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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

From left to right: Jeannie Lawer, Frances Fagan, Cece Hughley Noel, and Arturo Colorado-Munoz at the PCM studios. Photo by Nicole Betancourt

From left to right: Jeannie Lawer, Frances Fagan, Cece Hughley Noel, and Arturo Colorado-Munoz at the PCM studios. Photo by Nicole Betancourt

Portland Community Media (PCM) is a non-profit dedicated to promoting local, non-commercial media, both on the internet and … 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

Founder/director Christy Scattarella (left) with teacher Janice Holstine (right) holding Christy's new book "The Boy Who Learned Upside Down". Photo by Nicole Betancourt

Founder/director Christy Scattarella (left) with teacher Janice Holstine (right) holding Christy’s new book “The Boy Who Learned Upside Down”. Photo by Nicole Betancourt

Portland based non-profit The Shadow Project now serves over 1,500 students in 33 different schools throughout the … 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


SOLVE Brings Oregonians Together

SOLVE is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Oregon clean. Each year nearly 50,000 people volunteer for SOLVE projects in more than 180 communities across the state.

The largest project SOLVE sponsors is the beach cleanup, held every spring and … Continue Reading

Mercy Corps Northwest

Mercy Corps’ Reentry Transition Center

On today’s Community Voices, we continue to discuss Mercy Corps’ reentry programs for people leaving prison.

Yesterday we talked about the LIFE reentry class which is taught at two nearby prisons in order to help inmates prepare to transition … Continue Reading


Mercy Corps: Not Just for Disasters Anymore

Mercy Corps Northwest

Most people think of Mercy Corps as the emergency aid organization that responds to crises around the globe, such as the ongoing civil war in Syria.

And that it is.

But did you know that Mercy Corps Northwest, the … Continue Reading