We are so thankful for all of the amazing non-profit organizations in the Portland-area that strive daily to make this city a little bit (or sometimes a lot) better for our kids.Â They often go unrecognized – not to say underfunded.Â This year, we (Ali & Tabitha) have decided that we want to give a little something back to this amazing community. We took an informal poll on our Facebook page and asked our readers to let us know who their favorite local non-profits are. We compiled a list that meet our minimum requirements for inclusion: that theyÂ are local (based in Oregon or primarily serving Oregonians) and they help kids.
Looking for ways that you can give back this holiday? Check out the volunteer section in our holiday guide.
Now it’s up to you to help us determine who will receive our donation! The organization that gets the most votes will win the honor of being named PDX Kids Calendar’s Reader Favorite Non-Profit of 2012 and will receive a $250 donation from PDX Kids Calendar.
Is your favorite non-profit organization missing from this list? Comment on this blog post with the name and URL of the organization, or email Ali (at) pdxkidscalendar (dot) com by Wednesday, November 14,Â and we will add your nomination to the poll within 24 hours.Â SORRY NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!
This poll will close at 5 PM on Tuesday, November 20. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 21.Â You can read about each organization below.
Albertina Kerr.Â Helps children, adults, and families in Oregon with mental health challenges and developmental disability, empowering them to lead fuller, self-determined lives.
Baby Blues Connection. Â Providing support, information, and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders and to the professionals who serve them.
Backpack Buddies. Provides two meals to hungry students each weekend in a total of 20 schools and two Head Start locations in Clackamas County.
Camp Fire Columbia.Â Camp Fire partners with local kids, schools and families to provide diverse, best practices programming that supports academic achievement, builds social and life skills, fosters community engagement and develops career and college readiness.
Children’s Book Bank. Gathers thousands of new and gently-used books from the community, organizes volunteers to spruce up and sort donated books, creates individual bags filled with books, and delivers them to children whom might not otherwise have books of their own at home.
Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP).Â Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) brings the healing power of art to children in crisis and their families through a mobile team of teaching artists working in partnership with hospitals, schools, community organizations and local businesses, creating programs through which children are known for their creativity and ingenuity and not by their disease, diagnosis, or disability.
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation.Â Provides power, potential, and promise for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, one of America’s leading pediatric health centers.
The Friends of Creston Children’s Dental Clinic. Provides free dental care for uninsured children K-12 in the Portland public schools through the generosity of an all volunteer cohort of dental professionals.
Harper’s Playground. Â Will build community by providing an inclusive playground at Arbor Lodge Park where children and adults of all abilities can play together.
The National Crime Victim Law Institute.Â This Portland-based non-profit actively promotes balance and fairness in the criminal justice system through victim-centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing.Â One of NCVLI’s projects focuses on the rights of child victims, such as victims of sexual abuse, and it works with advocates and legal professionals to assist this vulnerable population.
Northwest Adoptive Families Association.Â Provides resources and social events for prospective and adoptive families.
Northwest Children’s Theater and School.Â Educating, entertaining, and enriching the lives of young audiences by providing high-quality arts and education experiences to over one million children, families, and students.
Northwest Down Syndrome Association.Â Creating and nurturing a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon. An organization dedicated to the support, promotion, and protection of breastfeeding within our community.
One World Chorus. Local choir group that demonstrates, documents, and promotes unity through the performing arts, with an emphasis on choral singing.
Oregon Children’s Theatre.Â In addition to performances at PCPA, OCT also provides school workshops that use theater techniques to build confidence and improve oral presentation skills, works with several community social service organizations to provide theater experiences to the children they serve.
Oregon Hands and Voices. Supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology and providing families with resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.
PDX Diaper Bank. Providing free diapers and diapering supplies to low-income families.
Playworks Portland. Improves the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.
PlayWrite, Inc. Works with youth â€˜at the edgeâ€™ to create original plays, powerful vehicles through which their voices are heard.
Portland Children’s Museum. Inspiring imagination, creativity, and the wonder of learning in children and adults by inviting moments of shared discovery.
Sauvie Island Center.Â Increases food, farm and environmental literacy in the community by providing hands-on educational field trips for elementary school children.
Schoolhouse Supplies. Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that gives free school supplies to students and teachers in need.Â Â It operates Oregon’s only volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community, the Tools for School backpack giveaway, and Schoolhouse Supplies Online programs.
SCRAP.Â Inspires creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
Tears of Joy Theatre. Â Producing, developing, and presenting puppet theatre that celebrates the diversity of world cultures; teaching children and enriching their lives by helping them experience, create, and perform art with professional artists.