Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation Awards 120 Community Grants

Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation Awards 120 Community Grants

Portland, OR. The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation awarded 120 community grants to local nonprofits across its five-state footprint totaling $423.5K. Dozens were given out in Oregon and Washington. The grants represent the first of three funding cycles in 2021. Clark College Foundation (CCF), seen above, was one recipient. The foundation is an independent, self-funded nonprofit that assists Clark College through philanthropy.

Another Oregon recipient was Free Geek. It’s a nonprofit working to divert technology that would otherwise be recycled or thrown away, refurbish it, and give it back to members of the community at no or low cost.

Girl Scouts is another recipient. Above, Brownie Girl Scouts lead a signature campaign to save a local park.

Nonprofits were selected from hundreds of applicants who demonstrated a strong commitment to serving their communities, particularly those focused on reaching low-to-moderate income or under-resourced populations in one of the following eight categories: family engagement and resiliency; financial competency; housing stability and homeownership; college, career or technical readiness; entrepreneurship and business expansion; vibrant and equitable neighborhoods; technical and digital connectivity; and small business support and financial guidance.

“With local community-focused nonprofits, we are able to work together for better,” shared Randy Choy, vice president of community giving & nonprofit partnerships and managing director of the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation. “Their grassroots efforts are key to post-pandemic recovery, and we’re honored to support their work.”

Umpqua Bank, through the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, continues to evolve its community giving strategy and community grants program to reflect a deeper commitment to improving economic prosperity, especially for under-resourced individuals, families, and small businesses. The foundation invests in nonprofit organizations, communities, and leaders to support direct-service programming that incorporates a diversity, equity, and inclusion focus.

The community grants are part of an overall foundation and corporate giving program that has invested more than $12 million since the foundation was formed in 2014. The next deadline for community grant applications is Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Learn more at

A full list of the nonprofit grant recipients by state is below:


Adelante Mujeres

Baker County YMCA

Building Blocks to Success Corporation

Casa of Lane County

Central City Concern Inc.

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon

Community Development Corporation of Oregon

Community Vision Inc.

Community Works Inc.

Conference of St Vincent De Paul Society of Myrtle Creek

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon Inc.

Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.

Drexel H Foundation

Free Geek

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Inc

Habitat for Humanity International Inc.


Juliette’s House

Lewis And Clark College

MetroEast Community Media


Northwest Housing Alternatives Inc.

Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.

Portland Homeless Family Solutions

Portland Housing Center

Portland Tennis and Education

Portland YouthBuilders

Proud Ground

School Garden Project of Lane County

SE Works Inc.

Society of St Vincent De Paul

Stone Soup PDX

Winston Area Community Partnership

Yamhill Carlton Together Cares Inc.

YWCA of Greater Portland



Blue Mountain Action Council

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties

Boys and Girls Club of The Olympic Peninsula

Career Path Services-Employment and Training

Catholic Charities Housing Services

Clark Community College District 14 Foundation

Community Youth Services

El Centro De La Raza


Foundation for Private Enterprise Education

Fusion-Friends United to Shelter the Indigent Oppressed and Needy

Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

Homestead Community Land Trust

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Spokane (DBA Family Promise of Spokane)

Junior Achievement of Washington

Mary’s Place Seattle

Northwest Access Fund

Overlake Service League

Parkview Services

Peace Community Center

R Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation

Seattle Milk Fund

Second Harvest Inland Northwest

South Sound Outreach Services

Sustainable Seattle

Tacoma Farmers Market

The Trail Youth

University District Development Association

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle


Wing Luke Memorial Foundation

Work Force Development Center A Resource Center for Our Future

Your Money Matters

Youth Eastside Services



Accion San Diego

Aim High for High School

APA Family Support Services

Benicia Community Action Council

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Inc.

California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity

California Community Economic Development Association

California FarmLink

California Restaurant Association Foundation Inc.

Casa El Dorado

College Track

Community Action Partnership of Orange County

Financial Beginnings

FOTC — Los Angeles

Fremont Unified School District

Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Jefferson Economic Development Institute

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of San Diego County

Junior Achievement of Southern CA

Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County

New Beginnings Housing Foundation

North Marin Community Services

Opportunity Junction Inc.

