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Amplify What's Possible 

Join us as we strengthen St. Johns. Donate and sign up to volunteer! 



Starting on Giving Tuesday, our team will be raising funds to support our work in the St. Johns community.  Our goal is to raise $7,000 by December 22nd. Together, let's amplify what's possible in 2018.


Your contribution will directly support our programs and the resources that we provide to the community. Donate at the $25, $50, $100, or $250 level, or make a contribution that is meaningful to you. Increase your impact by turning your contribution into a monthly gift. 

Don't want to pay online? You can also send a check made payable to "St. Johns Center for Opportunity" to our office at 8250 N Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203. 


There are a variety of ways to volunteer with our organization. From serving on a committee to helping with our clothing closing to participating in outreach efforts, volunteers are a key part of our mission. Visit our volunteer page for more information and to sign up. 

our impact in 2017

Organizing community events
From the Farmers Market to our ArtBURST series to hosting Conversation Projects, we organized 53 events for the neighborhood and engaged over 3,000 neighbors. 

Ensuring access to fresh, local food
We distributed $10,300 in fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income households through our Food Equity programming. 

Preventing displacement
Developed and started implementing the St. Johns Housing Action Plan. We also partnered with the Community Alliance of Tenants to prevent the displacement of vulnerable renters in our neighborhood.

Supporting small businesses
Since 2014, we have granted $95,164.57 to businesses for storefront improvement projects. We also partnered with MESO to provide coaching and support to over 50 businesses. 

Hosting a free Clothing Closet
We distributed over 800 clothing items to 82 community members in need through our newly launched clothing closet in November.  

Connecting people to jobs
Our local jobs board received over 300 visits per month. We also hosted 4 Meet the Employer events where job seekers met with local employers who were hiring.


Check out our blog all month long to read in-depth stories of SJCO's impact in the neighborhood

*Prospering in Portland

*Advocating for Affordable Housing 

*Supporting Small Businesses in St. Johns

*Arts & Belonging in St. Johns

St. Johns Farmers Market Interns reflect on their experiences working at the 2017 market!

Babs Adamski is a board member for the St. Johns Center for Opportunity. She talks about her experience serving on our board and our impact on the neighborhood where we work.

Shamus Lynsky, a St. Johns community leader and volunteer, talks about the impact of the St. Johns Center for Opportunity on his life and his neighborhood.

Justin Miller, owner of Cultured Kindness Vegan Cheese, shares the story of the launch of his successful business with the support of SJCO, the St. Johns Farmers Market and MESO.
Lindsay Jensen, Executive Director of St. Johns Center for Opportunity, discusses the history and future of the organization.

Domingo Sop, a St. Johns Farmers Market volunteer, talks about the impact of his volunteer work in the community.