Grow: The Advantis Community Fund is awarding $50,000 for local projects that make a difference in our community. Our selection committee has chosen the finalists, and now you can help us decide which projects will receive grants. Learn more about these organizations and their projects below.
Blessings in a Backpack, Northwest Oregon Chapter A non-religious affiliated organization, Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry.
Grant funds will be used to provide satisfying and nutritious individual shelf-stable meals in the backpacks of hungry kids weekly for two months. The grant will provide six to eight ready-to-eat meals to over 200 elementary aged students every Friday in and around the Portland area.
College Possible College Possible makes college admission and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. We address the educational opportunity gap by providing intensive programming that supports students from junior year of high school through college graduation.
Grant funds will provide historically underserved students the support they deserve to navigate the college admissions process. This includes college and scholarship applications, financial aid consulting, campus visits and guidance on the transition to college. The project will serve up to 350 students from seven Portland-metro high schools.
Community for Positive Aging Community for Positive Aging was founded as Hollywood Senior Center in 1973 and offers a multitude of no cost donation-based services, a devoted team enhanced by peer run programs, and resources that empower you to learn, connect, and grow as you age.
Grant funds will expand an Asian Food Pantry to 100+ Asian Senior Households in Multnomah, Polk & Marion counties. Funds will be used for translation services, steering committee stipends & food programs expansion including contracting farmers to grow culturally specific produce.
Dress for Success The mission of Dress for Success Oregon is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Grant will support enhancements to the Technology Lab by purchasing permanent technology for participant use. This enhancement would provide computer stations where participants can work on resumes, job applications, and participate in technology-based skill building courses while also improving the space to make it more usable for participants who are seeking employment.
Human Solutions Inc. Human Solutions partners with people and communities impacted by poverty so they can achieve long-term housing and economic security. We invest in affordable housing and community assets that contribute to strong, inclusive neighborhoods. We advocate with our community for policies and investments that expand housing and economic opportunity, eliminate wealth inequality and end poverty.
Grant funds would support Human Solutions' Welcome Home kits for families moving from homelessness to stable housing. These kits help families settle in with basic homemaking supplies by providing essentials like cleaning products, towels, bedding and more.
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Northwest Association for Blind Athletes' (NWABA) mission is to provide life-changing opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired through sports and physical activities. The programs offered by NWABA are transformative; they share a common thread of integrating critical skills, such as social and interpersonal skills, independent living skills, and mobility skills, while using sports and physical activity as the vehicle for instruction.
Grant funds would support the Paddleboard Sports Outreach program by providing additional water sport equipment such as kayaks or paddleboards and safety equipment for their athletes and volunteer participants.
Northwest Housing Alternatives Along with providing affordable housing, Northwest Housing Alternatives provides services that connect tenants to critical health and community resources, work to prevent homelessness before it begins, and offer emergency shelter and services for families experiencing homelessness.
Grant funds will support Northwest Housing Alternatives' Supporting Educational Success program, which provides educational supports for students living in NHA's affordable housing properties in Portland and Clackamas with the goal of ensuring students are graduating at the same levels or higher than their corresponding high schools.
Oregon Repertory Singers Oregon Repertory Singers (ORS) is a premier choral arts 501(c)3 nonproﬁt organization founded in 1974. We consist of a 100-member professional-caliber adult choir, and a youth choir program (ORSYC) unmatched in the region for ages 5-18, serving the greater Portland and SW Washington areas.
Grant funds will support the one-of-a-kind Composer-in-Residence project which provides youth aged 5-18 the opportunity to work with a composer, be involved in creating a new composition expressing shared lived-experiences, and contribute to global youth repertoire. As a result of this funded project, an estimated initial 150 youth will have the opportunity to be a part of the project.
Project POOCH Project POOCH's mission is to develop patience, responsibility, and compassion for all life by pairing youth currently incarcerated with shelter dogs.
As the youth learn to care for and train the dogs they build life, job, and social skills to improve upon their chance of success when they reenter our community. The dogs are prepared for success in their forever homes and are adopted into the community.
A grant would provide for the replacement of two outdoor enclosures that were previously destroyed by a weather event. Grant funds will provide two new 10ft by 10ft high-quality enclosures and resurface indoor/outdoor dog runs, which will help the youth provide better care and provide safe and clean spaces for the dogs.
Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES) The Salvation Army is a faith-based organization committed to meeting human needs without discrimination. In response to COVID in 2020, we opened a window on the side of our building and served everyone that came to that window. We offer a hot meal, a sack lunch for later, clothing, hygiene products, tents, blankets etc. as donations allow. No one is turned away.
Grant funds would be used to convert this temporary window added during the pandemic to a reinforced, secure permanent space that includes a table top, food counter and built-in pantry shelving. Funds would also add an adjacent second window to increase service capability. Finally, funds will also be used to partition off existing dorm space to allow for the operation of emergency beds for women while maintaining a space to process incoming donations.
Trauma Intervention Program NW Trauma Intervention Program NW's volunteers provide emotional first aid to survivors of tragedy in order to ease their immediate suffering and facilitate their healing and long-term recovery.
Grant funds will be used to provide Trauma Intervention Program volunteers with reflective safety vests that are used on large scene events that enables volunteers to be immediately identified by law enforcement and firefighters when assisting grieving community members.
Wheel to Walk Foundation Wheel to Walk Foundation purchases medical & adaptive equipment or therapy services for children with disabilities, age 20 years and younger, when they are unable to obtain those items through insurance.
Grant funds will be used to provide financial relief directly to families raising children with special needs by purchasing necessary equipment (such as portable ramps, adaptive car seats or wheelchairs) or therapies that are not covered by insurance to ensure that no child go without the necessary equipment to help them to thrive.