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Community Partners Directory

This directory alphabetically organizes all our community partners for the 2022-2023 academic year. Browse partners by location through our google map, or read through organizations' mission statements and view open positions. Apply or learn more about a specific position through Handshake. Please note that not all partners will have positions open at any given time, and that a position's hiring status is subject to change. For up to date information on available positions, please browse open positions on Handshake.

If you're interested in a particular area, but don't know where to start, or if you have an organization in mind that is not a registered community partner, please contact seedsinterns@reed.edu so we can help you find a position that suits your needs.

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AKA Science

Impact NW's mission is to prevent homelessness by partnering with people as they navigate their journey to stability and opportunity. More than 50,000 people in the Portland area live on the verge of homelessness. One health crisis; emergency room visit, or a lost job can land a family in a shelter or in a tent. The trauma is devastating. Everyone in our community suffers. Impact NW supports people before it’s too late in two main ways: We stabilize by offering services such as rent, utility and other supports. And we strengthen by offering job training, parenting support, and opportunities for children.

AKA Science is a fun, hands-on afterschool science enrichment program that serves more than 1,400 under-resourced Indigenous, Black, Brown, Latino/a/x, Melanated, Immigrant, and Asian youth across Portland.The Program Support Specialist provides general program assistance to AKA Science, primarily engaging with supply organization & inventory, activity testing & filming, event support, kit-building, and other program-related activities.

Current Open Positions: AKA Science Program Support Specialist

All Saints Episcopal Church

All Saints Episcopal Church Outreach Ministries include the Woodstock Pantry, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays from Noon to 2:00 P.M. On Saturdays they serve Hot Meals To-Go, give out essential items, and offer a Shower Van. On the 4th Saturday of the month, they give out clothing items through the St. Francis Closet. Woodstock Pantry and Hot Meals are part of the Woodstock Commons. The Woodstock Commons is of a diverse community of people who contribute their goodwill and leverage their resources to support each other and to increase the quality of life for all.

Current Open Positions: Student Outreach Position

Bikes for Humanity PDX

Bikes For Humanity PDX (B4HPDX) is a 501c3 non-profit bike shop and school. Our mission is to substantially increase public access to affordable and safe bicycles while empowering self-sufficiency in bicycle maintenance and commute.

Current Open Positions: Community Bike Shop Intern

The Black United Fund of Oregon

The mission of the Black United Fund of Oregon is to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon's underserved communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.

Current Open Positions: Program Support Intern

CARES Northwest

CARES NW mission is to stop child abuse and neglect through multidisciplinary prevention, medical evaluation, and ongoing treatment in partnership with our community.

Current Open Positions: Volunteer/Intern *CE Credit Only

The Children's Book Bank

The Children's Book Bank fills homes and lives with engaging, culturally diverse books because all children deserve to have books of their own. When they do, magical things happen — books ignite curiosity, spark the imagination, and open young minds to limitless possibilities.  Our programming is directed toward children in need from birth through grade 8 and supports early education and literacy development by providing books as tools.  These books mean children have the tools they need to develop important pre-reading skills, to support early reading achievement, and to prevent learning loss when school is not in session. 

Current Open Positions: Book Donation Concierge

Children's Healing Art Project

The CHAP mission is to bring the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges. At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity – not by their disease, diagnosis, or disability.

Current Open Positions: Non-Profit Donor Relations Intern

Clackamas Service Center

Clackamas Service Center (CSC) is an inclusive "one-stop" community center for individuals and families seeking food relief and resources for improved health, dignity, and stability.

Current Open Positions: School Site Grocery Internship

Community Horse Center

Community Horse Sanctuary started in 2015 when we began transforming Ashfault Farm, our small race horse breeding operation, into a facility for taking in horses who need a comfortable, healthy home to live out their lives.

There is a strong need for such an option.  In some cases, circumstances change and owners can no longer provide good care for their horses.  In others, a horse is injured or unfit for work and would otherwise need to be euthanized or sent to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.  Our goal is to work with our community to provide healthy pasture homes for these horses to live out their lives.  We provide supplemental feed, veterinary and farrier care and the neighbors provide safe pasture.

Current Open Positions: Equine Handler

Community Warehouse

Our Vision
We envision a Portland metro community where every neighbor can live with comfort and dignity in a furnished home.

Our Mission
Community Warehouse provides donated furniture and household items to neighbors seeking the comfort and dignity of a furnished home while overcoming adversity.

Current Open Positions: Communications Associate, Operations Associate (Portland), Operations Associate (Tualatin)

CymaSpace

CymaSpace makes Arts, Cultural & Media Events Accessible & Inclusive To The Deaf & Hard of Hearing Through Technology, Education & Outreach

Current Open Positions: Graphic Designer, Marketing Team Member, Development Team member, Technical Artist, Stage Construction and Design, 3D Printer Technician

Dougy Center

The mission of Dougy Center is to provide grief support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families can share their experiences before and after a death. We provide support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children who are grieving.

Current Open Positions: Program Aide

Edúcate Ya

The mission of Edúcate Ya is to facilitate multi-cultural exchange and address the integration challenges faced by Latinxs in Oregon through bilingual health, leadership, and education programs.
Current Open Positions: Bilingual Latinx Non-Profit Program Assistant

Every Body Athletics

Creating lasting impact on the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of adults with disabilities through inclusive group exercise.
Current Open Positions: Every Body Athletics Teammate

Food Waves

Food Waves cultivates food justice and access to healthy food in Clackamas County and the surrounding communities.
Current Open Positions: Grow and Eat Together Internship 

Gateway Center for Domestic Violence

Deliver trauma informed services to survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence. A collaboration between the City of Portland and Multnomah County offering a variety of public and private services specifically and exclusively for victims of intimate partner violence and family violence
Current positions: Navigator Aide

GROW Portland

Grow Portland supports schools and communities by facilitating hands-on garden experiences that foster connections to food, nature and each other.
Current positions: Program Intern

Guardian Partners

Guardians are appointed by the Court to make decisions on behalf of people who are unable to make those decisions for themselves. Most Guardians are caring and responsible individuals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Guardian Partners was started with the goal of providing oversight to ensure that Protected Persons are being treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

Current Positions: Case Monitor

IRCO | Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) serves the holistic needs of immigrants, refugees, and mainstream community members in Oregon and SW Washington. As a community-based organization, we empower children, youth, families and elders from around the world to build new lives and become self-sufficient by providing more than 200 culturally and linguistically specific social services.

Our vision is to be a leader of community driven, innovative programs delivered by compassionate staff who create equitable services that empower immigrants, refugees and underserved communities.

Current Positions: Volunteer

Latino Network (SUN Schools)

Liberation Literacy is a relational and hyper-localized non-profit. We strive to take back our communities by rebuilding the path of transition after incarceration, uplifting and empowering our abilities to heal, and dismantling the prison industrial complex. We utilize the power of conversations, personal experiences, and direct community action to work for and with those currently and formerly imprisoned in Oregon.

SUN Community Schools offer opportunities that support healthy child and youth development and family stability. At SUN Community Schools, the collective efforts of youth, parents, businesses, faith communities, libraries, and community organizations create a network of supports that ensure youth academic success and that communities thrive. 

Current Positions: After-School Teaching Assistant

Liberation Literacy

Liberation Literacy is a relational and hyper-localized non-profit. We strive to take back our communities by rebuilding the path of transition after incarceration, uplifting and empowering our abilities to heal, and dismantling the prison industrial complex. We utilize the power of conversations, personal experiences, and direct community action to work for and with those currently and formerly imprisoned in Oregon.

Current Positions: Desk Staff, Social Media Coordinator

Lift Urban Portland

Our mission is to reduce hunger and improve the lives of low-income residents of Northwest and Downtown Portland. Our vision is a Portland where everyone has access to healthy food and opportunities to connect with others.

