The IRCO Africa House provides culturally specific services to Portland's African refugee and immigrant families; these services emphasize family unity, strength, and community cohesiveness.
Africa House provides a team of trained multilingual professionals & volunteers who are compassionate in their listening and jointly work to help African refugees & families achieve a successful, self-sufficient lifestyle and strong community unity.
For more information, please visit the Africa House website.
Asian Family Center
The IRCO Asian Family Center (AFC) provides culturally specific programing for Portland’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
The Asian family Center was established in 1994 and provides multilingual/ multicultural, community-based services such as early childhood development services, parent education and support, youth services, anti-poverty assistance and health education programs.
For more information, please visit the Asian Family Center's website.
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
APANO seeks to empower Asian and Pacific Islanders, especially those who experience oppression, through analysis, skill building and relationship building which are central to our community organizing. APANO has worked for social justice for over 15 years, and continues to evolve as Oregon’s leading Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots advocacy organization. APANO’s Model of Change is grounded in organizing the leadership and power of Pan-API communities experiencing inequities, fostering partnerships, and engaging in campaigns.
For more information, please visit the APANO website.
Formerly Center for Intercultural Organizing and Oregon Action, Unite Oregon is led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice. Unite Oregon believe that all people have the potential to become leaders and agents of change. Unite Oregon works toward a unified, intercultural movement for justice in our state.
For more information, please visit the United Oregon website.
El Centro Milagro (Miracle Theater)
The Miracle Theatre Group has been working its magic on West Coast regional audiences since its incorporation as a nonprofit organization in 1985. Miracle produces a broad array of programming that includes public performances as well as specialized touring and education projects that currently encompass all of the Western states.
The mission of the Miracle Theater Group is to provide extraordinary Latino Theater, culture and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities.
For more information, please visit the El Centro Milagro website.
Hacienda Community Development Corporation
Hacienda CDC is a Latino Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities. Formed in 1992, Hacienda has since then developed 381 units of affordable rental housing in Portland, mainly in the low-income Cully neighborhood. They have grown to be the Oregon’s largest Latino-led and Latino-serving organization providing a comprehensive range of culturally-appropriate development opportunities. In addition to housing, Hacienda supports the community with its Community Economic Development, Youth and Family Support Services and Homeownership support departments.
For more information, please visit the Hacienda CDC website.
Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) was established in 1976 to serve immigrants and refugees in Portland, Oregon. Since our founding, we have served over 150,000 people (immigrants, refugees as well as mainstream Portlanders) through the provision of programs and services that meet needs related to training and employment, health and aging, English language learning, naturalization and social adjustment, community development, early childhood, parenting and youth development, education and interpretation and translation. IRCO has five centers: IRCO Main, Africa House, Asian Family Center, Senior Services Center, and the International Language Bank.
For more information, please visit the IRCO website.
Latino Network provides opportunities, services and advocacy for the education, leadership development and civic engagement of Latino youth and families in Multnomah County every year. Our work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families.
For more information, please visit the Latino Network website.
KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities. Through innovative pedagogy, community collaboration and family partnership we are closing Portland’s persistent achievement gap in measurable, sustainable ways. Our mission is to eliminate the prolific racial achievement gap and cultivate confident, creative, compassionate, leaders who exceed expectations at each milestone ages 0-10.
KairosPDX is committed to serving the diverse neighborhoods of North Portland by cultivating confident, creative, compassionate leaders exceeding academic standards at each developmental milestone. The KairosPDX blueprint brings forth our Early Learning Center, Early Learning Network, Family Connections Program and Learning Academy into one singularly focused organization dedicated to equitable educational excellence.
For more information, please visit the KairosPDX Website.
