Vision into Action Partners and Friends

African American Health Coalition—The AAHC promotes health and improves wellness in African Americans through health education, advocacy and research.

African American Historical District / Golden West Project—Preserves, perpetuates, promotes and integrates African-American heritage and culture in the Pacific Northwest.

African Muzik Connection—An entertainment network for African immigrants to share their creative talents in music, dance, and the arts.

African Women's Coalition—AWC's mission is to mobilize, advocate and empower African Women living in Oregon and Southwest Washington by providing a culturally supportive and nurturing environment that builds the capacity of the community to help itself and allows other members of the community to reach their highest potential through support, guidance and educational opportunities.

Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations—Since 1986, the APNBA has supported business districts in Portland. APNBA helps business owners embrace leadership positions that make their business districts thrive. A thriving, viable business district invites customers and investments and bolsters community pride.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon—APANO's mission is to mobilize the social, cultural and political strengths of the many diverse API communities. In turn, the alliance that is created will allow APANO to accomplish its goals through advocacy, networking, and collaboration.

Audubon Society of Portland—Audubon Society of Portland promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats.

Black Studies Department, Portland State University—The objectives of the Department of Black Studies at Portland State University include providing comprehensive learning programs aimed at greater understanding by all people of the black experience, past, present, and future. The Department of Black Studies seeks to expose students from all cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds to academic experiences beyond those generally found in traditional college curricula.

Black United Fund—The Black United Fund of Oregon's mission is to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon's low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.

Boise Neighborhood Association—The Boise Neighborhood Association, located in NE Portland, strives to hear all voices in our neighborhood, find community solutions to issues in our neighborhood and empower neighbors to exist through mutual aid.

Bradley-Angle House—Founded in 1975, Bradley-Angle House provides emergency shelter and healing options to women and children escaping domestic violence, including a 24-hour crisis line available to the public.

Burmese Community Association—A mutual assistance association for Burmese immigrants and refugees.

Cambodian-American Community of Oregon—CACO preserves the past by passing on its heritage, culture and language to newer generation and friends of the community, and empowers the present and the future by means of various programs primarily aimed at youth.

Center for Intercultural Organizing—The Center for Intercultural Organizing is a diverse, grassroots organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights through education, civic engagement, community organizing and mobilization, and intergenerational leadership development.

Central Northeast Neighbors—CNN's mission is to support neighborhood efforts that contribute to community livability, diversity, safety, vitality, and sustainability in Central NE Portland. CNN provides a forum to empower communities to take action on issues of livability and community development that lead to collaborative efforts.

Coalition for a Livable Future—The Coalition for a Livable Future unites over 90 diverse organizations and hundreds of individuals to promote healthy and sustainable communities. By connecting issues, people and organizations, CLF empowers communities to take action together to shape the big decisions affecting the Portland region’s future.

Community Connect—Community Connect is an effort to increase community involvement and develop a comprehensive roadmap to strengthen Portland's civic life by increasing the number and diversity of people involved in their communities, strengthening community capacity, and increasing community impact on public decisions.

Community Warehouse—Community Warehouse is a volunteer-based nonprofit that collects and redistributes donated furniture and household items to local people in need, at no cost to them.

Elders in Action—Elder's in Action's mission is to assure a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults. The organization is powered by the experience of more than 150 volunteers, who work to solve problems, tackle important issues and help businesses and communities better serve the older customer.

Emmons Architects—Emmons Architects was started by Stuart Emmons in a basement in 1997. It is now a mid-size architecture and urban design firm in Portland, Oregon. Emmons Architects designs urban spaces, urban buildings and urban districts.

Friends of Portland Community Gardens—The Friends of Portland Community Gardens, a volunteer nonprofit organization working primarily with Portland Parks and Recreation, is dedicated to the improvement, advocacy and expansion of local community gardening.

Frente en Comun—Frente Común primary goal is to improve the quality of life throughout Portland communities, focusing on the needs of the Latino population.

Handicap United to Serve Humanity—The organization's mission is to inspire change and create opportunities to accelerate People with Disabilities in the community to have equal voice and equal choice in Oregon, Southwest Washington, nationally and internationally.

Hands on Greater Portland—Hands On Greater Portland connects community members with volunteer opportunities that make a meaningful, rewarding change in the Portland area.

Healthy Waters Institute—The Healthy Waters Institute seeks to ensure the health of Oregon's rivers and streams for generations by forging a lifelong, caretaking bond between students and their local watersheds.

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber—Since 1994, the chamber has provided a vital forum for the Hispanic business community to share ideas, concerns and successes. As local community leaders and Hispanic Chamber members come together, they build partnerships that allow Hispanic businesses and other members of the community to better understand the contribution that each one makes to the growth and development in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Homowo African Arts and Cultures—Homowo African Arts & Cultures, based in the Northwest, provides the world with a non-profit organization which offers authentic experiences with the music and dance of Ghana, West Africa. We create cultural awareness and understanding through our educational offerings, annual festival and performing groups that tour the world.