Current Positions: Operations Assistant

Lines for Life/Youthline

Lines for Life is a regional non-profit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. We offer help and hope to individuals and communities, and promote mental health for all. Our work addresses a spectrum of needs that include intervention, prevention, and advocacy. We educate, train, and advocate to prevent issues of substance abuse, mental illness, and thoughts of suicide from reaching crisis levels. But when a crisis arises or support is needed, we are available 24/7/365 to intervene with personalized help.

Current Positions: Crisis Intervention and Support Intern, Coaching Intern

Maurice Lucas Foundation

At the Maurice Lucas Foundation, our mission is teaching life lessons through education and sport.Through our combination of academic programs, character-building exercises, sports camps, and educational experiences, we challenge our students to discover who they can be. We partner with families, teachers, Title 1 schools, and business leaders to form a supportive community that works together to build resilient citizens and leaders.

Current Positions: Academic Tutor, Gym Coach

Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon (MHAAO)

MHAAO is a peer-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes self-directed recovery and wellness for all by offering recovery peer services, training, and technical assistance.Peer services for those experiencing mental health and / or addiction challenges are provided at no cost within the greater Portland, OR metropolitan area (Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties) through our  EVOLVE and Pathway Home programs.

MHAAO also provides training services and continuing education units (CEU) for peer support specialists and those interested in becoming certified, wherever they may be. To further the growth of the peer support community, we host Peerpocalypse, an annual leadership conference for those working in peer support and their allies.

Current Positions: Communications Intern, Content Creation Intern, Social Media Intern, Logistics Intern, Grant and Fundraising Intern, Curriculum Development Intern, Human Resources Intern

Metropolitan Family Services - CASH

MFS-CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Oregon is an Economic Empowerment Program of Metropolitan Family Service committed to improving the financial health of low income working families and individuals.

Current Positions: Community Tax Preparation Intern, Client Facilitator

Milagro Theater 

Milagro's mission is to provide extraordinary Latino theatre, culture and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities. Teatro Milagro, Milagro’s touring & arts education program, presents its original bilingual plays and educational residencies to diverse and underserved communities across the nation.

Current postions: Marketing & Communications Intern, Oral History Project Intern

Minds Matter

​Minds Matter of Portland, chartered in 2006, is a chapter of a New York based educational organization that provides supplementary tutoring and mentoring on Saturdays for highly motivated, economically disadvantaged sophomore, junior, and senior high school students who aspire to the best four year school to which they can gain admission and financial aid. Students receive instruction in writing, critical thinking, vocabulary, grammar, public affairs, and math. The curriculum also includes PSAT and SAT instruction, field trips, career days, and debate. Each student is paired with two young professional mentors from the Portland business, professional, and educational community. This year, Minds Matter of Portland has 54 students and 90+ mentors, with a volunteer staff of 37 focused on curriculum, administration, logistics, and fundraising. 

Current Positions: Communications Intern

Mother and Child Education Center

Mother & Child Education Center (MCEC) creates strong connections in underserved communities by providing a judgment-free space for parents to access no-cost services - support, education, resources, and connections to other community-based organizations.

Current Positions: Intern

National Crime Victim Law Center

The National Crime Victim Law Institute actively promotes balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing.
Current positions: Training and Communications Assistant

Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House brings neighbors together to reduce hunger and homelessness and to educate both young and old, strengthening our community by providing resources to support self-reliance, economic independence, and dignity in people of all ages and backgrounds.

Current Positions: Graphic Design Internship, Grant Writing/Communications Internship, Development Communications Internship

Northeast Food Program (Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon)

Neighborhood House brings neighbors together to reduce hunger and homelessness and to educate both young and old, strengthening our community by providing resources to support self-reliance, economic independence, and dignity in people of all ages and backgrounds.