Petaluma Ecumenical Properties

Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce

Saint John’s Program for Real Change

San Diego Center for Children

Score San Diego

Southeast Asian Community Center

Standup for Kids

Sunday Friends Foundation

United Way of Northern California

UpValley Family Centers

Workshops for Warriors Inc.

Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation



Boys and Girls Clubs of The Lewis Clark Valley Inc.

Jannus, Inc.

Kids Klub Inc.

Moscow Affordable Housing Trust

The Jesse Tree of Idaho

The Momentum Group

Wyakin Warrior Foundation



Andson Inc.

Arts for All Nevada

Clark County Public Education Foundation Inc.

Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada Inc.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

Opportunity Alliance Nevada


About Umpqua Bank
Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, and has locations across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for eight years in a row on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and was recently named by The Portland Business Journal the Most Admired Financial Services Company in Oregon for the sixteenth consecutive year. In addition to its retail banking presence, Umpqua Bank also owns Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., a nationally recognized commercial finance company that provides equipment leases to businesses.

1,500 Local Volunteers Set to Honor Dr. King’s Legacy During Weekend of Service

1,500 Local Volunteers Set to Honor Dr. King’s Legacy During Weekend of Service

Portland, OR. United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has nearly 1,500 volunteer opportunities across 60 community projects as part of the 13th Annual MLK Weekend of Service. Click here for a link to a list of volunteer options from Hands-on Greater Portland.

“Dr. King’s legacy of service continues to inspire and remind Oregonians that we all have a role to play in bettering the health of our communities,” says Angela Dowling, President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. “Regence and our employees are proud to celebrate our fifth year partnering with United Way in support of this mission.”

Clean Up and Green Up is a volunteer project at Portland Audubon.

The event is presented by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and supported by Intel, Nike, Dunn Carney, Tonkon Torp LLP, Umpqua Bank, with special thanks to U.S. Bank.

From sprucing up libraries and school gardens to sorting books for kids to packaging donated food for families in need – MLK Weekend of Service offers countless opportunities for community members to give back and help build Dr. King’s vision throughout the Portland metro region.

“Our MLK Weekend of Service is an incredible opportunity for people to come together to honor Dr. King’s legacy,” says Cindy Adams, President and CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. “With over sixty volunteer projects and 1,500 volunteers across the region this year, community members can continue striving for the changes Dr. King championed – including ending poverty and advancing racial equity – and make a real impact for tens of thousands of children and families.”

This year’s event also kicks off United Way’s centennial celebration. Since 1920 your local United Way has been bringing the community together to do good. In addition to honoring Dr. King’s legacy, this MLK Weekend we also celebrate United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s historic role in strengthening schools, families, and communities across the region.

  • The event runs from Friday, January 17 through Monday, January 20 with volunteer projects each day.
  • The event is organized by United Way’s volunteer program, Hands On Greater Portland.
  • MLK Weekend of Service is an integral part of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s 10-year agenda focused on reducing childhood poverty and advancing racial equity.

Here’s a list of some of the options for volunteer activities:

Friday: January 17:

  1. Beaverton High School Student Success Week: Join us for painting, creating signage, interior planting
    1. 8:30 am-11:30 am
    2. Location: Beaverton HS: 13000 SW 2nd St. Beaverton, OR 97008
  2. Hands Dirty but Hearts Filled: Help spruce up the Day Center organizing bookshelves, cleaning furniture and windows, picking up around the property
    1. 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    2. Location: 2nd floor of Sunset Presbyterian Church: 14986 NW Cornell Rd. Portland, OR 97229
  3. VOSE Elementary School (Beaverton School District): Help spruce up the school grounds
    1. 9:30 am-11:30 am
    2. Location: 11350 SW Denney Rd. Beaverton, OR

Saturday: January 18:

  1. American Red Cross: Install free smoke alarms and educate households on fire safety
    1. 9:30 am-2:30 pm
    2. Location: Portland Red Cross office: 3131 N Vancouver Ave. Portland, OR 97227
  2. Schoolhouse Supplies: Sort books by grade level for the Free Store for Teachers
    1. 9:30 am-11:30 am
    2. Location: 4916 NE 122nd Portland, OR 97230

Sunday: January 19:

