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There are many organizations in our community working to improve the conditions of people, animals and the environment. The projects they undertake are made possible by generous contributions of time and money from local businesses and citizens. We will continue to add to and improve this list as we discover these organizations. Do you have a favorite you would like to see here? If so, please contact us at

Alberta Cooperative Grocery
The purpose of Alberta Cooperative Grocery is to provide high quality, healthy, affordable food and produce obtained primarily from local, organic and socially responsible sources. Alberta Co-op functions as a neighborhood community resource, serving diverse members of North/Northeast Portland. Alberta Co-op is a member owned cooperative, though anyone is welcome to shop at the store. Members can get involved at the co-op by volunteering as working members and receiving a discount for their help at the co-op.

Bicycle Transportation Alliance

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is a non-profit organization working to promote bicycle use and to improve bicycling conditions throughout the state of Oregon. Since 1990, the BTA has worked in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies and elected officials to create safe, sane and sustainable communities -- one bike at a time.

To volunteer your time, please contact BTA at:

Bicycle Transportation Alliance
717 SW 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 226-0676

Birthingway Midwifery Center
Offering: Home & Licensed Center Births. Staffed by licensed midwives with trust in the birth process, holistic awareness and actions of loving care. Prenatal visits: deep listening, Mom & Baby's physical progress, nutritional counseling, preparation for birth & parenting and often massage! Like a naturally flowing river, birth takes it's own path; be it meandering or a rapid rush! Midwives work with this awesome power and give attentive support. Thorough postpartum care including three home visits top off the benefits of Birthingway Midwifery Care. To schedule a free tour and consultation: 503-998-3436

Community Cycling Center

The Community Cycling Center is a charitable nonprofit that is dedicated to reaching kids, restoring communities and recycling bicycles. We reach our mission by providing positive and safe experiences with bicycles.  The Community Cycling Center offers after school riding and maintenance/safety programs, the Yellow Bike Project, classes in safety, bike repair and commuting and riding.  The CCC also offers a Learn & Earn A Bike program for low-income youth and now also adults trying to get back on their feet as well as a low cost repair/vocational training and used bike retail shop. Sustainability, self-sufficiency, recycling, reusing and safety are trademarks of all of our programs and are central to our mission.

Community Cycling Center
1700 NE Alberta Street
Portland, Oregon  97211
(503) 288-8864, (503) 288-1812 fax,

Eco-Logical Business Program

Eco-Logical Business Program recognizes businesses that reach the highest standards in minimizing their environmental impact. The goal of the program is to prevent and minimize pollution generated by small businesses in the Tri-County area. This is the first multi-media (air, water, solid waste) certification program in the nation. The Automotive Services Program recognizes vehicle service and repair businesses and shops that reach the highest standards in minimizing their environmental impact. A Landscape Contractor Program is under development.


Please call Ecotrust for information about volunteer opportunities, internships, and public events scheduled in Ecotrust's Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, a center for the conservation economy in Portland's Pearl District. Visit Ecotrust on the Web at

1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 470
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-6225

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns

Connecting, informing and empowering, individuals and congregations to work for justice and the care and renewal of the earth. Projects include Oregon Interfaith Power and Light which helps congregations put faith into action to stop global warming.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
0245 SW Bancroft, Suite B
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 221-1054

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

For every human born, seven kittens and puppies are born. This high birthrate far exceeds the number of available homes. Tragically, 10,000 to 20,000 healthy cats and kittens across the country are killed each day as a form of surplus animal control. Thousands more are abandoned to fend for themselves, impacting native bird species and creating future generations of homeless kittens. Most often these kittens will be feral.

Oregon is fortunate to have FCCO leading the way in reducing cat overpopulation in Oregon. With a state-of-the-art, 24-foot mobile hospital, FCCO holds three spay/neuter clinics per month throughout the state averaging 75 cats per clinic. Founded in 1995, FCCO has spayed/neutered more than 10,000 cats in less than six years. A team of more than 400 volunteers, including veterinarians, and just three part-time employees make the entire program work. It is donor support that allows FCCO to continue to reach out to these cats in need.

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
(503) 797-2606


FREE GEEK is a local non-profit organization that recycles and refurbishes used computers and other electronic equipment, making them available to individuals and non-profits in the community. We have over 700 dedicated volunteers that make this effort possible. Our volunteers learn through hands-on experience and earn a free computer in the process. In eight years of operation, FREE GEEK has refurbished more than 15,000 computer systems. In addition, FREE GEEK's recycling program has salvaged over 1,800 tons of e-scrap, keeping toxins such as lead and mercury from the landfill and recovered valuable materials such as gold and copper for reuse.

Please drop off your used technology at our facility located at:

1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (2 blocks south of Hawthorne)

Hours: Tues -- Saturday from 11am to 7pm

For more info: (503) 232-9350

Friends of Trees

Through its grassroots efforts, Friends of Trees forms partnerships and recruits and trains volunteers to keep our urban forest flourishing. Trees are an essential part of the urban ecosystem. They help keep our water and air clean, prevent erosion, and make our neighborhoods more beautiful places to live. Friends of Trees brings neighbors together for tree planting and tree care projects along city streets, in urban natural areas and on school grounds. Friends of Trees distributes information on how to protect our urban trees and provides educational information for children and adults. In addition, Friends of Trees makes the planting of trees in yards affordable through our branching out program.

Friends of Trees is a non profit organization that depends upon support from businesses, individual members, public agencies, foundations, and volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome to help plant trees, work in the office or organize events.

Friends of Trees
3117 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 282-8846

Growing Gardens

Growing Gardens is a volunteer-based organization that helps low-income people and organizations serving low-income communities to create and sustain food gardens. Growing Gardens strives to promote self-sufficiency by offering resources about organic gardening practices and to raise awareness about gardening and food security among community volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

There are many opportunities to become involved throughout the year. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: outreach, assisting with garden maintenance, assisting in the youth education program, general office tasks, fundraising and development, publications and graphic design, photography, newsletter writing and editing, assisting elderly gardeners who may need a little extra help in the garden, mentoring beginning gardeners, leading educational workshops.

Growing Gardens
2003 NE 42nd Ave., #3
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-8420

KBOO Community Radio
Celebrating 40 years of broadcasting in 2008, KBOO is Portland's community radio station. We are an independent, noncommercial, volunteer-driven community station. Nearly 90% of our funding comes from individuals in the greater Portland metropolitan area. We offer regular trainings teaching a variety of audio production skills. Our programming is driven by our Charter:

"KBOO shall be a model of programming, filling needs that other media do not, providing programming to unserved or underserved groups. KBOO shall provide access and training to those communities. KBOO news and public affairs programming shall place an emphasis on providing a forum for unpopular, controversial, or neglected perspectives on important local, national, and international issues, reflecting KBOO’s values of peace, justice, democracy, human rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, freedom of expression, and social change.
KBOO’s arts, cultural, and musical programming shall cover a wide spectrum of expression from traditional to experimental, and reflect the diverse cultures we serve. KBOO shall strive for spontaneity and programming excellence, both in content and technique."

You too can become the media. Contact us today:

KBOO Radio
20 SE 8th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Northwest Earth Institute

The Northwest Earth Institute offers four informal discussion courses on how our values and lifestyles affect the environment. Ideal for busy people, the courses are brought to you on your timeline, and are designed for groups of 8-12 who typically meet once a week for an hour at workplaces, homes or faith centers.

