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

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 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

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 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

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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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.

Portland … Continue Reading

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

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

“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

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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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

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

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

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

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. 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

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 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

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