KBOO is grateful to be a part of Willamette Week’s Give Guide for the 5th year in a row. This year on Giving Tuesday we want to embody the spirit of community giving by using the airwaves to highlight nonprofits featured in this year's Give Guide. KBOO Station Co-manager Celeste Carey speaks with some other Portland-area nonprofits to learn about their work and their impact.
Featured on the program:
- Albina Vision Trust: Through excellence in urban planning, values-driven development, and authentic community engagement, Albina Vision Trust seeks to create opportunity for Portland’s next generation of Black people to build wealth and reclaim home.
Community Investment Plan Project Team Member Kayin Davis
A Creator and innovator, Kayin Talton Davis’s work centers around her passion for fusing art grounded in Black heritage and culture with graphic design, mechanical engineering, community building and education. Known for her vibrant color palettes and unique aesthetic, Talton Davis founded Soapbox Theory in 2001, with the mission of “Cultivating Black Joy.” Kayin is a current City of Portland Archives Artist in Residence, and co-artist of the Historic Black Williams Art Project and the Alberta Street Black Heritage Markers. Her most recent permanent public installation, “We’ve Been Here” - highlighting Oregon Black women in the early 1900s, is located in the Portland Building.
- Hacienda Community Development Corporation: Hacienda served over 3,200 people in the Portland metro-region last year. They are Latino-led and serve low-income families with safe, affordable housing, after-school and early childhood programs, financial education, homeownership classes and assist entrepreneurs in launching and growing their businesses.
Chief Executive Officer Ernesto Fonseca
Ernesto Fonseca joined Hacienda as CEO in April 2017, bringing his passion for community development and a belief in the power of connecting families to opportunity. Ernesto’s own story reflects the potential that can be unleashed by investing in all our community members. Raised in a poor but loving family in central Mexico, Ernesto watched his parents take advantage of educational opportunities and their own initiative to build careers in construction and nursing. They passed on their values of hard work and education to their children, and Ernesto embraced those values to gain a foothold in this country by initially working in kitchens and restaurants as he pursued his educational goals, culminating with a Ph.D from Arizona State University in Environmental Design and Planning. During his time in Phoenix, he spearheaded initiatives to assess the health impacts of community development including gentrification, access to public transportation, and affordable housing, and helped to create the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family.
- Project POOCH: Project POOCH, Inc. is a non-profit dog shelter onsite at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, OR. Youth in corrections learn to train and care for the dogs and help them get adopted. The dogs leave the program ready to be great pets, while their trainers re-enter the community with new job and personal skills and increased compassion and respect for all life.
Executive Director Rena Mahajan
After beginning her career in the corporate world, Rena was inspired by the opportunity to make a difference in the community and brought her experience to the nonprofit sector. When she's not advocating for the youth and dogs at Project POOCH, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, and spending time with her own animals - a senior cat and two senior dogs.
Do good this Giving Tuesday by giving back to the organizations that help our community thrive all year long. Support KBOO and other impactful nonprofits in this year's Give Guide.