Can You Volunteer for a Nonprofit? We’re Bringing The Standard’s 2015 Volunteer Expo to You!

Can You Volunteer for a Nonprofit? We’re Bringing The Standard’s 2015 Volunteer Expo to You!

Portland, September 10th, 2015. If you couldn’t join the thousands who flocked to Pioneer Courthouse Square for The Standard’s Annual Volunteer Expo, you’re in luck. We’ve got all the information and website links to explore over 125 local nonprofits that could use your time.

A full list of links of nonprofits is at the bottom of our story.

R. Richard Crockett, (left) is the Program Operations Director & Volunteer Coordinator

R. Richard Crockett, (left) is the Program Operations Director & Volunteer Coordinator at Chess for Success.

Classroom Law Project is a non-profit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers, and civic leaders building strong communities by teaching students to become active citizens.

Classroom Law Project is a non-profit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers, and civic leaders building strong communities by teaching students to become active citizens.

The Standard’s Volunteer Expo has repeat participants year after year, here’s a look at some nonprofits which continue to recruit volunteers:

Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Andy Meeks from Friends of Trees

Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Andy Meeks from Friends of Trees

PHAME Academy's Katie Farewell talks with Casey Rhodes and Clark Hays.

talks with Casey Rhodes and Clark Hays.

Jenny chu from Literary Arts

Jenny Chu from Literary Arts

New Avenues For Youth were a hit because they dished out the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream!

New Avenues For Youth volunteers are a hit every year because they dish out the free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream!

Rachel Rundles from Oregon Historical Society

Rachel Randles from Oregon Historical Society

The Volunteers of America recruited some new volunteers!

The Volunteers of America recruited some new volunteers!

Special Olympics Oregon was recruiting volunteers.

Special Olympics Oregon has room for coaches and event volunteers.

Newspace Center for Photography

Newspace Center for Photography promoted its multidimensional photography resource center and community hub for students, working artists, professional photographers, educators, and photo-enthusiasts of all types.

Latino Network's Edgar Ortega

Latino Network’s Edgar Ortega

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area had a colorful display.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area had a colorful display.

Donations to Work for Art’s Community Fund and Arts Education Fund support more than 80 vital arts and culture organizations every year—encompassing dance, visual arts, music, literary arts, media arts, theater, cultural arts, and arts education

The Work for Art’s Community Fund and Arts Education Fund support more than 80 arts and culture organizations every year—encompassing dance, visual arts, music, literary arts, media arts, theater, cultural arts, and arts education.

IMPACT NW drew interested prospective volunteers who learned that each year over 60,000 low-income children, youth, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities participate in Impact NW’s comprehensive anti-poverty programs.

IMPACT NW drew prospective volunteers who learned that each year over 60,000 low-income children, youth, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities participate in Impact NW’s comprehensive anti-poverty programs.

The YMCA was handing out information about programs.

The YMCA was handing out information about programs.

People who stopped by The Q Center booth were met with a friendly smile.

People who stopped by The Q Center booth were met with a friendly smile.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter staffers promoted their many volunteer options.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter staffers promoted their many volunteer options.

Reps from the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon explained their work on behalf of local cats and kittens.

Reps from the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon explained their work on behalf of local cats and kittens.

American Red Cross volunteer recruiters had the trademark red vests!

American Red Cross volunteer recruiters had the trademark red vests!

The mission of the Make-A-Wish Oreogn Foundation® is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

The mission of the Make-A-Wish Oreogn Foundation® is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Northwest Pilot Project began in 1969 as an all volunteer agency to provide basic supports for seniors at risk of losing their ability to live independently.

Northwest Pilot Project began in 1969 as an all volunteer agency to provide basic supports for seniors at risk of losing their ability to live independently.

Miracle Theatre Group is The Northwest's premiere Latino arts and culture organization.

Miracle Theatre Group is The Northwest’s premiere Latino arts and culture organization.

Camp Fire offers opportunities for volunteers who like to work with kids.

Camp Fire offers opportunities for volunteers who like to work with kids.

Kathy Pienovi from Bridge Meadows

Bridge Meadows is a multi-generation housing community serving Oregon’s vulnerable populations; foster youth, adoptive parents and elders (55+).

Here’s a list of links to charities at the The Standard’s Volunteer Expo. Please consider donating your time, and tell them PortlandSocietyPage.com sent you!

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Human Services

Education

Environment, Animals

Health

Public/Society Benefit

 

¡Viva Milagro! Día de los Muertos Fundraiser is a Lively Celebration

¡Viva Milagro! Día de los Muertos Fundraiser is a Lively Celebration

Portland, October 30th.  El Centro Milagro, the Miracle Theatre Group’s home in Southeast Portland, Miracle (or Milagro) came alive as supporters celebrated their third annual ¡Viva Milagro! Día de los Muertos Fundraiser. The evening supported Milagro’s capital improvements and many projects, including their Mainstage season, touring educational programs, and community outreach events.

Artistic Director, Olga Sanchez, giving a benediction before dinner was served.

Artistic Director, Olga Sanchez, giving a benediction before dinner was served.