Current Positions: Community Partnership Program (CPP) Associate, Operations Assistant

North Star Civic Foundation

North Star Civic Foundation supports and invests in bold inquiry and partnerships that break through a decades-long stalemate around the biggest threats to our way of life and legacy. We bring a spirit of discovery, disruption and collaboration to accelerate broad-scale change in the areas of open democracy and wealth inequality
Current positions: Research Fellowship, Communications Fellowship

Oregon Contemporary

Oregon Center for Contemporary Art is a space dedicated to art, community, and the exponential possibilities of contemporary art. We produce powerful, visionary art programs for the communities of Oregon. 
We believe artists provide unique, forward-thinking ways of connecting people to the nuanced issues that define modern life. We regularly promote voices and points of view—regional to international—that have been historically underrepresented in the arts, and engage these populations to impact and intervene in the contemporary arts dialogue.
By showcasing any and all forms of art in our exhibitions and events, Oregon Contemporary supports and empowers artists, curators, and performers, presenting singular experiences for the public every month. Through individual and business donations, as well as grant support, Oregon Contemporary is able to pay arts producers fairly for their work, while offering the majority of our programs to audiences free of charge

Current postions: Intern

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

OMSI's mission is to inspire curiosity through engaging science learning experiences, foster experimentation, and the exchange of ideas, and stimulate informed action. Founded in 1944, OMSI is one of the nation’s leading science museums with an international reputation in science education. We are dedicated to helping people build the confidence and skills they need for whatever the future holds through hands-on, high-quality learning experiences in the museum, at our world-class resident camps, and as part of the largest statewide science education program in the country.

Current Positions: No positions currently open.

Oregon School-Based Health Alliance

Our mission is to strengthen school-based health services and systems that promote the health and academic success of young people.

Current Positions: Youth Corps

Our Streets PDX

Our Streets seeks to provide a voice and strength to our community in a way that addresses the ever-changing dynamic of our society. The fluidity of our approach allows us to address numerous aspects of the community, such as environmental injustice, houselessness, food insecurity, civilian oppression, and youth engagement in a way that aids our goal of creating a well-rounded populace.

Current Positions: Kitchen Support 

Parallax Art Center

Parallax Art Center amplifies social justice & environmental protection through inclusive art programs, exhibitions, and experiences.
Current positions: Docent and Guest Services Intern

PERIOD.

PERIOD is a youth-fueled nonprofit that strives to eradicate period poverty and stigma through service, education, and advocacy. Through the distribution of menstrual products, promotion of youth leadership, and championing of menstrual equity in policy, PERIOD aims to center those disproportionately affected by period poverty and support local efforts for menstrual equity
Current positions: Development Associate, Social Media Coordinator

Portland Chinatown Museum

Honoring Portland Chinatown's past, celebrating its present, helping to create its future.

Current Positions: Front Desk Associate

Portland Refugee Support Group

Federally contracted resettlement agencies receive funding to support refugees for a limited time. These services are centered on initial needs, last as few as 3-6 months, and are often insufficient to support a successful transition to a new home. PRSG picks up where these agencies leave off by fostering true self-sufficiency with programs centered on economic mobility, education, social capital, and community re-empowerment

Current Positions: Operations Support Intern

Q Center

To provide safe spaces, community building and empowerment for the positive transformation of LGBTQ2SIA+ communities and allies in the Pacific Northwest.

As the largest LGBTQ+ community center in the Pacific Northwest, Q Center proudly serves the LGBTQ2SIA+ communities of Portland Metro and Southwest Washington. Our drop-in and event space on North Mississippi Avenue is a frequent first stop for new arrivals in Portland, and for longtime residents who are newly out or questioning their sexual or gender identity. Q Center also serves as an information hub for friends, partners, community, and family members of LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals. We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach and seek out ways to share resources with other nonprofits and public institutions locally and statewide.

