This reflection was submitted by Emily and Ella, former CommuniCare participants from St. Mary's Academy. Emily and Ella participated in CommuniCare for two years and served as leaders of their school’s groups. Everyone wants to make a difference. Service has always been a principal part of our lives, but it is often difficult to figure out how to take action. As juniors at St. Mary’s Academy (SMA), we became members of our school’s founding chapter of CommuniCare, a youth grantmaking program of The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. CommuniCare allowed us to utilize our [...]
This reflection was submitted by Mary Grace, a former CommuniCare participant from La Salle Catholic College Preparatory. Mary Grace participated in CommuniCare for three years and served in a leadership role during her senior year. Never would I have thought that in just three years, my understanding of not only the nonprofit world but of the entire world would expand so greatly. CommuniCare is more than just an opportunity for students to help nonprofits - it gives them the power to make change. I want to break my CommuniCare experience into three parts: Never Imaginable, [...]
We are thrilled to welcome Andrea Van Hagen to the CommuniCare team! Andrea grew up in Carbondale, Colorado, but has lived in the Pacific Northwest ever since coming here to attend college at Willamette University. Prior to CommuniCare, she spent fourteen years as a middle and high school English teacher and thinks reading, writing, and teenagers are an excellent combination. She also has experience in nonprofit work, raising funds for micro-credit programs and helping to compile and file legal briefs to protect Oregon's land-use planning system. Andrea enjoys gardening, camping, running, spending time with her family, and playing the [...]
To our grantmakers, advisors, nonprofit community, and supporters - THANK YOU! We are so grateful for your hard work, dedication, and encouragement throughout this unprecedented year. If you weren't able to view our Virtual Grant Awards Ceremony on KGW last week, you can now stream it on our website. We will also be sharing additional content we couldn't fit into the broadcast throughout the week on Instagram. Have a wonderful summer!