Human Services

These nonprofits focus on providing services to marginalized communities.
Human Services

37 Nonprofits
6,723 Donors
$1,666,309 Given so far

BIPOC-Led Organization New!
African Youth and Community Organization $9,600 raised so far.
African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO) is a culturally specific and community-led organization by the East African immigrant and refugee community in the Portland Metro Area. Since its inception in 2009, AYCO has been African-led and has enriched the lives of over 20,000 East Africans in the Portland Metro Area.
Alano Club of Portland $25,331 raised so far.
The Alano Club of Portland is the largest recovery support center in the United States for individuals and families battling addiction and other behavioral health disorders. We utilize the latest evidence-based programming, including Certified Recovery Mentors, yoga and meditation classes, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention training, wellness seminars, exercise-based recovery groups, and large-scale social events. Our work has been recognized nationally for innovation by Addiction Policy Forum and America Honors Recovery, both based in Washington, D.C.
Albertina Kerr $29,420 raised so far.
Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has been caring for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens. Last year, Kerr served more than 1,000 children, teens, and adults. When a child or teen struggles with life’s challenges, Kerr offers short-term crisis care and community-based outpatient services. For individuals experiencing an I/DD, Kerr provides safe and supportive 24-hour residential group homes, as well as employment training with follow-along coaching.
Big Brothers Big Sisters $10,020 raised so far.
Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
Blanchet House $85,841 raised so far.
Blanchet House is the only nonprofit in Portland serving three meals a day, six days a week to people experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. Blanchet House also offers long-term shelter programs to individuals in need of safe and sober housing to become healthy and self-sufficient.
Bridges to Change $20,693 raised so far.
Bridges to Change’s mission is to strengthen individuals and families affected by addictions, mental health, poverty and homelessness.
CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties $39,146 raised so far.
We envision a community where every child has the chance to thrive in a safe and loving home. We dedicate our resources to recruiting, training, and supporting CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) who help us carry out this vision. Dozens of studies report that a child with a CASA spends less time in foster care, receives more necessary services, has increased outcomes in school, and is more likely to find a safe, permanent home.
Central City Concern $90,640 raised so far.
Located in Portland, Oregon, Central City Concern provides a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including health care, recovery and employment. We serve single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and substance use disorder.
Oregon Cultural Trust Partner BIPOC-Led Organization
Centro Cultural $22,776 raised so far.
A home for Latino cultures, Centro serves the needs of our diverse community by promoting personal growth and empowerment. 
Clackamas Women’s Services $22,446 raised so far.
Clackamas Women’s Services provides wraparound emergency, transitional, and long-term supports including shelter, 24/7 crisis line, and our Children’s Program. Mental health counseling, support groups, youth violence prevention education, legal representation, Camp HOPE Oregon and more resources are also available. For example, our Latina Services connect Latina survivors to local service providers; members of the Promotoras program provide leadership to the Latina community, bridging cultural, language, and economic barriers to access.
Community Warehouse $23,061 raised so far.
Our mission is to connect essential furnishings to neighbors in need through unique community partnerships, creating stronger home foundations and brighter futures for all.
Domestic Violence Resource Center $26,556 raised so far.
The mission of the Domestic Violence Resource Center is to educate, support and empower survivors and their children who are affected by intimate partner violence by offering counseling, advocacy, shelter services and community outreach.
The Dougy Center $25,670 raised so far.
The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. We provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. Our Pathways program provides support for families living with an advanced serious illness.
Dress for Success Oregon $24,832 raised so far.
DFS Oregon is the only workforce development organization in Oregon that exclusively serves all womxn, helping them overcome barriers to employment, prepare for and keep their jobs, and move toward self-sufficiency, stability, and socioeconomic equity. Covid-19 job losses have hit womxn the hardest, and womxn need our virtual and contactless workforce development programs more than ever before. We are not only working to ensure that Oregon womxn can participate equitably in the workforce, but also to ensure that they, their children, families, and our community can thrive.
BIPOC-Led Organization
Friends of the Children-Portland $68,370 raised so far.
We took mentoring out of the volunteer realm and it is changing lives. Our mentors are full-time, salaried professionals who work one to one with our community’s highest-priority youth from kindergarten through high school graduation—12½ years, no matter what.
Human Solutions $21,385 raised so far.
Human Solutions believes that everyone in our community deserves a safe and stable place to call home and the economic security to pursue their dreams. To turn that belief into a reality, we help people get and stay housed, we work with job seekers to grow their incomes, and we build affordable housing so there is more available. Everything we do builds toward economic, housing and racial justice in East Multnomah County. It’s time!
Impact NW $41,955 raised so far.
Impact NW prevents homelessness by partnering with people as they navigate their journey to stability and opportunity.
