Grow: The Advantis Community Fund 2021 Grant Recipients
After nearly 29,000 votes, five nonprofit organizations have been selected to receive an Advantis GROW grant to assist them with projects that will provide long-term benefits to our community.
Congratulations to our 2021 grant recipients!
2021 GROW Grant Recipients
Funds requested for:
Blanchet House of Hospitality
Blanchet House of Hospitality’s mission is to offer food, shelter and aid to all those in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored, and to assist the transformation of each life we touch with compassion and dignity.
Grant will support enhancements to the clothing program including the addition of secure storage units, mobile display units, and security features to safely and efficiently hand out clothing donations. Additionally, the grant will be used to build space in the dining hall for peer support and referral services.
Children’s Healing Art Project
Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) brings the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges. CHAP teaching artists visit more than 15 Portland-area hospitals and medical facilities each week including OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children to bring the wonders of creativity and art-making directly to the children they serve. CHAP also hosts art workshops and creative sessions for children at their art studio in SE Portland.
Grant will provide 600 free packs of art supplies to children at clinics serving low-income families. By providing CHAP's free packs of brand new art supplies to children in the waiting rooms, patients, families, and medical staff will be able to see the positive impact that creativity can have on a child facing a medical struggle.
Johnson Creek Watershed Council The Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s mission is to restore Johnson Creek with the help of the community. This is accomplished through hosting volunteer restoration events, including planting trees, removing invasive species, and removing trash from natural areas in the watershed. They collaborate with community groups to get this work done, from place-based volunteer coalitions, to youth and education focused groups, to culturally specific groups, groups led by people experiencing houselessness, workforce development groups getting into the natural resources fields, and many other groups between.
Grant will support the Johnson Creek clean-up. This event harnesses community efforts to remove around 5 tons of trash annually from this salmon-bearing urban creek. The clean-up will involve around 175 volunteers, various community groups, youth interns from Lents Youth Initiative, outreach specialists from Ground Score Association and technicians from Central City Concern.
Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team The Portland Animal Welfare Team's mission is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and keep pets and people together by providing free and low-cost veterinary care to the pets of people experiencing houselessness or extreme poverty. PAW Team provides vital services for pets from more than 1,000 Portland-area families per year, aiding individuals living on the streets, in transitional shelters or government housing, as well as those facing temporary financial limitations that restrict their ability to obtain medical care for their pets.
Grant will support PAW Team’s offsite clinic program, which visits local emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities to meet community members at their location and provide direct access to the essential veterinary care their companion animals need to stay happy, healthy, and with their families.
Raphael House of Portland Raphael House of Portland helps survivors of domestic violence find the safety, hope, and independence they deserve. Since 1977, they have offered uninterrupted access to emergency shelter in a confidential location—providing a life-saving resource to families who are in imminent danger as they flee abuse. Survivors are also supported through ongoing supportive services, emergency resources, youth programming, housing assistance, counseling, and more. Additionally, a prevention education program teaches thousands of teens each year about equitable relationships and practicing consent with the goal of stopping domestic violence before it starts.
Grant will provide rooms in the emergency domestic violence shelter with new bedding and cribs—providing 10,000 safe, comfortable nights for survivors and their children fleeing abuse each year. Grant will also provide a new washing machine, so families can safely do laundry within a secure location.