Community Voices

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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