Below you can find a wide variety of organizations to get involved with. You can search by keyword or category or just browse the list below. If you’d like to submit an organization just follow the link and the submission will be sent in for approval. We hope that this allows you to connect with organizations with which you can continue your engagement in social change.

Social Justice

ROWINGGARDENS gets at the root of hunger in Portland, Oregon. We organize hundreds of volunteers to build organic, raised bed vegetable gardens in backyards, front yards, side yards and even on balconies. We support low income households for three years with seeds, plants, classes, mentors and more. Our Youth Grow after school garden clubs grow the next generation of veggie eaters and growers! Through Learn & Grow workshops and work parties, we teach gardeners all about growing, preparing and preserving healthful food while respecting the health of the environment.

503.284.8420

IRCO strives in its programming, outreach and education to foster deep understanding, compassion and communication between Portland’s established communities and its newest arrivals. IRCO prides itself on empowering, engaging and educating these communities about each other.

http://www.irco.org/
503-234-1541

In Other Words is a non-profit, volunteer-run, feminist community center in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to support, enrich, and empower the feminist community through literature, art, and educational and cultural events. We have a storefront that serves as a book store, a lending library, and a venue for feminist events.

http://inotherwords.org/
(503) 232-6003

Jobs with Justice is a coalition of labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society. There are 40 Jobs with Justice chapters nationwide. JwJ mobilizes support for labor and community struggles at rallies, on picket lines, in educational settings and at meetings and hearings. The basic building block of JwJ is a pledge that people sign to turn out to support other people’s struggles at least five times a year.

Jobs with Justice is a national campaign for workers’ rights. Working through coalitions of labor, community, religious and constituency organizations, Jobs with Justice is fighting for workers’ rights and economic justice.

How JwJ works
Jobs with Justice is a coalition of labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society. There are 40 Jobs with Justice chapters nationwide. JwJ mobilizes support for labor and community struggles at rallies, on picket lines, in educational settings and at meetings and hearings. The basic building block of JwJ is a pledge that people sign to turn out to support other people’s struggles at least five times a year.

JwJ is governed by a Steering Committee composed its officers, committee chairs, staff, representatives of each member organization and seven at-large members elected bi-ennually. The Steering Committee meets each month and makes decisions about what actions to support. Pledgers are mobilized through mailings and a phone tree. An Executive Committee made up of officers and committee chairs meets between Steering Committee meetings. These meetings are open to everyone, and all Steering Committee members may vote. When necessary a leadership group made up of staff and officers makes decisions.

How organizations can seek support from JwJ
Organizations seeking support from JwJ are asked to make a request for action a week before the Steering Committee meeting. Requests should indicate what level of support is needed (endorsement, mobilization of most active members, full phone tree mobilization etc.). Decisions on which actions to support are made based on criteria including: impact of JwJ’s support on the campaign, impact on building JwJ and local coalitions, level of rank and file participation and leadership, and how the action fits into JwJ’s organizational priorities and capacity.

http://www.jwjpdx.org
503.236.5573

The mission of Marathon Education Partners is to bring together in partnership caring adults and talented low-income children to make the dream of a college education a reality. Since Marathon’s founding on September 11, 2002, nearly 150 Partners have joined together to help 98 children in the Portland, Vancouver and Pendleton schools reach their goal of obtaining higher education.

503.235.2500

We are mothers. Oregon mothers. We envision a better Oregon with strong, pro-family public policies. And we’re fighting for it. Because we know from experience how dated and inadequate our current system is for families–especially for mothers.Our goal is to build an Oregon where today’s families can thrive. To do this, we need more pro-family elected officials. So we’re pooling our resources – and yours! – to elect key pro-family candidates who will champion the strong, family-friendly public policies that Oregon families need. Together we send a powerful, strategic message that we simply cannot send alone.

http://www.motherpac.org/
503.208.5722

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp offers children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to leave behind their routine lives and taste the freedom of the outdoors – to go beyond limits that they, and others, have set for them. We provide a caring, welcoming environment where campers are challenged to do their best, yet their special and personal needs are met.

http://www.mhkc.org/
(503) 452-7416

The mission is to provide up-to-date information on equity issues and school finance and to promote meaningful educational opportunities for all children.

(646) 745-8280

The Never Again Coalition is Portland, Oregon’s response to genocide and other crimes against humanity. Joining together from different organizations and backgrounds, we stand together and work towards revitalizing the phrase “Never Again.”

503-477-4586
OPAL

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon builds power for environmental justice and civil rights in our communities. We organize low-income communities and people of color to achieve a safe and healthy environment where we live, work, play and pray. We strive to create opportunities for meaningful participation in the decision-making that sets policy in our region.

http://www.opalpdx.org/
503-342-8910