BIPOC-Led Organization
JOIN $62,680 raised so far.
JOIN supports people experiencing homelessness to transition into permanent, stable housing. Our model is rooted in equity and building relationships. Once we move people into their new home, our retention team provides ongoing support to ensure long-term stability.
Mother & Child Education Center $12,614 raised so far.
Mother & Child creates connections in a judgment-free space to provide support, education and resources for anyone who is parenting, including expectant women, fathers and those facing challenges, such as lack of housing, poverty, substance abuse or other trauma. 
Neighborhood House $26,011 raised so far.
Neighborhood House’s mission is to bring neighbors together to prevent hunger and homelessness and educate community members of all ages. We strengthen community by providing resources to support self-reliance, economic independence, and dignity for people of all backgrounds.
New Avenues for Youth $39,190 raised so far.
Since the pandemic began, New Avenues for Youth staff have been out front, offering vital services. Our Drop-In Day Center has remained open throughout the crisis to provide for emergency and immediate needs. Our residential housing programs and foster-care shelter have been at capacity. Many programs are supporting youth virtually and by appointment, including our programs centered on employment, serving youth who identify as LGBTQIA2S+, and survivors of sex trafficking. New Avenues has remained committed to our mission to end youth homelessness – especially though this crisis.
BIPOC-Led Organization
Operation Nightwatch $32,442 raised so far.
Operation Nightwatch provides night-time hospitality for Portland’s unhoused population to promote community, dignity and social connection. We operate at night, when most agencies are closed and hope can be especially hard to find.
Oregon Food Bank $282,456 raised so far.
Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes…because no one should be hungry.
Outside In $89,315 raised so far.
Since 1968, Outside In has operated a variety of programs and services designed to meet the basic needs of people struggling with homelessness, poverty, addiction, and medical and mental health conditions.
Oregon Cultural Trust Partner
p:ear $103,520 raised so far.
p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.
PDX Diaper Bank $20,030 raised so far.
PDX Diaper Bank partners with a diverse network of 25 nonprofit and government agencies in order to distribute critical diapering supplies to families experiencing poverty. By combining our services with existing programs, we maximize positive impact and wraparound support for families in need.
BIPOC-Led Organization
Portland Backpack $35,868 raised so far.
Portland Backpack serves children at risk of hunger by providing food for weekends when food insecurity is highest. We also engage the community in our efforts to create a greater impact that reaches beyond reducing hunger.
Portland Fruit Tree Project $13,345 raised so far.
Strengthens communities and increases equitable access to healthy food by empowering neighbors to share in the care and harvest of city-grown fruit trees.
Portland Homeless Family Solutions $63,833 raised so far.
Our mission is to empower homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long term.
Portland Refugee Support Group $20,550 raised so far.
Our mission at PRSG is to empower refugees through education, life skills training, and social support. We focus on helping refugee families acclimate to life in America and become familiar with their community.
Project Lemonade $34,278 raised so far.
Project Lemonade’s vision is to inspire confidence and self-esteem in Oregon’s school-aged foster youth. We provide basic needs, job skills training, and WISHes to support education and enrichment so foster youth can thrive in school and in life.
Rahab’s Sisters $26,902 raised so far.
Rahab’s Sisters believes community is a basic human need essential to well-being, and everyone deserves to feel they belong somewhere. We offer connection and mental health support on Friday nights while also meeting basic needs for food and supplies along the 82nd Ave corridor. Since the pandemic, we’ve expanded to fill the gap in resources for all genders, and deepened our relationships with women and gender nonconforming folks through camp outreach and one-to-one check ins.
Rose Haven $45,610 raised so far.
Rose Haven is the only day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender-diverse people experiencing trauma, poverty, and intersecting issues in Portland. We maintain a safe, respectful community while providing guests with support and services to regain stability in their lives.
Store to Door $14,950 raised so far.
Store to Door leverages the power of volunteers and community partnerships to give seniors and people with disabilities access to the foods, medications, household items, and social connection necessary to safely age-in-place. Volunteers call clients Mondays and Tuesdays for grocery lists, which are shopped by volunteers and corporate partners at our Fred Meyer partner stores on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Deliveries arrive the same day, and drivers can socialize during their friendly visit with each client.
BIPOC-Led Organization New!
Taking Ownership PDX, LLC $21,378 raised so far.
Our mission is to build equity, raise property values, and improve living conditions for Black home and business owners. Currently we are prioritizing allocating money towards repairing life-safety and weatherization issues in homes and businesses.
Transition Projects $112,605 raised so far.
Transition Projects helps people experiencing homelessness transition successfully into housing. With over five decades of experience providing shelter, housing, and supportive services for very low-income people, we are recognized across the region for our work with veterans, women, people with disabilities, and other highly vulnerable groups.
Trauma Intervention Program NW $20,990 raised so far.
Our citizen volunteers provide emotional first aid to survivors of tragedy to ease their immediate suffering and facilitate their healing and long-term recovery.
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