Current Positions: Front Desk Receptionist, Communications Assistant

Rahab's Sisters

Rahab’s Sisters creates community through radical hospitality with those marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence and substance use. Founded in 2003, we believe community is a basic human need essential to well-being, and that everyone deserves to feel they belong somewhere. Radical hospitality strives to break down barriers of fear, shame and judgment and create a healing space where individuals feel valued and find solidarity with one another. Our staff and team are energetic servant leaders who seek to share humanity with one another. Our community is made up of volunteers and guests, each equally important in our space, sharing from and learning from one another. Rahab’s Sisters is a vibrant, unique organization that provides radical acceptance and comfort to those most in need, and especially for those who identify as a woman or gender nonconforming.
Current Positions: Marketing and Media Assistant

Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) at Lane

 SUN Community Schools are a collaboration between Multnomah County, Portland Parks & Recreation, and six Public School Districts. The SUN Service System leads to educational success and family self-sufficiency through an integrated network of social and support services for youth, families and community members. This nationally recognized system of care works to ensure families are healthy so they can champion and support their children. SUN Community Schools in Multnomah Country are full-service neighborhood hubs where the school and partners from across the community come together to make sure kids and families have what they need to be successful – in school and in life. SUN Community Schools mobilize and strategically organize community resources to provide: Strong core instructional program; Educational support and skill development for youth and adults; Enrichment and recreation activities; Family involvement and support; Social, health and mental health resources, Family and community events.

Current Positions: Program Site Support Intern

The Shadow Project

The mission of The Shadow Project is to make school more accessible and engaging for K-8 students with learning challenges like dyslexia, ADHD, autism and trauma. We envision an education system that normalizes and celebrates learning differences, and supports every student to thrive in school.

Current Positions: Social Media Coordinator

SMART Reading

At SMART Reading, we hold to one simple truth: Reading matters. It’s an early gateway skill that paves the pathway for future success. Without it, kids are simply less likely to graduate high school, find employment, or successfully avoid other hardships like poverty, homelessness, hunger, and injustice.

Since 1992, SMART Reading has been pairing adult volunteers with children to provide reading support and books to keep. SMART Reading volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-guided environment.

Current Positions: Volunteer Reader

SOAR Immigration Legal Services (Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon)

Since 1992, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's SOAR Immigration Legal Services has provided culturally competent, immigration-related legal representation and education to refugees and immigrants with limited income throughout Oregon.
Current Positions: ESL Assistant, Administrative Assistant

Stages of Life Productions

Stages of Life has been a non-profit organization since August 22nd, 2007. Our mission is to create original and personal musical productions that will educate, entertain and inspire people in our community of all ages
Current Positions: Social Media and Online Marketing Developer

State Forests Trust of Oregon

The State Forests Trust of Oregon connects people to our common ground for recreation and development of environmental stewards through education and interpretation.
Current Positions: Social Media Campaign Manager

Store to Door

We envision the Portland area to be a community where all seniors and people living with disabilities are nourished, included, and can age with dignity in the setting of their own choice.
Current Positions: Grocery Delivery Driver, Program Associate

Street Roots

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.
Current Positions: Vendor Program Assistant

Theatre Diaspora

Theatre Diaspora is Oregon’s only professional Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) theatre company, committed to portraying authentic AAPI cultural, historical, and social perspectives to reach broad audiences. By strongly advocating through compelling performances and post-show discussions, we are bridging communities to foster inclusion, social-awareness, and open conversations on race and cultural diversity – celebrating the AAPI experience.
Current Positions: Social Media Coordinator

Volunteers of America Oregon

At Volunteers of America Oregon, we specialize in family safety, substance use, behavioral health, and reentry from the criminal justice system. For 125 years, we have been empowering individuals, families, and communities in Oregon including the aging population, young people, men and women returning from prison, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.
Current Positions: Residential Counselor Assistant, Recovery Center Kitchen Assistant, Recovery House Maintenance Volunteer, Scholarship/Development Assistant, Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate 

William Temple House

William Temple House provides food, counseling, clothing, and household items to Portland-area neighbors to strengthen our community.

Current Positions: Social Services Department Intern 

Zenger Farm

We are a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all. We are guided by a vision of a healthy, resilient community, where the wellbeing and prosperity of children and adults, regardless of race, geography or socio-economic status, is enhanced through access to affordable, plentiful and nourishing foods. We believe nourishment is a basic human right.

Current Positions: Kitchen Programs Assistant