Community Voices

Give Voice to Portland. This Edward R. Murrow award-winning news series features podcast conversations about important public service work being done in our community. A free media platform for local thought leaders, community-based organizations and activists.


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

Tobi Burch

April and Autism: Awareness Month Continues

April is National Autism Awareness MonthAccording to a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2010 – Autism affects an estimated 1 in every 68 children in the United States. That’s a 30 percent increase from 2008.

Autism remains the … Continue Reading

autism month

April is Autism Awareness Month

For the Autism Society of Oregon (ASO),  it’s a very busy 30 days. Along with offering their usual supportive activities for families and individuals touched by autism, ASO organizes and delivers three major fundraising walks around the state.

In Portland, … Continue Reading

A Rose City Collective

A Rose City Collective

A Rose City Collective is a musician’s collective in Portland, OR that provides a creative space for musicians to collaborate and share their art by making high quality video and audio recordings at no charge.

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The Macdonald Center

Bringing Hope to the Forgotten Poor

Out-of-sight, out-of-mind? Not to the dedicated folks with Portland’s Macdonald Center, bringing hope in the heart of Portland to the forgotten poor.

The Macdonald Center was founded for four purposes:

  • To assist the poor, dual-diagnosed mentally ill persons in
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The Learning Difference at Thomas Edison High

Thomas Edison High School

Founded in 1973, Thomas Edison High School in Southwest Portland is the only high school in our area dedicated to serving students with complex learning differences, including ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Pat Maguire is Edison High’s Director.

“I’m … Continue Reading

JWF Helps Musicians Bridge Healthcare Gap

Photo credit: Miri Stebivka

Portland’s rich music scene has a way of supporting each other from going to shows and buying records to helping with medical costs. The Jeremy Wilson Foundation does its part in keeping the musicians healthy by offering a unique service … Continue Reading


On Sharing the Power of Media

Portland Community Media (PCM) is a non-profit dedicated to promoting local, non-commercial media, both on the internet and through their six cable channels:  Community Access Network (CAN 11), Independent Television Network (ITN 22 and ITN 23), Pulse of Portland (POP … Continue Reading

Portland Rescue Mission

Portland Rescue Mission: A Holiday Haven

For many, the holidays are a time for warmth and gathering with friends and family. Unfortunately, for others this luxury is not an option. The cold winter weather can be the most devastating for the homeless, but one Portland organization … Continue Reading


The Shadow Project

Portland based non-profit The Shadow Project now serves over 1,500 students in 33 different schools throughout the Portland metro area. By teaming with local special education teachers to create in-house incentive-based learning programs, The Shadow Project helps kids with learning … Continue Reading

The Portland Alano Club

The Portland Alano Club

For the 10,000 alcoholics and addicts who walk through the doors every month, The Portland Alano Club provides a home where they can attend 12 Step meetings. Maintaining sobriety can be particularly tough over the holidays, but the acceptance, serenity … Continue Reading

Meals on Wheels People Delivers Food and More

Meals on Wheels

On a brisk November afternoon, dozens of senior citizens and volunteers fill up the Thelma Skelton Meals on Wheels Meal Center in the Sacred Heart Village on Southeast Milwaukie Avenue. Hot food, board games and friendship are just some of … Continue Reading

Street Roots: The Little Newspaper that Could

Street Roots. Photo credit: Claudia Brown

You’ve probably seen a Street Roots vendor. Maybe you’ve walked by the homeless man; perhaps you’ve pulled a dollar out of your pocket and bought the scrappy little Portland newspaper.

Executive Director Israel Bayer describes the paper’s mission:

“We’ve been … Continue Reading

America’s Oldest Youth Orchestra Turns 90

Portland Youth Philharmonic

Established in 1924 by Mary V. Dodge, the Portland Youth Philharmonic is the oldest youth orchestra in the United States. In its 90th season, it’s made up of 109 musicians, which is considered a large group for the main … Continue Reading