Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

September 10, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

PCRI’s Pathway 1000 initiative earned Bank of America’s Innovator Award at the 2018 Housing Oregon Conference. Bank of America’s Sindy Spivak presented the award to Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick at the September 7, 2018 conference.

Sindy Spivak of Bank of America (left) presents the Innovator Award check to PCRI’s Maxine Fitzpatrick and Travis Phillips (center) with Housing Oregon Director Brian Hoop (right).

The Innovator Award recognizes the replicability and opportunity Pathway 1000 achieves by addressing generational poverty, mitigating displacement and combatting historic inequities.

“We are really excited to say that we are awarding this year’s Innovator Award to PCRI’s Pathway 1000 project.  It is an exciting, innovative and replicable model to address historic equity issues with a pragmatic achievable plan for homes,” said Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President, NW Community Development Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Along with the award’s recognition, Bank of America presented PCRI with a $2,500 grant, which PCRI will use to offset closing costs for 25 new homebuyers.

“We are honored to have this distinction,” said Fitzpatrick. “More importantly – twenty-five new home owners will benefit from this grant.”

Pathway 1000 sets an ambitious goal to develop 1,000 new homes over the course of 10 years. The new homes, including units for rent and for ownership, will be prioritized for families displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland. Eighty new homes at the Beatrice Morrow Cannady building will be complete in September, 2018. Nearly 100 additional homes are currently under construction or in final stages of development and permitting.

October 11, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, PCRI

IMG_8802At its October 4 Equal Opportunity dinner, the Urban League of Portland honored PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick with the 2016 Equal Opportunity Award.

“Maxine Fitzpatrick is a passionate leader in our community, working to ensure that all Oregonians have access to affordable housing and opportunities for home ownership,” the event’s program said. “As the Executive Director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) for over 20 years, she has been a tireless advocate for families in our community and at the forefront in providing real solutions to Portland’s housing crisis.”

IMG_8788Nearly every speaker at the dinner praised Maxine’s dedication to the community. Urban League CEO Nkenge Harmon-Johnson recognized Maxine as a role model and mentor, while Senator Jeff Merkley gave honor to Maxine’s “decades of service.”IMG_8798

Brooks Staffing President Simone Brooks recognized Maxine’s perseverance in the face of challenges. “It is not an easy path you walk, Maxine,” she said.

Following Maxine’s acceptance of the award, Simone Brooks and Nkenge Harmon-Johnson presented Maxine with a painting of the City of Portland created by a local artist.

The annual event celebrates and supports the work of Urban League of Portland and others empowering African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security.

PCRI’s staff and board attended the event to celebrate Maxine’s award as well as Urban League’s work in the community. More information about the Equal Opportunity Awards dinner can be found on the Urban League of Portland’s website.

October 6, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, PCRI

Oregon Business magazine has once again named PCRI as a top nonprofit to work for in the state of Oregon. We are honored to be among other exceptional nonprofits who work day-in and day-out to make Portland a better place while simultaneously striving to be great places to work. We are especially grateful for the recognition, as the rankings are based primarily on feedback from each organization’s employees.

The magazine’s annual 100 Best Nonprofits list is based on surveys of more than 5,000 participating employees from nonprofits throughout the state. The list is based on the Oregon Business’s widely regarded 100 Best Companies project.

“The nonprofit version was created to recognize a critical business sector that employs hundreds of thousands of workers,” according to the Oregon Business website.

Several staff members attended the 100 Best Nonprofits award dinner on September 29, 2016, enjoying a few moments in the spotlight at the reception and dinner.

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Read more about the event and see the full list of rankings here.

 

 

June 17, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, PCRI
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PCRI Director Maxine Fitzpatrick at PCRI’s Gala in May, 2016

The Urban League of Portland announced on that PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick would receive the League’s keynote honors at their Equal Opportunity Awards dinner on October 4, 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center.

The annual event celebrates and supports the work of Urban League of Portland and others empowering African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security.

In the June 15 announcement, the Urban League stated, “Maxine is a passionate leader in our community, working to ensure that all Oregonians have access to affordable housing and opportunities for home ownership. As the Executive Director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Maxine is a tireless advocate for families in our community and has been at the forefront in providing real solutions to Portland’s current housing crisis.”

PCRI’s staff and board are honored to see Maxine receive the Urban League’s honors and will attend the event to celebrate the Urban League’s work and Maxine’s award. More information about the Equal Opportunity Awards dinner can be found on the Urban League of Portland’s website.

