Our staff love where they live, and we want to share all our insider tips, tricks, and hot spots that make our city so livable. We also know that Portland is known for its generous spirit, and our staff is no different. Check out this awesome list of organizations that Jupiter staff give to throughout the year, many of which make Portland feel like the weird, wild, and wonderful place it is. Before you start spreading the good cheer, make sure you...
Risk/Reward champions artists and audiences who push the boundaries of the performing arts. Risk/Reward’s primary activities are the: Festival of New Performance – an annual festival that supports the creative process as a launch point for short new works; Presenting Series – bringing new full-length contemporary performances to Portland stages; Risk/REWIND – making live events accessible online to audiences everywhere; and Dialogue Series – community events to expand the knowledge of and appreciation for adventurous performance work. What could be more Portland than weird performance art??
The Portland Mercado is hub for Latino culture in Portland and initiative of Hacienda CDC that provides affordable retail space for businesses to launch and grow. This project is inspired by entrepreneurship, Latinx history and heritage, traditional and local foods, social enterprise, vibrant cultures, and public markets throughout the world. The brightly colored building and site offers affordable retail space and a cultural platform for Latinx and other entrepreneurs to start or grow a business, including food, grocery, retail and service. Since we all know food brings people together, visit and support the Portland Mercado, where you can experience Latin American culture in Portland, and support a non-profit that believes in the small business and entrepreneurship builds strong, vibrant communities. We love it!
Local organization p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless youth through education, art, recreation and job training to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. There are plenty of ways to give to this incredible group, by donating money and other resources, but you can also check out their art gallery and buy art by youth which goes not only to the artist (90% of proceeds go back to the artist who created the work!) but also back to the organization.
The Pixie Project is a non-profit animal adoption center and rescue, who offer a variety of services to the public including but not limited to: pet adoption services, pet owner education and support and low cost and free spay and neuter and veterinary services for homeless and low-income pet owners. They also have a large picture window a few blocks away from the hotel where you can stare lovingly at the kitty cats playing or lounging around. Plus, they have pretty extensive pet adoption processes so that animals can actually find their FOREVER home. We think that's pretty effing rad, tbh!
The Pixie Project
Night Strike is a community gathering that mobilizes volunteers/services, meets felt needs, and develops relationships that transform lives. It is a unique opportunity for people to spend time under the Burnside Bridge every Thursday night to love people because people matter. Sign up to volunteer on nearly every Thursday night at the Liberation Street Church to support Portland's most vulnerable community: the unhoused.
The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Order of Benevolent Bliss, is a fully professed house of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence dedicated to the support, education, and development of the LGBTQQIP2SAA+ communities. These nuns are united by their non-religious ministry and the universal vows of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to expiate stigmatic guilt and promulgate omni-versal joy through inclusivity, community engagement, radical self-expression, and social activism. Plus, they tend to be a LOT of fun wherever you find them!
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence