After more than 20,000 votes, Seven 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 2017 grant recipients!


2017 GROW Grant Recipients

GROW: The Advantis Community Fund
Nonprofit organization: Funds requested for:

Chelsea Hicks Foundation

Chelsea Hicks Foundation
Chelsea Hicks Foundation was founded to bring imagination and play to seriously ill children. The Foundation organizes Chelsea’s Closet, a travelling therapeutic active dress-up and play program that visits hospitals to provide monthly dress-up parties for seriously ill children.


Grant will purchase a professional lift so that staff and volunteers can efficiently and safely access multi-tier storage racks in the Chelsea’s Closet costume warehouse.

CODA

CODA, Inc.
CODA, Inc. treats people whose health and quality of life are compromised by alcohol, drugs and mental health challenges. At Stepping Stones, CODA’s transitional housing center, the organization provides supported housing for Washington County women who are below the federal poverty level, have substance abuse disorders, and are eligible for a Department of Human Services (DHS) reunification plan with their children.


Grant will provide a backyard playground at Stepping Stones. The playground will give children a safe space for active play as they bond with their moms who are undergoing treatment.

Friends of the Children
Friends of the Children
Friends of the Children provides one on one support and guidance from a salaried, professional mentor (called a Friend), from kindergarten through high school graduation. Friends work collaboratively with youth and their caregivers to set and achieve individualized goals, as well as advocate for them in the wide array of systems that surround them.

Grant will transform offices into a dedicated youth-study space at the organization’s NE headquarters building. The new space will provide a safe area for youth to develop their love of learning and build strong study skills.
Our House
Our House of Portland
Esther’s Pantry supplies nutritious supplemental food for people living with HIV, as well as clothing and small basic-needs items in the Portland metro area..

Grant will install shelving, purchase a new stand-alone refrigerator, and convert two small freezers to stand-up freezers to provide more pantry storage.
Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Portland Homeless Family Solutions works to empower homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term.

Grant will nearly double the number of families at the organization’s overnight shelters by creating two additional sleeping rooms at the Goose Hollow Shelter, in addition to expanding the current day shelter, Thirteen Salmon, into a night shelter to host six families.
Q Center

Q Center
The Q Center is a community hub for hundreds of LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups seeking information, support, and opportunities to connect and build community in a friendly and safe environment. 


Grant will allow Q Center to replace more than 100 florescent lights with energy saving LEDs, cutting the organization’s electric bill by over half. Savings will then be used to improve other services like increasing Wi-Fi range, upgrading computer lab equipment, increasing ADA accessibility, and providing free space usage to other nonprofits and community groups.

Rose Haven

Rose Haven
Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center for women and children experiencing homelessness, abuse and other life disruptions.


Grant will provide supplies for Rose Haven’s new shower facilities for women and children, and will include new shower stalls, reception furniture, a new washer and dryer, towels, toiletries, undergarments and more.