Jim Kalvelage, Barbara Lamack, and Ozzie Gonzalez, Emcee and Board Member

Jim Kalvelage, Barbara Lamack, and Ozzie Gonzalez, Emcee and Board Member

With 75 guests in attendance who enjoyed a four course Mexican meal served family style by Cha Taquería, it was an intimate evening . Guests also placed bids on Day of the Dead themed silent auction items that included artwork by Gene Flores and Susana Espino, both local Latino artists, and a variety of items from artisans in Mexico. The evening was sponsored by Westrey Wine, Casa Bruno, and Cha Taquería.

“¡Que Vivan!” May they live! Is how Miracle Theatre Group’s Artistic Director, Olga Sanchez, invited guests to remember their loved ones passed. In her benediction to kick off the dinner, she explained that Day of the Dead is a time to celebrate the lives of our late loved ones, and in doing so, they will live on.

Kildem Soto, Andrew Mussio and Alfredo Higueras performed live music as guests arrived.

Kildem Soto, Andrew Mussio and Alfredo Higueras performed live music as guests arrived.

Lina Garcia Seabold, Olga Sanchez, and Kiki Garcia Seabold

Lina Garcia Seabold, Olga Sanchez, and Kiki Garcia Seabold

ABOUT MIRACLE THEATRE GROUP

For more than 28 years, the Miracle Theatre Group has been dedicated to bringing the vibrancy of Latino theatre to the Northwest community. Milagro reflects the  broad spectrum of humanity through a Latino cultural lens. Miracle provides a home for Latino arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches patrons with a Mainstage season and a variety of community outreach projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture. Milagro is also proud to bring touring educational programs and performances to schools and venues across the country. For more information about the Miracle Theatre Group, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.

Milagro Theatre’s RAÍZ Offers Celebration of the Day of the Dead

Milagro Theatre’s RAÍZ Offers Celebration of the Day of the Dead

For more than 28 years, the Miracle Theatre Group has been dedicated to bringing  Latino theatre to the Northwest. Now the group’s world premiere of Raíz, a bilingual celebration of Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead), is onstage through November 11th. The production is directed by Arturo Martinini.(Photo Credit, Russell J. Young)

Miracle Theatre Group’s world premiere of Raíz, a bilingual celebration of Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead), onstage Oct. 19-Nov. 11, 2012 at Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St., Portland); for information/tickets: 503-236-7253 or www.milagro.org. Photo by Russell J. Young

Miracle Theatre Group’s world premiere of Raíz, a bilingual celebration of Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead), at Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St., Portland); Photo by Russell J. Young

• An exhibit of Day of the Dead altars created by local Latino artists will be on display one hour prior to each performance in El Zócalo, a community space adjacent to the theatre lobby. Free.

In addition to the production, an exhibit of Day of the Dead altars created by local Latino artists will be on display one hour prior to each performance in El Zócalo, a community space adjacent to the theatre lobby.

Here’s more information about the play: Every year, the dead are commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de los muertos celebration. This season, a cabal of Aztec gods, having fallen out of favor in the modern world, seek to revive their relevance by reuniting a young clown with his departed partner, Augustina. Time turns backward as we unearth the interwoven roots of pre-Hispanic customs and traditions found at the juncture of life and death. Are we but dreaming and awake only when we die? Through music, dance and legend, we explore that thin veil that separates our world from the realm of our indigenous ancestors.

SPECIAL EVENTS:Los Porteños writers group will present original stories and poetry written for the Day of the Dead prior to the matinee on Sunday, Nov. 4, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Free.

ENSEMBLE (in alphabetical order)

Enrique E. Andrade

Sara Fay Goldman

Nurys Herrera

Ed Lyons

Juan Antonio Martinez

Alberto Romero

Zoe Rudman

Maria Sanchez

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Arturo Martinini … Director

Mark Haack … Scenic Designer

Katelan Braymer … Lighting Designer

Carolyn Baker … Costume Designer

Gerardo Calderón … Composer

Kelly Carlos … Choreographer

Nicki D’Amico … Prop Master

Adrienne Shelnutt … Assistant Director/Stage Manager

Collin Lawson … Master Carpenter

Julie Rosequist … Sound Board Operator

Estela Robinson … Production Manager

Jesus Kobe … Artcard Artist

Russell J. Young … Photographer

Olga Sanchez … Artistic Director, Miracle MainStage

José E. González … Executive Director

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Arturo Martinini began his career at a very young age as actor, director and filmmaker. He has directed and toured with several theatre companies (performing works from Lorca, Pasolini, Shakespeare and Barry), and has worked as an independent filmmaker for notable organizations in Europe. Most recently he acted in Romeo Castellucci’s latest work, Attore, il tuo nome non è esatto. The writings of Antonin Artaud are lately his strongest influence regarding the relationship between the public and the reality of the play. This is Arturo’s first production with Miracle Theatre Group, and his U.S. debut.

ABOUT THE SPONSORS

This production is sponsored by The Oregonian.

Miracle Theatre Group’s 2012-2013 season is supported in part by Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Collins Foundation, Ronni Lacroute, Oregon Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Kinsman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Juan Young Trust, PGE Foundation, US Bancorp Foundation, KeyBank Foundation, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Rose Tucker Charitable Trust, Carpenter Foundation, Jackson Foundation, Hoover Family Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Portland Timbers, El Centinela, and El Hispanic News/PQ Monthly.

ABOUT MIRACLE THEATRE GROUP

In addition to its national tours, Miracle provides a home for Spanish and Latin American arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches the local community with a variety of community outreach projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture. For more information about the Miracle Theatre Group, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.