ECONOMIC Security

Economic challenges have serious long-term effects on children and young adults.

SAGE members are making a difference every day. Some members sponsor individuals and families to get back on their feet. Others volunteer and donate to organizations that help people gain stability and land a job. Still others serve organizations that offer micro-loans to small businesses to drive innovation and job creation in our community.

Read our member stories (right side of this page) for great examples of the many ways that members are giving forward for economic security.

For more examples and inspiration, read our Impact Report.

You can create economic opportunity for someone else as a volunteer, a trainer, or benefactor. Consider investing your time with one of the following nonprofit groups.

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Bruce Watts

Bruce Watts joins other mentors to help young men succeed in school and in life.

Read His Story

Roberta Schwarz

Roberta Schwarz is building a park in her hometown.

Read Her Story

Mohammad Rahman

Mohammad is giving forward by investing in children’s education around the world.

Read His Story

Nonprofit Economy Partners

MercyCorps Northwest assists low-income populations throughout Oregon by increasing their economic self-sufficiency and community integration through microenterprise development and self-employment. If you have broad knowledge with small business, you can become a small business counselor and help a start-up succeed. Call 503-896-5070.

Albina Opportunities Corporation inspires business opportunities and creates jobs and wealth by lending funds to Portland’s underserved small businesses and distressed neighborhoods. You can provide key business advice through one-on-one consulting with borrowers. Call Aliza Kuperstock, 503-227-3653.

Ascent Funding inspires business opportunities and creates jobs and wealth by lending funds to Portland’s underserved small businesses and distressed neighborhoods. You can provide key business advice through one-on-one consulting with borrowers. Call Aliza Kuperstock, 503-227-3653.

Financial Beginnings provides no-cost financial education programs to youth and adults to provide individuals the foundation needed to make informed financial decisions. Volunteers attend a specialized training and visit classrooms and community groups to teach students the basics of personal finance. Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities.

New Avenues for Youth prevents youth homelessness and provides homeless and at-risk young people with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. You can help by offering career advice, tutoring youth pursuing their GEDs, and on team projects to assemble care packages or other activities. Call 503-224-4339 or email volunteer@newavenues.org

JOIN supports the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing. You can volunteer on a weekly basis at JOIN’s center to offer critical and basic services to homeless people or you can organize a group for a day of service at the center. Call (503) 232-2031.

Innovative Changes provides comprehensive and in-depth financial education as a means of empowering individuals and families in responsible economic decision-making for healthy households. As a volunteer coach, you can help guide individuals and households by equipping them with the tools, skills, and confidence necessary to meet their immediate financial needs and achieve their short- and long-term financial goals. Call IC$, 503-249-5205.

CASH Oregon provides low income families and individuals with tools and resources to build solid financial futures. You can help by providing free tax services – free training provided. Call 503-243-7765.

National Skills Coalition is a national advocacy organization that organizes broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America’s workers across a range of industries. Get involved by signing up for email and the take action page.

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