Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2016 Light a Fire Winners

Celebrating the nonprofits that make Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.

10/10/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Kelly Clarke, Claire Colby, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Regina Winkle-Bryan

Light a Fire 2016: Emerging Leader

Born in Mexico, 28-Year-Old Cristina Delgado Devotes Herself to Washington County’s Latina Girls

“I have a similar background to many of the Chicas,” says the Adelante Mujeres staffer.

10/10/2016 By Claire Colby

Light a Fire 2016: Extraordinary Board Member

How SMART Board Member Elizabeth Large Helps Create Confident Readers

Start Making a Reader Today pairs adult volunteers with in-need students.

10/10/2016 By Claire Colby

Outdoors

From Aging Trailer to Fabulous Glamper

A Portland couple converts an antique motor home into the retro-inspired camper of their dreams.

09/27/2016 By Claire Colby

Q&A

Multnomah Whiskey Library to WM Goods, the Secrets of Some of Portland’s Sharpest Spaces

Dishing with ELK Collective cofounders Kelly Ogden and Larissa Burden.

09/21/2016 By Claire Colby

Sign On

How the Tiny Spoon Keeps the Art of Neon Alive

Perry Pfister is Portland's neon mastermind.

09/21/2016 By Claire Colby

FURNITURE

Furniture Maker Phloem Studio Leaves Portland for the Gorge

With studio space prices soaring, Phloem says goodbye to Portland and hello to better views.

08/05/2016 By Claire Colby

BEAUTY BEAT

Shape Brows to Perfection with One Local Wonder Product

Eyebrows. We all have them, but how should we shape them? This Portland product will help do the trick.

07/27/2016 By Claire Colby

UNDERDOGS

At One Oregon Jail, Young Men and Unwanted Dogs Help Each Other

Project POOCH saves dogs’ lives while teaching skills to juvenile offenders.

07/12/2016 By Claire Colby

GEAR UP

This Humble Backpack Could Save Your Life When the Big One Hits

It's actually a 72-hour survival kit.

07/08/2016 By Claire Colby

HAPPENINGS

July Is Upon Us: Top Style and Design Things to Do

From custom pet portraits on your nails to more than six decades of indigenous fashion, these stylish things will keep you entertained for the next two weeks.

07/01/2016 By Claire Colby

NONPROFIT

One Nonprofit Wants to Connect Every Ghanaian Child With a Portland Pen Pal

Yo Ghana! harnesses the power of good old-fashioned snail-mail.

06/29/2016 By Claire Colby

HAPPENINGS

June Comes to a Close: Top Style and Design Events

From sipping margaritas while perusing vintage goods to finding your perfect custom look, these stylish things will keep you entertained for the next two weeks.

06/16/2016 By Claire Colby

PDX INDEX

What Does a Union Mean for Burgerville?

Employees of the beloved Northwest fast-food chain want raises, health insurance, and paid parental leave.

06/13/2016 By Claire Colby

HAPPENINGS

June Is Here! Style Events and Sales Abound

From fashion installations to a demented dress-up scavenger hunt, here are stylish ways to spend the next two weeks.

06/02/2016 By Claire Colby

COMEDY CABARET

Jane Lynch Is Back, but This Time without the Tracksuit

Cabaret meets rap meets hit-you-between-the-eyes humor: Jane Lynch comes to town with See Jane Sing. We caught up with the former Glee star ahead of her Newmark show.

05/26/2016 By Claire Colby

MINI-GOLF

Boozy Mini-Golf Returns to Goose Hollow for the Summer

Miniature golf + booze in a can + chef Jun Robles’s food cart = tipsy summer hangout.

05/25/2016 By Claire Colby

HAPPENINGS

May Is Coming to a Close! Top Style and Design Things to Do

Red dresses, a made-up holiday, and free booze? End May properly with two weeks of stylish entertainment.

05/20/2016 By Claire Colby

SHOPPING

Magpie Vintage Has Flown to Hawthorne

It’s bigger, better, and more finely tuned. Check out Magpie’s new nest.

05/19/2016 By Claire Colby