Posts Tagged ‘Community’

May 5, 2014 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI

You can help Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Fred MeyerDid you know that when you and anyone you know shops at Fred Meyer, the Fred Meyer Rewards program will donate money to PCRI?

With the shopping at Fred Meyer you already do, you can help fund the work PCRI does to support Portland families!


Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give.

Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to PCRI at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number (80010).
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping PCRI earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

Download the Rewards Program flyer for more information and to share the program information with your family and friends!

March 18, 2014 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Tuesday, March 18 is Diabetes Alert Day.  To improve awareness and share ways to manage diabetes, join Legacy Health and celebrated TV personality Curtis Aikens, host of Food Network’s Pick of the Day, for an educational workshop and cooking demonstration.

WHAT:         FREE educational workshop and cooking demonstration

WHEN:         Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:      Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Atrium, 501 N Graham Street, Portland

Diabetes Alert DayDiabetes Alert DayDiabetes AwarenessDiabetes AwarenessLegacyChef Curtis Aikens will show how to make a low-carb, full flavor dish and will share favorite recipes.  Healthy snacks will be provided.  A reception begins at 5:30; the program will begin at 6:00 p.m.

For more information on a variety of health issues, visit the Legacy Health website.

February 17, 2014 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Living in Health TGWAfrican Americans are disproportionately impacted by diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, but healthy choices and early detection can help combat this statistic.  For Black History Month, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Legacy Health‘s Black Employee Resource Group and others are reaching out to the Portland community to provide FREE health information and wellness checks.

WHAT:         FREE health information and wellness checks

WHEN:         Saturday, March 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:      TGW Faith Ministries, 126 NE Alberta, Portland, Oregon 97211

The FREE health clinic will offer:

  • Fall Prevention Information
  • Body Fat Check
  • Blood Pressure Check
  • Healthy Eating Choices
  • Diabetes Education
  • Risk Factor Education/Screening
  • African American Health Coalition
  • Information about Cover Oregon

For more information on a variety of health issues, visit the Legacy Health website.

January 14, 2014 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

flu-shot-signPCRI shares a reminder from Legacy Health: the best way to avoid the flu — and avoid spreading it to vulnerable children and others — is to get the flu vaccine.  On Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), Legacy is hosting a free flu vaccine clinic.  Vaccines will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.  No appointments are necessary.

The flu season is here and the number of patients testing positive for influenza is on the rise, according to Legacy Health. Many of the cases have been quite serious and even life threatening. Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in partnership with Immunize Oregon and the Multnomah County Immunization Program want to remind the public that flu season lasts for months, not weeks. There is still time to get vaccinated in order to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

WHAT:         Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is offering FREE flu shots to people age six months and older while supplies last.

WHEN:         Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:      Legacy Emanuel Medical Center – Lorenzen Conference Center

2801 N. Gantenbein

Portland, OR 97227

People age 12 and older may also receive a free tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccination. Pertussis commonly referred to as whooping cough, is very contagious. County health departments declared pertussis outbreaks in Oregon and Washington in 2012. Eighty three percent of people who die from pertussis in the U.S. are less than three months old and often catch it from adult family members.

For more information on the flu and other health issues, visit the Legacy Health website.

December 26, 2013 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives is proud to sponsor the Celebrating Black Pioneers luncheon, to be held on December 27, 2013 at the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME).

PCRI invites community members to join in honoring the lives and accomplishments of five people who made a difference for Portland’s Black community.  Please RSVP to PCRI by telephone at (503) 288-2923 or by email.

The luncheon will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Please note a change of location from earlier announcements.  The luncheon will take place at OAME:  4134 N. Vancouver Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

The luncheon’s 2013 honorees include:

JordanCharlesCharles Jordan, Portland’s first African-American City Commissioner.  Mr. Jordan held the role of City Commissioner for 10 years and the role of Parks Director for 14 years.  In June, 2012, the University Park Community Center—a center Mr. Jordan was instrumental in revitalizing—was renamed in his honor.  Prior to the dedication of the newly-named Charles Jordan Community Center, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish commended Mr. Jordan’s work, saying, “Charles Jordan took Portland Parks and Recreation to the next level. His fingerprints are all over our system.”

pauline-at-duderanch-1Pauline Bradford, respected teacher, neighborhood advocate.  Mrs. Bradford was a teacher at Peninsula Elementary School until her retirement in 1989.  She has a strong connection to Albina and the Eliot neighborhood where she has lived for fifty years.  She is Past President of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and she remains on the Board representing the Eliot Neighborhood Associations.  She has long been active in the Association of Colored Women’s Clubs & Youth Affiliates (the oldest African American women’s organization in the U.S., founded in 1896).  First elected President of the Oregon chapter in 1982 she served several subsequent terms and was also elected to a term as President of the Northwest Region of the Association. Currently, she is a member of the National Board of the Association.

harold-williams-500x415Harold Williams, Sr., member of Portland Community College’s Board of Directors from 1990 until 2012.  Mr. Williams continues to be remembered by his peers and community not only for his service to PCC, but also as a community leader for over 50 years, including work for Governor Bob Straub as affirmative action director and equal opportunity coordinator (a role he later filled at the Portland Development Commission as well), and as a consultant to the Oregon Youth Authority.  Mr. Williams was also president of the Portland African American Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Coalition of Black Men, among many other accomplishments.

