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.


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.

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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…

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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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Profile Theatre

Behind the Scenes at Profile Theatre

Go behind the scenes of ProfileTheatre and you’ll discover a unique season structure and passionate dedication to Profile’s growing education program.


Profile’s Lauren Bloom Hanover, in our studios recently, agrees Profile Theatre has a unique premise and opportunity.

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A Village for One

A Village for One: Putting an End to the Commercial Sexploitation of Children. Sex trafficking and children. Here in Portland, it’s an issue lurking way under the radar. But two Portland area women — Cassie Eichenberger and Austin Burres — … Continue Reading

2014 Verselandia Winners

Verselandia Slams: Literary Arts’ 3rd Annual Poetry Showcase

Literary Arts is a community based non-profit organization in downtown Portland. Their mission: engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.

Once a year – through their Writers in the Schools program — Literary Arts presents … Continue Reading

Mr. Big

The Rescue of Mr. Big

“Free to good home,” read the Craigslist ad for Mr. Big. Upon arrival, volunteers for Sound Equine Options found a gentle soul who was so malnourished he was unable to stand on his own.

After being placed in his foster … Continue Reading


Fresh Thinking with Ecotrust

We’ve all been in buildings that seem to have a certain vibe, a soul even — places like the Bagdad Theater or Pittock Mansion come to mind. Another is a former warehouse located in the Pearl District that today is … Continue Reading


What up Boffer?

Call it unique. Call it therapy. Call it weird. Call it fun.

Call it a nearly perfect way for someone diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Difference to spend a couple of hours.

Jonathan Chase, a 30-year-old Portland Autism Activist, … Continue Reading