1609, 2022

Kicking Off Another Great Year

September 16th, 2022|

Now that it is September, it’s time for a new school year and another cycle of CommuniCare! CommuniCare groups are busy getting up and running, and grantmakers have been doing a fantastic job of spreading the word about the program to get their peers involved. Meanwhile, CommuniCare staff is delighted to return to schools to visit groups and get students excited about their role as grantmakers. During [...]

2605, 2022

A Record-breaking Year!

May 26th, 2022|

The 25th year of CommuniCare was a big one! We are thrilled to announce that 1,200 CommuniCare grantmakers granted more than $683,000 to 81 nonprofits this year. We're celebrating this record-breaking year with seven Grant Award Ceremonies across Oregon. These events are a chance to celebrate our grantmakers, their nonprofit recipients, and the work all of them are doing to build a better community. We are incredibly proud [...]

902, 2022

2021-2022 CommuniCare Grant Awards (First Semester)

February 9th, 2022|

This year, one group completed the CommuniCare program during first semester! Twenty students from the IB Diploma program at Tualatin High School participated in CommuniCare and focused their grantmaking on nonprofits that support families experiencing food insecurity in the Portland Metro Area. Through can collections with BottleDrop Give and a profit-share event at Chipotle, the group met their fundraising goal and granted a total of $15,820 to four nonprofit [...]

1511, 2021

Now Accepting Applications

November 15th, 2021|

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 CommuniCare grant cycle! Please follow this link to download the application form and to submit your materials. Applications will be accepted from 11/15/21 - 12/31/21. Student mission statements are grouped into general categories to make them easier to review, and many mission statements appear in more than one category. Please read them carefully and pay special attention to the geographic areas they prioritize.Answers to common [...]

511, 2021

A Big Year for CommuniCare

November 5th, 2021|

This year marks the 25th anniversary of CommuniCare and we are celebrating in a BIG way. A record 60 grantmaking groups, composed of nearly 1,400 students, are participating in the program!  Everybody is working hard to get back in the swing of things and we are extremely proud of the progress grantmakers have already made this year. In just two months, groups have gotten up and running, selected their service areas, and drafted their mission [...]

2909, 2021

Taking Action With CommuniCare

September 29th, 2021|

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. [...]

2209, 2021

Three Takeaways from Three Years of CommuniCare

September 22nd, 2021|

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 [...]

909, 2021

Welcome, Andrea!

September 9th, 2021|

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 [...]

2206, 2021

Press Release: Grantmakers Award $550,000 to 81 Nonprofits

June 22nd, 2021|

Oregon high school students to award $550,000 to 81 nonprofits through the CommuniCare grantmaking program Virtual grant award ceremony on KGW Channel 8 on June 17 June 14, 2021 – Portland, OR – The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation today announced $550,000 in grants to 81 nonprofits and school programs throughout Oregon. These grants were made possible through CommuniCare, a year-long leadership program that gives [...]

2106, 2021

Thank You!

June 21st, 2021|

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! [...]

706, 2021

A Visit with Pendleton High School Grantmakers

June 7th, 2021|

While filming in Pendleton for the CommuniCare Virtual Grant Awards Ceremony, the East Oregonian stopped by to learn more about the impact grantmakers from Pendleton High School made this year. PHS senior Riley B. said CommuniCare has given her the opportunity to learn more about the surrounding community and the work nonprofits do. “It can be pretty easy to get stuck and not know how to help and feel [...]

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