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Portland Give Guide 2020 Parkrose Edition

Non-Profit Organizations and Charities in Parkrose Gateway Area of NE Portland

Many of the needs in our neighborhood are apparent, but some of us might be surprised how many people are serving and working hard to provide for those needs. One of my main goals for this blog is to highlight people who are blessing our community and share opportunities for others to join in.

A great place to start when thinking about what to donate to and what to get involved in is to examine what grieves your heart and what gives you the most hope for our neighborhood. Many of these groups have volunteer opportunities for you to serve hands-on or in a supportive role.

There are so many worthwhile causes in the area, and I’ve attempted to include every non-profit serving in Parkrose or located in Parkrose on this list. I tried to look into each organization from their online presence, but I’m only personally familiar with a handful of them. Share your experiences with these organizations in the comments, and let me know any other details or non-profits/people I should add to the list!

Juan and Stacie Paz – Youth Dynamics

Juan and Stacie are two of the most caring people I know. I met Stacie at a campaign for Gabrielle Rossi at the barn, and now my wife and I are friends with this amazing couple and their sweet daughter! They have been mentoring teenagers for several years, and Juan worked at Parkrose High School in the past. They used to lead a Young Life group at Parkrose, and now they are excited to work through an organization called Youth Dynamics.
Website | Facebook Page

Elevate Oregon

“Elevate Oregon is an empowering, efficient, year-round mentoring program centered on raising graduation rates and post-secondary enrollment while also striving to create ‘generational firsts,’ offering students the tools they need to become future leaders in our region.” They mentor students at Parkrose High School. The director Donell Morgan volunteered with me on the committee for the Parkrose-Argay Development Study and is also the boys’ varsity basketball coach!
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Embrace Oregon

“Embrace Oregon connects caring community members with vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services. We are dedicated to the flourishing of every child.” It’s hard to summarize what Embrace Oregon does. Off the top of my head, I know that they: spread awareness about the foster care crisis in Portland, host Explore Fostering coffee house events for people to learn about being foster parents, mentor parents to support healthy families, support foster parents with resources/nights off/community, renovate DHS office spaces to make them more comfortable for kids/parents/staff, bless DHS staff with parties and encouragement, give gifts to kids and teens in foster care… And they do it with a limited paid-staff — volunteers accomplish so much for them! Embrace Oregon has done a lot of work at the DHS East Branch on Glisan and NE 122nd too.
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Parkrose Educational Foundation

“The Parkrose Educational Foundation is a group of community volunteers raising and distributing funds to enhance the educational experiences of students in Parkrose Public Schools.”
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Shepherd’s Door and The Harbor – Portland Rescue Mission

Shepherd’s Door and The Harbor are places for people seeking addiction recovery and a path out of homelessness. Women and men live there for 12 months in order to complete the program. They receive mentorship and job training.
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Parkrose PTO’s & Boosters

There are several parent teacher organizations (PTO) and community booster groups supporting students at Parkrose schools! I’ve lumped them together here. Some of them have made it easy to donate but most it’ll take some work to track down where and how to give. I don’t think all of them have organized as 501(c)(3) organizations. I’ll update this post if I come across easier ways to donate and connect. If you are passionate about these causes, I’d recommend digging around on these sites and contacting the groups directly for donation instructions.
Sacramento Elementary PTO Website | Facebook Page | Donate | Kaylinn97220@hotmail.com
Shaver Elementary PTO Website | parkroseshaverparent@gmail.com
Prescott Family Community Association (PFCA) Website | prescottelementarypfca@gmail.com
Russell Elementary PTV Website | Facebook Page | janelle.hutchinson@gmail.com
Parkrose Middle School Parent Faculty Club (PFC) Donate
Parkrose Athletic Boosters Donate parkroseathleticboosters@gmail.com
Parkrose Music Boosters Facebook Page | parkrosemusicboosters@gmail.com | RRUBSAM@msn.com

Parkrose Provides

Parkrose students volunteer to pack backpacks with groceries for their peers. “If you are interested in supporting this amazing program, please contact parkroseprovides@parkrose.k12.or.us.”

Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival

This festival honors the legacy of Jim Pepper who lived in Parkrose and became a famous saxophonist across the US and Europe. Native American musicians and leaders from around Oregon and Washington share the stage. The founder Sean Cruz has some crazy stories of how he became transfixed by Jim Pepper and his connection to Parkrose.
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Rocky Butte Farmers’ Market

Rocky Butte Farmers Market launched in the summer of 2019 with two pop-up markets that each drew over 1,000 people! They plan to have a weekly market in 2020. This is a perfect example of neighbors coming together around a shared hope and vision and seeing something through! “What started in 2017 with a half dozen steering committee members is becoming a community anchored non profit organization, delighting thousands of market goers, attracting a diverse mix of vendors, and engaging hundreds of individual volunteers, community based organizations and local businesses.”
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Compassion Connect

Compassion Connect hosts medical clinics in the Parkrose area and throughout Portland for people with low or no income. They also work to prevent sex trafficking and help victims recover. There’s so much to their organization, and they also have a limited staff but activate countless volunteers.
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Crush Athletics

There is a real lack of youth sports and youth activities in our community, and Crush Athletics is working to change that! Led by Gary Muzzy (water polo and swim coach at Parkrose and Blue Crush), they currently offer basketball and futsal.
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Parkrose Youth Soccer Club

Parkrose Soccer Club is the most active athletic group in the neighborhood outside of the school district.

Parkside Little League

Parkside Little League has teams from t-ball for 4 year olds through baseball for kids up to 12. Their pages have information on donations for scholarships for kids to play as well as sponsorship opportunities.

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Portland Adventist Community Services

“PACS is a vibrant faith-based Community of Service made up of staff, volunteers, donors, prayer partners, and community partners who work together to provide food, low-cost dental care, and low-cost clothing/household items to low-income individuals in the Portland Gateway area.”
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Historic Parkrose

“Strengthening community vibrancy and economic opportunity in the Historic Parkrose Business District and its surrounding neighborhood through business services, community events, storefront improvement grants and more!” I served on this board for two years and met great people. The staff are dedicated and invaluable resources for our community!
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SnowCap Community Charities

SnowCap has a multiple approaches to charity throughout East County. One way they’re involved in Parkrose is donating supplies to Parkrose schools at the beginning of the school year. Several Parkrose area churches also support their efforts.
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Howard’s Heart

Howard’s Heart blesses teens in foster care financially and serves by connecting them with valuable resources and opportunities.
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Kindred Heart Quilters

“Our mission is to share the comfort to healing with Quilts. There are individuals in our communities that can use a hug or just an ‘I care’ to complete the healing processes. Sharing the personal touch of comfort, love and support. Through our quilts we provide this to our veterans, foster children, hospice and more.”
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Schoolhouse Supplies

“Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies. Our mission — to serve classrooms in need by operating a volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community — is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality education.”
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Morrison Child and Family Services

“Our Mission is to help children, youth, and their families with mental health and substance use challenges while working to prevent them from developing in the first place. Our Vision is that children, youth, and their families will thrive and achieve their full potential when they benefit from our effective behavioral health and prevention services.”
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Easterseals

“Easterseals Oregon provides exceptional services to ensure that children and adults living with autism, other disabilities or special needs, and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.”
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Child Foundation

“Since our inception in 1994, Child Foundation has provided basic necessities to children living in poverty or hardship enhancing the quality of the life for these children as well as their respective families. By providing access to education, Child Foundation hopes to eliminate children prematurely leaving school, and, in certain countries, early matrimony.”
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United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & SW Washington

“We support adults and children who experience all kinds of intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).”
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Guardian Partners

“Guardian Partners was started with the goal of providing the Court with trained volunteers who could ensure that protected persons are being treated with the upmost dignity and respect. Our services have grown to include providing much needed resources and support to local guardians.”
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