The ACAC program at the Portland Art Museum

Afro Contemporary Art Class Continues with Social Distancing

The Afro Contemporary Art Class (ACAC) at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School began as an after school initiative that interweaves programming into and between public schools to cultivate confidence, expand...

Portland Food Project Brings Food to the Hungry

By Karen Beck We hear it on the news. We talk about it at work. Portlanders are concerned about the housing crisis and the rising number of people who regularly struggle to make ends meet....

Gardening For Food Justice 

By Jolie Donohue With mounting tuitions and the escalating cost of living expenses, today’s community college student is struggling to survive and is often saddled with excessive student loan debt after graduation. At Portland Community...

Meals on Wheels Turns 50

By Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but at the Meals on Wheels Center on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, lunches are dished out, free...

Teaching Outside the Box: Alliance High School

By Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer The first sign that this isn’t your average urban high school is the curriculum. There’s a class called Manhood, another called Skateboard Manufacturing. There’s Mindfulness, Leadership, a class on...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Repair PDX

By Mischa S. Webley, NECN Staff Writer PDX Repair received fiscal sponsorship from NECN in 2017. We interviewed its founder, Lauren Gross, shortly after.  Hey Neighbor (HN): Tell us about your organization. Lauren Gross (LG): Our mission...

Nonprofit Spotlight: BARK

by Courtney Rae, Bark Community Organizer Oregon’s forests foster an enormous sense of pride for our communities, but what goes on behind the “beauty strips” surrounding popular recreation sites and roads is purposefully misrepresented by...

Clean Start PDX Off To A Great Start

by Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer On a Monday morning, J.P. King starts up the engine to his pick-up truck and heads across the river from Old Town to the Inner Eastside. As the lead...

Non-Profits Bring Music to the Kids

By Mischa S. Webley, NECN Staff Writer The bell strikes at 2:30 PM and the hallways of Rosa Parks Elementary fill with kids from all directions. Some are going home, others to play sports, and...

Non-Profit Spotlight: Do Good Multnomah

By Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer When you hear about a young entrepreneur who moves to a new city, puts everything on the line and bootstraps their business from a makeshift office in a basement,...

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