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This 50-Year-Old Housing Org Offers Hope to Portland’s Most Vulnerable Residents

Transition Projects combats homelessness with deeply affordable housing units built for long-term societal change.

12/02/2020 By Morgan Westling

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Basic Rights Oregon Has Advocated for LGBTQ Oregonians for a Quarter Century

Queer and trans Oregonians owe the nonprofit some significant policy victories.

12/02/2020 By Conner Reed

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Growing Gardens Grows More Than Just Plants

How one nonprofit has become a beacon of hope, health, and self-sufficiency.

12/02/2020 By Riley Blake

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Four Decades of Protest: Self Enhancement Inc Keeps Showing Up

The North Portland nonprofit works with schools, families, and partner organizations to provide support for students and their families, in academia and beyond.

12/02/2020 By Fiona McCann

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When COVID-19 Put Oregon’s Families in Deep Need, This Venture Nonprofit Changed Overnight to Help

Within days of COVID-19’s official arrival in Oregon in late winter, the Contingent sensed an urgent need for help among its foster families.

12/02/2020 By Marty Patail

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Margaret-Ann Jones at 71 Is Still Giving her Time and Opening Doors for Portlanders

“This is what feeds me. It lifts my spirits healing others,” she says. “One of my philosophies is the more you give away or the more you do, the more comes b...

12/02/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

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The Black Resilience Fund Brings Immediate Financial Relief to Black Portlanders—and Strives for a More Equitable Future

The fund has grown from a GoFundMe with a goal of $5,000 to a nonprofit that’s raised nearly $1.7 million for Black Portlanders.

12/02/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

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Brennan Wood Approaches Grief with Lived Experience, Compassion, and a Dedicated Staff

“This process of grieving the death of somebody is natural and normal and healthy, and it doesn’t have to be something you try to keep separate from who you ...

12/02/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

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At Camp Ukandu, Jordan Herrle Restores Hope—and Childhood—for Kids Battling Cancer

The youngest member of the camp’s leadership team advocates year-round for kids with cancer.

12/02/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

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This Portland-Based Organization Is Helping Kids Get the Healthy Meals They Need

Since 2017, Our Giving Table has been cooking and delivering nutritious, mom-made meals for food-insecure kids.

12/02/2020 By Karen Brooks

Outdoors

Sno-Parks, State Parks & Beyond: Snag a Wilderness Parking Pass

From the Oregon State Parks Pass to the Oregon Pacific Coast Passport, pick one (or a few) of these passes to save time, money, and stress.

11/25/2020 By Margaret Seiler and Wriik Maui

Coronavirus

As COVID Vaccines Seem More Plausible, Oregon Focuses on Its Distribution Plan

The three-phase plan centers health equity. But if and when a vaccine is approved, there will be a “period of discovery.”

11/25/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Coronavirus

Comparing Lockdown Levels in the West Coast States

Is a freeze by any other name just as strict? Let's find out!

11/18/2020 By Julia Silverman

Election 2020

LIVE: Statewide Races Results

Live results and analysis on Oregon's most important races, from US congressional seats to secretary of state.

11/03/2020 By Julia Silverman

Election 2020

LIVE: Portland City Council & Metro Results

Live results and analysis on the city's most important races, from the mayor's office to a hotly contested city council seat

11/03/2020 By Fiona McCann and Margaret Seiler

Election 2020

LIVE: Oregon Ballot Measure Results

Live results and analysis on city and state ballot measures, from a new police oversight board to legalized mushrooms.

11/03/2020 By Eden Dawn, Gabriel Granillo, and Conner Reed

Basketball

When Portland's WNBA Team Lit Up the Rose Garden

Kansas connections (and fast food) fueled the short-lived Portland Fire.

10/06/2020 By Jarrett Van Meter

Oregon, Whose Oregon?

Oregon’s 1920s-Era State Song Is Nakedly Racist

After nearly a century, is this the year “Oregon, My Oregon” will finally get a rewrite?

10/05/2020 By Gabriel Granillo and Julia Silverman

Editor's Note

Giving Thanks for the Things We Can Still Appreciate

2020 isn’t built for gratitude. But maybe it’s possible to take a dose of the good with the bad.

10/02/2020 By Marty Patail

Podblast

Introducing Portland Monthly's New Podcast: Footnotes

Every Friday we break down our stories with writers, contributors, and editors who crafted them ... in 10 minutes or less.

08/07/2020 By Gabriel Granillo