evelyncollinsEvelyn Collins, daycare owner and community member.  Miss Collins, as she was commonly known, purchased in 1965 what is now the Wonder Ballroom.  There, she earned the respect of Eliot community members by caring for the neighborhood’s children.  “She cared about some kids that others threw away,” says Ralph Davis on the Eliot Neighborhood website. “Being a white person, it was unheard of what she did in the Black community.”  Miss Collins received numerous community service awards over the years, including KOIN-TV’s Jefferson Award, and the Humanitarian Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Dr. John Marshall (photo not available), one of Portland’s first black medical doctors.  Dr. Marshall was a prominent physician whose own practice mirrored the challenges of many black Portlanders.  Originally located near Memorial Coliseum, eminent domain forced him to relocate his practice to a new location on North Williams Avenue to make way for the construction of I-5 in the late 1940s.  Regardless of location, Dr. Marshall’s connection to the community went beyond that of a typical physician: he strengthened the community by stressing education as a means to better oneself, and he routinely wrote off 20% or more of potential income caring for patients who did not have the means to pay for his services.


All photographs and information are thanks to the sites to which they are linked.


December 17, 2013 · by Staff · PCRI

Saturday, December 21,2013, Portland’s Black Parent Initiative (BPI) will hosting their annual Black Parent Initiative Holiday Parent Fair from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The event will showcase parent education workshops and will feature gifts, music, food and fun.

BPI Fair“It’s a great opportunity for parents who’ve been unable to join us to enjoy more of our weekly scheduled classes and get resources from our community partners,” says Charles McGee, President and CEO of the Black Parent Initiative.

Childcare will be provided for children ages 3-12.

The Black Parent Initiative Holiday Parent Fair
December 21, 2013 | 11am-2:00pm

McCoy Village Community Room
4430 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

For more information, visit The Black Parent Initiative website at  Workshops at the fair include:

Literacy Traditions in the Black Community:
“Literacy Advice for Adults Raising Black Children.”

This informative workshop focuses on the reading traditions in the Black Community. This workshop will also highlight the importance of African-American presence in our reading selections. Using Imagery of African Americans to not only inspire but to motivate Black children to read and become culturally responsive to literature.

Balancing Home, Life, Balance:

This workshop will highlight tools and strategies needed to help better balance our hectic lives. The discussion will give strategies as to highlight how to best navigate when facing the challenges of having a demanding job, kids and families. The facilitator will provide tangible tools that can be implemented for organizing and maintaining a healthy life, without having to do it all!

July 22, 2013 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

On Sunday, September 1, PCRI will host Portland Roots Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.  The festival will be PCRI’s first culturally specific food festival and will raise funds and awareness to promote healthy living through healthy food choices and activities through the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people.  Admission to the festival is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The festival will highlight the different yet similar avenues these ancient practices took through the celebration of food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon.  The celebration will feature food vendors, art, and performances from Portland’s diverse African populations.

PCRI and its community partners will be present at the festival, sharing information and resources at festival booths.  PCRI residents will also be at the festival, sharing their healthy food access journey.  Residents engaged in this journey through multiple programs offered through PCRI in the past year: gardening, nutrition education, and Children’s Healthy Eating and Active Living Camp.


Are you interested in participating or volunteering?  Send an email to Nuhamin for more information, or download/view our volunteer information HERE.

Event Details:

Sunday, September 1, 2013, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

All ages.  Free admission.

August 31, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

PCRI and the Portland African American Leadership Forum are asking for community assistance to help support Portland’s involvement in the Million Father March.  The march is a call for African American men to show up for the first days of school and strive to make this school year a success for our community’s students.  Please read the details below, sign up, and pass this onto your networks!

This year’s Million Father March is the combined effort of the Black Parent Initiative, the Coalition of Black Men, and the Portland Branch NAACP, coordinated with permission and requests from local Portland Public Schools.

The form of “The March” is simply for men to show up at school campuses on the first day of school,  September 5th, 2012.   In the case for Roosevelt High School in Portland, the first day of school for all students is Thursday, September 6.

For men who intend to go with their own children and grandchildren to school on the first day, we salute you with the hand of friendship and commendation.

We need African American men for two dates:

  • 9:00 a.m. @ Jefferson High School, Wednesday, September 5th
  • 7:30 a.m. @ Roosevelt High School, Thursday, September 6th.

On both dates, men are asked to arrive in shirt and tie or sport coat.  We will, with a simple handshake and words of encouragement, strive to achieve the following objectives:

  • Collaborate with schools to encourage improved behavior and school achievement.
  • Promote interaction among the “Ambassadors” (giving participating men an opportunity to meet on equal footing).
  • Inspire more parent and family engagement at schools.
  • Supply youngsters with lists of individuals who have overcome barriers and achieved renowned success.
  • Foster inter-generational dialogue and understanding between young men and elders.

When men of our Greater Portland community engage in this effort, we join hands with more than 125 other American cities and the institution of the Black Star Project in Chicago.  More information can be secured at:

For more information about these locations or perhaps others, please make contact with:  Christopher James at 503.502.2965 or Michael “Chappie” Grice at 415.722.4348.

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