Welcome, Berenice Vargas!

Berenice grew up in Silverton, Oregon and has worked in a wide range of nonprofit, public policy, and educational settings. Most importantly, her experience as a Latina migrant farmworker instilled a deep commitment to creating accessibility for underserved communities and a passion for helping young people become the best version of themselves. When she isn’t working toward creating positive change, … Read More

We’re Hiring!

The CommuniCare team is growing! We are looking for someone who wants to work on a program that touches lives and inspires young people to be active leaders in their communities. Our desired applicant is passionate about youth education, community service, and who wakes up every day wanting to change the world. If you’re interested in joining us as our … Read More

Advisor Messages – Part 2

Here’s the final round of video messages from our CommuniCare advisors to their students. Thank you to all of the contributors for sharing their special words of encouragement!

Advisor Messages – Part 1

Since we couldn’t celebrate the achievements of our youth grantmakers at in-person events this year, we offered advisors the opportunity to share words of encouragement, support, and congratulations with their students through video messages. Enjoy this first round of videos – with more to come soon!

Pendleton High School Grantmakers Make ‘Virtual’ Impact

CommuniCare grantmakers are stepping up in a variety of ways during the COVID-19 crisis – and the students at Pendleton High School were recently recognized for their leadership and dedication. This year, Pendleton High School’s CommuniCare students not only completed their nonprofit interviews virtually, but they also chose to invest in a virtual education project at a local nonprofit. Read … Read More

Let’s Celebrate!

CommuniCare will be hosting a Virtual Grant Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 15 from 1:00-2:00 PM! This special event will celebrate our amazing youth grantmakers, this year’s nonprofit recipients, and the power of community – even during the most challenging of times. It will not look exactly like our traditional ceremonies, but it will be no less joyful. We look … Read More

Awards Ceremonies Update

What a year it’s been! We look forward to coming together and celebrating the accomplishments of our youth grantmakers and their nonprofit recipients. CommuniCare Awards Ceremony events usually take place in May, but they have been postponed until June due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

Remembering Arlene

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Arlene Schnitzer, our founder and inspiration, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 91. A beloved philanthropist known throughout the Portland area, Arlene woke up every day and worked hard to make the world a better place. Her contributions transformed the local community and her impact will be felt for … Read More

CommuniCare Remote Learning Plan

The CARE Foundation is cautiously preparing for a disruption to the program year due to school closures resulting from COVID-19. We know that closures of any length will create a strain on everyone’s bandwidth, and we are here to support you. If it is not possible for upcoming nonprofit interviews to take place in-person, CommuniCare groups are encouraged to follow … Read More

Accepting Grant Applications through January 13

Two nonprofit representative receiving their grant check at award ceremony.

CommuniCare grant applications for the 2019-2020 school year are due by Monday, January 13! Each of our school groups has identified an issue or service area they feel passionate about and is hard at work fundraising throughout the winter. The CARE Foundation will match each dollar they raise 10:1, up to $15,000. In the spring, hundreds of student grantmakers will … Read More