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Look, mom! We’re on TV! Local news celebrates CommuniCare students.

2024-06-03T10:38:42-07:00May 31st, 2024|Uncategorized|

CommuniCare is Oregon's best kept secret. We want to change that! We were so delighted that KOIN and KGW stopped by our Grant Awards Ceremonies to give students an extra shout out. When so many current events are troubling, positive stories like ours are good for the soul. If you'd like an even deeper dive into the 2023-2024 school year, stay tuned for our Annual Report, to be released in August 2024.

Portland Metro celebrates in style

2024-05-30T11:05:29-07:00May 30th, 2024|Uncategorized|

We had five massive celebrations this month in NW Portland, with student leaders from groups across the metro area taking the stage to present their grants. What an opportunity to practice public speaking! We are so proud of students for pushing through nerves to share highlights from their year, words of gratitude for their nonprofit recipients, and hopeful visions for our collective future. Being able to break bread together is something we don't take for granted, and we feel so fortunate that The Schnitzer CARE Foundation gives us the resources to host these signature events. We want students [...]

Ceremonies kick off across Oregon ๐ŸŽ‰

2024-05-13T16:33:48-07:00May 13th, 2024|Uncategorized|

The 2023-2024 CommuniCare Grant Awards Ceremony season has officially begun! North Coast schools kicked of this month's marathon of festivities. Astoria High School, Astoria Middle School, Seaside High School, and Warrenton High School presented their grants on Tuesday, May 7th to a full room of friends and community members at the Astoria Golf & Country Club. Nearly 100 student leaders from four grantmaking groups raised more than $64,400 this year that will be awarded to area non-profits and school programs. Eastern Oregon grantmakers closed out Week 1 with a sunny celebration on Thursday, May 9th in Hermiston. Students from Hermiston [...]

It’s almost time to celebrate! (Drum roll, please . . .)

2024-05-02T13:16:21-07:00May 2nd, 2024|Uncategorized|

May is the month for celebrating! Students are working hard to prepare speeches and novelty checks for our upcoming Grant Awards Ceremonies, CommuniCare's signature series of closing celebrations.ย  These events are unique and joyful opportunities for students to share their vision for change in our state. They are also a great way to practice public speaking! So three cheers for a record-breaking year of CommuniCare - 1800 participants across 83 groups at 40 schools - granting $1.1 million!

Fond memories of Arlene Schnitzer

2024-04-04T15:21:15-07:00April 4th, 2024|Uncategorized|

It has been four years since the passing of Arlene Schnitzer. Weโ€™re extremely proud of how CommuniCare embodies her belief in young people and her dedication to building strong and vibrant communities. She shines brightly in our hearts! ๐Ÿ’– If you're one of the many many people with a funny or touching Arlene memory, you're among good company. She had a sharp wit and energy to match. She passes down a legacy of compassion through her family and the many projects and organizations she supported. Today, our team is celebrating with her favorite candy - good old Hershey's chocolates. [...]

David Douglas HS advisor, Kelsey Stiff, honored in Portland Tribune

2024-04-01T15:17:30-07:00April 1st, 2024|Uncategorized|

We are so lucky to work with amazing educators across Oregon. So, it was no surprise to see a familiar face in Pamplin's Amazing Educators edition - Kelsey Stiff! Kelsey is the Activities and Student Leadership Director for David Douglas High School. She advises the Student Council CommuniCare grantmakers, in addition to many other programs she oversees within the school community. An absolute champion for young people. A great partner. A loving and present person. You can read about her remarkable perseverance through an intense year of personal struggle in the most recent Portland Tribune. Three cheers for Kelsey!!! [...]

CommuniCare students featured on KGW news

2024-03-20T16:29:19-07:00March 19th, 2024|Uncategorized|

There are so many groups working hard to create change through CommuniCare. We are always excited to share that work with the broader community as the grantmaking journey is unfolding. With final decisions due April 12th, all 83 student groups are focused on scheduling and facilitating interviews with their finalists using questions they developed. KGW joined the Clackamas High School CommuniCare Club for their first interview last week. This group is focusing their funds on services for newcomers and refugees, which they identified as a critical need by observing the struggles their peers face everyday. They were joined by Wendy [...]

Students make the most of February fundraising

2024-02-26T10:10:53-08:00February 26th, 2024|Uncategorized|

Student groups have until the end of February to raise funds toward their CommuniCare challenge. As a refresher, most groups are guaranteed $7,500 by The Schnitzer CARE Foundation and can double that amount by raising an additional $750. CARE matches every $1 students raise x 10, up to a maximum gift of $15,000! Most groups work hard right up to the deadline, selling all kinds of delicious goodies or hosting events within their school community. This is a time for teamwork, communication, creativity, and problem solving to shine!

January ice storm delays many student groups

2024-02-14T10:10:26-08:00February 14th, 2024|Uncategorized|

If your nonprofit submitted application materials through the 2023-2024 CommuniCare Public Submission Window, congratulations! Your materials were made available to students in mid-January. So what's next? Our program requires extra patience and flexibility, since each student group is working through the grantmaking steps at their own pace. The January ice storm hit right at the end of the first semester, snarling schedules and grading across all schools. Most groups are still working to catch up. Generally speaking, here is the communication timeline we anticipate this spring: Mid-February to early March: groups share their interview short lists with CommuniCare staff Mid-February [...]

A record-breaking year!

2024-01-04T12:24:13-08:00January 4th, 2024|Uncategorized|

The 2023-2024 Public Submission Window closed last month, and it was a doozy! The CommuniCare team members tried to predict how many nonprofits would apply this cycle.ย Drum roll please . . . Andrea is the winner! 249 organizations applied this year, with a whopping 938 applications. Student grantmakers sure have their work cut out for them this winter. Materials will be made available to students in mid-January. Please check out our timeline for more details.

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