  1. Q Center: Join us for a day of beautification at the largest LGBTQ2SIA+ community center in the Pacific NW
    1. 9:30 am-11:30 am
    2. Location: 4115 N Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR
  2. The Children’s Book Bank: Sort, spruce up and bundle community donated books for children
    1. 10 am-11 am
    2. Location: 1915 NE 7th AVE. Portland, OR 97217
  3. Hillsboro Public Library: Help “weed” the library shelves and organize the supply closet
    1. 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
    2. Location: Shute Park Library: 775 SE 10th Ave. Hillsboro, OR 97124

Monday (MLK Day): January 20:

  1. Bink-A-Thon: Make blankets for children
    1. 9:30 am-1:30 pm
    2. Location: Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
  2. SnowCap Community Garden Clean-Up: Help weed, prune, haul and spread cedar chips
    1. 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    2. Location: 17805 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97233
  3. Oregon Food Bank (Portland): Repack food donations into family-size portions
    1. 10 am-11 am
    2. Location: Portland location: 7900 NE 33rd Dr. Portland, OR 97211
  4. Native Gathering Garden at Cully: Help with weeding and general upkeep of the garden
    1. 10:30 am-11:30 am
    2. Location: 5810 NE 72nd Ave. Portland, OR
  5. SOLVE: Clean up MLK Blvd
    1. 10:30 am-11:30 am
    2. Location: Irving Park 707 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
  6. P:ear: Cook meals & tidy up for homeless youth
    1. 1:30 pm-3 pm
    2. Location: 338 NW 6th Ave Portland, OR 97209
  7. Oregon Food Bank (Beaverton): Repack food donations into family-size portions
    1. 1:30 pm-3 pm
    2. Location: Beaverton location: 1870 NW 173rdAve. Beaverton, OR 97006

The University of Portland is inaugurating an annual MLK Day event with local writer, activist, educator and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha leading a discussion on the question, “Why aren’t there more black people in Oregon?”

The event is titled MLK Day ON 2020: Engage. Reflect. Serve. It also will feature guest singer Julianne Johnson, a 1983 graduate and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist and songwriter.

What: MLK Day ON 2020

When: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20

Where: University of Portland’s Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. (Overflow room: Brian Doyle Auditorium in Dundon-Berchtold Hall)

Admission: Free, but RSVP to Everbrite at

35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute

The Skanner Foundation is hosting its 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.

What: 34th annual Skanner Breakfast

When: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20

Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland

Tickets: To reserve individual tickets or tables, go to

In addition, numerous local organizations and institutions hold annual volunteer MLK Day of Service activities. There is no central directory, but you can find them by searching online.

Each of these projects will have a United Way staff member or Volunteer Leader available onsite to answer questions. If you need more information prior to the event, or if you know that your media outlet will be attending one of the projects, please call Kristen Lambert at United Way (contact info listed above).

For a full list of volunteer activities throughout the weekend, please visit:


About United Way

At United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, we have a simple, ambitious vision – to invest in our region’s kids so they are free from poverty in order to be free to reach their potential. United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has been bringing our community together to do good for nearly 100 years. We’re uniquely positioned to connect and support the people, nonprofits, businesses and government agencies working hard to address poverty in our region. When we invest in our region’s kids, we free the future. For more information and to get involved please visit


Home Builders Foundation Raises Record $410,000 at Building Hope Gala

Home Builders Foundation Raises Record $410,000 at Building Hope Gala

Portland, OR. Led by Honorary Chair Wally Remmers of West Hills Land Development, Home Builders Foundation raised a record amount to help end homelessness. A welcome reception found supporters like Beverly & Tom Liesy visiting with Bill Hupfer and Ursla Burdda. The event, held on April 14th at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland, raised a record $410,000 to help build and renovate shelters for those experiencing homelessness throughout the Portland metro area. (Photo credit, Aaron Courter Photography)

HBF Executive Director Brenda Ketah presents Honorary Chair Wally Remmers with an award recognizing his dedication and support of Home Builders Foundation.

Eric & Jennifer Post pose with HBF Board Member Mike Harn and his wife Brianna

HBF Vice President Darci Fredricks holds her bid card up for VIP tickets to Jackson Browne this summer at Edgefield, courtesy of NW Natural


Ben & Stefanie Friberg celebrate on stage after winning the Standard TV & Appliance Golden Ticket drawing.

