Current MCNW VISTA Sites

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Oregon:

The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas — Portland, OR

The Arc Multnomah Clackamas, located in Portland Oregon, provides advocacy, support, and services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). They strive to support a sociey in which people with all levels of ability have and embrace the opportunity to work, have relationships, contribute to their communities, and live life to the fullest.

 

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) — Portland, OR

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), located in Portland, Oregon, is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice using collective strengths to advance equity through empowering and organizing with our communities.

 

Community Vision — Portland, OR

Community Vision serves individuals with disabilities to increase their independence and self-determination. Their work is guided by the belief that all people, regardless of perceived ability, deserve

 

 

Home Forward — Portland, OR

Home Forward, located in Portland, Oregon, works to assure that the people of the community are sheltered. Home Forward has a special responsibility to those who encounter barriers to housing because of income, disability or special need. Home Forward will continue to promote, operate and develop affordable housing that engenders stability, self-sufficiency, self-respect and pride in its residents and represents a long-term community asset. Home Forward will be a community leader to create public commitment, policy and funding to preserve and develop affordable housing. Our community is all of Multnomah County, including the cities of Gresham, Fairview, Portland, and Troutdale, and other East County communities.

 

JOIN — Portland, OR

JOIN is a lead organization in the community that creatively and collaboratively address issues like family homelessness, access to private market rental housing, culturally-responsive services, engagement with homeless individuals in organized camps and others.  JOIN is one of our community’s best assets in the fight to ensure that all of our neighbors have access to a safe and stable home.

 

Meals on Wheels People — Portland, OR

Meals on Wheels People enriches the lives of seniors and assists them in maintaining independence by making nutritious food, social contacts and other resources easily accessible. Their community spans across Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and serves clients in urban, suburban and rural areas throughout the three counties.

Mercy Corps, Community Investment Trust — Portland, OR

The Community Investment Trust (CIT) builds the possibility to strengthen communities and create empowered lives. The CIT offers a long-term path to collective, communal ownership of real-estate for investors starting from $10-$100/month. The CIT is a pilot program of Mercy Corps and currently serves the community of East Portland.

Mercy Corps Northwest, Community Resilience Team — Portland, OR

The overall goal of the Community Resilience Team is to increase the resiliency of communities in the NW in the face of a major earthquake or major disaster. We also hope to increase resiliency in Mercy Corps staff and position Mercy Corps to effectively respond to a significant disaster in the region.

 

 

Mercy Corps Northwest, LIFE Program — Portland, OR

The Lifelong Information for Entrepreneurs (LIFE) program provides support to incarcerated individuals (“LIFE Inside”) and individuals returning to the community after incarceration (“LIFE Outside”) by administering a business and life skills training course inside prison and providing continued training and support after participants are released from prison. The 32 week, accredited LIFE Inside course empowers participants to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and leverages the potential of self-employment to promote resilience, and economic stability. The program currently serves women at Oregon’s only women’s prison, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, and the program expanded in 2019 to serve men at the Columbia River Correctional Institution.

 

Mercy Corps Northwest, Small Business Education Team — Portland, OR

Mercy Corps Northwest’s Small Business Education Program provides classes, seminars and consulting by industry experts to help small business owners and entrepreneurs improve their skills and access the support they need to successfully start and grow a small business.

 

 

 

Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA) — Salem, OR

The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA), located in Salem, Oregon, empowers people to change their lives and exit poverty by providing vital services and community leadership. Our community is a combination of urban and rural areas, focused primarily in Marion and Polk Counties.

 

 

Project Lemonade — Portland, OR

Project Lemonade, located in Portland, Oregon, inspires self-esteem in foster youth through three signature programs: a store where foster youth shop for free clothes, a paid summer internship for foster youth and a WISH enrichment program. Our community is a vibrant urban environment.

 

 

Rosewood Initiative — Portland, OR

The Rosewood Initiative, located on the Portland side of the Portland and Gresham border, does place-based community development; we connect and empower Rosewood neighbors to build a safe and prosperous, vibrant and inclusive community. Rosewood builds capacity in the neighborhood by helping people learn useful skills and by connecting friends, partners, and resources.

 

Tananáwit — Warm Springs, OR

Tananáwit began meeting in December 2013, when a dozen Warm Springs tribal members held an informal meeting about starting a cooperative. With so many community member artists, the group decided to focus on promoting Native art in Warm Springs. In April 2017, the group selected its name, Tananáwit: A Community of Warm Springs Artists, and in May 2018, The Tananáwit program attained its nonprofit status as an organization that provides educational and economic development opportunities by empowering our people and building knowledge and understand of traditional and contemporary Native art of the Columbia River Plateau.

Warm Springs Community Action Team — Warm Springs, OR

The Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT), located in Warm Springs, Oregon, promotes community development by empowering individuals and groups of people to realize their potential, become self-reliant, and affect positive change for themselves, their families, and their community. The Warm Springs Community Action Team is located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, which covers 1,000 miles in rural Wasco and Jefferson counties.

 

Washington:

Mercy Corps Northwest, Seattle Office — Seattle, WA

Mercy Corps Northwest helps build empowered, resilient communities in the Pacific Northwest through financial inclusion, education, advocacy and access to capital. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to improve their life, especially those without ready access to resources. Mercy Corps Northwest is a part of Mercy Corps Global and serves communities in Oregon and Washington, largely in the Portland and Seattle Metro Areas.

Mercy Corps Northwest, Walla Walla Office — Walla Walla, WA

The new Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW) office in Walla Walla, Washington supports low-income individuals in the Central Washington region achieve their entrepreneurial aspirations through our small business programs, including our Individual Development Account (IDA) program, Microloan program, business education program, and community partnership network.