Stand with us to bring access, hope, and a voice to all of our community.
Donate and sign up to volunteer.
Starting on Giving Tuesday, our team will be raising funds to support the essential programming and events we provide in the community. Our goal is to raise $5,000 by December 21st. We hope you’ll stand with us in unapologetically supporting access, hope, and a voice for all of our neighbors.
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 SJCO. Join our team of unapologetic neighborhood volunteers by filling out our volunteer sign-up form.
Our Impact in 2018
Supported housing for neighbors in need
We have been working with the St. Johns Wesleyan Church to develop a new affordable housing project. Additionally, our Housing Action Committee has continued to advocate for our neighbors experiencing homelessness and supported the move of Hazelnut Grove to the St. Johns community.
Organized creative placemaking events
Our artBURST series has continued to grow and thrive with our quarterly Art Walk and Art Constitutional events. Through our artBURST programming we have supported over 80 local artists and attracted thousands of neighbors to our business district to engage in the arts. Additionally, this November we helped fund a pop-up shop at Bridge City Kid organized by Alshiref Design + Print, which features awesome local artists!
Empowered small business owners
Since 2014, we have granted $138,000 to businesses for storefront improvement projects. We also partnered with MESO and Bizzy Lizzie Social Media Marketing to provide coaching and support to businesses, particularly those owned by individuals who have been traditionally marginalized.
Provided essential resources to low-income neighbors
We distributed over 13,000 clothing items to over 800 neighbors in need through our community clothing closet. Additionally, we distributed $15,608 in fresh fruits and vegetables to neighbors participating in our food equity programs at the Farmers Market.
Connected community members to local jobs
Our local jobs board received over 400 visits per month. We also partnered with Worksystems, Prosper Portland, and IRCO, to fund a Workforce Navigator position that is based at our office. Josie, our Workforce Navigator, provides one-on-one coaching and support to neighbors looking for a job.
Served as a hub for neighborhood engagement
We engaged 59 community volunteers in our work! We also hosted the neighborhood leadership forum at our office, providing regular professional development training and gathering space for a dozen of our neighborhood leaders. On top of that, we fiscally sponsored 3 amazing community happenings - the St. Johns Bizarre, Celebrate North Portland, and the St. Johns Museum.