Led by Honorary Chair Wally Remmers, owner of West Hills Land Development, this year’s Building Hope Gala & Auction was supported by leaders in the home building industry, including Metropolitan Land Group, Polygon Northwest, DR Horton, Emerio Design, Everett Custom Homes, West Hills Homes NW, Parr Lumber, and many more. Other philanthropic leaders such as Tim Boyle of Columbia Sportswear, Jeff and Linda Hargens of Northwest Earthmovers Inc., Randy and Naquel VanLant of Macadam Floor & Design, and Bob and Peggy Berwick of IWP also supported Home Builders Foundation with significant contributions to the event.

The Building Hope Gala & Auction drew a record 450 attendees to The Nines Hotel for a night of fundraising. Attendees had the opportunity to bid packages that included trips to Italy, Hawaii, Canada, and California, as well as unique experiences such as a duck hunt at Wally Remmers’ private duck club, a sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht, and courtside section tickets to a Trailblazer game. 

Home Builders Foundation highlighted its partnership with the Good Neighbor Center, a shelter for homeless families with children in Tigard, during its special appeal. Home Builders Foundation recruited Mountainwood Homes to serve as the Builder Captain for this small project which added a three hundred square foot addition to the existing shelter, which is now used exclusively for children’s programming. Home Builders Foundation raised an incredible $114,000 during the special appeal thanks to the support of attendees as well as donors who were not in attendance.

Funds raised at the Building Hope Gala & Auction benefit Home Builders Foundation, a Portland-based nonprofit that builds and remodels shelters for those experiencing homelessness in the Portland metro area. Home Builders Foundation focuses on building and renovating shelters for those who are most vulnerable when homeless, including families with children, youth, and domestic violence survivors. Home Builders Foundation completes shelter builds and renovations by leveraging donations from companies in the home building industry and providing cash grants to shelter providers to complete projects.

This year’s Home Builders Foundation shelter projects include the completion of the Dorothy Lemelson House and New Meadows Program, which will provide supportive housing for at-risk youth aging out of foster care. Home Builders Foundation will also partner with Just Compassion of East Washington County to remodel a facility that will host a day services center for adults experiencing homelessness. Community of Hope, a shelter for homeless single parent families, will also receive assistance with renovations, courtesy of Home Builders Foundation.

Home Builders Foundation would like to say a special thank you to Wally Remmers and his team for the incredible leadership and support provided to the event. Home Builders Foundation would also like to thank all of the attendees, donors, volunteers, and the 2018 Auction Committee for their contributions to the event.

Home Builders Foundation would like to recognize all of the companies that sponsored this year’s Building Hope Gala & Auction: Standard TV & Appliance, ProBuild-Builders FirstSource, Performance Insulation, Everett Custom Homes, West Hills Homes NW, Northwest Earthmovers Inc., Milgard Windows, NW Natural, ARA Newmark, Sussman Shank LLP, OrePac, California Closets, Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo, First American Title, Lakeside Lumber, Montgomery & Graham, Bank of America, Medallion Industries, Kaiser Permanente, Clean It Up Mark!, Umpqua Bank, TerraFirma Foundation Systems, Far West Credit Services, Community Newspapers, Overhead Door Company of Portland, and LifeSYTLest. Table sponsored included: Anlon Construction, Bank of the West, Directors Mortgage, IWP, New American Funding, Parr Lumber, Professional Women in Building Council, Rodda Paint, Stafford Land Company, The Management Trust – Northwest, and Tiffany Home Design.

From the Home Builders Foundation:

The Home Builders Foundation, established in 1997, is the charity of choice for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. Their mission is to build transitional shelter for families and individuals experiencing homelessness in our community and provide construction related educational opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the home building industry. Visit for more info.

About Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBAMP) is the leading voice for the residential building industry, representing more than 1,200 builders, remodelers and industry professionals. HBAMP is the most nationally awarded HBA in the country, the fastest growing and the fifth largest overall. Since 1942, HBAMP has worked on behalf of the industry to promote diverse, affordable housing options to area residents. The HBAMP produces and manages many outstanding programs and tours in the Portland area, including: The premier NW Natural Street of Dreams, the Tour of Remodeled Homes, the Fall and Spring Portland Home & Garden Shows and the Ultimate Open House. For more information, visit