April 15, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, PCRI

IMG_6315At a luncheon ceremony on April 14, Portland Business Journal honored PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick and 24 other accomplished business leaders as Women of Influence for 2016. The award (previously called the Orchid Award) recognizes the region’s most innovative and accomplished business executives.

“Maxine is a stabilizing force in affordable housing and community development,” Portland Business Journal reported in their Women of Influence special publication. “She works as a tireless advocate for low- and moderate-income families.”

According to the Business Journal, “this year’s class was chosen from among an intense array of nominees who sported vast accomplishments and long, sometimes overwhelming, community service involvement lists.”

April 8, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, PCRI

newsmaker_SkannerPCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick was recognized as a 2015 “Newsmaker of the Year” at an awards ceremony on March 16, 2016. The Royal Rosarian Foundation presented the awards for Newsmaker of the Year to local heroes who have performed acts of bravery or service to the community without regard to personal safety or public recognition. The recipients are nominated by local media representatives including Ms. Fitzpatrick, who was nominated by The Skanner News.

Jerry Foster of The Skanner News nominated Ms. Fitzpatrick for her work developing PCRI’s Pathway 1000 initiative. The Initiative aims to mitigate and prevent involuntary displacement of North and Northeast Portland’s historic residents, including the African American community, which has been disproportionately impacted.

Mr. Foster presented the award to Ms. Fitzpatrick alongside Rosarians Robert Hungerford and Rick Saturn, pictured above.

October 10, 2013 · by Staff · About Us, Awards, PCRI

  Oregon Business magazine has once again named PCRI as a top nonprofit to work for in 2013. We are honored to again be a part of this stellar class of fellow nonprofits who work day-in and day-out to make Portland a better place. Congratulations to everyone!

For the fifth year, they showcase exemplary nonprofit workplaces with our 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project. More than 5,000 employees and volunteers from 159 nonprofits statewide took part in our 2013 survey.

The project is based on Oregon Business’ 20-year-old, well-known 100 Best Companies project. The nonprofit project was created to recognize nonprofits as key businesses critical to the economic health of the state, employing hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

October 10, 2013 · by pcriadmin · About Us, Awards, PCRI

  Oregon Business magazine has once again named PCRI as a top nonprofit to work for in 2013. We are honored to again be a part of this stellar class of fellow nonprofits who work day-in and day-out to make Portland a better place. Congratulations to everyone!

For the fifth year, they showcase exemplary nonprofit workplaces with our 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project. More than 5,000 employees and volunteers from 159 nonprofits statewide took part in our 2013 survey.

The project is based on Oregon Business’ 20-year-old, well-known 100 Best Companies project. The nonprofit project was created to recognize nonprofits as key businesses critical to the economic health of the state, employing hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

May 11, 2011 · by pcriadmin · Awards, PCRI

This spring, the American Leadership Forum of Oregon created a new contest for middle and high school youth called the Oregon Youth in Action Contest. This contest challenges youth to develop innovative projects that promote healthy bodies and healthy communities.

PCRI is exceptionally proud that of the 27 applicant teams, PCRI’s team of youth was one of nine winning entries.  Marina, Grant and Tosha’s winning project, “Teenagers Engaged in Eating Nutritious Snacks” (TEENS), received a $2,000 implementation grant which will help the team successfully create a healthy snack.

The TEENS project, sponsored by PCRI, will create an affordable and healthy snack which will be for sale at the Village Market store located in New Columbia.  This store was designed to provide healthy food options in the community. Marina, Grant and Tosha will test market and survey community teens, work with a chef to develop the product, design appealing packaging, locate production facilities, produce and distribute the snack and gather opinions of shoppers who buy the product at Village Market.

At the Award Celebration in Salem last week, the trio of PCRI youth and other state-wide team winners met with Oregon State Senator Chip Shields and Governor John Kitzhaber; each team presented their project to the Human Services Committee. PCRI youth presented their project with this ultimate goal:  get youth in their community to appreciate and eat wholesome foods, and help create a snack that is both affordable and accessible.



The event, created by Class 24 of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, was designed around First Lady Michelle Obama’s national campaign called Let’s Move. The Let’s Move campaign’s objective is to engage Americans in raising a healthier generation of kids.

PCRI is thrilled to support the youth in this worthy endeavor. Their talents and creativity are sure to make an impact in the community. For more information about this program, call Julie at 503-281-1778 or email Julie@pcrihome.org.