, a Portland-based non-profit organization, records and preserves traditional cultural values, oral histories and other messages of guidance in hopes of regenerating the greatness of culture among current and future generations of native peoples.

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Friends of Dreams

Friends of Dreams

The popularity of youth baseball and softball in Portland has been on the decline for the past several years.

Friends of Baseball, a local non-profit organization, is working to change that.

Founded by a father and son team – … Continue Reading


The Returning Veterans Project

Returning Veterans Project

Wars don’t end when the warriors come home.

As we continue this week’s Community Voices we’ll hear the story of one woman’s experiences during and after her time in Afghanistan.

We’ll also find out how she’s working through the fallout … Continue Reading

Aaron Nigel Smith

Musician on a Mission

Aaron Nigel Smith is a Portland-based musician on a mission.

His “call to action” is inspiring kids, adults and families to sing, dance and play together.

In 2002, Smith created FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, an arts curriculum that is … Continue Reading

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Advocating for the Musical Arts in Oregon

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame — also known as OMHOF — is a Portland-based, non-profit organization. OMHOF was created to help preserve Oregon’s unique musical heritage and actively promote music education in … Continue Reading

Northwest Pilot Project's Jessica Larson.

Northwest Pilot Project: Guiding Homeless Seniors to Independence

Northwest Pilot Project takes care of an especially vulnerable group of people. Homeless seniors. I know. Hard to believe we have them in Portland. You might be surprised how many…

Jessica Larson is a Housing Specialist at Northwest Pilot Project.Continue Reading

Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children’s Mission

To provide our most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy, productive member of the community.… Continue Reading

Dance Wire: Portland Dancers’ Hub

Portland is home to an abundance of dance companies, studios and dancers in styles ranging from ballet, aerial, and hip hop to tango, Bollywood and swing.

Until Emily Running stepped up with her non-profit called Dance Wire – finding out … Continue Reading


Be the Match, Portland!

Be the Match is the subject of our Community Voices series all week.

BTM raises critical funds for people who have types of blood cancers and need transplants. Leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia are the most familiar. Seventy percent … Continue Reading

Teaching Children the Language of Friendship

Camp Yakety Yak – a non-profit summer camp with one of the all-time great names — provides instruction in social and emotional skills to children with special needs and their siblings.

All this week on the PRP stream, we’ll … Continue Reading

Dress for Success

Dress for Success

Dress for Success Oregon is an anti-poverty nonprofit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since … Continue Reading


Playworks: Believe in the Power of Play

This week we’re focusing on Playworks, a Portland nonprofit that brings a fun and healthy play environment to local schools.

Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will get to play — every day. We create

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