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Community Resources

Black Community Resources

  • African American Health Coalition: Promotes wellness for African Americans by seeking to reconfigure health and social services to meet their needs.
  • Urban League of Portland: Empowers African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security through a combination of direct services, outreach, and advocacy.
  • Don't Shoot PDX: Specializes in education workshops and programs focused on changing police policy and ending systemic discrimination.
  • Black Scholarships: Online directory for scholarships and other financial aid opportunities for African-American and other minority students.
  • UNCF: Also known as United Fund; funds scholarships for Black students, including general scholarship funds for 37 historically black colleges and universities.

Latinx Community Resources

  • Hacienda Community Development Coalition: Hacienda CDC is a Latino Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities.
  • Latino Network: Mission is to provide transformative opportunities, series and advocacy for the education, leadership, and civic engagement for youth, families, and communities.
  • Western Psychological and Counseling Services: Conexiones: Western Conexiones is a team of bilingual (Spanish-English) mental health providers who offer multicultural counseling and trauma healing services.
  • Milagro: Milagro is part of Northwest’s burgeoning Latino community. Since 1990, Latinos have comprised the largest minority group in Oregon and having been increasing ever since. The landscape has changed, and with it, a development of a variety of Latino-based organizations and businesses.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund: HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber: Latino Scholarship Program was established as an endowment at OCF to provide a long-term source of college scholarships for Latino students.

Indigenous Community Resources

  • Native American Rehabilitation Association: Provides integrated health, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and social services to Native American and Alaska Native people who are homeless or have low incomes.
  • NAYA Family Center: Founded by the community, for the community, NAYA is a family of numerous tribes and voices who are rooted in sustaining tradition and building cultural wealth. We provide culturally-specific programs and services that guide our people in the direction of personal success and balance through cultural empowerment.
  • American Indian College Fund: Provides scholarships and other support for American Indian students. Also provides support for tribal college needs ranging from capital support to cultural preservation activities.
  • American Indian Education Fund: American Indian Education Fund, a program of PWNA (Partnership with Native Americans), offers scholarships, literacy programs, and school supplies to help end the cycle of poverty.

Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community Resources

  • Asian Family Center: Assists Asian families and youth in becoming self-sufficient and contributing members to the American society.
  • Asian Health and Service Center: Attempts to bridge the gap between Asian and American cultures, particularly focused on reducing health disparities and increasing access to high-quality health care for all Asians. Provides culturally and linguistically sensitive care to Asians, including out-patient mental health services, disease education and management, cancer prevention and screening, immunization and education, and senior programming.
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: National organization founded in 1974 that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.
  • Filipino Bayanihan Center: This center offers a variety of resources to the community, including a weekly food pantry with food grown by a local Filipinx owned farm, community education events, health and wellness items, and community members can also rent out the space if they need to. 

LGBTQ+ Community Resources

  • The Q Center: The largest LGBTQ+ community center in the Pacific Northwest. Serves the LGBTQ2SIA_ communities of Portland Metro and Southwest Washington.
  • Gender Queery: Discussion group for genderqueer people, folks outside-the-gender-binary, trans folk, and allies (i.e. everyone allied with the GLBTQQ community). All who want to participate in open and respectful dialogue are welcome.
  • Lesbian and Gay Immigrant Rights: Focused on providing free direct legal services to LGBTQ+ immigrants.
  • LGBTQ Student Scholarship Database: The Human Rights Campaign resource list for scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBTQ and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate-level.
  • Outside In: safe, supportive, and inclusive place for health care, along with services to help the underserved and people experiencing homelessness achieve independence.
  • NW Gender Alliance: peer support, regular fun activities and educating public service agencies as well as other organizations on trans*, gender fluidity, non-binary identities and more.
  • St. Andrew Catholic Church: is a spiritual home for many gay Catholics who enjoy growing in their faith together and participating in the full life of the community.
Original list compiled by Diversity Collaborator Carolina Cortes| she/her/hers - Class of 2021

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