Human Solutions—Human Solution's mission is to help low-income and homeless families gain self sufficiency by providing affordable housing, family support services, job readiness training and economic development opportunities.

Latino Network—Latino Network promotes social change by cultivating the power of the Latino community.

Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee—The Citizen Involvement Committee (CIC) involves, educates, empowers and integrates the people of Multnomah County into all aspects of policy and decision-making within county governments. The CIC does not involve itself in the merits of issues, but rather with the merits of the processes which shape the issues.

Native American Youth and Family Services—NAYA Family Center's Mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.

North/Northeast Business Association—NNEBA is an association of businesses and community members working together create a thriving, livable community in North and Northeast Portland.

Oregon Action—Oregon Action organizes people on the downside of power to work together to build power, win campaigns, and make real changes in their lives and in our communities.

Oregon Trout—Oregon Trout is a statewide non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon with satellite offices in Bandon, Bend and Corvallis. Oregon Trout works to restore freshwater health through innovation and education.

Pan African Community Organization—PanACCO is a community-based organization in Portland working with African populations from across the continent.

Portland Community College Foundation / Students4Giving—The PCC Foundation is the private fund-raising arm for the college. Members of the community who believe in the mission and the value of PCC serve on the PCC Foundation Board to guide its activities and investments.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH)—PHLUSH was formed to address the long-standing problem of where people, homeless and otherwise, can use a bathroom in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown.

Ride Connection—Ride Connection is a private non-profit organization dedicated to linking individuals with accessible transportation since 1988.

Rose Community Development—ROSE Community Development combines affordable housing programs with supportive services and economic opportunities to revitalize Outer South East Portland.

School of Social Work, Portland State University—Doctoral, masters, and undergraduate programs offered by the School of Social Work are guided by social justice and a commitment to diversity and empowerment. Research activities are focused on improving the effectiveness of services, particularly for underserved communities.

Sisters of the Road—Sisters of the Road has supported community driven solutions to the calamities of homelessness and poverty, in an atmosphere of gentle personalism and nonviolence since 1979.

Slavic Coalition—The Slavic Coalition of Oregon promotes advocacy, leadership and cultural awareness, working within the communities of various Eastern and Central-European origin.

Small Business Advisory Council—SBAC represents the diversity found in the Portland business community, providing an organized voice for small business with the Portland City Council on policies that impact small business.

Society for Haitian Arts and Culture—SHAC's mission is to promote the existence of the Haitian Art and Culture in the Pacific Northwest, to provide education and development resources to the community, and to expand the diversity of arts and culture.

The American Institute of Architects/Portland—Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America's architects. As AIA members, over 81,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation's buildings and communities.

The Asian Reporter—The Asian Reporter is the Portland area's weekly source for international, regional, and local Asian news.

The Pangaea Project—By engaging teenagers from underserved neighborhoods in local and international service-learning projects, The Pangaea Project promotes the development of leadership skills, increases global awareness, and fosters a commitment to work towards social change, profoundly transforming both the participants and their communities.

The TREE Institute—A grassroots social justice community focusing on using theatre of the oppressed to bring about change.

The Wholistic Peace Institute—The Institute was formed to bring to bear the “creativity and the unique knowledge” of the Nobel Peace Laureates to solving the world’s most violent prone and dangerous problem areas.

Transition Projects, Inc.—The mission of Transition Projects is to serve people's basic needs as they transition from homelessness to housing. Each year Transition Projects serve more than 9,000 people.

Tryon Life Community Farm—At the confluence of rural farm land and native forest in an urban center, TLC Farm demonstrates how sustainable living techniques can further goals often perceived as contradictory: urban density of human habitat inside the growth boundary, combined with not only conservation of natural resources and public greenspace, but actual enhancement of native ecosystems.

VOZ—The mission of VOZ is to empower immigrant workers, particularly day laborers, to gain control over their working conditions and to exercise their collective power to address the issues they face. VOZ is a worker-led organization whose membership organizes to secure and promote their rights through organizing, leadership development, and community education.


Bureau of Housing and Community Development—BHCD's mission is to make Portland a more livable city for all by bringing low-income people and community resources together.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability—Newly merged bureaus, Bureau of Planning and the Office of Sustainable Development.

Office of Management and Finance—OMF's mission is to support the administrative and operational needs of the City to enhance quality service delivery to the public.

Office of Neighborhood Involvement—ONI's mission is to enhance the quality of neighborhoods through community participation.

Portland Office of Emergency Management—POEM’s mission is to provide leadership in emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction, response and recovery for the City of Portland in order to protect lives and property in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster.