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So much of our lives is spent in the margins – waiting in lines, that gap between jobs, transitions across states, moving homes. And, of course, that odd space between graduating and arriving at a solid career path. But rather … Continue Reading

For many higher-ed students, the trade-off of obtaining a diploma isn’t just four-plus years and a lot of hard work – it’s also a daunting sum of money paid out to colleges and universities. Many students patchwork their way through … Continue Reading

Nonprofits tackle some of the most intractable problems in our society. They do this typically under-resourced but with great passion for their mission. What do they do when they need a specific professional skill to build more mission capacity?

Here’s … Continue Reading

It goes without saying that climate change is part of the fabric of our lives these days, as rising sea levels, storms, and the other consequences of high-carbon economies start to take their toll on the environment. But Portland faces … Continue Reading

What if fighting illiteracy began with something as simple as getting a book in the right kid’s hands?

First Book, a nationwide nonprofit with a chapter here in Portland, believes that access to books is critical in reducing illiteracy. … Continue Reading

If, like me, you’re born into a musical family, it’s inevitable that an instrument or two ends up in your hands. And something about the junction between music and mastery, performance and play, teaches us to grow into better, more … Continue Reading

There’s a nonprofit in S.E. Portland that’s turning the needy into nerds.

Meet Free Geek, an organization dedicated to recycling and repurposing old electronics while running technology education classes on the side. Their goal is twofold, but simple: Help mend … Continue Reading

Here at Portland Radio Project (PRP), we aim to be your friendly local station, keeping you up to date on events in our city. Our show hosts are passionate professionals who love not only music but our entire community. Our … Continue Reading

The term “sharing economy” has been bounced around as a savvy, economical alternative to traditional methods of exchanging goods and services. But what exactly is it?

The basic premise of the sharing economy is collaborative consumption – people share resources … Continue Reading

Home ownership can seem like an impossible dream for some families. But there are organizations working to make that dream come true.

Since 1999 Proud Ground has striven to make home ownership a reality for Portland families. This nonprofit works … Continue Reading

How does one program promote dignity and self-reliance, prevent social isolation and support economically disadvantaged seniors? It’s starts with a friend at the door.

This week we’re digging into the archives to feature organization Store to Door as a part … Continue Reading

It’s a question veterans, their families, psychologists and friends ponder: How does a soldier return to civilian life?

Wilderness Warriors doesn’t pretend to have the answer. But the nonprofit offers up a very Oregonian solution – get veterans to experience … Continue Reading

Pink Martini fans thirsty for new arrangements and compositions – your wait has ended. 

“Je Dis Oui!” Pink Martini’s 9th studio release will be featured tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Keller Auditorium. Portland Radio Project’s Bob Knowles will Continue Reading

We all know the saying, “Home is where the heart is.” If you agree with that old adage, the folks at Community Energy Project have you covered  – and then some. Since 1979, Community Energy Project has empowered homeowners of … Continue Reading

As a radio station, we can’t help but agree with the folks at Music Workshop – the world is a better place with music in it.

Music Workshop is the brainchild of Amy Richter, who created the program to counteract … Continue Reading

Stand under shaggy pines, walk through miles of prairie, douse yourself in the icy churn of a wild river. Can you do these things, and not feel changed? Perhaps even healed?

The nonprofit LEAP believes in this – a powerful … Continue Reading

Here’s a way to build community: Bring young learners and knowledgeable mentors together in an educational space.

Luckily, the Portland area has a nonprofit engaged in exactly that work. Saturday Academy is a nonprofit with an impressive history serving over … Continue Reading

Breathing – it’s something we generally take for granted.

But the organization Free to Breathe knows that this isn’t true for everyone. People with lung cancer know that their lungs – those amazing organs that make breathing so easy we … Continue Reading

Most Oregonians know that heading into the wilds and the woods can change a person. And change is what the nonprofit Northwest Outward Bound School wants to be part of.

Since it’s founding in 1965, the program has been … Continue Reading

I was lucky.

I fell in love with reading from my perch on my mama’s lap long before I was enrolled in school.

Then I caught the word fever on my own, and devoured book after book, determined to read … Continue Reading