Muslim Educational Trust
The Muslim Educational Trust serves the Muslim community’s educational, social, and spiritual needs and develops leaders from the Muslim community. It strives to achieve its purpose through education, cooperation, networking, and programs which benefit Muslims and non-Muslims in the greater Portland, Oregon area. MET also operates two Islamic schools (pre-K–5th Grade and 6th–12th grades). MET is deeply engaged in interfaith work and public outreach and education to enrich the community’s understanding of Islam.
For more information, please visit the MET website.
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA Family center)
Founded by the community, for the community, the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA Family Center) is a family of numerous tribes and voices who are rooted in sustaining tradition and building cultural wealth. NAYA Family Center provides culturally-specific programs and services that guides Portland's Native American community in the direction of personal success and balance through cultural empowerment.
NAYA Family Center's continuum of lifetime services create a wraparound, holistic healthy environment that is Youth Centered, Family Driven, Elder Guided.
NAYA Family Center's mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.
Services include: College and Career Services, Community Economic Development, Community Engagement, Early College Academy, Elder Services, Foster Care Support, Housing/Homeownership, NAYA Catering and NAYA construction.
For more information, please visit the NAYA Family Center website.
Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF)
The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF)’s mission is to solve issues that challenge the Portland African American community in a unified and collaborative way. PAALF’s primary goal is to enforce an action agenda that improves the health and wellbeing of local African Americans. Its’ work addresses the unique and interrelated issues of poverty and disparities that challenge us as a community. PAALF is a convener of African American leaders around a public policy agenda that impacts the community in the areas of housing & economic development, education, health, and civic engagement/leadership.
For more information, please visit the PAALF website.
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI)
For nearly 20 years, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) has reinvested in Portland’s neighborhoods, preserved their diversity and provided tools to help low-income Portland families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
PCRI will preserve and manage affordable, high quality, scattered site, single family homes; expand and manage our portfolio of small multiplexes; and acquire/develop multi-family housing to preserve affordable housing choices in our community.
For more information, please visit the PCRI website.
Self-Enhancement Inc. (SEI)
Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI), is a nonprofit organization helping at-risk urban youth realize their potential. In addition to 98% graduation rates, more than 85% of graduates continue on to pursue higher education or occupational training - many being the first in their families to do so. Amazing results, despite the fact that almost all the young people in our program are faced with significant social, academic and economic obstacles.
SEI's mission is dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential. Working with schools, families and community organizations, SEI provides opportunities for personal and academic success, bringing hope to individual young people and enhancing the quality of community life. It is an African American culturally-specific organization with programming including: Community and Family programming, SEI Academy, and Academy Board meetings. http://www.selfenhancement.org/
Slavic Community Center
Slavic Community Center
SLAVIC NETWORK OF OREGON
The Slavic Network of Oregon was established in 2010 to educate and empower the Slavic immigrant and refugee community in the Portland area. Housed at IRCO, the Slavic Network maintains a community center office with access to culturally and linguistically-specific services like early childhood, youth development, and leadership/capacity building. Guided by an advisory council of Slavic leaders and implemented by bilingual bicultural staff and supported by community volunteers, the Slavic Network works to collaboratively advocate and fill in gaps in culturally specific programming. Approximately 50 to 70 people participate in programming per year. The Slavic Network of Oregon serves up to 2,000 people per year through workshops.
Urban League of Portland (ULPDX)
The Urban League of Portland, founded in 1945, helps empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security. We are a non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in North Portland and an affiliate of the National Urban League.
For more information, please visit the Urban League of Portland website.
Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through Social Enterprise, Outreach and Advocacy. Since 2005, Verde has brought new environmental investments to Portland’s neighborhoods, involved community members in the planning and building of these investments, and ensured that low-income people and people of color directly benefited from the investments.
For more information, please visit the Verde website.
VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project
VOZ is a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education. VOZ provides weekly English, Music, and Art classes for day laborers using Popular Education as the main methodology to encourage skill-building alongside community participation. These classes are all taught by trained volunteers. VOZ also provides access to a computer lab for the day laborers.
For more information, please visit the VOZ website.