The courses are Voluntary Simplicity, Choices For Sustainable Living, Discovering A Sense of Place, Exploring Deep Ecology, Globalization and Its Critics. For information, call NWEI at 503-227-2807 or online at

Northwest Ecobuilding Guild

The Pacific Northwest's leading association of builders, designers, suppliers and homeowners concerned with building practices that protect human health, encourage sustainable resource usage and foster long-term economic vitality. We are always looking for new members who want to be a part of an organization that is making a difference for tomorrow. New ideas and creativity are what keep our organization growing. For more information please see our website at Or email us at

Northwest Environmental Advocates
Northwest Environmental Advocates was formed over 30 years ago by citizens concerned about energy and environmental issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. NWEA’s mission is to work through advocacy and education to protect and restore water and air quality, wetlands, and wildlife habitat, and to stimulate the development of renewable energy sources to replace fossil and nuclear fuels in the Pacific Northwest. NWEA uses a mix of approaches including negotiation, litigation, education, community organizing, and advocacy to obtain the best outcome for people and the environment.

Earth Day, Every Day Oregon is your link to environmental activities and events throughout the year that promote a greener, more livable Oregon. will locate activities–by location, date, and category–that interest you most. Project organizers can use easy on-line forms to post their environmental events on the site and apply for funding from the small grants program.

NWEA derives its income from a variety of sources including membership contributions, foundation grants, events, publication sales, business, and in-kind contributions. As a nonprofit organization, NWEA relies upon members and contributors for support.

Northwest Environmental Advocates
133 S.W. Second Ave., Suite 302
Portland, OR 97204-3526
(503) 295-0490

Oregon Natural Resources Council

Oregon's roadless and old-growth forests are facing their most serious threat in decades! Administrative efforts to roll back environmental laws means that your help is needed more than ever to ensure that Oregon> '> s forests are protected for future generations. Join ONRC> '> s efforts to aggressively protect and restore Oregon> '> s wild lands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy. Please call or visit our website to learn more and become a member today!

(503) 283-6343

Oregon PeaceWorks

OPW works primarily through the five projects in its Peace Challenge Campaign: Grassroots Outreach , Media Partnership, PeaceWorker Distribution Expansion, Peace Culture and Youth Leadership Development. Individuals and groups working together can make a difference.

Oregon Trout

Founded in 1983 by a small group of committed conservationist, Oregon Trout has long worked to accomplish its mission of protecting and restoring native fish and the habitats upon which they depend. Through its advocacy, education, and restoration efforts, Oregon Trout has grown into one of the largest and most effective conservation organizations in the Pacific Northwest. We have accomplished much in the last twenty years, and with your help, we can do even more. Please join us.

Oregon Trout, Inc.
117 S.W. Naito Parkway
Portland, Oregon 97204-3595
(503) 222-9091

REACH Community Development, Inc.

REACH is a community-based development organization located in southeast Portland. REACH’s nationally recognized programs address affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization. Since 1982, REACH has developed 788 units of affordable housing, worked with local residents and business owners to revitalize neighborhoods and local business districts, provided no-cost home repairs for low-income elderly homeowners, and created programs for REACH tenants that build leadership and independence.

REACH works with community members and volunteers through activities such as home repairs for low-income, elderly homeowners and our annual Paint-a-thon. To volunteer or donate, please call or visit the REACH website.

REACH Community Development, Inc.
1135 SE Salmon
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-0682

Rivers Foundation of the Americas

RFA is a public (community) operating foundation established by community, national and international leaders devoted to Clean Water, Biodiversity, and Human Health. Our mission promotes and funds protection and restoration of river ecosystems in North, Central and South America. No other foundation does what we do. We focus our efforts on under-served communities, including indigenous peoples and developing democracies and innovative projects in the Americas. Contact RFA at 503-274-7704 or donate online at

Rivers Foundation of the Americas
3619 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, Oregon

Tualatin Riverkeepers

The Tualatin Riverkeepers is a community-based organization working to restore and protect Oregon's Tualatin River system. The Tualatin Riverkeepers promotes watershed stewardship through public education, public access, citizen involvement and advocacy. Opportunities for involvement in public outreach, trips and tours, habitat restoration and issue advocacy are available. Please join us to protect, restore and enjoy the Tualatin River basin.

Contact: 503-590-5813

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